I travel on the Interstate 10 between Phoenix and L.A. on a regular basis for business.
TWICE I was sent a picture of me in my car, ALLEGEDLY motoring "Faster than the Posted Limit" - along with a bill for $250. No indication of HOW
much faster I was supposedly going, no recourse (other than to make a trip back to Arizona to fight the stupid thing in court), and the most
egregious, blatant disregard for rights I have ever seen.
In both cases, I wrote back to the morons that sent me the picture of me in my car and said that I believe the automated camera system to be a
travesty of justice, completely arbitrary, unfair, and possibly illegal - but that I was NOT going to fight them in court and further, that I refuse
to pay the ticket(s).
I also stated that part of my job was to arrange for meeting and convention space in Arizona for non-profit organizations in California and that from
that point forward I would do EVERYTHING in my power to discourage ANY an ALL further meetings, trade shows, or conferences to be arranged in their
state. I stated that I simply did not want the many thousands of attendees I represent to risk driving on their highways and potentially suffering
the same "Big Brother" draconian, sneaky, humiliating, insidiousness of their traffic-cam ticket program.
This program was purely a revenue-generating scheme and nothing else. It made the traffic-cam contractor a huge bundle of money, and the state
skimmed off a healthy chunk for themselves as well. Completely automated, with automated "capture", automated billing, and automated largess, all
at the plight of hapless , but otherwise law-abiding, honest citizens, driving, what, ONE MILE over the speed limit (maybe)?
I finished by telling them that if they pressed the issue and forced the $250 out of me, it was going to cost their state many thousands of times that
amount in lost hotel, restaurant, and convention business as I will direct ALL of my conventioneers to Las Vegas instead. After all, Nevada could use
my money as much as Arizona - and they have no ludicrous speed-trap cameras on the highway.
I never heard from them again. Idiots.
[edit on 7/22/2010 by Outrageo]