With a father as the head honcho in the Video Engineering department at one of the major networks, our family made friends with cameras at an early age. Video was for capturing family moments, holiday gatherings and memorable milestones. As an attorney I favored the use of cameras as a defensive tactic, to protect private property and people. Cameras provide supporting, corroborative evidence to aid actual eyewitness testimony. When cameras began popping up on city streets to be used as the sole evidence of a violation of law, the government had gone too far. It just didn't feel right.
There are nothing like facts to convince you to trust your feelings. For an article I was writing, I spent time researching the law and visiting the court to watch photo radar hearings in action. What I learned became "Focus on Photo Radar" published by Arizona Attorney magazine. The response was amazing: I heard from politicians, police chiefs, attorneys, doctors, drivers, professors and more. For the next few years they asked questions and I found answers. What I uncovered provided the information for the book, Smile for the Speed Camera--Photo Radar Exposed! At last the facts and law would be available to anyone and the inquiries would stop! Or so I thought.
Photo radar is a subject that everyone likes to talk about. There were radio and tv appearances and news articles. There were emails and phone calls and speaking engagements. And most importantly, there were people empowered to handle their own cases and to win. Groups like CameraFraud.com started protesting, disseminating information and rallying the public. PhotoRadarLaw.com was followed by other websites like Photoradarscam.com, Highwayrobbery.net and TheNewsPaper.com. It made all the difference. Cameras began coming down.
If photo radar was run completely legally without subterfuge, with full disclosure, I still wouldn't be thrilled with it. Because it comes nowhere close to the standards of fair play and justice that our legal system is intended to adhere to, I prefer a world without them.
Smile for the Speed Camera--Photo Radar Exposed! was first published as a paperback in 2004 and sold on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Alibris.com and PhotoRadarLaw.com. The content continues to be accurate as the law has remained relatively unchanged. It became available as an ebook in 2008 exclusively at PhotoRadarLaw.com and was updated later to include information about the short-lived Arizona highway cameras. A revised book is scheduled for 2014. The original paperback is available on Amazon.com.
Susan Kayler, a practicing attorney for more than twenty years, has had an outstanding record of accomplishment in the legal field. A former prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, Susan is considered the country’s leading authority on photo radar legal issues. Susan has an extensive background of community service and an outstanding reputation in the legal community.
Susan Kayler has written articles for local newspapers and Arizona Attorney magazine, a publication of the State Bar of Arizona. She has been featured on KTAR radio, KMXP, KFYI, KFNN, and KXAM radio stations. She has been interviewed by CBS-5's Advocate, Dave Cherry and has also been a guest on KSAZ Fox Phoenix Newsmaker Sunday with host John Hook, KTVK News, KTVK 3 On Your Side, KPNX and KNXV. Susan’s photo radar book is available in many public libraries including Scottsdale Public Library, Prescott Valley Public Library, Sedona Public Library, University of Texas libraries, Drake University Law Library, and Rochester Public Library.
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