KPHO (CBS 5): Telling it Like It ISN’T

February 9, 2010

Telling It Like It Isn't

In KPHO’s Monday night report on whether speed cameras make the valley streets safer, the news channel repeated their tagline, “telling it like it is,” emphasizing facts over opinions, and hoping that would be enough to keep viewers from noticing that they were about to do the complete opposite.

In the video, for an unexplained reason, they cherry-picked data from a small portion of the I-10 corridor, as well as selectively choosing data from only two months: November and December 2006 and 2008. Anyone who’s taken a basic statistics class knows that a bigger sample size is needed to draw any meaningful conclusions for this program that has over 15 months of data and 40 fixed camera locations. Additionally, it is suspicious why data for 2007 and 2009 were ignored, as well as years prior to 2006. If this data was shown, it would probably reflect the national trend toward fewer accidents that has been ongoing for decades – without cameras. And finally, they neglected to compare results with comparable states that don’t use cameras, such as Nevada. As we’ve reported here before, states like Nevada have achieved similar safety improvements over recent years WITHOUT the use of cameras.

Then KPHO proceeds to make the sweeping statement that the difference between 2006 and 2008 is the speed cameras, and gives credit to nothing else. There was absolutely no mention of any other possible changes between the two years such as changes in laws, construction activities, road improvements, changes in traffic enforcement tactics or policies, changes in DPS staffing and patrol levels, reductions in unlicensed (undocumented) drivers, or any other factors that may have changed over 2 years. The only other factor they mentioned was traffic volume, but only presumably because Representative Biggs mentioned it in his interview. But KPHO blew this one as well. They implied that there should be a 1-to-1 relationship between traffic volume and the number of accidents. In other words, they implied that if there was an 11% reduction in traffic volume that it would correspond to an 11% reduction in crashes. But the problem is that the relationship is much more complicated, and an 11% reduction in traffic volume can yield much greater safety improvements due to lower traffic density. KPHO declined to inform viewers about this important little fact.

Finally, by riding around with a DPS patrolmen looking for an accident to investigate, KPHO tried to paint a picture that freeway accidents are a rarity now, but anyone who listens to the radio traffic reports during their commute knows that the accident list is just as long as it’s always been.

KPHO, telling it like it isn’t.

Thank YOU!

February 6, 2010

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DPS vs. Prof.: At Odds Over Cam Locations

March 4, 2009

Spy vs. Spy?

Spy vs. Spy?

If you’re part of the government/surveillance-complex in Arizona (the extensive collaboration of private companies corrupting law enforcement with the prospect of bucketfuls of money), it sure does seem like it’s hard to catch a break these days.

Case in point: Local media picking up a story CameraFRAUD brought to you in January regarding unsafe placement of cameras near overpasses (“DPS and Redflex: No Regard for Human Life,” Jan 30 2009).

The kicker? The man raising the placement question is the Professor commissioned to do the original Arizona study regarding photo enforcement: Simon Washington.

According to the KPHO story, “He [Washington] believes placing the cameras underneath an overpass — or near on-ramps or off-ramps — might make drivers think they are purposely hidden. He said that will create a negative perception among drivers.”

trollsTo the casual observer, it may appear that Dr. Washington is making remarks regarding “perception” among drivers. (Of course, those not shrouded in DPSRedflex’s reality distortion field know the public opinion on automated ticketing usually consists of a smattering of unrepeatable words combined with a certain obscene gesture— but that’s for another article).

One only needs to look at the actual study done by the good Professor to see that he clearly thought that the surprise element of automated ticketing could be a problem:

“For example, the placement of cameras in close proximity to high information load locations (e.g., on- and off-ramps, underpasses, billboards, weaving sections, directional signs, etc.) should be avoided.”

DPS: Department of Playing Schultz?

DPS: Department of Playing Schultz?

Channeling Sergeant Schultz’s famous “I know nothing,” both DPS and Redflex seem to have never heard of anything as silly as a driver being distracted by a bright flash, or worse–an actual cause-and-effect collision.

Yet one only needs to look as far as the photo enforcement patent to see what the inventors themselves had to say:

“The use of flash illumination may be detrimental at night to oncoming traffic and has the potential to cause temporary driver blindness and consequent safety risks as well as preventing authorities from deploying systems covertly.”

DPS and Redflex can continue to drink their government kool-aid: The money train will end, because the Cameras are Coming Down. Success: Media BLITZ!

August 22, 2008

We got their attention. Now, we need your help to get this in the national media. Please take a moment to send these links to your favorite publications. Some suggestions include DRUDGE Report, CNN, and USA Today. Enjoy!

UPDATE, SAT Aug 23 2:11PM: We’re getting some national coverage. See “new” links below:

KTVK-TV 3: VIDEO: “Many protest radar in Scottsdale”

KTVK-TV 3: 9PM (More extensive follow up video)

(NEW!) has picked up the Tribune article

AZCentral: Speed camera protesters say “Honk for Privacy”

East Valley Trib: Protestors bash photo radar at protest

KTAR 92.3FM’s coverage (ran promos for this story all day)

KNXV-TV ABC 15 – People in Scottsdale Protest Photo Radar

The Arizona Republic featured us in their Saturday print edition (see “Valley and State”)

The East Valley Tribune also featured us in their Saturday print edition.

Photo.BLORGE (Australia) has picked up the story

(NEW!) Phoenix New Times mentioned CameraFRAUD, linking to the KTAR story

KPHO 5 or KPNX 12 were also present, (waiting on footage)

(Even Cat Galaxy Media was present, a special-interest “Cat-talk” net radio station. )

If you attended, please post a reply to this message about your experience today!

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