Arizona has been one of the bigger supporters of traffic cameras over the years, though there's been quite a bit of backlash
there in recent months. It reached quite a level last month with the news that a speed camera operator was shot and killed
. Reader Milodon points us to the news that even the police in Phoenix are getting quite upset at speed cameras
because they're getting caught by them while on the way to respond to emergencies
. Yes, even when the police are responding to an emergency in a police car, lights flashing and everything, they can still get a citation if they're caught speeding by a speed camera. The police department policy is that officers can get cited for being "out of policy" which is 15 mph over the speed limit.
Now, there is a reasonable argument to be made that police speeding can be a danger to others as well -- which is what those who support the policy say. But, you could make an argument that circumstances should determine what's safe in responding to an emergency, rather than a hard and fast policy. Still, even if you agree that police shouldn't speed, it's hard not to see some irony in police getting citations from speed cameras.