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4/17/2013 11:44:00 AM
Letter: Speed radar incident more than 'controversy'
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The Prescott Valley Tribune appears to have taken a quantum leap backwards from its opinion in an earlier issue.

In your article in the April 3, 2013, issue of the PV Tribune you refer to the annual police awards coming after a tough couple of months, including "a controversy over radar enforcement tickets. Say again? In your earlier issue you put this so-called "controversy" up front and center, on your front page, in juxtaposition with the announcement of the resignation of Police Chief Bill Fessler. You also employed a background color (which printed out dirty yellow) to garner attention.

Since when does the action of a police officer "nixing" his wife's speeding tickets, all 7 of them, evolve into a controversy? It was a downright fraudulent, secretive action and an abuse of police power, or rather of the access police officers have to the equipment for making radar generated speeding tickets go away.

If you insist, controversy indeed if you were to get the opinion of those who have been obliged to pay their speeding tickets, upwards of $230 each,

Ironically, the PV Police insist that the radar enforcement is forcing drivers to slow down (there is some controversy over that). Evidently not with regard to the wife of the police officer in question

Seven tickets? She well knew she was home safe, hubby could erase them. One would have thought that after the second or third the penny would have dropped for her. It probably has now for all those obliged to pay their speeding tickets who read that we are not all in this together, some are more equal than most.

Audrey E. Parker

Prescott Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: russ ahrens

PV residents need to demand that their mayor, mgr., council develop a community strategy that promotes, safety, security, ethics. why is pv seemingly a hotbed for auto accidents, drug issues, crime, violations by trusted law enforcement personnel and leadership. Wake up your community's decision-makers.

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: ALEC BARRY



Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: russ ahrens

Dear ""Nother PV Resident"

"Wreaks of intelligence" is an oxy moron! Have I touched a nerve?

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Pandoli

IF Photo Radar wasn't a money making opoperation, why aren't the vans placed in high accident areas?

You'll find them on Lakeshore, (Westbound) in front of town hall. Lots of accidents on that straighaway.

On Florentine(Westbound) beside Tim's Toyota Center or between Lake Valley (Westbound) and Windsong. Lots of accidents on those straightaways.

Robert Road,(Northbound) just before Yavapai, lots of accidents on that straightaway.
Navajo(Northbound) between Florentine and Yavapai, lots of accidents there.

Windsong(Northbound) between Florentine and Lakeshore, lots of accidents there too.
EVery once in a while, one will be on Glassford Hill (northbound) between Lakeshore and the High School, or North of Granville Elementarey School. I've never seen one on the Southbound side of the Glassford.

IF they were being used to reduce accidents, a survey of high accident sites would be made and the vans placed to reduce the speeds in those areas. That is how additional preventative enforcement is SUPPOSED to be done. Is it being done this way? It doesn't appear so. It appears the locations are chosen, simply for the possiblity of catching the highest volume of speeders, not preventing accidents.

I know people who live in residential areas who would love to have the vans on their streets, to slow down the speeders. I've never seen a Radar Van set up off a major street. Why not put one on Fain Road to slow down speeders? Or 89A?

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: @ Another PV resident

Awww, poor baby, too bad. Thank you for participating. Your comment wreaks of intelligence.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: russ ahrens

Form a group of "concerned citizens" aiming your deep concerns over the way PV is led. Make a list of the issues, prioritize them. Put 'em on placards, put 'em in letters -- all directed to your community's leadership to answer each one of them, fairly and candidly. Don't let them hide in their homes and their chamber. Insist on hearing from them, now!

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: curious in PV

Ok, how long will we have to wait to hear ANYTHING? What on earth has happened to we will look into it? Really town mgr,mayor,police all feel that we will fotget about this? About six weeks now....waiting, not forgetting at all.....

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: Russ Ahrens

ALL IN THE MONEY is spot on! PV's actions in this issue says volumes about the integrity and overall character of its leadership. PV is not a "personal" community with a smiling face or a happy heart. It has no personality. No positive image. It's disjointed.

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: All about money

Photo radar in Prescott Valley is all about the revenue it generates. Yes, it does slow some people down but it takes officers off of the streets. Let me point out that having officers make traffic stops allows them discretion and the ability to identify much more drastic infractions. Radar cameras don't identify and cite drunk drivers who speed. They don't notice a car full of illegal aliens, unrestrained infants, illegal drugs, inadequate safety of the vehicle, emergencies where speeding is warranted, and scores of other things that we count on police officers for. If all you care about is slowing people down, collecting money and calling it a day, then use photo radar. If you want to be of service to the community, use police officers instead.

Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Article comment by: Trust Worthy

No person should serve as a police officer unless he/she has the ethical character for the job. We expect this and it is upon this expectation that we give trust and power to the police. If any police officer betrays this trust, he/she should be removed because the willingness to keep an untrustworthy person on the force is itself a violation of trust. If you want the best, you have to insist on the best. If you want competence you have to require it. If you want trust of the public, you have to prove that all of your own are trustworthy.

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: Kathie Hutter

Having almost had a t-bone accident at the intersection at Wendy's on Glassford Hill Road last Thursday, no red light camera would have stopped the elderly driver from turning left in front of my husband and me. Cameras DO NOT stop accidents! Attentive driving stops accidents. Cameras are for the purpose of revenue period! ! Tarkowski et al can talk all they want about about safety but what they mean is "SHOW ME THE MONEY" unless of course you are a PV police officer or a family member of one!
We were so very fortunate the man in the work van traveling behind us on that Thursday was alert to what was happening in front of us and he was able to stop and avoid hitting our truck in the rear. Many thanks to that man!

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Article comment by: curious in PV

I would like ro know WHY we have not heard ANYTHING further about this situation. This is not going to go away . I have read nothing about the Sgt involved in this. I have questions here. Is the mrs still driving? Have the tickets been applied to her MVD record? How many points is that? Does her insurance company know yet?
Now on to the Sgt. and his boss .Have they been disiplined yet? Any legal charges yet ?
Who else got tickets dropped? They ALL need to be disiplined in some way. Why does the PV police dept, family members and who knows who else were involved. get a pass?
I would like some answers frrom our leaders here. Mayor, council members, and Mr Tarkowski. All of you should feel tesponsible in.this mess893459. Get this out in the light. Let us SEE what our estemed leaders will do about this mess.
This used to be a nice place to live .

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Article comment by: Russel ahrens

Having spent 15 months in Dewey and leaving the area in part due to Hwy 69, its radar traps, poor stoplight system, and almost daily crashes resulting in serious injuries or deaths, most at intersections, I offer a suggestion:
For the cars turning at an intersection -- from the inner left or right lanes -- there's a stoplight system that after the cars turn and the light turns a green arrow appears on the main overhanging stoplight (and the cross-the -corner light) that allows additional cars to turn. They do so, then, before the cross intersection lights turn green. These lights too have this system. It makes for a more clear and safer crossing, preventing cars from swerving into each other -- trying to beat the light, which seems to occur many times on Hwy 69, particularly in PV. Hopefully, a council person will read this "comment" or maybe someone in PV can pass it forward. Best of luck.

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: Another PV resident

I absolutely hate cops, especially the PV cops! Do nothing, donut eating, corrupt cops.

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: Zeigh Owensby

I am all in favor of officer discretion, as long as it is not abused. That is what police enforcement should be all about. We are humans and not machines, so not everything is so black and white in the decision making no matter which side of the badge you are on. However, I am not in favor of such discretion when all the officer has to do is push a button. There is no interpersonal contact with the citizen on the street, no education of how to correct the problem, no chance to keep what was done wrong from repeating. This goes for the law enforcement of the average citizen to friends and family of the officer.

This issue is just another ill effect of photo traffic enforcement on our police agencies and legal system. The human factor is eroded. The common sense factor is eroded. The due process factor is eroded. It doesn't take one long to find a string of incidents on the Internet where officer discretion failed miserably with photo traffic enforcement. My favorite is the Florida funeral procession that got repeatedly flashed AND ticketed, even though uniformed police offers were holding traffic for them. It took a news channel reporter to embarrass Redflex before the citations were dropped. Then there are scores of other officers, politicians, and even photo vendor employees sidestepping their tickets behind the scenes. Law enforcement via the cameras breed corruption and mismanagement.

Laws are designed to protect the community. When they are broken, there either needs to be education and/or punishment. When more and more people are breaking the same laws, then those laws need to be re-evaluated. Regardless, the human factor is key to success and officer discretion is apart of that. A photo robot system of punishment is as counterproductive as a police officer repeatedly abusing his sworn duty for his wife.

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