April 27, 2010
On April 16, the surviving spouse and beneficiaries of Douglas Georgianni filed suit in Superior Court seeking unspecified damages in the shooting death of Douglas Georgianni. Douglas was shot almost a year earlier by Thomas Destories while working for Redflex in a DPS-marked photo radar van.
The lawsuit alleges that a major contributing factor to be the DPS markings on the side of the Redflex owned and operated talivan. This gives the public the impression that the occupants are peace officers and that the vehicle is owned and operated by a police agency. When a police vehicle is driven by a civilian, it is supposed be clearly marked as such, typically with the words “Not in Service.” If this practice is not followed, it is considered to be a violation of ARS 13-2411, impersonating a peace officer. DPS is alleged to be negligent because they knowingly put civilian contractors in harm’s way by making them impersonate a peace officer as a regular part of their job. While contractors no longer occupy the talivans while parked on the highways (because of the shooting), civilian contractors are still driving and moving the DPS-marked vehicles.
Another major point in the lawsuit is the allegation that DPS knowingly put civilian contractors in harm’s way because they were aware of or should have been aware of attacks on photo radar van operators but did nothing to protect them. PhotoRadarScam.com had reported on several speed van attacks that occured before the shooting, so law enforcement and Redflex should have been fully aware of the propensity for the public to act out against these vehicles, not just locally but world-wide:
Thanks to Janet Napalitano, DPS, and photo radar, the state is now looking at what is likely to be a multi-million dollar judgement at a time when the state can least afford it.
February 26, 2010
Sooo what happened here folks?
Smashed Talivan in Redflex Parking Lot
We know some Talivan drivers like to drink on the job. We’re pretty sure he got fired, but did they need to hire him back on?
In all seriousness, this looks severe and makes one wonder about where this Scam Van was when it sustained this type of damage.
Could it have been parked on the side of the road, causing temporary blindness of a motorist due to the scamera flash and was rear-ended?
We’re putting out a CameraFRAUD APB to anyone who saw what caused this damage. Scameras are known to make the road more dangerous and this smells like another dirty little Redflex/DPS secret.
The below picture was taken earlier in the afternoon from a different angle, courtesy of PhotoRadarScam.
August 19, 2009
An unannounced protest last Friday morning targeted an American Traffic Solutions’ van in Mesa as well as a Redflex van in Tempe.
Numerous volunteers from CameraFRAUD appeared for a “flash mob” around 7 AM. Large signs reading “Scam Cam Zone”, “Pirates Ahead,” as well as”Fraud Alert” were used to warn drivers of the speed trap ahead near University and Stapley. Many motorists honked and yelled in support of the demonstration.
“CameraFRAUD demonstration signs reduced traffic speeds up to 50%, thereby causing the van driver to soon leave due to an unprofitable location…” said one volunteer. “Perhaps the City of Mesa should contract with us instead.”
Time is money with profit-rich photo radar vans. Any disruption to their operation could instantly destroy their profit margin for the day.
With the early Mesa victory, it was off to an unmanned Redflex van in Tempe near McClintock and Elliot. Tempe police eventually arrived but watched from a distance. Concerned about their equipment, Redflex dispatched an employee to the scene.
For some reason, the talivan operator didn’t want to be identified, and tried to duck into a large book full of policies and procedures.
The unannounced demonstrations will continue.
January 29, 2009
Months ago when the state’s photo traffic enforcement program started, those who cared about their civil liberties objected loudly. Their argument was that the cameras represented a “slippery slope” that would lead us to the surveillance state, and we would lose our right to move freely about our own state and country without being monitored by Big Brother’s taxing cameras.
Well, you know what they say about karma:
Scamera Van on a Slippery Slope
Redflex is encountering slippery slopes of its own!
This is on the Westbound i10 approaching 43rd Ave. I would love to have stopped and investigate the matter, but I was on my way to work when I saw this. My guess is that the operator of the “Tali-van” tried to set up his little money machine on the berm, but was countered by the realities of gravity. Faced with ditching his vehicle and quarter million dollar camera onto the side of the freeway, he probably locked up his brakes and called for help.
DPS was on hand, at the bidding of their Redflex masters no doubt, to protect the quarter million dollar camera inside the van.
Oh, and for public safety.
Not so much for the driver though, I imagine he’s been replaced already.