• Allan Posted: 7/19/2010 11:43am PDT

    This is a major blow to the 'industry' that speed cameras have become. Just like Tasers, they're overused and have questionable legality.

  • Fizz Posted: 7/19/2010 1:01pm PDT

    This is just something we have to live with although it is awfully creepy. Even if the government clains they aren't using cameras, you never know.

  • Eric Berlin Posted: 7/19/2010 1:06pm PDT

    If conviction rate is 98% of those who try to get out of payment, amazing that 2/3 go unpaid. Are these people abandoning their cars?

  • jackie JR Posted: 7/19/2010 2:27pm PDT

    I wonder what can you do to get he rate of payment higher? seems that this would be the main issue

  • Stuart Holden Posted: 7/19/2010 3:07pm PDT

    Can they get rid of the red light cameras also?

  • Shaunna Posted: 7/19/2010 3:20pm PDT

    As one of those who just got a ticket from these cameras I was blown away that I was issued a ticket for going 65 in a 55 on a freeway with the flow of traffic in the slow lane at 6:40am on a work day. Give me a brake! It was the third visit in two months driving the same roads in the same manner. Never got one then. What was different? The plates. I guarantee it was because I had out of state plates on that rental. I'm glad they are gone and my lawyer will be responding to my ticket.

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 7/19/2010 3:39pm PDT

    Take one for the motorists. It's about time.

  • Rex Posted: 7/19/2010 4:47pm PDT

    Arizona has the worst drivers in the country. People can't stay in their lanes nor can they figure out that you can go 10MPH over the speed limit at a camera. I moved here from California and I honestly fear other people on the road here. Just the other day, one guy in a brand new car did not stop at a stop sign and almost hit me, then getting onto the freeway the same exact car almost side swipes another car right behind me.
    I really do not understand how hard it is for Arizona drivers to stay in one lane without swerving around.
    It's even worse on the freeway when there's a curve of some kind.

  • Skip Posted: 7/19/2010 5:14pm PDT

    Get rid of the red light cameras, too. Mostly, they catch people in their forties who don't stop for 3 seconds before turning right. Catching real red-light runners isn't profitable.

  • Ethan Posted: 7/19/2010 5:16pm PDT

    What spineless, irresponsible demagogues.
    Speeding kills, and unless people have a compelling reason to believe that they *will* be caught, they will continue to do it because it's A - seemingly efficient and B - more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

  • Better Yet Posted: 7/19/2010 6:40pm PDT

    Red-light cameras just don't work ethically, so long as it's a ticket to the car, not the driver.

  • Sceptic Posted: 7/20/2010 2:52am PDT

    @Ethan: The old trope that 'speed kills' is not supported by solid data. The difference in fatality rates between 60 mph and 75 mph on an Interstate is statistically unimportant. And U.S. drivers are so unaware anyway that speed falls in importance as a contributing factor. Think cellphones, videos, makeup, texting, singing along in headphones, shaving while driving, eating, drinking a Slurpie ... etc. etc. etc. I've seen it all. Kee-rist.
    @Better Yet: State laws vary. Some states go after the driver's license of the car's registered owner, some go after the car itself.

  • Jay Posted: 7/20/2010 6:58am PDT

    The red light cameras in Illinois are being used not for people blowing through the red lights, but rather to those that do not make a "full" stop before making a right turn on red.
    This is NOT about safety, it is merely a revenue generator, and is there fore a case of taxation without representation.
    Corruption as the red light camera companies bribe (campaign contributions) the politicians.
    Protest and fight the creeping surveillance state!

  • David Posted: 7/20/2010 7:07am PDT

    Speed cameras are not an invasion of privacy. You are on a public road - you are not entitled to any privacy. Want that? Stay at home with the curtains drawn. Give me a break. Speed cameras have been used here in Australia for decades and the privacy argument (if it even ever existed here) was stomped ages ago.

  • Justice Posted: 7/20/2010 9:48am PDT

    Traffic cameras are simply unconstitutional. The 4th Amendment states that every defendant has the right to question their accuser. If your accuser is not a person, then how can you question them? You can't. Case closed, photo-radar ticket dismissed.

  • David Posted: 7/21/2010 7:46am PDT

    Justice - the photo taken on the camera is called evidence. Much the same as a video camera which captures a murder, would be considered evidence. The information on those cameras is recovered by law enforcement. You can question the evidence - either by mail or by going in person and viewing the evidence for yourself.