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Camera Fraud Article: 2 out of 3 Redflex Flashes Worthless

humiliationWell, we would argue 3 out of 3, but what the heck… from the Republic:

An Arizona Republic analysis of three months of records shows Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. and the DPS threw out more than 65 percent of the photos captured… Redflex… has a goal of issuing tickets 80 percent of the time the cameras are activated, DPS Lt. Jeff King said.

A Redflex spokeswoman clarified by saying that figure applies only to photos that aren’t compromised by factors such as the weather. Redflex refused to comment on the expectations or success of the program in Arizona…

…Part of the problem in Arizona, King said, is that the state has a driver-responsibility law, like Colorado, California and Oregon. That distinction means DPS officers have to match the photo of the speeder with one on a driver’s license.

Horrors! What kind of barbaric, wild-west state do we live in where the police have to “identify” the actual person suspected of violating applicable law? We’re sure that the politically-neutral DPS (insert laugh track here) will be the first to support any effort to remove driver-responsibility from Arizona’s Revised Statutes.

The cameras are designed to take high-resolution photos across multiple lanes of traffic. “We can just about zoom in and see stuff on the dash,” [DPS's] King said.

Are we the only ones not really sure why DPS is zooming in to “see stuff” on your dash? And don’t be coy, Lt. King. You can see the the passenger seat. And objects in the back seat. Or what’s being hauled in a truck bed. In fact, you can see just about everything you would expect to see if someone was sticking a 12 megapixel camera in your face.

Cams can't catch drunks, wreckless driving, or sick 50MPh

Cams can't catch drunks... or this guy

Walter Figueroa’s case, though it didn’t arise from a freeway camera, shows that other factors can be at work, too. Figueroa received a violation notice in his Laveen mailbox earlier this week for driving 50 mph through a 35-mph zone in Mesa on his motorcycle on April 25.

But Figueroa doesn’t own a motorcycle. He drives a Nissan SUV, as the violation notes, with a license plate of ONIX. The citation also contains a picture of a man on a motorcycle, making an obscene gesture toward the camera, with a license plate of ON1X.

“I’m just a little bent. Two people physically signed this ticket,” he said.

Motorcycle, car, whatever… just pay up, buddy. Remember, it’s not like all they want to do is take your money…

Legislators approved the statewide program in July, giving the DPS a mandate to install 100 fixed and mobile cameras on Arizona highways. The DPS suspended the program’s expansion in mid-January, with 36 fixed locations and 42 mobile units in place. The suspension coincided with a wave of anti-photo-enforcement efforts that included residents’ protests and legislative efforts to end the program, but DPS officials insist they suspended the program to seek the best locations for the

Getting an eyeful

remaining cameras.

If by “seek the best locations” they meant “watch via binoculars how

protesters on an overpass during rush hour garnered thousands of

supportive honks to end automated ticketing, possibly backing up traffic

for miles…

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