Welcome to Denver Scamera’s!

Welcome to Denver Scameras!

The purpose of this site is to educate and motivate people in the Denver area about photo enforcement.  This site has just started so content will be a little lacking at first but we hope to include more articles and discussion about the program in Denver.  Ultimately we would like to see the contact with ACS/Xerox terminated by the city council.  However, if the city council will not do it, we would like to motivate the citizens of Denver to do it through the petition process.  Furthermore, we would like to see photo enforcement banned across the entire state of Colorado.

The program in Denver is of particular concern for me because I have chosen to live in this beautiful city and state.  The photo enforcement program in Denver is a cash cow.  It was never about safety.  Vince Carroll of the Denver Post said, “If Denver is so determined to fill its coffers with unearned loot, it might as well deputize a troupe of pickpockets and deploy them on the 16th Street Mall.  At least then there would be no pretense of serving the public interest.”  He further noted that Denver has ranked fifth in the number of speed traps in the nation.

In Denver, and the rest of Colorado, you must be served personally before a photo radar ticket is enforceable.  You can review the Revised Statutes yourself.  While the city may send a process server, you are under no legal obligation to open the door.  If they don’t serve you within 90 days of the alleged violation then it must be thrown out.

The city auditor filed a report on the photo enforcement program and indicated that the Denver Police Department had no demonstrated that the program had a positive impact on safety.  He further stated that while the program was billed as being for safety the public regards it is a cash grab.  His recommendation was that unless the city could show that the program had any appreciable safety impact the program be shut down.  The city council voted and only one person voted against renewing the contact with Affiliated Computer Services (ACS/Xerox).  Obviously, the money that the program brings into the city talked quite loudly to the City Council.

After the audit Denver Police even agreed that the “photo radar program’s safety impact has not been sufficiently measured” and that one needed to be completed to ensure the public confidence in the program.  That is all fair, but here is where the funny part begins.  DPD then asked ACS to do the study.  Can you say “conflict of interest”?  ACS is raking in cash from the program and would not be considered impartial in such a study.  ACS or DPD do not have the honesty or integrity to analyzie their own program.  Their attempt to do so should be enough to tell every citizen in this great city that the whole program is about money.

Contact your local representative and DEMAND they put an end to this practice!

3 Comments

  1. FYI, apparently now they can personally serve you via certified mail, so the wait and see approach doesn’t work anymore. http://www.5280.com/blogs/2014/03/06/break-it-down-photo-speed-radar

    I’m on board with you, this entire process is a scam. I have written the local police department and traffic enforcement about the placement of a van on 29th and Tennyson near a “school” for abused and neglected children. The school has huge walls and a residential program. It does not draw local students who would otherwise walk to the facility. As a result, in the 2 years I have driven this route I have NEVER seen a child at or near the school. Real risk there, right? Yet nearly every other day I see a radar van there. I have narrowly avoided ever getting a ticket, thankfully. The speed limit is 30, and I generally drive between 30 and 35, but it is extremely easy to drive above the posted 25 mph school zone limit during the specific hours.

    The problem is, it’s not an obvious school zone, no lights, and even the sign was hidden by overgrown trees until I sent in my complaint. They’ve refused to erect a flashing sign at the location, even though it would probably cause drivers to slow down. The real reason? Because they wouldn’t catch as many “speeding” drivers. TOTAL speed trap. I’m thinking of emailing 9 news, and having them investigate it. If safety were their number one priority, they would install lights to alert people to the presence of a school. Infuriating.

  2. Thanks, Mary. I saw this article a few days ago but haven’t had a chance to update this site. A few months back I tried contacting the department by phone for clarification on the process but my calls were never returned and I was told that if I didn’t have a ticket I didn’t need to worry about it. Searching the DenverGov.ORG website yields no information on their current process. I have created a post for this new information and will update the pages on this site as I get further information.

    It is still my belief that you can still dodge the ticket by simply dodging the USPS delivery person. A certified letter must be signed for by an adult at the house it was addressed too. If it can’t be delivered it will be returned.

    Please contact your city council member and voice your concerns about this scam. If you’re from outside the city, contact them all. Enough negative noise about this scam and maybe they’ll get the message!

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