ATE Racket Report for April 8, 2019

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 March 31- April 5, 2019

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Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

The Supreme Court case questioning photo enforcement could have great effects to rein in the rackets, but don’t hold your breath until it really happens. Courts have a way of ultimately backing the $$$$$$, not justice.

Anyone who thinks we have much privacy left, particularly if we use electronic systems while out and about, simply doesn’t understand the pervasive nature of surveillance.

I added this comment to the UK article about Redflex and the Halo Edge system.

In the USA, there are now five guilty pleas or verdicts in federal Redflex-related indictments for fraud, bribery, or extortion with their for-profit red-light camera business. Redflex seriously needs new revenue sources to make up for the losses of camera contracts in the USA due to their scandal-ridden past.
James C. Walker, (US) National Motorists Association

San Leandro got enough information from the NMA and others to justify dropping the camera racket, especially any contract with Redflex. We should know results soon.

Aurora, Colorado where voters gave ticket cameras their 37th loss in 41 public votes is now moaning the loss of the revenue. This lets us know for sure what the REAL motivation for the cameras was for the officials. Hint: It wasn’t safety.

A handful of Florida Senators killed the red-light camera repeal bill for the fourth year in a row. Their actions are against the wishes of the vast majority of their constituents, meaning they have loyalty to the $$$$$, not to the people that elected them.

Is anyone surprised that New Orleans tightened the rules on speed cameras to collect more loot from mostly safe drivers – likely to replace loot from red-light cameras that were taken down. It is the LOOT that is important to the Mayor, not safety.

Ohio legislators are taking another run at crippling the ticket camera rackets.

There are no “questions” about red-light cameras in Texas, only the knowledge that the for-profit rackets should be banned by law.

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.

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