ATE Racket Report for July 1, 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.

FYI: the ATE Racket Report will be on vacation July 8 and will return on July 15, 2019.

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Wisconsin

Commentary by NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker                                             

Suffolk County, NY studied their red-light cameras and found accidents increased by almost 60%. Nonetheless, county officials, of course, want to extend the program. In a moral world, the officials would be indicted under RICO statutes for running an ongoing criminal enterprise.

Oakland, CA joined San Francisco in banning facial recognition software. This needs to be the case everywhere.

Westchester County, NY again failed to get the state legislature to authorize a for-profit red-light camera racket in their county. SOME state legislators understand the predatory nature of red-light cameras and do not want to see more of them.

Longview, TX police will get some radios paid for with loot from their former for-profit red-light camera racket. Spending the loot on good programs does not justify or excuse the governmental thefts using the cameras to target mostly safe drivers for the revenue.

Hopefully the NMA can prevent red-light cameras in our own backyard of Wisconsin.

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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