August 3, 2009
CLOSED FOR BUSINESS (Click for larger version)
An automated ticketing machine was rendered inoperable over the weekend, CameraFRAUD has learned.
The Redflex device, located on the AZ-51, appears to have been covered with black paint in a photo submitted to us by a reader:
“…Had to double back to get this. It would have almost been impossible to see the damage if it weren’t for the overspray on the front housing.”
No word on if the cameras that watch the cameras were able to give police any hints as to who the culprit may be.
Arizona’s beleaguered “photo enforcement” system has been rendered inoperable with post-it notes, silly string, sledgehammers, pick-axes, spray paint, large rocks, spare tires, as well as two acts(1) of God(2) .
Other recent worldwide incidents include stickers, paintball guns, jack handles, fire, spray paint (again), baseball bats, fire (again), and our favorite: theft— by speed camera employees / contractors.
Who would have thought.
February 27, 2009
Like something out of a bad Stephen King novel, Redflex has the perfect solution to stop people from blocking their automated ticketing machines: more cameras!
Infuriated that the 24/7 video recorded by the main ticketing machines can be rendered ineffective with a simple Post It Note, Redflex has taken it upon themselves to install “cam cams.” These pictures were taken on the AZ51 southbound near Bethany Home Road.
Of course, in their zeal to protect their revenue stream, they didn’t factor in that these cameras could easily be blocked with any number of objects, ideally gift-wrapped boxes carried by Santa Claus.
It’s unclear what part of the DPSRedflex contract authorizes Redflex to expand their capabilities into non-traffic related surveillance, but then again when you use illegal, non-certified devices to win a contract for unconstitutional revenue generation, laws be damned.
Welcome to Arizona: The Grand Canyon Surveillance State.