Scottsdale goes big brother, starts speed camera ticketing on Loop 101: Golfers beware
Golfers should be aware of some pesky high-priced cameras butting into fairway paradise. Otherwise known as the Phoenix-Scottsdale resort corridor.
Starting this Wednesday, the city of Scottsdale is going to be using cameras on Loop 101 - one of the area’s main throughways - to catch speeders without ever using cops. If you’re going more than 11 miles over the 65 mph speed limit, the cameras snap pictures of your license plates and a ticket’s on the way to your mailbox. Get caught on camera going over 100 mph and you can expect police officers to show up at your door a few days later and arrest you for reckless driving.
The cameras patrol a heavy traffic stretch of 7.8 miles between Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard.
Ah, the joys of big brother digital policing.
There’s something wrong about relying on computer cameras to automatically ticket everyone rather than the old American way of actually getting to face your accuser. In this case, the police officer who pulls you over. Hey, sometimes those excuses work!
On a serious note, this is a sharp departure for a city that’s long embraced tourism (golfers especially) and eagerly taken their dollars. You know that a lot of the drivers nabbed on those speed cameras are going to be out of towners unaware of their presence.
Luckily, there is a flicker of long-range hope from the Republican legislature. A bill banning photo enforcement on state highways passed the Senate last week. And you still want all those whiny, liberals in office, sitting meekly by as government steps in where it’s not needed?
The bill has a ways to go though. For now and into at least the near future, Loop 101 is a camera catch zone.
Smile! Big brother Scottsdale’s watching.
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It even tells you to slow down if your over the limit within 500 meters/yards of th camera!
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