I'm guesstimating here, but about a year or two ago the city of Scottsdale had this brilliant idea to test out the use of photo radar on the Scottsdale side of the Loop 101 here in AZ. For those not from around these parts, it's one of the major freeways that runs in a loop around the whole city. Go figure. Loop 101, runs in a loop around the city...you get the point. Highly traveled, highly congested road. But anyways, every 4-5 miles or so they put these radars up that would take your picture if you were going about 10 miles/hour over the 65 mile/hour speed limit. After awhile if you travel that section of the freeway often enough you sort of knew when they were coming so you could slow down within the normal range of speed so you didn't get caught. So, we thought that we had this "scheme" all figured out.
Apparently the City of Phoenix thought this was such a brilliant idea (i.e. it made them so much friggin' money from the speeders that didn't slow down and freed the cops up from having to sit on the side of the road actually using their hand speed detectors) that the whole city has now adopted this idea and put these photo radars throughout every highway in this place. I noticed these new "eyes" watching me a couple of months ago on the west side of the Loop 101 as about every 1/2 mile before the camera they are nice enough to warn you with a sign that you are coming up on a photo radar. Thanks City of Phoenix. That was so considerate. Up until this point I have been
So, to make a long story short, my parents came to visit the week of Thanksgiving. I drove them to the airport the day that they were leaving. As I was driving down the I-17 (another major freeway in Phoenix) I noticed that they had the flippin' cameras there too! So, I thought I would play it cool and travel no more than the 10 miles/hour over the 65 mile/hour speed limit that is on every other road here in the city. Well, apparently somewhere around the airport they change the speed limit to 55 miles/hour. As I drove by one of the cameras I saw it flash.
I looked at my speedometer and it was right around 70. I thought, "Well, I should be okay. I'm only 5 miles/hour over. Maybe it was just the sun reflecting off the camera." I even started looking for speed limit signs and for the next 4-5 miles before I got off at our exit and saw none. So I figured it had to be a 65 zone. Well, you know what happened next.
I got a friggin' ticket in the mail.
They even include the picture of you in your envelope. As, if to say, "hey there TRACEY....we seeeeeee you!" And to make matters worse...I was smiling. So, they clocked me at 69 miles/hour in a 55. Yep, it was a 55. Good thing you marked it well, City of Phoenix. I really appreciate that. You can take your $180.00 and shove it.
Oh, and uh, Merry Christmas.