ATE Racket Report for February 11, 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.

Developments This Past Week, February 2-8, 2019

The NMA Newsletter this week focuses on all the red-light cameras bills that are currently under consideration by state lawmakers around the country.  Of note: Four states want to ban the cams (CO, FL, IL, and TX), Hawaii wants to bring them back and Connecticut wants to study their viability.

Advocacy groups this past week sent a letter asking Congress not to support ‘smart wall’ border technology which includes surveillance drones, Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), and biometric technology.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued a report on the San Francisco District Attorney’s 10 most surveilled neighborhoods.  The Foundation continues to mine data gleamed from a recent report issued late last year.

Our friends at issued a report this week: Maryland Auditor Again Slams Statewide Speed Camera Program.  Maryland is rife with these policing for profit devices.

A Forbes contributor asked the dreaded Vulture Cam question this past week: Could AI-Powered Traffic Cameras finally stop Distracted Driving?

Quartz posted a scathing article on the 9,000 private surveillance cameras that have been implemented around the country in the last two years to spy on your car.

Wait and See…

Upcoming ATE Bills of interest:

Also, on Wednesday, Texas Lawmakers introduced a bill that bans red-light cameras…no articles about this yet.

Here is all the bad news from around the country this week…

Comments from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker 

Maryland’s speed camera program in work zones is so poorly controlled that it should be called a for-profit racket. That is not unusual because the State Highway Administration supports for-profit ticket camera rackets all over the state.

Pressures against red-light cameras are growing in several states and bills to ban them have better chances this year than in the past.  If you are in any of the states with pending bills, PLEASE contact your state Representatives, Senators, and the Governor to politely but firmly insist on a new law to ban the red-light cameras statewide.

Indiana wants very lucrative stop-arm cameras on school buses, but would never acknowledge that the bus drivers are responsible for 63+% of the child deaths related to school bus stops.

I added a comment to the article about AAA supporting the changes in Wilmington’s red-light camera program changes, but it was censored and does not appear.

Amarillo is expanding their for-profit red-light camera program and is trying to falsely claim it is about safety by removing four cameras – it is like a shell game.

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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