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April 8, 2010

GET READY TEMPE!

On Friday, the patriots of CameraFraud once again come together at one of the most notorious and sinister RedFlex intersections in the valley, University & Rural next to ASU.  Come out and show your support by demonstrating with us on the corner.  Lets remind all the ASU students and Tempe residents about the combo scameras (speed & redlight) at this dangerous intersection.

These “combo” cameras are much more dangerous than regular speed cameras because they get you whether you are stuck in the intersection (like during heavy traffic) or whether you speed up slightly to avoid being in the intersection on red.  (Tail I win.. Heads you lose..) Or you could resort to what many drivers do and slam on their breaks before approaching the sensors- and cause a rear-end collision…  Combo cameras are yet another deadly reason why the scameras need to be coming down in November…

Come out and show your support Friday afternoon; we’ll be starting around 5pm and going till at least 6pm.


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!


Lip Service and Lobbyists

March 17, 2010

As promised, the action is starting to heat up. Over the weekend, The Arizona Republic(Gannett Co.), a famed pro camera publication, ran a story about newly appointed DPS Director Robert Halliday’s assessment that DPS patrolmen needed to be more visible on AZ roads. Channel 12, also owned by Gannett Co., aired an accompanying story that night.

The gist of both stories is that Halliday favored more “Cops Not Cameras,” which is a change in tune from the DPS during the term of Roger Vanderpool. That tag line should sound familiar if you’ve been paying attention to this blog since its inception in August of 2008.

Courtesy of The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza

A CameraFRAUD volunteer called DPS Director Halliday’s office on Monday to ask for a clarification on Halliday’s position regarding photo enforcement and a message was left with his assistant. It’s been 48 hours and the phone call was not returned, so we can only assume that Halliday is not willing to denounce photo radar or come out in favor of banning it.

***UPDATE*** DPS responded to CameraFRAUD and they are considering our offer to bring Director Halliday in for an interview. Stay tuned.

He and Governor Jan Brewer, who recently appointed him, seem to march to the same beat in that regard. If you remember, she mentioned on the record and on the air with Jay Lawrence’s KTAR Radio Show that she did not like the system. When given the chance to terminate the state contract with Redflex, she shrunk from her position, using the excuse that it would be too expensive due to penalties for ending the program early.

Halliday is now pushing for an increase of 280 DPS officers from the current level and Brewer is pushing for an 18% (one cent on every dollar) increase in the state sales tax. While their interests could go hand-in-hand, that connection has not been made yet. What’s clear is that neither is willing to do the right thing and admit that the state of Arizona was lied to by Redflex Traffic Systems about the safety record and the nature of the program during the term of former Governor Napolitano and end the dangerous practice of photo enforcement.

As if that weren’t enough to pontificate on, a story on TheNewspaper.com on Monday described our friend Jay Heiler’s latest game of media and public manipulation. Heiler has now contrived some type of road safety association by registering it through a lobbyist firm. The main goal of this group is clearly damage control after countless public relations disasters for the photo radar industry and namely his current company, Redflex.

A volunteer called the Arizona wing of APCO Worldwide, the lobbyist firm which registered the web address for for The Partnership For Advancing Road Safety (PARS), there was no answer and the voicemail belonged that that of one Jay Heiler. It’s not too difficult to connect the dots on that association, but what’s unclear, is what Heiler plans to do with PARS and if it will have a presence in Arizona.

The contract for the freeway camera system between Redflex and the state of Arizona expires on July 1st. Governor Brewer has indicated that she will not renew it. Signatures for the Ban Photo Radar in Arizona initiative are due at the same time and a public vote would happen in November.


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