DPS, GPS and Automated Apologies in Las Cruces

December 2, 2010

Tomtom, makers of GPS systems that warn motorists of road conditions including hazards like speed and red light cameras recently inquired with CameraFRAUD about the status of the freeway scameras. Their systems still warn of the presence of the (now dismantled) Redflex spy camera ring. The reason? DPS is still in denial that their cash cow is now kaput and haven’t eliminated the page from their website with the locations.

We set Tomtom straight and they will happily remove the warnings in the coming days.

In the city of Las Cruces, NM, they have received so many angry phone calls about their photo ticketing program that they had to set up an automated scamera apology line to deflect some of the inquiries. Missing from their “FAQ’s” is why the city still insists on running the program even though it is making their intersections more dangerous and accident numbers are increasing. Maybe they’re hoping that nasty little truth will be swept under the rug.


Do You NOT Miss Me Yet?

November 29, 2010

Let’s be honest, Arizona owes an apology to the rest of the country. We knew how ugly things get when Janet is in charge, but quietly letting her leave AZ for DC without a stern warning was a big mistake. Now it’s too late for that, but there’s still time to remind everyone just how poor of a track record this “public servant” has.

During what was an obvious bubble in the Arizona economy due to real estate prices skyrocketing, then Governor Napolitano decided it would be a great idea to spend every single dime possible and put Arizona on the hook for years to come with terrible budgeting. When it was time to pay the tab, she put spy cameras all over our freeways, in an attempt to “make $90 Million” in her own words, not ours. That program was a complete and utter failure, but Janet didn’t care because she had left the nightmare she created behind.

Unfortunately, now the entire country is reaping the whirlwind of this woman who makes decisions on a whim and covers up obvious failures with laughable lines like “the system worked” – when referring to last year’s attempted “underwear bombing.” The man with the bomb in his pants was only foiled by an alert passenger after easily passing through security. What exactly worked there Janet?

Maybe she was referring to things working out quite nicely for Michael Chertoff, then head of the Transportation Security Administration, now commonly called TSA, who used the underwear bomber as an excuse to order the very expensive so-called backscatter x-ray machines which show very graphic images of the genitalia and body composition of every person passing through them. Chertoff is now sitting pretty as the head of the company whose main client, Rapiscan, manufactures the machines and is making a fortune.

What has ensued since the main stream media grabbed  a hold of this story has been nothing less than a complete embarrassment, the likes of which a Federal Agency may have never seen before. Images mocking the TSA for being perverted are long in supply all over the internet and growing in numbers. The catalyst for the story moving so quickly in to center focus was the accompanying controversy over the new and highly invasive pat downs, in which a TSA agent is trained to grope innocent airline passengers, feeling once off limit body parts like breasts and genitalia.

Even Congressman Ron Paul, who visited Arizona this month, described a situation in which a TSA agent touched his privates while mocking him for being subject to the search in the first place. This is really a sick situation and frankly, Americans have had enough. The Drudge Report picked up the TSA body scanner/groping story first from a mainly online radio show hosted by Alex Jones of Austin, TX. Jones had been warning for months that the new procedures were coming to an airport near you.

Because of Drudge repeatedly pushing this story and creating so many hits on related search terms, it went “mega viral” and could not be ignored by the likes of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC along with every other legacy media conglomerate.

What has Napolitano, now frequently referred to as “Big Sis” had to say about all this? She continues to act as if there is nothing wrong with naked images and groping. That’s fine for a producer of pornographic films, but Big Sis is supposed to be a serious leader who is in charge of The United States Department of Homeland Security which presides over the TSA. She seems to think the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution is forfeited with the purchase of an airline ticket. It’s tough to say it about someone in such a high post, but she comes across as completely clueless.

Maybe we Arizonans should have fought to keep her from going to D.C. but it was just too tempting to wave goodbye and hope for the best. Calls  for her resignation are once again surfacing, just as they had after her ridiculous comments about the system working on the underwear bomber.

The TSA has quickly fallen out of favor with millions of Americans and several airports may seek alternatives. Some airports in California are being patrolled by Police who are looking for TSA agents that commit what is being called sexual assault during the groping pat downs. They have been ordered to arrest these agents if their conduct is inappropriate. The notion that the TSA keeps us safe is a false premise if they need Police officers constantly watching them.

Just as we in Arizona had to do with the photo radar spy cameras littering our freeways, Americans are learning to stand up against ridiculous “safety measures” that are only designed to use fear to sell expensive equipment and make money for a private company on the backs of taxpayers and travelers.

The parallels are unmistakable and the next move is clear. Send Janet packing.


City Of Phoenix Desperate

April 8, 2010

The city of Phoenix is the first in Arizona to announce that they are no longer going to allow many motorists slapped with huge fines for speeding to pay in installments. This move, which will undoubtedly cost more time and money for the city when all is said and done, will require cash strapped citizens to apply for a “loan” to cover the cost of a traffic fine. Of course, if they had not put so much stock in cashing in on a commuting public and charging such unreasonable fines, this might not be an issue.

A story on KTAR.com has some interesting comments coming from the city, DPS and attorneys:

“The city of Phoenix is in such bad shape right now, financially, that this is a complete revenue stream.”
Your best bet to avoid a speeding ticket is to stay within the speed limit, according to the state Department of Public Safety.
DPS’ Kevin Wood said there’s no such thing as a cushion for exceeding the speed limit.
“DPS officers have 100 percent discretion, and it’s totally up to them depending on the stop, the circumstances of it,” Wood said.
The officers aren’t impressed by the most-used excuse, “I was just going with the flow of traffic,” he added.
“If the flow of traffic is doing 15 mph over the posted speed limit, the odds are one of those people who’s doing that is going to get stopped.”
Wood added, “I suspect if you talk to 100 police officers, they will tell you speeding is speeding. Here with the DPS, the maximum speed limit is what it says.”
http://www.ktar.com/?nid=6&sid=1282013

This is interesting logic in light of Redflex’s standard of 10+ MPH over the limit being deemed as “speeding.” Maybe DPS and Redflex need to compare notes again because something isn’t adding up.

What’s also interesting is that these comments seem to suggest that DPS advocates obstructing traffic to avoid tickets and fines. As you may know by now, it is variance of speed that is most dangerous, not actually speeding itself.

Something else that DPS and Phoenix PD officers may like to review is that the law in the state of AZ calls for “reasonable and prudent speed,” so saying that the limit is the maximum is not actually true, but the “scientific poll” that must have been conducted by Officer Wood seems to suggest that it is.

The other part they left out is that photo radar tickets are often given out to motorists who were not even exceeding the limit, which causes massive government waste and strain on an already overwhelmed court system. Of course, there isn’t actually an officer present when the “violations” are captured, so it’s up to Redflex’s unchecked and frequently faulty equipment to act as an un-sworn officer of the law.

Unsecured loan centers should be flooded with applications very soon meaning more wasted government time and fraud is coming your way Phoenix!


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