Curbing Leviathan Series: Defeating the Redflex Pirates by Bill Buppert

 

Today marks the first day the red light piracy goes live in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

The Redflex pirates have invaded the little burg of Sierra Vista, Arizona and red light cameras are springing up in a little town in the same state that kicked them off the state payroll after allegations of bribery, fixing and corruption by the Governor.

The same Redflex mention in the emerging bribery scandal:

“Aaron Rosenberg, who was the company’s top national salesman, said in a civil defamation claim against Redflex that he was made a “scapegoat” to cover up a long-standing practice of “providing government officials with lavish gifts and bribes” after the Tribune began asking questions about the Chicago contract.”

The same Redflex that scans all plates at intersections and stores them via police apparatchiks:

“It’s no surprise that (former) Secretary of DHS, Janet Napolitano would want to track innocent motorists and spy on their every day activities. Her now defunct freeway photo radar dragnet, installed and run by Redflex was performing that task on a massive scale in Arizona. She was quickly promoted to her post at DHS as “Big Sis,” which she resigned from last week ahead of what are likely to be major scandals brewing which will be far worse than this one.”

The government/private collusion between Redflex and ATS and the usual suspects in government even shortened yellow light times to increase profit:

“The worst part is that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) was instructing cities and towns to shorten yellow lights, which make intersections much more dangerous.”

As with most traffic laws in the US, this is not about safety but simply a way to increase revenue from drivers already badgered by gas taxes and the escalating costs of licensing and registering vehicles in addition to the absurd speed and signage laws that rob American of billions of man-days of productivity and tens of billion in lost time and wealth. Not to mention the insidious increases in insurance premiums visited on the victims.

I recently wrote on the sheer idiocy of stop signage in America and you can read that here. The Redflex piracy is merely the latest outrage in the government war on private driving.

One hears all the verbal sewage from the local politicians and their television and newspaper cheerleaders. This is about safety and not revenue and the common mistake of thinking that correlation and causation mean the same thing. But what does one expect of the media whose entire modus operandi is the advocacy of bigger and more intrusive government at every turn?  Whether one reads the government house newspapers out of DC and New York or your local rag, it’s all the same drivel.

Pop quiz: when was the last time your local news outlet ran a critical story on police behavior or government abuse? If Arizona is any example, the Tucson daily newspaper is called the Red Star for a reason. One can also examine the number of ads in the newspaper and discover a curious phenomenon: in my local paper which I do not read absent the assistance of an air sickness bag, nearly forty percent of the advertising space is a government entity or something that gorges at the government trough.

So how does one evade these cameras? Difficult to do but fortunately there are some methods to defeat the invaders.

Before the Redflex pirates were booted off the state payroll in Arizona, if one got a speeding or red light ticket in Tucson or Phoenix and lived elsewhere, a curious lapse in the law forced the state to have to physically serve these tickets to the driver victim of the highwaymen. In essence, if I received one in the mail, I would simply store it in the shredder and the system deleted them after ninety days of non-payment. One sees the common scam from the government where they send these threatening missives to the taxpayer, which in this case had very little teeth.

The Redflex pirates in New Mexico were even given permission to troll the lapsed tickets of “offenders” after they were kicked off the state highways.

I would also urge you to visit the National Motorist Association which unlike the other mainline automotive clubs in the US is not a poseur and sycophant for government power constantly lobbying for infringements on private driving freedom.

“Residents of Albuquerque voted to kick Redflex Traffic Systems out of the city in 2011, but city officials decided to give permission to Redflex to generate up to $20 million by collecting unpaid tickets that had been mailed to 89,000 individuals up to a decade ago.” One can be certain a cut of the 20 million would go the highwayman on the Council.

Your “representative” never represents you; they seek and coddle government power and nothing else.

Other options emerge:

  • Don’t use a physical address on anything to include your driver’s license. One should always receive any mail at a PO Box or prescribed private vendor. Boston T. Party addresses these concerns with great verve.
  • One can title the vehicles in the opposite name of the spouse or significant other who actually drives it so when the photo is presented, it does not jive with the alleged owner or better yet, put the vehicles in a trust. In the state of Arizona, the cop drones will automatically delete any “violators” whose vehicle is in a trust. And, yes, it is true that some overweight badged agent of the law will be employed full time to review the Redflex damage per contract.
  • One can program routes that simply avoid these intersections entirely because the red light cameras do have a curious effect on drivers slamming on the brakes once the Pavlovian light starts yellow.
  • In Arizona, the cameras flash both the driver and the rear plate (no front plates in Arizona…yet) so some misdirection may be in order such as bright reflective material on visors or drivers wear sunglasses and surgical masks when driving in town in addition to limo tint bands across the front top of the windscreen. Some entrepreneur could make some super-reflective signage for auto visors that reads Fuck Redflex to add some chutzpah to the disobedience.
  • License plate sprays appear to be highly ineffective but angling the plates downward by using a number of washers at the top to diminish the perpendicular relationship of the tag to the ground may prove more effective. Radar detectors may be just as ineffective and with the advent of GPS technology where one can program locations of piracy devices, simple avoidance may be more prudent.

I would welcome my reader input on other countermeasures one may employ to render this latest government theft mechanism impotent and useless.

