The Phoenix New Times has been busy uncovering dirt on the El Mirage Speed Camera scam, while the town’s Mayor, Vice Mayor, Town Manager and Police Chief attempt to conceal crash data from a camera location.
The saga in El Mirage has been well reported on (surprisingly) by local media in Arizona and includes fraudulent tickets, a money-grubbing judge and an abrupt end to their red light camera program with very little explanation.
The intersection in question is at Primrose Street and the US-60/Grand Ave. Crash stats, which will undoubtedly will show that accidents increased dramatically once the flashing speed camera was installed, are available, but the police chief is now sitting on them.
And he’ll conveniently release them right after his town’s election. Emails obtained by the New Times show El Mirage Police Chief Steve Campbell has been ducking city councilman Jim McPhetras for weeks now, even though he has admitted to having the data all along.
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We have the e-mails going back and forth, including the one from the police chief to McPhetres telling him that a police analyst had already prepared a report on the accidents at the intersection.
All he had to do was review it, and hand it over to McPhetres.
But that never happened.
This isn’t sensitive information that rises to the level of such secrecy.
What’s really going on here, from all the evidence, is that these stats are being suppressed by Mayor Mook and Vice Mayor David Shapera, who apparently thinks you are a “Nut job” if you don’t support being constantly surveilled by Redflex Traffic Systems and scammed out of money by an unconstitutional form of traffic ticketing.
The cat’s out of the bag in El Mirage and now there are a lot of city officials who owe their town some answers, AGAIN, regarding the photo ticketing exploitation that they can’t seem to part ways with.