Traffic cameras have spotted hundreds of thousands of drivers speeding on Arizona highways since the 2008 launch of an automated enforcement program. Yet the AP reports that what should be a highly successful safety measure is in danger of disappearing. The reason: Law-breaking motorists are staging what amounts to an insurrection against the state, and they might be getting the upper hand.
Lt. Jeff King, photo enforcement district commander for the state's Department of Public Safety, which includes the Arizona Highway Patrol, says his agency "just wanted drivers to go the speed limit and did not understand all the backlash."
"Instead of spending so much time focusing on getting rid of cameras, why don’t they focus on the real problem, the root problem, which is getting people to drive the speed limit?" Lieutenant King said. "If everyone was to drive the speed limit, the cameras would never flash."
Logic of this sort doesn't stand a chance in the face of anti-enforcement hysterics, including camera defacement and drivers donning disguises to conceal their identities. No matter that a camera operator was murdered last year; the culture of scofflaw motorist entitlement has taken on the air of a populist crusade.Read more...