Tuesday, March 24, 2009

a Photo Radar tip

Watch your speed, but PLEASE DON'T STOP!

The cameras are scattered across the Phoenix freeways, and stand as a constant reminder to watch your speed.  However, they don't flash their lights and snap your picture unless you are going 11 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

Photo Radar on Phoenix freeways

For all the public outcry over the cameras - "big brother" and privacy concerns mostly, I actually don't mind them.

I drive a lot of miles - all over the freeways and at all different times of the day.  And while my average speed has been reduced from about 80 mph down to about 72 mph, I've also noticed a big drop in the number of accidents.  I used to see cars entangled in the median almost daily; now I see that a couple of times a month.  In the end, I get where I'm going faster, even at the slower speed, because there are fewer accident-induced traffic jams.

All that being said, traffic would move even faster if drivers didn't slow down to below the speed limit for every camera they see!  This is my plea to other drivers out there - you can drive 70, 72, even 74 miles per hour and not have a single worry about getting a ticket in the mail.  The cameras are set to flash you at speeds above 75 in a 65 zone  (Loop 101, for example!)  You don't need to slow down to 62...  Please don't slow down to 62!

Personally, I set my cruise control at 72ish and drive, and I've never been flashed by the cameras.  My stress levels have actually decreased as I don't have to worry about speed traps anymore.  I wish more people would do the same.

Your glad to get that off his chest Realtor,

Chris Butterworth