ATE Racket Report for June 10, 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. 

Headlines are from June 1-7, 2019

National

International

Special Extended Texas Red-Light Camera Ban

California

Florida

Georgia

Maryland

North Carolina

Ohio

South Carolina

Washington

Commentary by NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

Facial recognition is the next level of oppressive surveillance and members need to resist it locally and statewide wherever possible.

Most Texas red-light camera cities have honorably ended their camera programs. Texas members and residents need to apply moral pressure on the few cities that took out the clauses in their contracts which voided the contracts if the cameras became illegal. Those cities, like Humble, Leon Valley and Balcones Heights, can legally operate their programs until the contracts expire. But it might be possible to apply enough moral pressure to have them find ways out their contracts before they expire.

El Paso, and all the other camera cities, will lose money when the cameras are removed. THAT was the intention of the law – to end the predatory for-profit camera rackets that give most tickets to safe drivers who endangered no one.

Members should use the win in banning red-light cameras statewide in Texas as a prime example to advocate for legal bans in other states. This was a big win and it might lead to wins elsewhere.

Maryland has some of the most predatory ticket cameras, as the latest additions on a state highway reveal. As is true everywhere, speed cameras are used ONLY where the posted limits are improperly and less-safely set at least 10 mph below the safest 85th percentile speed levels. Speed and red-light cameras are always for-profit rackets that no one should tolerate.

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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