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.
Headlines from July 27 – August 2, 2019
- British Columbia, Canada: Five new speed enforcement cameras are up and running in Metro Vancouver
- British Columbia Viewpoint: Speed cameras are troubling
- China: A state-backed ride-hailing startup will use facial recognition for its 20 million customers
- Speed cameras, red-light cameras and now parking cameras for Wellington, New Zealand
- New Traffic Lights in Folsom Can Tell When You’re Speeding
- Napa seeks license plate reading gear to identify parking scofflaws
- San Mateo Dumps Red-Light Camera Program After A Decade Of Continuous Failure
- New Ohio traffic camera law could have multi-million dollar impact
- Federal Lawsuit Takes On Ohio’s Unauthorized Speed Cameras
- City of Dayton files lawsuit against State of Ohio over red-light cameras
- Judge grants a temporary restraining order to City of Dayton for red-light cameras
- New push to shut down Linndale speed cameras
- New Miami speeders appeal more than expected in $3.4M speed camera judgment
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
BC and other Canadian provinces have jumped on more use of the for-profit camera rackets, and some analysts call them what they are—cash grabs.
Ohio remains a hotbed of controversy with the ticket camera rackets. Some cities have suspended or shut down their rackets with the new law that the state withholds funding in the amount of camera loot. Others are challenging the new law in court—and Dayton seems to have gotten a restraining order to continue the rackets during court challenges. Linndale, perhaps the most larcenous ticket city, wants to use hand held speed cameras for more loot. The problem is a too-strong “home rule” law that won’t let state law shut down the rackets.
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.