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
- US Supreme Court Case Could Cripple Photo Enforcement
- US intelligence wants to use your face to train AI systems
- Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face
- Editorial: Surveillance Capitalism Is Destroying Our Freedom and Our Intimacy
- Canadian Editorial: Saskatoon speed camera debate focused on cash, not crashes
- France: Profit Sinks By $714 Million As Cameras Are Destroyed—Please remember that the NMA does not condone violence of any kind!
- New Zealand’s 20 highest-earning speed cameras generated $44 million in fines in 2018
- UK: Automated Camera Enforcement Company Redflex launches Halo Edge, its solution to improving air quality
- High-tech devices help police in Little Rock, Arkansas, but some say tools such as license plate readers raise thorny issues
- Without photo red-light cameras, Aurora programs face termination, cuts
- Colorado Springs red-light cameras to go live on April 9
- Bill postponed to repeal Florida’s red-light camera law
- Tampa, Florida City Council renews red-light cameras in close vote
- Iowa Editorial: Another state power, money grab
- Is Windsor Heights, Iowa ready to pull the plug on its traffic cameras?
- Speed cameras affecting local businesses in Windsor Heights, Iowa
- New Orleans traffic cams triggering school zone tickets for lower speeds, but change unannounced
- See map of New Orleans traffic cameras: School zones, speed cams now ticket for lower speeds
- New Orleans, Louisiana Editorial: School Zones Turned Into Speed Traps Under Mayor Cantrell Administration
- Commentary: New Orleans Mayor Cantrell not candid about cameras
- Ohio state lawmakers go after red-light, speed cameras; Dayton Mayor Whaley not happy
- Ohio: Red-light camera restrictions stay as Governor Mike DeWine signs fuel tax hike
- Toledo, OH: State rep to Mayor what’s-his-name: You want red-light cameras, you don’t need us
- More than 5,400 controversial speed camera citations issued in Franklin Township near Columbus, Ohio
- Do you pay Texas red-light camera tickets? You’re in the minority
- Capitol Hall Report – Time To Abolish Red-Light Cameras In Texas
- Texas Bills to ban red-light cameras raise questions at the Capitol
- Virginia Judge Bans Passive Use Of License Plate Readers
- Virginia: Fairfax County police chief fighting rule forbidding license plate reader data
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.