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.
The Week of February 16-22, 2019…
Apple Secures Patent That Uses Facial Recognition To Unlock Vehicles – Does anyone like this?
On the International Front
- Bad News: Eurotunnel (between France and UK) to be first non-airport border crossing to use automatic face recognition technology
- Alberta, Canada’s Strathcona County to install new traffic cameras
- Canada: Alberta Province to end use of photo radar as ‘cash cow’
- France, Italy, Saudi Arabia, UK: Speed Cameras Assaulted – Please remember that the NMA does not condone violence of any kind towards ATE devices.
- UK Driver Jailed (for three months) For Using Laser Jammer To Trick Speed Cameras
Could red-light cameras come to Mobile, Alabama?— The answer is apparently NO!
Oh, we were so hopeful earlier this week: The Colorado legislature is once again considering a move to ban red-light cameras (NMA Mention), but then this happened: Colorado House committee puts brakes on bill HB 1099 to eliminate red-light cameras. Also, this happened in Colorado: Red-light cameras are up at two Colorado Springs intersections with a mention of the bill (HB1099)
Right Turn on Red: Thousands of Tickets Could Get Tossed in South Florida – Perhaps some good news for motorists, but what happens when you thought that RLC ticket was gone: Florida drivers have deja vu when red-light camera tickets get new life
Hawaii lawmakers advance red-light camera bill – Don’t they already have enough?
Waterloo, Iowa: Expanded traffic camera plan clears first hurdle – Police Chief is responsible for this one!
Fayetteville’s red-light camera operator warned about license – When will this saga ever end! Just get rid of the things!
We do not like this idea: Millville, NJ police to install cameras to read license plates, capture faces of drivers
Lawmakers discussed ATE this week. NMA’s Nevada activist was there and said it was stacked against opponents. Here are two articles:
- Nevada lawmakers consider possibility of red-light cameras
- Lawmakers raise concerns over Nevada speed camera bill
- Our friends at TheNewspaper.com reported on this story: Ohio Town Dragging Out Speed Camera Ticket Refunds
- Ohio’s Hubbard Township becomes newest location to implement speed cameras Why?
- PA Editorial: Speed cameras could reduce deadly accidents on one of Philly’s most dangerous roads. Will City Council Approve their Installation?
- Memphis city leaders installing several ‘speed enforcement cameras’ to deter speeding. They also plan to plan to implement a whole bunch of traffic calming devices too!
Some good news perhaps coming out of Denton, Texas:
- Denton, TX Report: Longer yellow light, fewer drivers running red
- Texas: Longer Yellow Time Experiment Is A Long-Term Success
- Denton, TX Tweaks Red-Light Camera Intersections, Program Future Unclear
The NMA National Office sent out this alert last week: Stop Senate Bill 1521 which would bring speed cameras to Virginia. As of the release of this blog post, we have not heard yet if the Governor has signed this bill.
What a mess of bills if there ever was two: State considers changes to let Seattle, others expand use of traffic cameras (HB1793 & SB5789) Here is the NMA Alert that was sent out to members on Friday: Washington State: Stop HB1793 and SB5789–expanding the ticketing scope of red-light cameras
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
The Province of Alberta is interesting. Some places want more ticket cameras but some politicians want to sharply restrict or eliminate them. Some Canadians that we correspond with have compared the city of Edmonton which has ticket cameras to the city of Ottawa which doesn’t. Ottawa’s traffic safety record is better and Edmonton collects a fortune in ticket fines.
Once the UK got speed cameras in the early 1990s, they are diligent in protecting the flow of loot. Their transportation department encourages areas to set posted speed limits to define half the drivers as in violation – so they can collect a lot of British Pounds with the cameras. The UK definitely does not have 50% bad drivers, so the predatory financial goals are quite obvious.
State by state and city by city, the fates of ticket cameras continue to differ. Members need to keep up the flow of communications to the elected officials in camera states to say they want them banned by law. Public opposition is growing and more “noise” will help to end the rackets sooner.
Denton, Texas has become one of the latest cities to prove that longer yellow intervals reduce both violations and crashes. It is likely to help lead Denton to end their camera program and that would be another loss for Redflex.
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.