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 June 29 – July 12, 2019
- US Lawmakers alarmed by feds’ use of facial recognition
- Customs and Border Patrol defends facial recognition programs to Congress
- Fight for the Future launches major new campaign calling for a Federal ban on facial recognition surveillance
- Is Facial Recognition the New Fingerprinting—or Something Much Worse?
- The FBI (and ICE) Is Scanning DMV Photos of Law-Abiding Americans
- Police Body Cam Maker Axon says NO to Facial Recognition, for now
- US Fast-Food Drive-Thrus Will Soon Use License Plate And Facial Recognition Technology
- License Plate Readers Are Creeping Into Neighborhoods Across the Country
- Biased and wrong? Facial recognition tech in the dock around the world
- Drug and alcohol detectors coming to Australian cars
- British Columbia starts testing speed cameras in Surrey intersections
- Cyprus Minister says traffic cameras pilot to be operational by 2020
- German Constitutional Court Questions Speed Camera Reliability
- Hamburg, Germany to deploy over 2,000 thermal imaging traffic cameras
- UK: Flashing your car’s headlight to warn about speed cameras could land you a £1,000 fine
- UK: Appearance of ‘fake’ speed camera on A429 could be ‘placing road users at risk’
- Wales UK: DVLA are starting to crack down on untaxed vehicles by clamping cars after finding them with ALPRs
- Arizona police agencies gather and share license plate data, but few ensure rules are being followed
- Speed cameras will be gone from the West Valley as of Monday, July 1
- Piedmont to vote on the expansion of license plate reader cameras on Monday
- City of San Mateo, CA Shutters Its Red-Light Camera System
- Editorial: Racing toward a united state of speed cameras?
- DeKalb police could get access to license plate readers in neighborhoods
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
- Are undocumented immigrants in Pa., NJ at risk in ICE facial recognition searches of driver’s license photos?
- 2,000 Cameras Will Be Watching How You Drive in New York City (NMA Mention)
- NYC Extends Speed Cameras to 2000 Locations (NMA mention)
- Massive speed camera expansion starts July 11: What you need to know
- Hundreds of new speed cameras going up around NYC
- Suffolk County GOP lawmakers call for a halt to the controversial red-light camera program
- Hacked Border Surveillance Firm wants to profile Drivers, Passengers, and their ‘Likely Trip Purpose’ in New York City
- School zone speed camera expansion begins in New York City
- While Toledo fights for speed cameras in court, Perrysburg Township holds off
- Ohio cities to lose state funding for traffic camera tickets beginning Wednesday
- Some Ohio Cities Are Fighting New Red-Light Camera Restrictions
- Speed trap, or crash prevention cameras in Ohio?
- Technical problems delay the launch of new red-light cameras in Kent, OH
- Could Tennessee finally hit the brakes on red-light cameras?
- Six months left until Bluff City, Tennessee speed cameras go offline
- Could a red-light camera ban pass the Tennessee legislature next year?
- Cameras to be added to Central Texas toll roads to crack down on unpaid bills
- Red-light cameras to come down soon in El Paso, TX
- Frisco police shut off remaining red-light camera on Preston Road
- City of Marshall ends red-light camera program
- Consultant involved in Dallas school bus camera graft, money laundering sentenced
Utah, Vermont, Washington
- ICE used facial recognition to search state driver’s license databases in Utah, Vermont, and Washington, records show
Commentary from NMA Executive Director James C. Walker
Facial recognition systems are often flawed, can be very easily abused, and we need to fight them at every opportunity.
We are slowly winning the red-light camera racket battles with one system gone in AZ and another in CA. There are only 28 active red-light camera rackets in CA, a state that once had over 100.
839 of 898 violation warnings at one intersection in Colorado Springs new red-light camera racket is pretty certain proof the lights are deliberately mis-engineered at that location.
New York’s 2,000 “school zone” speed camera racket with cameras operating at times NO kids will be present shows how desperate NYC is for camera racket loot. I won’t be going there anytime soon – especially with the new congestion fee rip off.
Maybe Tennessee will be the next state to ban red-light cameras, they already made right on red camera tickets illegal.
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.