Pima County Board of Supervisors “Justification” For Photo Radar

January 6, 2009

 

Pima County’s Board of Supervisors will be attempting to award a Photo Radar contract during their meeting on January 6, 2009.

 

Below is the summary, “Justification”.

 

If the argument for placing these cameras is “safety”, where is it listed? All I see is “estimated annual revenue amount of $1,500,000.00 for Photo Traffic Enforcement Program”

There is nothing in the background information about “Goals” to save live, or any estimated reduction in traffic accidents. Nope, just an estimated annual revenue amount of $1,500,000.00.

 

So I assume the “Justification” is….$1,500,000.00…not safety…

Get real Pima County..

 

– Bill Conley

 

 

 

Pima County Board of Supervisors

130 West Congress Street, 11th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Receptionist – (520) 740-8126
Fax – (520) 884-1152

 

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY

Requested Board Meeting Date: January 06, 2009

 

ITEM SUMMARY, JUSTIFICATION and/or SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

Cooperative Procurement: Award of Contract, Requisition No. 0901135, in the estimated annual revenue amount of $1,500,000.00 for Photo Traffic Enforcement Program to American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (Headquarters at Scottsdale, AZ. Contract is for a one-year term and includes four one-year renewal periods. Funding Source: General Fund. Administering Department(s): Sheriff. 

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What’s really going on at Oracle and River.

January 5, 2009

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I have been getting lots of emails from people receiving citations at the intersection of Oracle and River. Most of you are getting cited for 28-645A3A.

Well…This is the way the law reads..

28-645A3A
3. Red indication:
(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c) of this paragraph, vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal alone shall stop before entering the intersection and shall
remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown.


Let me try to explain how this works.

Some Background:

Tucson has lagging Green arrows. Meaning, when the intersection turns from yellow to red, the intersection allows traffic to turn left by indicating a Green LEFT arrow. Typically the time between the red light coming on and the Green arrow allowing left turns is about a second, if that..sometimes the green arrow is immediate.

Technically, what the city of Tucson is citing you for is; entering the intersection, Behind another vehicle already in the intersection,  and the light turning red….even though the driver gets an immediate green arrow or the vehicle attempting to clear the intersection from a yellow arrow. If you had been the first vehicle in the intersection, you would not have been cited.

This is NOT the typical “RED LIGHT” violation we think of. This is capturing drivers clearing the intersection that spilt second between the light turning red and the green arrow turning Green or a vehicle clearing the intersection from a yellow left turn arrow.

It’s Chicken Crap Law Enforcement, and its why Police Officers should enforce the Law, not Cameras! The city of Tucson knows these are easy citations to hand out.

If you receive a citation, you have the right to subpoena relevant evidence. Such as maintenance records, individuals maintaining the equipment, the company installing the equipment, any relevant city records such as light timing changes, city traffic engineers, etc.

One may even argue to a Judge that the equipment be removed to allow an independent expert examine the equipment to make sure the equipment to operating correctly.

Call your representive and tell them to remove these cameras…NOW!

Mayor and Council Citizen Comment Line: (520) 791-4700

Mike Hein, Town Manager
255 West Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4204
FAX: (520) 791-5198
E-Mail: mike.hein@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member Regina Romero
Ward 1 – Westside/Southside/Downtown
940 W. Alameda Street
Tucson, Arizona 85745
Phone: (520)  791-4040
FAX: (520)  791-5393
Email: ward1@tucsonaz.gov

Rodney Glassman
Northeast Ward Two
7575 E. Speedway
Tucson, Arizona 85710
Phone: (520) 791-4687
FAX: (520) 791-5380
E-Mail: ward2@tucsonaz.gov

Vice Mayor, Karin Uhlich
Ward III
1510 East Grant Road
Tucson, Arizona 85719
Phone: (520)  791-4711
FAX: (520)  791-5391
E-Mail: ward3@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member Shirley Scott
Southeast Ward Four
8123 E. Poinciana
Tucson, Arizona 85730
Phone: (520)  791-3199
FAX: (520)  791-4717
E-Mail: ward4@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member Steve Leal
Southside Ward Five
4300 South Park Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85714
Phone: (520)  791-4231
FAX: (520)  791-3188
E-Mail: steve.leal@tucsonaz.gov

Council Member, Nina J. Trasoff
Midtown Ward Six
3202 East 1st Street
Tucson, Arizona 85716
Phone: (520)  791-4601
Fax: (520)  791-3211
E-Mail: ward6@tucsonaz.gov

– Bill


Action Alert! Saturday, January 10, 2009 Demonstration at Oracle and River.

