By: Mark and Carol Fairall
The Arizona lawmakers are considering passing HB 2525 which would ban photo-enforcement cameras throughout Arizona. HB 2525 just passed the Arizona House of Representatives with a close vote of 32-28 to eliminate all photo-radar cameras in Arizona. It is being reported that there is momentum building at the Arizona Capitol to pass HB 2525 and banish photo radar.
Now the bill goes to the Arizona Senate for a vote. Arizona Representative Grantham calls the photo-enforcement cameras a modern “tyranny” and a “police state tactic.” Grantham told his fellow lawmakers that the automated traffic enforcement violated basic constitutional protections ensuring people face their accusers. He and other lawmakers said the cameras were little more than a naked attempt for cities to squeeze revenue.
We wrote a heavily documented report in October 2013 about how we failed to receive justice. We were victims of road-rage with a car bouncing off our car’s rear bumper and sped up to protect ourselves. The judge failed to follow the self-protection law, Castle Law SB 1469, and refused to look at the picture of the road-rage we experienced. The interim city judge, B. Monte Morgan, was more interested in meeting his photo-radar revenue goals and not be fired like the last city judge, James Mapp, who failed to produce the “big bucks” for El Mirage. Our Redflex report was our most read internet report that received many compliments for its extensive details and heavy documentation. We documented the injustice online at:
Representative Grantham is reporting that more citizens are becoming concerned about the Constitutionality of the highway photo radar system. Grantham is concerned about the fraud problems of Redflex bribery which has resulted in jails terms for former company executives and a Chicago official. The lawmaker is stating that the public has increased awareness of the photo radar fraud problems. He is worried about the corrupt relationship between city leaders and the photo radar vendors. The solution Representative Grantham states is to ban the photo radar camera before that happens in Arizona like it already has happened in other many other states.
Some Arizona municipalities are paying big money for studies to justify keeping the photo radar cameras. Grantham is suspect of those statistics because the municipalities have a vested interest in their self-studies. Scottsdale reported that 42,290 photo radar tickets were issued last year costing drivers over $3 million and nearly half of that went to the city. The Town of Paradise Valley reported that 23,722 photo radar tickets were issued last year costing drivers over $2 million and nearly half went to that town. Of course, those municipalities want the photo radar to continue because they are addicted to the profitable robot cameras with quotas.
The Arizona Lawmakers need to know that Redflex Holding is a dying company due to the cancellation of contracts because of its scandals. The Redflex stock has dropped from its high of $4.15 a share to its present $0.70 a share. Stock analysts give Redflex a 55% chance of filing bankruptcy and highly recommend to sell the risky stock. This poor financial condition of Redflex affects the company’s ability to maintain its equipment and that puts in jeopardy the validity of its photo radar camera results. Arizona does not need another “Boondoggle” like Theranos!
There have been several lawsuits against photo radar won based upon the violations and the illegality of the drivers being unable to cross examine the robot cameras. The largest $90 million class action lawsuit has just been “green light” to proceed in Canada. The Canadian class action lawsuit against photo radar is for the refund of 70,000 tickets from 151 photo radar cameras in Quebec, which could be $90 million in refunds. The Canadian judge ruled that photo radar cameras is “Insufficient”, “Inadmissible” and “Illegal” because no officer witnessed the traffic violation. Judge Serge Cimon concluded that the photo radar evidence was “Hearsay.” What is so shocking is that Canadian Government is listed as one of the six defendants in the photo radar class action lawsuit. This could be very expensive for Canada for allowing the lawbreaking photo radar system.
Photo radar contributes to commercial “Blight” because motorists avoid areas where the robot camera speed traps exists. Grand Ave is not so “Grand” anymore because it has become known as a greedy “Speed Trap” for El Mirage. Cities are fighting blight. Grand Avenue is a prime local example how different cities are fighting blight, graffiti/litter, and closed businesses. Grand Avenue is 50 miles long and it goes through seven cities. Glendale looks to improve transportation and access to its “historic old town” businesses. Phoenix is creating an “arts” district that won a National Planning Achievement for Urban Design for its focus on business growth. Otherwise, Grand Avenue has a newly improved highway that runs through Arizona’s biggest “Blight Route” in Arizona. The photo radar system has played a major role in reducing traffic and destroying business opportunities.
Many other states and cities are banning the revenue robot cameras and are supporting their citizens’ Constitutional Rights. Arizona needs to join the other enlighten leaders that view the photo-radar camera law enforcement as a SCAM. It is urged that Governor Ducey continues to reduce risks and promote business growth. Governor Ducey needs to support of HB 2525, the banning of photo radar, because it is one key to Arizona’s increased prosperity.
The ARIZONA REPUBLIC NEWSPAPER just published our Opinion Letter: