ATE Racket Report for June 17, 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 8-14, 2019

Texas Lawmaker Introduces Federal Photo Enforcement Ban –great opportunity to rid the entire country of ATE! More later!

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Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

The hacked Custom and Border Patrol license plate data and possibly facial recognition data are the latest examples of the dangers of automated tracking data. The Genie is out of the bottle, and we need to work hard to put as much of it back in as possible. We need to push for SHORT retention spans when the subjects of surveillance do not get a hit with any of the legitimate databases seeking information.

The changes in Ohio law to require real court cases when people challenge camera tickets will help – IF enough people take the issues to court to make the rackets too costly for local authorities to operate.

It was a terrific win for many local groups plus help from the NMA and others to get red-light camera rackets immediately stopped in most Texas cities. A few totally dishonorable cities like Leon Valley, Humble, and Balcones Heights changed their contracts to take out the clause they could stop the rackets if such legislation was passed. Residents and visitors should STOP shopping in those dishonorable communities and tell the business managers they will have the patronage back after all the cameras are removed.

Ticket cameras are not legal in Wisconsin and will hopefully remain so in the face of a proposal to allow them in Milwaukee. Wisconsin members and their friends need to contact their state Representatives, Senators, and the Governor to politely but firmly insist that NO ticket cameras be allowed in the state.

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