Speed camera followup

Techdirt reports that Pinal County here in AZ has ditched its speed cameras, for a reason that’s rather obvious to me but quite shocking for Ms. Napolitano and her fan club: it makes the roads more dangerous – not less.

[Pinal County Sheriff Paul] Babeu said most of the total $134,199.43 in fines and fees from the paid citations covered administrative and operational costs, leaving the county with a net profit of $12,391.58 that Babeu dismissed as paltry.

Moreover, Babeu said, total motor-vehicle accidents increased by 16 percent in the same time period, and fatal collisions in the Queen Creek area doubled from three to six.


“I’m against photo speed enforcement completely,” Babeu said, walking the three-member panel through a detailed PowerPoint presentation. “Here in Pinal, it’s failed miserably.”

Miserably, indeed. Good for them for facing reality – and then actually acting accordingly. Let’s hope the rest of the state (or at least my own county!) follows in their footsteps.

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