Scottsdale (a very affluent region of Phoenix), netted $2 million in revenue from one highway due to speed enforcement cameras, along an 8-mile stretch on the 101-Loop in a span of two years. That is, more than 200,000 citations were issued. The tickets also carry additional surcharges, resulting in $5.4 million for the State of Arizona.
This is precisely why I don’t donate to the telemarketers on behalf of Fraternal Order of Police organizations. It’s all about money, and clearly there’s a lot being made from speed enforcement. Maybe if they would send warnings from the speed enforcement (instead of tickets), I just might be a little more generous.
From the locals here, they suggest when speeding, cover your face to get the ticket thrown out when speeding. My own observation concludes that about 25% of vehicles here use anti-photo radar license plate covers, for a good reason. The locals also say that cops frequently write tickets for this too.
I have my own idea on how to defeat the capturing of license plate photos. Stay tuned later on for details on that — to my knowledge, no one has perfected it and may possibly be patentable.
What do you think of automated speed enforcement? Is it effective? Does it make roads safer? Sound off in the comments below.