January 3, 2009

Join us now…! Stop the insanity! Say No to Photo Radar. Get involved and take back your government! Don’t tolerate the Photo-Radar Abuse.

Join us on January 10, 2009 at the South-East quad of Oracle and River.

We will start with a short meeting at 10:00am. Bring your signs.

CameraFRAUD.com, the leading activism group promoting the elimination of photo enforcement, will be taking the fight directly to the City of Tucson. If you’re interested in participating please email me. bill@cameraFRAUD.com.


Government’s abuse of Photo Radar

December 14, 2008

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For those of you who don’t know, the first photo radar system to be deployed in the U.S. was in Arizona.

A typical system works like this; respective municipalities lease the equipment and pay a fee to the photo radar equipment manufacturers for the equipment. Manufacturers are also typically paid a percentage of fines collected. Manufacturers may have the right to move the equipment if target revenues are not met.

According to an article in “thenewspaper.com”, photo radar units on the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale, Arizona have generated more than $2,894,766 in revenue since the set of six speed cameras were activated on February 22. As of May 3, the city mailed 18,438 citations worth between $157 and $201 each. Australian vendor Redflex takes a $42.48 cut of the profit on each ticket the company is able to generate.

In another article cited by “thenewspaper.com” Officials in Richland Hills, Texas have manipulated the yellow signal timing at the city’s lone red light camera monitored intersection. By slicing the amount of warning time available to motorists from 3.6 seconds to 3.0 seconds for several months, the intersection of Glenview Drive and Booth Calloway Road generated an estimated $300,000 in extra photo ticket revenue. Richland Hills Police Chief Barbara Childress admitted that she ordered a private contractor to shorten the yellow signal time.

The argument used by cities to deploy these systems is safety…right! So how safe are intersections when yellow lights are shortened? Safety my Butt!

Government must think we are stupid. Just follow the money and we can see why there’s such a huge interest on the part of Municipalities to deploy these system.

At one time, IRS agents were paid commissions based on what they colleted…Yea, that wasn’t abusive! (this is sarcasm, under this system millions of U.S. citizens were targets of abuse.).

Under the 6th amendment of the U.S. constitution, you have the right to confront your accuser, in this case, your abuser. So exactly how do you cross examine a radar system? You can’t and these cities know it. They also know the odds of an individual fighting a photo radar citation are small. These are no small fines, they can reach several hundred dollars and judges are quick to side against you.

I would recommend anyone, receiving a citation, present your case in court. It’s your right. Yes it adds cost to the court system. Maybe cities will think twice about the way citations are issued.

At one time, the city of Tucson had two schedules of fines, one schedule if you don’t contest the citation and another if you do, how ridiculous! Government has no business discouraging individuals from their constitutional right to fight a citation. Besides, what ever happened to the presumption of innocence?

Now we hear Gov. Napolitano is deploying photo radar systems throughout Arizona. As an individual and as a police officer this upsets me. Why? Because Gov. Napolitano is not deploying Photo Radar because of some compelling safety issue. She’s using the income from Photo Radar to balance the state’s budget. This is nothing short of a TAX!

Municipalities are depending more and more on the revenues for these types of technologies. Why, because it’s easy. For the most part, people are tired of Taxes and Government knows this.

Can speed radar read faulty, you bet. I remember running radar and clocked a tree moving at 20 MPH…and I was stationary.

On a personal note; if I would have known that Gov. Napolitano would have resigned as Gov to accept a position with Obama’s Administration…I would have voted for Obama.
She’s been terrible for the State of Arizona. Anyone that resolves budget problems by deploying Photo Radar across the State is Clueless and a poor leader.

This is not the end. My plan is to do something about the abuse…stay tuned.
It’s time to kick butt and take names…..

– Bill Conley