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Traffic Cameras Disappoint

The lamestream media told you:

Automated highway speed trap cameras are not "reaping" their funding targets. Scottsdale, the first city in the nation to place speed cameras on a city highway are disappointed with the results, well below projections made when the city bought and installed the devices as a test. With an average of 25,000 flashes per month, the city will decide by October whether to remove the one-time highly praised technology.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Promoted for months entirely on the safety merits, Scottsdale and other localities told their local "news" reporters that speed cameras would make the roads safer, save lives, help enforce the law, reduce speeding, prevent road rage, protect police patrols, safeguard children and make the world a better place. "News" outlets faithfully reported the government pronouncements without question.

Now, formerly ridiculed critics are exonerated for having pointed out that money was the real reason for the impersonal, fascist-leaning law enforcement effort that prevents those accused from confronting their accusers, and that safety had nothing to do with the program. "In fact," says one well-known observer who asked that her identity be concealed, "If the system works, and it actually stops speeding, the system fails, because it doesn't generate enough money. The system requires that people break the law for it to work. We told you so."

In other news, Scottsdale City Court has processed 33,559 tickets from the cameras. Using an olden investigative tool called a calculator, at an average of $157 per ticket, the city raked in $5.3 million in cash. A percentage of the cash goes to the company that sold the program to the city and runs the cameras.

In other news, doubt was cast on the system's reliability when the driver of a late model Sonata was clocked at 147 miles an hour, beyond what the car can do, according to experts. I am not making this up.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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