Brewer and ADOT Plotting For Toll Roads?

November 2, 2011

From WarOnDriving:

In 2009, Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill in to law that would allow for toll roads in Arizona. So far, that Toll Road Authority has yet to be activated, but has been lurking like a dark menace.

Talks about converting U.S. I-15 into a Toll Road in Arizona had been going on in the secret chambers of AZ bureaucrats at ADOT until the Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, caught wind of it.

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BREAKING: Arizona Governor’s Office Makes a Deal

March 31, 2011

In talks with legislators in the AZ House, the reality has set in that the red light and photo radar scameras are not going anywhere until at least 2012. Speaker Kirk Adams has been pounded with phone calls and emails, but won’t budge on this issue.

There is however, some really good news to report. Governor Jan Brewer’s office has offered an olive branch to CameraFRAUD supporters. They have agreed to create a “citizens exempt from photo tickets” list for the rest of 2011.

Governor Brewer has said in the past that she does not like the photo ticketing system and wants to see a citizens vote on the matter.

Currently, only politicians, judges and Redflex and ATS employees are exempt from photo tickets, so this will be a special Arizona residents list which will be filed with courts and the Motor Vehicles Department. Redflex and ATS would still issue tickets to alleged “violators,” but if they’re on the list, they may ignore the tickets, which will be dismissed automatically by the courts, without being assigned to process servers.

There is a deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday to get on this list and there is a short form that must be filled out, which can be obtained from the governor’s office.

Governor Brewer’s Chief of Staff, Eileen Klein has requested that those who wish to be put on the list fill out the contact form here.

Please put “CameraFRAUD.com” in the topic field and just include a brief request to be sent the form for the “exempt from photo tickets” list.

Requests received after 5 pm Arizona time tomorrow will not be honored.

If you have any questions about the program, the governor’s office can be reached by phone at (602) 542-4331.


Houston Added to List of Cities Voting on Scameras

August 10, 2010

The 4th largest city in the country is going to vote on a photo ticketing ban. This can’t sit well with scam vendors Redflex and ATS. That list of cities is growing rapidly, but Houston, TX sticks out because it would be a dagger to the heart of the aforementioned fraud peddlers.

TheNewspaper.com covers the saga in at length in their latest article:

“The effort was able to take advantage of a high rate of voter interest and anger at the city’s red light program,” initiative campaign manager Philip Owens told TheNewspaper. “In some neighborhoods where we gathered signatures going door to door. We had a success rate of 90 percent — meaning nine out of every ten contacts signed the petition. That’s a staggering rate and shows this is a people-driven campaign.” The group now will focus its efforts on driving voter turnout in November and refuting the claims made by the paid spokesmen for ATS regarding the effect cameras have had on collision rates (view independent studies).

Also in the Lone Star State, Baytown and Port Lavaca are ready to vote on scameras. Stop Baytown Red Light Cameras turned in the needed signatures to compensate for some that were invalidated by the city. Quoted from their website,

The Arizona camera company(ATS) gets paid a bounty of 55% of each ticket collected in return for installing the cameras for free. source; Baytown Sun 3-27-10″

If it “isn’t about the money,” ATS sure has a funny way of showing it based on that last stat.

Outside of Texas, Mukilteo, Washington has won their court battle with a front group funded by scamera companies and that Seattle suburb will be voting on a photo ticketing ban.

The great state of Ohio is next on the radar screen with the cities of Garfield Heights and South Euclid, OH having their signature count validated recently. Both city councils are going to review them.

The Cleveland Camera Removal Team is still working on their petition. They are shooting for a special election in February 2011.

CameraFRAUD volunteers will be taking on Paradise Valley, where the scam started almost 25 years ago. Watching these other cities jump on the scamera-ban bandwagon should be plenty of motivation to up our own efforts.

Tonight’s Mission: Paradise Regained.


Updated – Governor Brewer: Turn Off Those Sensors

July 22, 2010

What exactly is going on here? It appears the deflection technique is in full effect at the Governor’s office, DPS and ADOT.

CameraFRAUD volunteers have been inquiring about Redflex’s continued operation of speed sensors after their contract expired with all three offices. We have evidence that nobody is taking ownership of the issue.

In an AZCentral “article,” it was stated that until the equipment is required to be completely removed, Redflex will still be operating their speed sensors and capturing our data for their use.

The contract states that they have 120 days to remove their equipment after it expires, but nowhere does it say that they can continue to collect data. These are public roads that Redflex littered with their mechanical heaps and they’d have to have some type of permit or contract for the continued operation of them.

Is anyone in charge here in AZ? The governor’s office emailed us and said it was false information being passed around. Maybe they need to make a phone call to Redflex and politely tell them that they’ve over-stayed their welcome.

Unless they want to use that data to make a case that Shoba, Redflex’s Master of Panic, is right. She predicted that “dangerous and aggressive driving” will be on the uptick. We’re still unclear about how those sensors can detect dangerous and aggressive driving. Maybe they can let us in on that.

Leaving the camera piezo sensors on to supposedly just collect data is a sham: our freeways are already equipped with intelligent traffic system sensors, which monitor the speed of traffic every one half to one mile. The boys from down under are up to no good.

But Governor Brewer’s spokesman has been very public lately in saying that she still wants a citizens vote on Photo Ticketing for the entire state.

We have 120,000+ names of AZ voters that agree with that sentiment.

Actions speak louder than words Governor Brewer. You’ve seen that work mightily in your favor lately.

Let’s vote on it.

**UPDATED**

ADOT has responded to our inquiry by posting a comment. Here it is:

Tim Tait, ADOT says:

Just to provide a bit of clarification, when the photo enforcement program ended, ADOT ensured that the power was off at all camera locations and that all in-pavement loop detectors were disconnected. ADOT has independent sensors (in-pavement and acoustical) that help to count cars and track general traffic flow; these sensors provide data that computers convert into the traffic maps and the travel-time estimates. ADOT’s system and that installed for photo enforcement are totally separate.

ADOT will continue to monitor the process of removal of the camera infrastructure to ensure that it is done safely and within all standards, just as we would do for any other project.

I hope this helps to provide some clarity.

– Tim Tait, ADOT
ttait@azdot.gov
602-712-7070

If the power has been shut off to Redflex’s fixed cameras and loop detectors (speed sensors) the info provided for this article was false:


Will Governor Brewer Do The Right Thing?

April 30, 2010

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.

Governor of Arizona
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Telephone (602) 542-4331
Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883
Fax (602) 542-1381

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