Photo Radar/Red Light Camera Ban Call to Action

February 14, 2011

Last week, an email was sent out to the CameraFRAUD meetup group about SB1352 being heard in the Government Reform Committee on Wednesday February 16th, starting at 9 am.

Quoting from the letter:

If you are a big supporter of our cause or haven’t been involved in a while, we absolutely need your help! We’ve maneuvered SB1352 into the Government Affairs committee, where 4 of the members actually cosponsored it. If the committee approves it, the bill can be moved to the Senate floor for a debate.
Bill Discussion:
Wednesday February 16th, 9 am.
Arizona State Senate – Gov’t Reform Committee
Capitol Complex
1700 W Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
You will be able to find the group out front around 0830.
Come ready to speak, even if it’s just for a minute or two. We need as many people as possible. Be positive and remember that we are winning this argument now.
Let’s all get down to the capitol complex and speak out in favor of this ban on photo ticketing! We’ve put up with this long enough and it’s time to put a stop to the shortened yellow lights, increased collisions, Constitution shredding and unwarranted surveillance-tracking.

State Declines to Prosecute High Profile ‘Serial Speeder’ Case

September 24, 2010

After a high profile arrest and making a big deal about a ‘serial speeder’ case in which a Peoria man was alleged to have been caught by a speed camera 55 times (12 of which were criminal), the state has silently dropped the charges and refuses to pursue the case to trial, as 3TV reports.

Featured in the video news story is local attorney Michael Kielsky, who specializes in defense of photo enforcement tickets.

Unlike in civil court where most photo tickets are heard, with the criminal charges the defendant is allowed to pursue full legal discovery for any facts, information, and witness testimony that may pertain to the case. It seems that the state and/or camera operator Redflex did not want to risk divulging critical evidence that would become public record, and/or more likely, the state did not want to risk establishing a legal precedence that could be cited and used as a defense for others fighting photo tickets should the state lose. How else can we explain the state’s lack of fortitude in prosecuting to completion someone accused of multiple counts of the same offense? Neither the DPS or County Attorney will comment.

Clearly, the state had intended for the defendant to do what the uninformed do and simply roll over and pay the fines and take the punishment without a fight. But every time a case is brought to a court that seriously challenges the legality of photo enforcement and scrutinizes the evidence provided by an unattended machine operated by an independent third party, the government backs down in order to protect the money making scheme. There is no other logical reason for the state backing down from trial for 55 speeding violations.

In other news, the Winnipeg Free Press is reporting an INCREASE in accidents after installing red light cameras.

Across the pond, the UK Daily Mail presented results of a new study that concludes that cameras did NOT change driver’s behavior.

And finally, the town of Brentwood lowers speed limits in order to install speed cameras to fill city coffers, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

Paradise Regained Election Day Signature Gathering

August 20, 2010

It’s time to bring the cameras down in Paradise Valley! The initiative paperwork will be filed for Paradise Valley this week which means it’s time for us to get out and start collecting signatures! For Paradise Valley we need about 1150 valid signatures.

Our plan is to gather most if not all of the signatures by getting signatures at polling places for the primary election on Aug 24, and we NEED your help! This will be the easiest and best opportunity to reach out to known-good, registered Paradise Valley voters.

IN ADDITION TO COLLECTING SIGNATURES – we will ask voters to collect signatures for us and give them signature sheets with instructions to mail in to us to help multiply our efforts.

Details are on the Meetup page. Please visit the page and RSVP ASAP! The $10 cost is OPTIONAL and helps pay for a petition gathering t-shirts.

CameraFraud at Ignite Phoenix 6

April 28, 2010

On March 30th 2010, Ross Trumble gave a presentation titled “Welcome to Arizona, the surveillance state” at the Mesa Arts Center, during an event called Ignite Phoenix #6. You can view the talk in the embedded YouTube video below.

The Ignite presentation and slideshow was co-authored by Ross Trumble and Wes Novack, with feedback and input from other CameraFraud volunteers. If you’d like to check out the slideshow used in the presentation in more detail, you can view it here.

CameraFraud volunteers were also on hand at the Mesa Arts Center to collect signatures for the End Photo Radar initiative.

The audience of near 500 people was very receptive to the presentation and the eyes of many uninformed Arizona citizens were opened. Great job Ross (and Wes), you hit one out of the ballpark.

DPS & State of Arizona Sued by Georgianni’s for Shooting Death of Van Operator

April 27, 2010

On April 16, the surviving spouse and beneficiaries of Douglas Georgianni filed suit in Superior Court seeking unspecified damages in the shooting death of Douglas Georgianni. Douglas was shot almost a year earlier by Thomas Destories while working for Redflex in a DPS-marked photo radar van.

The lawsuit alleges that a major contributing factor to be the DPS markings on the side of the Redflex owned and operated talivan. This gives the public the impression that the occupants are peace officers and that the vehicle is owned and operated by a police agency. When a police vehicle is driven by a civilian, it is supposed be clearly marked as such, typically with the words “Not in Service.” If this practice is not followed, it is considered to be a violation of ARS 13-2411, impersonating a peace officer. DPS is alleged to be negligent because they knowingly put civilian contractors in harm’s way by making them impersonate a peace officer as a regular part of their job. While contractors no longer occupy the talivans while parked on the highways (because of the shooting), civilian contractors are still driving and moving the DPS-marked vehicles.

