Spy vs. Spy?
If you’re part of the government/surveillance-complex in Arizona (the extensive collaboration of private companies corrupting law enforcement with the prospect of bucketfuls of money), it sure does seem like it’s hard to catch a break these days.
Case in point: Local media picking up a story CameraFRAUD brought to you in January regarding unsafe placement of cameras near overpasses (”DPS and Redflex: No Regard for Human Life,” Jan 30 2009).
The kicker? The man raising the placement question is the Professor commissioned to do the original Arizona study regarding photo enforcement: Simon Washington.
According to the KPHO story, “He [Washington] believes placing the cameras underneath an overpass — or near on-ramps or off-ramps — might make drivers think they are purposely hidden. He said that will create a negative perception among drivers.”
To the casual observer, it may appear that Dr. Washington is making remarks regarding “perception” among drivers. (Of course, those not shrouded in DPSRedflex’s reality distortion field know the public opinion on automated ticketing usually consists of a smattering of unrepeatable words combined with a certain obscene gesture— but that’s for another article).
One only needs to look at the actual study done by the good Professor to see that he clearly thought that the surprise element of automated ticketing could be a problem:
“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.”
DPS: Department of Playing Schultz?
Channeling Sergeant Schultz’s famous “I know nothing,” both DPS and Redflex seem to have never heard of anything as silly as a driver being distracted by a bright flash, or worse–an actual cause-and-effect collision.
Yet one only needs to look as far as the photo enforcement patent to see what the inventors themselves had to say:
“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.”
DPS and Redflex can continue to drink their government kool-aid: The money train will end, because the Cameras are Coming Down.