The ATE Racket Report is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. We want to bring the issues of automated traffic enforcement to our supporters in a more coherent up-to-date fashion.
Compiled by NMA Foundation Director James C. Walker and NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn.
For the Week of April 13-18, 2019
- Australia: Government Report Slams Erroneous Speed Camera Punishments
- Brazil’s Itaú rolls out facial biometrics to tackle auto loan fraud
- France, Germany: Speed Camera Profits Slashed
- Huawei’s surveillance system in Serbia threatens citizens’ rights, watchdog warns
District of Columbia
- New Orleans Mayor addresses automated traffic enforcement transparency concerns from the public and City Council
- Ohio’s new speed camera law: 5 questions answered about New Miami’s program
- Ohio: “Toledoans Against Police Cameras” looking to get traffic camera ban on November ballot
- Amarillo, Texas City Council Members Back Red-Light Cameras
- Texas: School Bus Camera Felon Evades Jail Time
- House Committee gives the green light to Red-light Camera Ban
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
Australia claims to be very upset when their speed & red-light camera rackets give out bogus tickets or have abusive enforcement glitches. That does NOT, however, make any headway to them admitting the entire systems are among the world’s most predatory for-profit rackets that should be taken down.
DC is working on ways to make their ticket camera rackets even more profitable.
Some in Hawaii are realizing that red-light cameras would be for profits, not safety.
Hagerstown knows lowering a speed limit from 30 to 25 on a 4-lane road will NOT change the travel speeds, but WILL make the speed camera racket more profitable.
There is a chance a group in Toledo could get traffic cameras on the ballot for a public vote. If successful the cameras are almost certain to be banned as red-light and speed cameras have lost 37 of 41 public votes so far.
A favorable change last Thursday revived the chances for passage of a bill in Texas to ban the red-light camera rackets. The bill looked likely to die in a House committee without a vote but was brought up for a 9 to 3 vote in favor. If this makes Governor Abbott’s desk, he will sign it – as he is an avowed opponent of the red-light cameras.
Moves in several states including Virginia, California, Massachusetts, and others show a realization that facial recognition and license plate readers can be used abusively and some places are putting on restrictions or bans to prevent abuses.
James C. Walker is a life member of the National Motorists Association. He is also a board member and executive director of the National Motorists Association Foundation.