In addition to the numerous legal, ethical, constitutional, and technological issues with automated ticketing deployments, perhaps one of the most disturbing examples of unintended consequences with photo enforcement has yet to be covered by this website.
CameraFRAUD has received numerous emails from Veterans who express varied levels of concern over the use of flash units that are almost universally deployed with Redflex and American Traffic Solutions’ traffic cameras. Many of these individuals wanted to tell someone “their story” but weren’t comfortable enough with the information being published publicly.
With the sender’s permission, we are publishing the following email. The author’s identity and some details have been removed or changed to respect his privacy.
I can’t believe that I am the only Veteran who is having stress problems with these devices. Day or night the flash is similar to muzzle flashes, or an explosive device without the big bang.
If 2 or 3 vehicles go through one of these points as a group there are multiple flashes, and it is enough to send the adrenalin pumping – similar to a roadside ambush, especially the ones that are partially hidden in the oleanders, etc. One of these days someone is going to be having a bad day, and go into escape & evasion (E&E) mode, or just pull out the cannon and level the offender. [...]
The first radar van I encountered appeared to be a car with a flat on the side of the road, Just before I go to it the guy opened the back of the station wagon [...] and there was the antenna and the supporting equipment. I was on my way to (city name removed), and don’t remember a thing about the trip until I was going through (city name removed) ! [...]
I have never set off one of the devices, and have not had a traffic citation in over 35 years. These things still just give me the willies! They serve no other purpose than revenue enhancement. Only a corrupt government would employ such tactics. If they are worried about speed, require speed skill levels for driving. That is where most of the problem is – unskilled drivers operating outside of their competency range…
It’s not just CameraFRAUD that questions the wisdom of flashing powerful strobe lights at passing motorists. Just ask those who hold the patent rights to the technology:
“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.”
If you are a Veteran or other party that may have a medically-related issue to bright strobe lights, we would like to hear from you.