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Camera Fraud Article: DPS and Redflex: No Regard for Human Life


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DISGRACE: I-17 Underpass at Bethany Home Rd


Safety be damned.


DPSRedflex continues to show their true colors as they deploy automated ticketing machines (ATMs) in hazardous locations to maximize revenue.


DPS’s newest scam: 1-17 southbound at Bethany Home Road. The cameras are located under the overpass, creating a dangerous situation. During daylight hours drivers face entering the darkness of an overpass only to be confronted with the possibility of a powerful arc-weld flash.


Previous studies, including one performed by ASU Professor Simon Washington and commissioned for the State of Arizona (page 137), directly caution against this type of installation:


Design of [photo zones] should consider the element of surprise to drivers and should aim to minimize it.


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.


Placement of cameras in sight-restricted locations should be avoided.


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Many police officers have been seriously injured or killed due to drivers stopping in gore and transition areas like these.


More troubling is the deployment of the DPSRedflex “tali-vans,” which are responsible for what can only be described as driver terrorism due to their typically close proximity to traffic, blindingly bright strobe lights, and false use of DPS’s badge insignia and vehicle design.


Alert CameraFRAUD readers notified us of this van parked on the Loop 101 northbound, only a few hundred feet in front of the Southern overpass. The van, which was monitoring Loop 101 traffic, was illegally parked in the gore area between the 101 and the US-60 to 101N transition ramp. As seen in the picture, the van is only a few feet away from traffic on both its left and right side.


These hazards are the rule, not the exception: just yesterday, CameraFRAUD volunteers captured a precarious situation where a foolish DPSRedflex van driver almost rolled their vehicle on the embankment of the 1-10 west approaching 43rd Ave.


Pro-camera apologists argue they want safer roadways, but the actions of those in charge of deployment show it’s all about the money. It’s imperative that these revenue generation schemes end within the Grand Canyon State. If you haven’t already, we urge you to get involved with the ballot measure outlawing photo enforcement by joining our Meetup group.


The Cameras are Coming Down.


      




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