• Jul 20th 2010 at 9:59AM
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In span of about two-and-a-half years, Arizona's highway speed camera program, run by Australian company Redflex, mailed 1,105,935 tickets, or close to 1,125 tickets every day. In 2009, a group called CameraFraud went to work to get the cameras taken down, and after a year of effort they've been successful: Redflex shut the 78 fixed and mobile cameras down at midnight, July 16.

The group convinced Arizona's new governer, Jan Brewer, that the cameras were all about money. Brewer's predecessor, Janet Napolitano, had cited the fact that the cameras would bring in $120 million every year for the state. But since tickets needed to be delivered by process servers to those caught speeding in order to be legally binding, 66% of the violations were never paid. Instead of reaping $120 million annually, only $78 million was collected over the entire 2.5 years.

There remain some Arizona municipalities with speed-detecting cameras still in use, and CameraFraud is now taking aim at them. Also, the shutdown doesn't affect the red light cameras, a program run by American Traffic Solutions, which are still in operation.

[Source: The Newspaper]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Arizona is going to regret removing the cameras when they start dealing with the accidents on the 101 from drivers going 120 mph. These cameras made the freeways a pleasant drive. I am going to miss them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good riddance! Breaking bad !
      • 5 Years Ago
      The cameras I felt were effective, they should not be taking these down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VICTORY!!! Bring your game to Cleveland, OH Please!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Turn the cameras on the southern border and pay Redflex a bounty for each illegal caught.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personal freedom issue....not so much, and it's sad that this might be highlighted as such. I've been in countries with very limited personal freedoms where the masses are allowed to drive however they like, as it's an easy way to placate them.

      What should bother most of us is that these systems are being used for revenue generation instead of for promoting public safety. For example, Indianapolis, elected geniuses doubled the moving violation fine to ~$150 a decade ago, while not creating a lessor penalty for 'minor' infractions like a rolling stop sign or not yielding at a crosswalk. The result was less ticketing, as cops are more sympathetic to the huge $ hit than they are to raising cash for the coffers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't think of a better way to reduce speeding, you cannot hire enough cops to do what even a couple cameras can do 24/7.

        People pay attention when it hits their pocket books.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the camerafraud people had nothing to do with convincing the Gov to end the program- she had been opposed to it from the beginning. I completely disagree with her on this issue- Phoenix is a freeway based city and it is a jungle out there! For once it was nice to see dangerous speeders get what they deserved- a wake up call and a ticket!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank goodness there is a group thats out there fighting this lose of personal freedom.....Somebody give me the link to the "camerfraud" sign-up sheet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Next step. Extend this to the remaining states.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Excellent! Next, I'd like to video of them being crushed by a bulldozer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd like to *see* video of them being crushed by a bulldozer.

        In other news, AB's posting engine still sucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I remember reading that only about 24% of the tickets issued were being paid, most people just ignored them en masse. Apparently there was a loop hole that said no points would be issued on a photo speeding ticket since there was no police officer or signature involved. The state would follow through with hand delivering unpaid tickets, but the backlog in the courts was becoming too much. It was a case of people doing the right thing and fighting the system. I wonder what would happen if everyone who gets pulled over for speeding would take all of their tickets to court?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Speeding is illegal.

      It collected $78 million in 2-1/2 years.

      It provided jobs.

      And they still got it shut down. Amazing, but good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES TAKE THOSE CAMERAS DOWN!!!! Now please do this nation wide!!!
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