St. Ann Police Chief, Bob Schrader, says the move is all about the safety of children. But some think it's just about money. "We are the first department in Missouri to adopt this kind of technology for school zones, said Schrader."Yesterday Schrader told Daily RFT that since the camera vendor pays for and installs the devices for free, the traffic system won't cost the city a dime.
The camera is going up in front of Hoech Middle School along Ashby Road in St. Ann. It's up now, but is still in the testing phase. Schrader says speeding through that school zone is a significant problem and he hopes the camera will help slow people down, "I think its a worthwhile endeavor for the safety of our children."
Here is what it looks like when you get caught speeding in Arizona:
Profits are far below expectations, a citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, the governor has said she does not like the program, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.
"I see all the cameras in Arizona completely coming down " in 2010, said Shawn Dow, chairman of Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar, which is trying to get a measure banning the cameras on the November ballot. "The citizens of Arizona took away the cash cow of Arizona by refusing to pay."
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