Attention, Scottsdale Speeders: City Deploying Stealthier Photo-Radar Cameras

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If you speed through the streets of Scottsdale, here's a heads-up: The city will be using two photo-radar devices that aren't as obvious as the big white vans.

The city has been testing two photo-radar units that are the size of phone booths, contained in tan metal boxes that kind of resemble big trash cans and will be used to issue citations starting July 21.

According to a press release from the cops, these boxes will be placed in school zones.

When school's not in session, these things will be set up "near other high-traffic areas for pedestrians such as parks, pools, shopping areas, and sports fields," according to police.

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City of Scottsdale
Be on the lookout for these in Scottsdale.
The city set these things up for a test-run on Miller Road, in front of the city's Eldorado Aquatic Center and neighboring Boys and Girls Club, and drivers racked up what would have been 130 citations between June 4 and 6.

That was just a test, so no tickets were issued.

The devices, called "portable school towers," will start being used to issue citations on July 21, according to the cops.

Beware, while regular speed cameras in Scottsdale, and elsewhere, go off when you're going 11 mph over the speed limit, police say it's set at 6 mph over the speed limit in school zones.

Below, you can see the map of the fixed cameras -- not the vans -- are stationed in Scottsdale. The blue ones already exist, the light blue are speed only, the red are planned, and the yellow one is a planned speed-camera in a fixed location in a school zone.


View Scottsdale Road Safety Camera Locations in a larger map

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37 comments
GodGunsGutsGlory
GodGunsGutsGlory

Nice, these are small enough to be pushed the hell over and dragged down the road!

Cozz
Cozz

The older I get, the slower I go on the streets.

Just not worth the hassle to get a ticket and I don't need to be anywhere at a speed thats unsafe on the streets.


I go fast enough racing on a race track 24+ times a year to get my speeding fix with no tickets involved.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Was thinking spray paint, too. Etching compound on the lens might be better.

Jeffrey Wade
Jeffrey Wade

Just claim "entrapment" if you get a ticket from one of these and plan on fighting it.

Zac Chamberlain
Zac Chamberlain

30-40 children nationwide are struck by vehicles in school zones, so proud of my city doing their part! What a joke

Glyph
Glyph

School is out for the summer, and they're putting these things up in school zones...

Go figure

wqcharleston
wqcharleston

Seems a little spray paint would take care of these

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

if it was about generating revenue, why dont they start writing tickets for all the people who block the crosswalks at stops? they would be making millions of dollars the first week

drgonzo1971
drgonzo1971

Speed traps suck.  If it were about safety, they would not try to hide these.  It's about revenue generation in a way that soccer moms can approve.   Me seeing a cop/trap means I check my speed right then and there.  Instant response; instant theoretical safety benefit.  Otherwise, Me getting nailed by a machine means a notice (if i was speeding) in a couple of weeks.   Meanwhile, whatever risk you're trying to minimize goes unchecked.  Real cops.  Real cop cars.  Those are what works.  Not cloak and dagger robot ticket machines.

FuckScottsdale
FuckScottsdale

Great idea in school zones, as for the rest, throw a rope around them and take them for a ride.

Syd Vishus
Syd Vishus

I thought these were taken down! Just don't pay them...but, wait six months to answer your door. lol

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Zac Chamberlain  Your statistics are just a little bit off.  Around 100 are killed and over 25,000 are injured by school zone accidents.   Slowing drivers down for school zones also makes them more aware of pedestrian traffic around schools, where even more children are killed or injured every year.

Still laughing?

GodGunsGutsGlory
GodGunsGutsGlory

@drgonzo1971 
Yup. Just more tax collections from the PYRAMID SCHEME BASED CORPORATIONS of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, El Mirage, Surprise, Peoria, etc etc etc where pig cops and anyone in between must collect more taxes and fill the for profit prisons if they want any chance to advance in the pyramid scheme corporation.

ValleyNative is either a pig cop, or some other city sucking tax sucker, or he's just a brainwashed Boot Licker!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAw_A2AKz_c

drgonzo
drgonzo

@drgonzo1971 you're baiting the self-righteous sheep

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@drgonzo1971  But you see, the way it works with people who aren't as dumb as a post is, they hear that there are speed cameras that you can't see, so they keep their speed down to 10 over the limit all the time.  Checking their speed every few seconds no matter where they are.

This isn't really that hard to do.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@FuckScottsdale In which non-school locations, specifically, do you object to having to stay within 10 of the posted limit? parks, pools, shopping areas, or sports fields?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@drgonzo Actually, that would be vandalism, not civil disobedience.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@drgonzo "self-righteous" for not speeding through pedestrian traffic?  I actually just think of myself as an "adult".

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative or they leave earlier so they arent in a rush. makes things safer and cheaper when you dont have to speed

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@GodGunsGutsGlory I'm far from being a boot licker.  I understand my rights, and I understand what is NOT my right, which includes whatever right you imagine you have to drive through pedestrian traffic areas at more than 10mph over the posted speed without having your picture taken.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@pontian_lyra  If you're serious about protecting your Constitutional rights, you have to learn more about them than what you might read on a bubble gum card.

You have NO right to privacy when you're on a public street.  If you're an adult and you don't know that, well, shame on you.  You're making harder for the rest of us to protect our ACTUAL rights.

pontian_lyra
pontian_lyra

@valleynative @drgonzo1971 Those evil cameras violate our privacy according to the language of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, because they constitute an unwarranted search of all persons and effects (personal belongings). Since these cameras violate our rights, we are within our rights to disable these nuisance, wealth stealing, spying pieces of crap. The plain truth is the government thinks it can do whatever it wants today (with impunity) without being accountable to the people, which means the government is lawless.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@drgonzo1971  No, if you're actually destroying public property, you can't claim any moral high ground.  Particularly not when those "evil" cameras don't bother you at all if you simply drive at a reasonable speed.

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