Beaverton is about to become a lot less friendly, and less safe to drive in for that matter. Redflex cameras, which usually cause erratic driving and increased collisions, will start ticketing drivers who turn right on red in that town.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a lot on her plate these days. Let’s make sure she doesn’t ignore the photo radar expansion bill that was just passed at the Eleventh Hour after furious lobbying by Redflex Traffic Systems and more complicity with Photo Radar fraud by our State Legislature. SB1018 passed with only two members of the AZ House voting against it.
Here is a summary of what SB 1018 does to expand photo radar:
1. Expands the time allowed for process serving
2. It allows for the serving of a ticket before a charge is even filed. This is the equivalent of being handed an extortion letter and in fact, the would be the first law in written history to allow for this.
3. Allows off duty cops to serve tickets , which was covered last week.
4. And if that weren’t enough, it retroactively protects to the Board of Supervisors for illegally charging more fees
Governor Brewer, we know that mathematical equations and reading the State and Federal Constitutions is really difficult for our elected officials, but this one should be easy.
To our supporters, lets make sure we know how she feels:
Send this by Fax or Email to Governor Brewer’s Office:
Please live up to your previous stance that you do not like Photo Traffic Enforcement. If you do not like it, please veto SB1018 which expands it.
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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!
Napolitano has wasted no time in getting her photo radar plan operational. She ordered the first 42 mobile ticketing units stationed every twenty miles on Interstates 10 and 40 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Gobble, gobble! Is turkey-neck Janet showing her lame duck colors? But wait, there’s more:
This means that an out-of-state family, unaware of the new program, could be hit with a total of twenty tickets while traveling with the flow of traffic between California and New Mexico. With court fees, the total cost of the citations would $3700.
These numbers don’t take into account the stationary (“flashing money tree”) units already littering the shoulders of our right-of-way.
NOTE: As far as we can tell, DP$ hasn’t figured out a way to serve out-of-state drivers, leaving the burden on in-state residents.