Peoria Quietly Extends Contract for Dangerous Red Light Cameras has learned that Peoria has quietly approved a 6 month extension to the 1 year extension of its dangerous red light camera “pilot” program. Last year, the Arizona Republic reported that crashes had more than doubled at intersections with red light cameras, but that didn’t stop the Peoria council from cashing in for another year. The new extension extends the contract on a month-to-month basis until April 2, 2011. Technically, Redflex was operating without a contract between October 1 and October 6 when the city’s Materials Manager officially executed the contract extension.

A look through the contract reveals a couple of interesting items. On page 9 of the contract, provision 3.9 instructs the police to authorize Redfelx to issue a Traffic Ticket and Complaint based on a gender match despite prior Arizona Superior Court rulings that gender match is insufficient (Refer to cases of Stephen Thomas Palermo (LC2006-000235-001 DT), Craig Cameron Gillespie (LC2005-000597), and Daniel Gutenkauf. ARS 28-1561 requires a Traffic Ticket and Complaint to contain a form of certification by the issuing officer in substance as follows: “I hereby certify that I have reasonable grounds to believe and do believe that the person named herein committed the offense or civil violation described herein contrary to law” and on at least 3 occasions judges have ruled gender match is not reasonable grounds to meet this requirement. ARS 28-1561 provides that a cop issuing a Traffic Ticket and Complaint without reasonable grounds to believe they’ve identified the violator is guilty of perjury.

Another interesting artifact is a sample of a public opinion poll (page 63) used by Redflex to show “overwhelming” support for red light scameras. One doesn’t have to be a polling expert to see how the questions are designed to achieve the illusion that photo enforcement is popular with the American public. Unfortunately for Redflex, those results have never been duplicated when a more honest polling methodology is used at the ballot box.


One Comment

  1. Fred
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Red light cameras and speed trap cameras are popping up in a lot of subs around Phx. Mesa, Gilbert and Scottsdale to name a few, also school zone area was extended from the crossing speed of 5mph to 10 mph to 20 mph, which may extend for a block or so. Catching people resuming the previous speed before entering the school zone. Money makers, we’ll be in a full depression before we know it, dragging every dollar out of the public will help.

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