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While we can normally sympathize with someone who has been on the receiving end of a speeding violation, occasionally a case comes up which tests our ability to forgive and forget. Such is the case with Jennifer Bitton, who was caught 22 times in less than two months by speed cameras on Arizona's Loop 101. The Las Vegas-based serial speeder was arrested by the Department of Public Safety at her parents' home in Scottsdale last Friday and booked on two counts of criminal speeding, one count of endangerment and another count of reckless driving. Not surprisingly, Bitton says that she wasn't aware of the cameras on 101, which at one point clocked her Mustang at 92 mph.
What is surprising is that Bitton isn't the worst of the lot. Back in 2006, Francesca Cisneros received over 70 speeding tickets on the same stretch of road, which she immediately threw away and forgot about. When the police finally arrived at her door, she reportedly told them that she assumed that if she tossed them in the trash, nothing would happen. Not quite. In October of 2006 she was sentenced to five days in jail and fined $10,022. Bitton is expected to rack up a few days behind bars herself, along with several thousand dollars in fines. Thanks for the tip, Kris.

[Source: East Valley Tribune]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      On the surface it sounds bad, but what's the criteria for the speed cameras? Locally, the DOT tried cameras, but discovered that people were being busted for going just ONE mph over the limit. While that's technically "speeding" the courts were not amused. Everyone's time nd money was being wasted here. The holier-than-thou person running the program was reassigned elsewhere and the cameras pulled. So this girl might be a punk, but who really knows.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's quite shocking to read your post RMc. I never knew there were speed cameras actually being used as a deterrent. Where I live they hide them behind signs and overpasses with no warning and book you for 3km/h over the limit. You're pretty much screwed without cruise control. Problem is, this sort of approach tends to send people to sleep...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I drive by these cameras frequently being a Phoenician.

        The speed limit is 65 mph and you don't get a ticket until going 77 mph or above. Many would argue that this is a comfortable and fair cushion to the well posted speed limit.

        In addition, there are numerous big yellow signs announcing "Photo Radar Enforcement Ahead" prior to approaching each of the photo radar zones (there are multiple in a few miles stretch - which may bring on another issue and another possible reason to how she racked up so many tickets so quickly.)

        On top of that, the cameras themselves are clearly visible and look not too unlike group of drag racing "Christmas trees" posted on the side of the highway. They are damn near impossible to miss.

        And, on top of that, the cameras, in addition to your license plate, take a picture of the front of the car, including the driver, so that you can't dispute "That wasn't me driving my car!" Thereby, there is a flash that rivals looking straight into the 12 o'clock Arizona sun which is, as you can imagine, especially noticeable at night.

        I can understand it taking two or three times to realize what the funny yellow signs, weird looking white metal trees and blinding flash are, but 22 times is unreal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Time to get those radar / photo plate covers! I'm getting them this weekend!

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised nobody posted this in fark fashion:

      "I'd hit it!"

      In all seriousness, I don't believe in photo traps either. As others have said, they are simply revenue devices and nothing more.

      After experiencing the Autobahn in Germany last year, I'd say we should punish those who pose a greater threat on our roads: people on cell phones, people using the middle and left lanes improperly, people not paying attention at the wheel, etc. Those people cause more accidents than people driving faster than our speed limits. If only we could have an autobahn, with its "unrestricted" sections where traffic is relatively low, and the road is straight and devoid of hazards. Not possible here until we re-train our drivers to drive "properly". I highly recommend a trip to Germany, it will open your eyes and make you realize how silly it is driving on our interstates!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, that's the first thing though of when I saw this post, but you just beat me to it. Well, for what it's worth,

        I'd hit it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoa, another babe with a need for speed. Maybe she can get a tryout with an IRL team where speed is good, lack of speed is bad.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too bad she seems like the dumb kind of speeders, the ones that don't know understeer from oversteer, but dashes in and out of traffic on their cellphones.

        I actually have more respect for people that speed by "spirited driving". The ones that can match revs while braking deep into a corner and take a proper apex.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not really news worthy. I speed every day on my way home. I take back roads that are twisty and fun, with some sections that are LONG and straight (between farms in the middle of nowhere) just so I can speed. What good is having a semi-fast, fun car if you can't enjoy it by banging through the gears every once in a while.... or a 1300cc sport bike if you can't flog that every once in a while.

      Let them put a speed camera on my way home and they'd tag me 45 times in 45 days... 90 times in 45 days if they turned it on in the morning too (so they could get me to and from).

      Of course if there were speed cameras there I probably wouldn't speed (or find a different way to go) but whatever. :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. Give yourself some credit for not being a self-centered, brain-dead Paris-like bimbo.
      Chris
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me or are these camera completely ludacris? Is it that local governments don't feel that it is necessary to actually have a police office doing his or her job anymore? I think this is a complete invasion of privacy. Maybe it's just me, and I have never been pulled over, but I think these things need to go. How sad is it that our government complains about companies taking jobs overseas, but don't you think its worse by giving a job to a camera?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another "Me Generation 2.0" learns the hard way that they aren't the center of the universe.

      I bet this story will make a great Fark headline.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "~90% of people speed every day"

        Exactly the point I was trying to make with my post below. In order to not speed you'd have to try really hard... hard enough to the point where you couldn't really concentrate on what you're supposed to be concentrating on.

        That doesn't excuse like 70 in a 55 for example, but that's where the argument of the definition of "speeding" comes in. 1 mph over? 5?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Glass houses, my friend...

        Based on what I see on the roads, ~90% of people speed every day. If there were speed cameras hidden everywhere, would we all avoid these tickets?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude will be right back... he's gotta go tell some kids to get off his lawn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      she's kinda cute, in case no one has mentioned it yet :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Was her Mustang equipped with a flux capacitor? Maybe the reason she was exceeding 88mph so she could travel to October 2009 to serve her sentence?
        • 6 Years Ago
        HA! what a great court defense. just make sure to wear an orange vest!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Throw it away and nothing happens? I am gonna start discarding my mortgage and credit card bills.
      Ed
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course she should be fined for speeding. I think laws should be clear about the use of camera's for this purpose though. I think only serious offenses should the cameras be used for. ie no tickets sent by camera for doing 55 in a 50mph zone. But 92 in a 55? yes send in the cops and take her keys for a while...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Guys,
      I've heard/seen of some pretty dumb stuff and people; but...
      Chaz
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who are these morons? Is this the "Me" generation that I hear about? Better nip this in the bud right now,or suffer the consequence down the road sometime.
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