ATE Racket Report for February 25, 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.

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

Alabama

Could red-light cameras come to Mobile, Alabama?— The answer is apparently NO!

Colorado

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)

Florida

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

Hawaii lawmakers advance red-light camera bill – Don’t they already have enough?

Iowa

Waterloo, Iowa: Expanded traffic camera plan clears first hurdle – Police Chief is responsible for this one!

North Carolina

Fayetteville’s red-light camera operator warned about license – When will this saga ever end! Just get rid of the things!

New Jersey

We do not like this idea: Millville, NJ police to install cameras to read license plates, capture faces of drivers

Nevada

Lawmakers discussed ATE this week. NMA’s Nevada activist was there and said it was stacked against opponents. Here are two articles:

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Tennessee

Texas

Some good news perhaps coming out of Denton, Texas:

Elsewhere…New red-light cameras are up and running in Amarillo, TX

Virginia

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.

Washington State

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.

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