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.
Wednesday February 16th, 9 am.
Arizona State Senate – Gov’t Reform Committee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. PhotoRadarScam.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 623-222-4000.
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