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Old 07-07-2009, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Cave Creek, AZ USA
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I was doing triple digits on Rt. 93 yesterday on the way back from Bullhead City, made it home in 2 hrs. and 45 min. I was watching my GPS speed and it was right along with my speedometer until about 95 mph and then my speedo read about 5% high. Luckily my radar detector and the photo radar signs kept me ticket-free.
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:04 AM
 
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My brother got ticketed by a camera. It said that he was going like 80-something but that was impossible! I was with him and he wasn't even going that fast I would've known. I'm starting to feel that those cameras go off randomly.
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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We really need a ballot initiative to rid us of these things. As for an accurate speedometer, get a Tom or Garmin or some other Nav system that will give you your speed by GPS. Mine beeps if I'm five miles over
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Photo Radar Errors - This whole system is nothing but a joke! I got one of those tickets around late March, and I wanted to contest it, so I went down to the court on Jackson Street around the beginning of April, and filed the necessary paper work and they gave me a court date of September 30th. Then on Memorial Day Saturday, a DPS officer came over to my house to deliver the same stupid ticket.. I told him that I had already filed to contest the ticket. I went back down to the court on Jackson and talked to one of the clerks and she said that this is a common problem, DPS uses a different system and it doesn't communicate with other systems, when the motorist decides to contest the ticket. DPS' system doesn't know it, and it only sees the ticket as ignored by the motorist, that's why they have officers deliver them in person.

I'd like to see these stupid cameras taken down.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:51 PM
 
Location: East Central Phoenix
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Photo Radar Errors - This whole system is nothing but a joke! I got one of those tickets around late March, and I wanted to contest it, so I went down to the court on Jackson Street around the beginning of April, and filed the necessary paper work and they gave me a court date of September 30th. Then on Memorial Day Saturday, a DPS officer came over to my house to deliver the same stupid ticket.. I told him that I had already filed to contest the ticket. I went back down to the court on Jackson and talked to one of the clerks and she said that this is a common problem, DPS uses a different system and it doesn't communicate with other systems, when the motorist decides to contest the ticket. DPS' system doesn't know it, and it only sees the ticket as ignored by the motorist, that's why they have officers deliver them in person.

I'd like to see these stupid cameras taken down.
I think they eventually will be taken down, Mike. If Brewer and the Legislature won't get them removed, then there will likely be an initiatve on an upcoming ballot for the voters to decide (which is what should have been done in the first place).

If for some odd reason the majority of voters approve keeping photo radar, then some vigilante group might take them down in a more violent way. I hope it doesn't come to that. There was already a photo van operator needlessly shot and killed over this. But it just goes to show you that more and more people are fed up with this entire SCAMera program!

I hope you get your ticket situation resolved effectively. Thankfully, I haven't received any tickets ... I have actually devised my own personal plan of avoiding the dreaded flash, and it's really not that difficult to achieve. However, the only thing I can say about these cameras is that they ARE slowing people down ... but that is not a benefit! Slower driving only increases commute times, and causes aggravation for the drivers who want to reach their destinations in a quick, efficient manner. Driving slow doesn't equate to driving safe.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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We really need a ballot initiative to rid us of these things. As for an accurate speedometer, get a Tom or Garmin or some other Nav system that will give you your speed by GPS. Mine beeps if I'm five miles over
Bring it on (initiative). The cameras will win and you will never get rid of them. The legislature knows this and that is why the program escaped being cut back.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Set TomTom to beep at 5 over and the cruise for 3 over, that's all you get
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Bring it on (initiative). The cameras will win and you will never get rid of them. The legislature knows this and that is why the program escaped being cut back.
I disagree, lets put it to a vote
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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The cameras have a margin for error of +/- 1 MPH (and RedFlex will tell you this). So you have the 10MPH cushion, but if you are right on the edge of that (like 74), you may still get flashed. Assume the cameras will be off by 1 and your speedometer will be off by 1 or 2 as well. I usually keep it at 5 over, and the other 5 is a sufficient cushion to keep from getting flashed.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I was doing triple digits on Rt. 93 yesterday on the way back from Bullhead City, made it home in 2 hrs. and 45 min. I was watching my GPS speed and it was right along with my speedometer until about 95 mph and then my speedo read about 5% high. Luckily my radar detector and the photo radar signs kept me ticket-free.
Only the mobile cameras use radar. The permanent cameras detect your speed by sensors in the pavement so, make sure you don't miss one of those signs....your detector won't go off!
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