Another major point in the lawsuit is the allegation that DPS knowingly put civilian contractors in harm’s way because they were aware of or should have been aware of attacks on photo radar van operators but did nothing to protect them. had reported on several speed van attacks that occured before the shooting, so law enforcement and Redflex should have been fully aware of the propensity for the public to act out against these vehicles, not just locally but world-wide:

Thanks to Janet Napalitano, DPS, and photo radar, the state is now looking at what is likely to be a multi-million dollar judgement at a time when the state can least afford it.

Surprise! Photo Radar Trailer Malfunctions Caught on Video

April 27, 2010

Be careful what you wish for, or you might just get it. The residents in the area of the 11600 block of southbound Bullard Avenue of Surprise, AZ are now regretting their requests for photo enforcement. Monday was the first day of issuing tickets from Redflex’s new photo enforcement trailer for the City of Surprise. The residents didn’t anticipate the controversy that comes with photo enforcement, and the fierce support for CameraFraud’s efforts that accompanies our protests in the form of honking, as well as the loud noise caused by the generator inside of the unit, in addition to the extra, random flashes of light all hours of the day.

But Surprise citizens and visitors also got something they weren’t expecting: photo enforcement lottery tickets! It turns out that you never know if the trailer is working or not. During the day-long protest, we observed at least a hundred false flashes with no cars around as well as some cars that were going fast that did not get flashed and others that were going slow or creeping along that did get flashed. We didn’t have a radar gun to definitively check speeds; however, we captured 3 incidences on video where the cameras flashed for absolutely no reason.

We can’t blame the police. They don’t own, operate, or maintain the equipment. They are under contract with Redflex who has full responsibility for operating and maintaining the equipment, and who gets a cut of every ticket issued. No wonder it goes off so much! Redflex is paid to gather evidence for the police to issue citations for non-commercial vehicle owners exceeding the posted limit. Think of it as a private investigator, but without the license! But when we informed the police who stopped by to check in our protest, they didn’t seem to be concerned. I guess that’s one of the perks of outsourcing your job to another entity.

If you live in Surprise or drive through Surprise, contact the Surprise police department and let them know that you are concerned about being caught by a malfunctioning machine and ask them how they know it’s working properly. You can email or call 623-222-4000.

Feds Investigation of REDFLEX heats up; Stock continues to drop.

March 24, 2010

You’d better watch your step Redflex, Heiler,  Specter, and company…

The feds are coming for you.

Jefferson Parish’s red light camera program is snaring more than heavy-footed pedestrians – and the feds have the subpoenas to prove it.

Background: Jay Specter Conviction

A loss of 2.6% today and 25% over the past 30 days.

RDF: Redflex Stock

Legislative Update – Get Involved! Week of Feb 8

February 9, 2010

The legislative session is in full swing, and our representatives are busy debating bills related to photo enforcement. It’s important and easy that you get involved to let your representatives know how you feel! This is a summary of what’s going on in committee for the rest of this week. There are three things you can do:

1. Contact your senators and representatives and let them know how you feel about each of these bills.
2. Show up at a committee hearing, request to speak, and tell them how you feel.
3. If you can’t make it, register on the Request to Speak system, login, and log your support or opposition.

Feb 10, SHR3, 9:00am, Senate Public Safety and Human Services Committee

  • Expands photo enforcement to include identifying violations related to a) certificates of title and registration and b) vehicle insurance and financial responsibility.
  • Photo enforcement system cannot be placed within 600 feet of a posted speed limit change except for school crossings.
  • A speed limit sign must be placed between the two photo enforcement warning signs.
  • Violations must be for at least 11+mph over limit, except school and construction zones.
  • If a person responds to a notice or citation within 30 days, points will not be assessed to the person’s license.
  • Requires an annual report on the state photo enforcement program
  • Local authorities shall spend at least 35% of all net photo enforcement money on law enforcement purposes.
  • Photo violations must be filed within 120 days of the alleged violation (currently 60).
  • NOV’s may be issued before a complaint is filed in court
  • NOV’s and complaints are not required to be mailed to the person charged with the violation
  • The penalty is to be $165 not subject to any surcharge , but the board of supervisors may establish a processing fee.
  • 35% of all money received shall go to the police safety equipment fund.
  • Stipulates that this section does not restrict MVD from refusing to renew a vehicle’s registration if the owner is delinquent in paying a fine for a traffic violation or fails to appear in a criminal traffic case.

Note: While there are a few desirable measures, there are some very BAD measures included here.

This is a proposed ballot initiative. If this passes, it will be on the ballot for voters this fall.

  • Repeals the state photo enforcement system.
  • Prohibits photo enforcement systems from being used on state highways to detect violators of speed restrictions.
  • Makes conforming changes.
  • Requires the Secretary of State to submit the proposition to the voters at the next general election.
  • Becomes effective if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor.

CF Stance: FOR
Note: The CameraFraud ballot initiative is different in that it eliminates ALL photo enforcement programs in Arizona, not just the state (DPS) program.

This is a proposed ballot initiative. If this passes, it will be on the ballot for voters this fall.
This is a ballot initiative version of SB1443


Ban Photo Radar: Demonstration Today in Chandler, AZ

February 20, 2009


Its time to make another great showing of solidarity and determination. Automated ticketing and overzealous surveillance will no longer be tolerated in the Grand Canyon State.

Come on out anytime between 3:00 and 7:00!


Also a good idea: Forward this event to a friend, call a co-worker with the news, or for you Twitter users why not consider posting an update to your account?


Mississippi Bans Photo Enforcement

February 17, 2009

Resistance to automated ticketing is spreading nationwide. The Mississippi State Legislature has decisively voted 117 to 3 to ban photo enforcement in the state.

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