Ahhh, the infamous “red light runner." Apparently this is a careless person who exists only to attempt to cross intersections during a red cycle just for thrills. This mythical creature is always used as an excuse to necessitate ticket cameras being placed at every street corner. "A camera will stop these people!" - the politicians and lobbyists always say. (Of course we know accidents always go up when scameras are installed)
Sometimes this thrill seeker can even run red lights that don’t exist! How mysterious! Well, that’s according to Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and her accomplice, Lydia Guzman. In an article published today in The Phoenix New Times, a “red light runner” was accused of causing an accident that damaged Mary Rose’s taxpayer-funded red Corvette.
Just check the screenshot below for their allegations:
Here’s the problem with their account of the story. There is no traffic signal at that intersection or anywhere near it. In fact, this accident looks like it was Mary Rose’s fault, but that’s pending the investigation by Phoenix Police. This link to the street view of where the accident occurred clearly shows there are no traffic lights anywhere - http://goo.gl/maps/7P6iO
And just for good measure, here’s a still frame of the corner Mary Rose’s car ended up in the pictures: This is Moreland and 3rd Street. The location was confirmed by Phoenix Police today.
Not surprisingly, Mary Rose Wilcox LOVES her some red light cameras. In fact, she was chiefly responsible for raising fees for red light camera tickets in Maricopa County.
So not only is Mary Rose in love with taking your money with scamera tickets, but now she’s blaming someone, through her entourage, for an accident that she likely caused and lying about it being a “red light runner.”
She has been caught red-handed in her red Corvette, but there was no red light and there was no red light runner.
Here’s Mary Rose in 2009 advocating the theft of even more money through red light scam tickets:
Something more savvy motorists and privacy experts have known for years is finally being reported on.
Companies like American Traffic Solutions and Redflex, along with police agencies are scanning every driver’s license plate they come in contact with. That data is stored, saved for years in some cases and used for Federal data mining by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
It’s no surprise that (former) Secretary of DHS, Janet Napolitano would want to track innocent motorists and spy on their every day activities. Her now defunct freeway photo radar dragnet, installed and run by Redflex was performing that task on a massive scale in Arizona. She was quickly promoted to her post at DHS as “Big Sis,” which she resigned from last week ahead of what are likely to be major scandals brewing which will be far worse than this one.
Sadly, in Napolitano’s home state Arizona, some municipalities still have little regard for privacy, such as Paradise Valley. That town has just agreed to a 5 year contract extension with scandal-ridden Redflex Traffic Systems which will add license plate scanners to their data mining repertoire.
Hundreds of news outlets in the U.S. alone have reported on the findings by the ACLU that license plate data is stored for years by various municipalities, but one in Indianapolis spilled the beans that this info is being sent to DHS.
The video clip below paints a grim picture of out-of-control surveillance by police and private companies of innocent motorists.
Privacy experts like those at the ACLU want you to know that…
picture of the backlash that these revenue cameras receive all over the world would resonate with just one person at city hall in Scottsdale.
Unfortunately, they look determined to run headlong into another embarrassment, with ATS cheer leading for them all the way.
These scamera boxes, which have been described by local press as resembling trash cans, will be placed in school zones to teach Scottsdale kiddos that the government is watching them and their parents at every turn.
If any civil liberties groups get a hold of this one, look out. Video taping kids and storing the data, as ATS and Redflex always do, is a big no-no. In fact, it didn’t even fly in Chicago.
Another Arizona city is taking down their unpopular automated ticketing camera system.
This time it’s the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, which has a population of more than 400,000 residents. American Traffic Solutions has been issuing scamera tickets in Mesa intersections and via mobile devices since 2006. Their driver-distracting cameras and illegally parked radar vans are no longer welcome in the city after the Public Safety Committee voted to not renew the contract.
In 2011, a similar LAPD panel in Los Angeles voted to kick American Traffic Solutions out of that city as well. The main reasons given by the panel were that accidents had increased and most people who were sent the wallet-busting $500 citations by ATS simply ignored them.
It’s no surprise that Mesa would follow suit, given the public outcry about confusing intersection lines and the loss of due process. On the panel’s recommendation, the cameras will be torn out in 2014.
Mesa can look forward to their intersections being free from a private company with a profit motive spying on every motorist passing through.
Last summer residents spoke out on local news about the chaotic situation and uneven law enforcement for drivers:
No words from the ATS sockpuppets yet about their ouster. But it’s easy to assume their legal team and internet shills are going to play their typical games with the media.