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 July 20 – 26, 2019
- Toronto’s Officially Getting 50 Speed Cameras By The End Of This Year (Vision Zero Watch)
- Toronto focuses on photo radar cash cow
- Israel Police throw out all speeding tickets from the past 13 months
- UK: Speed cameras could be installed on more of Wales’ roads to reduce pollution
- Will San Francisco finally install speed enforcement cameras?
- Oakland follows San Francisco’s lead in banning facial recognition tech
- Opinion: The ugly truth about red-light cameras in San Mateo, CA
- With $3.4M owed, New Miami asks for more time to appeal speed camera decision
- Could Linndale PD start using more handheld automated traffic cameras to ticket drivers?
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
Surveillance capitalism IS the genie out of the box. The ways to invade our privacy and exploit it commercially have grown exponentially, far beyond the efforts to limit it. It will probably take a revolt to reverse this.
Toronto, with many other Canadian cities, has turned to predatory for-profit ticket camera rackets. So far, there has not been enough opposition to stop the trend.
Lakeland will study if longer red intervals reduce crashes – they do, and no study is needed. Longer yellows are needed as well, but the Florida Department of Transportation forbids cities from setting proper yellows for the actual conditions.
If they can, Linndale will likely use more handheld speed cameras to rape the wallets of more safe drivers.
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.