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
- Coalition Letter calling for a Federal Moratorium on Facial Recognition Devices
- There Are Cameras Everywhere. It’s Time to Reject the Surveillance State.
- Frightening Stuff Hidden In Your Street Light?
- Watchdog says FBI has access to about 640M photographs
- Don’t Trust the FBI to Use Its Massive Facial Recognition Database Properly
- Bans On Facial Recognition Will Impact Self-Driving Cars, Reciprocally So
- Saskatchewan, Canada: 56 per cent of speed camera violations result in fines says auditor
- France, Germany: Speed Cameras Mocked, Charred
Special Extended Texas Red-Light Camera Ban
- Texas governor signs state ban on red-light traffic cameras
- Cities Dump Red-Light Cameras in Response to Ban: At least 33 Texas cities confirmed this week their intention to cease red-light camera ticketing.
- Newly Signed Texas Law Derails Red-Light Camera, Tech Plans
- Will drivers still have to pay fines after the red-light camera ban? It depends where you live
- It’s official: Austin’s red-light cameras turned off
- Will you still have to pay for red-light camera tickets? Not in Denton officials say.
- City of El Paso says they will lose money from red-light cameras ban
- Fort Worth Terminates Red-Light Cameras
- Red-light cameras now banned in Texas, including camera in Frisco
- North Texas Police Department (Haltom City) Terminates Contract With Red-Light Camera Company
- Humble officials wary of removing red-light cams after new state law
- Jersey Village’s plans to reinstall red-light cameras hindered by new law
- Jersey Village to halt reinstallation of red-light cameras
- Governor OKs ban on red-light cameras, but Leon Valley may be able to keep theirs for another 10 years…
- City of Southlake Ceases Operations of Red-Light Cameras
- Sugar Land turns off red-light cameras
- Sugar Land residents, react to red-light traffic camera ban–Humble’s red-light camera still in service until 2024
- Red-light cameras in Tomball, Humble still operational despite state of Texas ban
- Tomball turns off red-light cameras following state ban
- Viewpoint: More People Will Die as a Result of Texas’ Red-Light Camera Ban
- Red-light cameras end in Texas, but is it good for safety?
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.