Scamera Front Group Duped by Activists

July 19, 2010

UPDATE: 7/19 10:20 PM: See below.

SARA!

No, not Sarah Connor, who was mercilessly pursued in the Terminator series by a self-aware surveillance network named Skynet. We’re talking about the “Safer Arizona Roads Alliance,” the astroturf answer by photo radar peddlers such as American Traffic Solutions and Redflex to opponents such as CameraFRAUD.

On July 6th, SARA “re-tweeted” a message from Twitter account @RedflexPR regarding

SARA homepage with Twitter feed on right

the statewide ballot initiative missing the mark for number of signatures required:

THANK YOU ARIZONA FOR NOT SIGNING THE PHOTO RADAR PETITION. 34,000 SIGNATURES SHORT OF GOING ON NOV. BALLOT.

Of course, upon even basic examination of the RedflexPR account it becomes painfully obvious that

The SARA twitter account, #SaferArizona

the account is a spoof of the beleaguered Australian firm, with quips such as “WHEN YOU CANCEL OUR CONTRACTS, WE’LL COME AFTER YOU,” and “WE’RE AS REAL AS THE PHOTO ENFORCEMENT VIOLATIONS SENT IN THE MAIL.”

Other honorable tweets from the phantom account, which is not operated by CameraFRAUD, include:

“YOU DIDN’T HEAR THIS FROM US, BUT ATS ARE A BUNCH OF SCUMBAGS”

“LOOK AT THESE CRAZY CATS TRYING TO BAN PHOTO RADAR IN ARIZONA. WE’LL BE BACK LIKE THE HERP”

According to our research, SARA is the largest and most organized of the groups supporting the cameras, boasting 32 friends on Facebook and almost 23 followers on Twitter.

Keep up the good work, SARA!

Update: SARA not only removed the “trojan tweet,” they also removed the entire Twitter widget as well as their link to their Facebook account. Of course, the entire incident will live happily documented on CameraFRAUD from now until…. forever. Here’s their latest screenshot, with convenient circles of doom (added by us) highlighting the areas changed.

(Note to SARA: Contact our Twitter guy… he does online brand management professionally and would probably love to represent your disinformation and propaganda campaign… for a price!)


Redflex, ATS Running Out of Lobbyist Hacks

June 27, 2010

Winning isn’t enough for the folks of CameraFRAUD and ACAPR(Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar) anymore.

Last night, ABC 15 gave us the opportunity to post a piece opposite to one written by a Lobbyist Group for Redflex and ATS, called SARA (Safer Arizona Roads Alliance). The group is funded by both companies.

Let’s just say that the talent pool is even more shallow these days. Those looking for an actual debate are going to yearn for the work of Jay Heiler and his alien hands.

Peters starts off her piece by asking and answering her own question with a one word answer. Very attention grabbing!

Incidentally, the cameras coming down is not just an idea, it happens to be a reality.

Next she starts in with the nanny-state rhetoric of “If they save even one life…” Unfortunately there are a lot of freedoms we could give up to save “just one life,” such as no longer being allowed to drive cars, or even leave our houses. That logic could go on forever, but you get the point. Joanna would probably be happier living in a place like Australia, for example.

Jay Heiler hands over lobbyist duties to Joanna Peters of SARA

Joanna, just like every other Redflex/ATS lobbyist is making her arguments under a completely false premise.  She claims the traffic surveillance ticketing cameras are saving lives, when the statistics do not support her claims. She also misses completely on the argument that speed is the cause of 1/3 of all accidents, with no data to back it up. Let’s take a look at some numbers from ADOT:

Exceeding the posted limit is shown to be a factor in less than 5% of crashes in Arizona for 2008. I don’t have a calculator out, but 5% doesn’t sound like 1/3. Maybe Joanna can do the math on it and get back to us. All the cameras can do, is (allegedly) measure  how much someone is over the posted limit. That, of course, is always in question, especially with the revelation that Redflex was using un-certified equipment for that brief 11 year period starting in the late 1990’s.

Another fun fact is that exceeding the posted limit is only observed on .48% of Arizona motorists. Yes that’s less than one half of 1%. Speeding doesn’t seem to be quite the problem Redflex, ATS, DPS and their Lobbyist friends make it out to be.

Joanna also identifies herself as a parent in the “essay” written for Channel 15 in an attempt to gain sympathy of the reader. None of these tactics are new by any means, but it would be nice to debate an issue without meaningless pandering and false statistics.

Maybe Jay Heiler can fill us all in on what he’s been up to lately, because mentoring his successors doesn’t appear to be on that list.


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