This is simply another chapter in the continuing war on private driving in the US where the rulers would much rather see us all piled in diesel-fume belching buses which would also control the citizenry better once the buses stop accepting cash and only accept card devices that identify the users and riders of the over-subsidized transport.

Along with the Real ID fiasco that is a de jure and de facto reality in America, the rulers are installing black boxes in newer cars, scanning IDs at federal installations, declaring Constitution Free Zones  (I happen to refer to these as hyper-Constitutional zones) throughout the country. There is a little known program conducted by your friends in the DHS that logs all the vehicles parked at airports every night. Your tax dollars at work data basing the citizenry for future opportunities of tyranny or subjugation and you are paying for it and your unborn grandchildren. It is hard to read uncooked accounting books with the government.

The ANPR systems are more commonly referred to as ALPR (Automatic License Plate Reader/Recognition) are now linking all 19000 police department across the fetid plain. Of course, we all know none of this data will be abused.

All of these in concert with the Redflex abuse will simply drive us ever closer to the Orwellian ideal so many of the psychopathic empty suits in Washington lust after.

Resist at every turn.

Bill Buppert
thirdgun@hotmail.com
7 Comments
  • J Frost-Johnson
    Posted at 21:38h, 10 February Reply

    And just heard on 970 WFLA – AM Tampa, FL. A report just out says that at intersections in St. Pete with the cameras, that accidents actually increased. (Sorry, could not find this article). But it’s NEVER been about safety has it? ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMIN$. Follow the money. Keep up the great work. FYI –

    Red-light camera vendor offered donations to new St. Pete council members
    https://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/red-light-camera-vendor-offered-donations-to-new-st-pete-council-members/2157225

  • David343
    Posted at 13:11h, 11 February Reply

    These cameras (when placed on a table at 5o yards) make excellent targets!

  • MamaLiberty
    Posted at 19:22h, 11 February Reply

    “Don’t use a physical address on anything to include your driver’s license. One should always receive any mail at a PO Box or prescribed private vendor. Boston T. Party addresses these concerns with great verve.”

    This is increasingly difficult to do. One cannot rent a P.O. box without giving a physical address. I’ve tried. You can use someone else’s physical address… Boston suggests a vacant lot… but I’m sure you’d be in a world of hurt if it was discovered, even if they didn’t cross check it instantly. The same technology that confirms you have a “valid email address” on line is used for that, I’m sure.

    One can no longer use a P.O. box as an address on a Wyoming driver’s license. I used to have one… but the physical address was mandatory. No idea how much or little this applies to other states, of course.

    So far, no “red light” or other cameras at intersections here (that I know of). The saving grace here is the extremely low population… would not be a revenue source for anyone. But I’m sure they’ll think of something.

    • Bill
      Posted at 22:50h, 11 February Reply

      Much like the vaunted physical address requested on all gov and increasingly corporate forms, stick an address on of your choosing. Fortunately here in AZ, a PO Box is OK on the DL. The drones in the USPS have trouble keeping awake and faking customer service at work much less going the extra mile. Most of the physical address nonsense is driven by Fatherland Security and their bureaucratic urges.

      They can certainly find it but you make it difficult by withholding or refusing the information they want.

      Use the drone’s laziness to your advantage, I was even asked for that for a library card today and provided them with an address not necessarily co-located with my residence.

      • MamaLiberty
        Posted at 14:30h, 12 February Reply

        Not saying it isn’t possible, just more difficult and potentially dangerous. I live in a very small town, and the clerks at the post office are not mindless automatons. They know me already, and know where I live because they deliver to the street address, so trying to get a PO Box with a bogus address would be really stupid.

        They even agree with me that the “rules” are usually useless and idiotic… but they have a job to do and are held accountable for it.

        Best idea is NOT to make such applications in the first place. I won’t lie on any that I can’t avoid. Just saves worse problems down the line, I think.

        But, each to his/her own, of course.

  • Jim Klein
    Posted at 22:34h, 11 February Reply

    Contracts—where the rubber meets the road. Well done, Bill.

  • smitty
    Posted at 13:57h, 14 February Reply

    Here in Ohio these red light-speed camera thingies are a civil rather than criminal (as with cop generated tickets) matter. The plus is that they aren’t reported to insurance as are tickets, but it’s still an expensive cash-grab.

    Many (maybe most-according to reports of uncollected fines in seven figures…) of us just ignore the letters demanding we ante up the $ or challenge the fine in a non-judicial kangaroo review. That works out probably as well as the kangaroo courts…

    It eventually is handed over to a collection agency. The proper response is to send those leeches a ‘drop dead’ letter via certified mail, then by law, they must desist harassment. Just google Clark Howard drop dead letter, to see how to do it. The only option left is for the bastards to sue in order to collect, the initial stages of which cost more than the amount they seek to collect.

    I have handled several in this way. My Dad one. And my late Mom (God bless her rebellious soul-my genes come mainly from her) at least two. There have been no further consequences.

    Also here in Ohio, last year the House stepped up and passed a bill outlawing these revenue generators. But a weenyfied Senate didn’t act. Hoping for better results this year.

    A couple of Ohio judges have ruled against this crap and ordered municipalities to issue refunds.

    As Bill says…resist.

    If the tyrants have any sense (that’s in doubt…) they will back off…regarding this as well as their many other tyrannical behaviors.

    If not, then means other than ink and paper eventually need employed…

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