There were some strange goings on at the scam-era intersection of Carlisle and Montgomery this morning right around 9:30am. Our Eyes reported that a couple of what looked like maintenance men were out with a $5,000 laser radar checking the speeds of east bound and west bound traffic. The radar operator would "shoot" a vehicle and call out the speed of the target. Then the second guy would dutifully write down the number on his clipboard.
We don't know exactly what was going on this morning, but according to our Eyes it looked as if the two workers - who didn't appear to be law enforcement officials - were checking the Redflex scam-era site. Could it be that the intersection is malfunctioning... again? You'll remember that a KOAT TV employee proved that the Carlisle and Montgomery scam-era site was malfunctioning back in May (read it here).
The city has routinely denied requests for full discovery including maintenance logs and claimed that calibration is unnecessary because the units are "self-calibrating." Makes us wonder what the heck they were doing out there with a laser radar. The only way to find out is to specifically request information about today's goings on either through a Freedom of Information Request or insisting on discovery regarding today's activities.
In another recent scam-era sighting, one of our Eyes spotted a scam-van NM license 456PCP, hurrying up Comanche. Our intrepid Eye clocked the scam-van doing 46 in a 35. Where was the fire (or emergency speed trap)? Our Eye spotted the scam-van sitting in a residential driveway at 3708 Camino Sacramento NE; and unless the house there was suspected of speeding there was no way that the scam-van was in operation.
In keeping with the procedures of the scam-era program we waited 6 days to notify all of you and hopefully the driver of the scam-van that he had been caught speeding. That's still 4 days better than the STOP program provides the rest of us.