Saturday, May 8, 2010

Repeal Works

From the AP, news that a Democratic program for shaking down motorists is heading for the offramp:

Arizona is ending a groundbreaking and contentious program that put speed cameras along Phoenix-area freeways and in vans deployed across the state.

Opponents have argued the cameras open the door for wider "Big Brother" surveillance and are more about making money than safety. The program has been the target of an initiative measure proposed for the November ballot.

Even Gov. Jan Brewer has said she doesn't like the cameras, and her intention to end the program was first disclosed in her January budget proposal. That was followed by a non-renewal letter sent by the Arizona Department of Public Safety this week to the private company that runs the program.

Scottsdale-based Redflex said Thursday that the 36 fixed cameras will be turned off and the 40 vans taken off highways on July 16, the day after its state contract expires.

The non-renewal letter was first reported by The Arizona Republic.

The camera program was instituted by Brewer's predecessor, Janet Napolitano, now the Homeland Security secretary.

No doubt Secretary Incompetano's media fan club will be quick to dismiss this removal of automated surveilance cameras as an egregious display of "Nazi tactics."

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