by Mike Masnick

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arizona, speed cameras

Arizona Considers Ditching Speed Cameras

from the big-waste-of-money dept

We've highlighted the significant problems with speed cameras over the years, but it hasn't stopped their continued spread. Arizona was actually one of the more aggressive deployers of such speed cameras, which were immediately effective in delivering speeding tickets to thousands of supposed speeders. However, it looks like the anger at the automated ticket-giving machines has caught the attention of at least one local Senator who is trying to kill the program, noting that the cameras are: "annoying, unfair, intrusive and even dangerous because of backups as motorists abruptly slow down near cameras." Indeed. Of course, anyone who looked at other areas that installed such cameras would have found out the same thing without spending millions of taxpayer dollars installing them first.

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    MH, 2 Jan 2010 @ 8:35am

    Flashed going the speed limit.

    I live in Pinal County. I was flashed by a mobile unit on the 60 freeway going east, just passed Signal Butte. I was driving the speed limit exactly, and it was near dawn, so it was quite a shock. This made me very upset, because it is my word against the machine. I called the local non-emergency line of the local police to start. They gave me the number of the Department of Public Safety. The female who answered told me "the cameras recycle themselves" and "don't worry" and that "it also takes test pictures". I don't go over the speed limit much anymore because I sped in my youth and tired of the cost. So it was even more shocking to have a flash when I was already confidently going the limit and knew there should not be a flash. It makes it that much more difficult to trust a system that has already failed you in the past.

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