PINAL COUNTY - Pinal County put the brakes on photo radar vans on Wednesday.
The Board of Supervisors there cut off their deal with Redlfex, the photo radar company so the photo radar vans and their flashing cameras are no more in Pinal County.
The state recently placed 100 photo radar cameras on Arizona highways. Sixty are stationary cameras and 40 are in mobile vans.
People 3TV talked to had mixed feelings about the freeway paparazzi. Kim Zajac says, “Just go the speed limit. It's not that big of a deal." But Perry Masterson disagrees, saying, “It’s kind of a pain. It seems to be more of a distraction to drivers than anything."
Newly elected Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says bringing an end to the cameras, at least in his county, was a campaign promise he was determined to keep. He explains, “There was only a $12,000 increase in revenue after paying for the salaries associated with photo radar and our accidents actually increased by 16%. So not only did it not have an impact of traffic safety, it almost cost us money."
They have used those in Europe for years. The first ticket I got on the Autobahn was from a camera.
I said "WTF, this is the Autobahn? No speed limits!"
They said "Uhh, yeah, except for that part where we got you going 30 over, now pay up, biatch!"
I like it how the SOCIALIST system failed big time. This should be a lesson for Hussein about how government-sponsored private corporations that are designed solely to take our money (and make a profit) are an infringement upon our civil liberties.
this is one issue i grew very conflicted about when in phoenix in '08. we're a nation of laws, yes. however, if conditions allowed for safely driving 20 over, i was pissed that i could not. it's inconsistent when you note they don't cite for unsafe driving using this same technology, but could.
quick buck is first; public safety a distant second.
Redflex, a unit of Australia-based Redflex Holdings Ltd., said in a disclosure to the Australian Securities Exchange that it could write off $5 million of assets because of the program's end. Under the state's contract, Redflex supplies cameras, vans and other equipment.