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.
ATE Personal Story from Michael who hails from Florida:
Someone needs to get the word out that Florida City, Florida ( a small town south of Miami) has cameras that will say you ran a steady red light when all my wife did was turn right on red after stopping to make sure it was safe to proceed. I got a $158 bill from the camera contractor in Arizona, but I was not driving so I sent a notarized affidavit. Then they sent a bill for $158 to my wife. The state of Florida goes along with this rip off and will suspend her license if she does not pay. Payment has to be sent to a PO Box in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thinking it was a scam, I called the Florida City police, and they said yes it is a real ticket and I can always go to court. We live upstate Florida, so going to court will be more expensive. I will never go through Florida City, Florida, again. They can video cars all day long, turning right on red so their income must be staggering.
If you have a personal automated traffic enforcement story, send a paragraph by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We might be inclined to put your experience in the next ATE Racket Report.
Headlines are from June 18-21, 2019
- What Happens When a US Border Protection Contractor Gets Hacked?
- So yeah, your photos were DEFINITELY hacked in that Border Patrol breach last month
- Department of Homeland Security to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud
- Military-Grade Surveillance, Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You
- Australia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, UK: Photo Radar Smeared
- Australian Truckies reckon a Red-Light Camera Ban like Texas’ is a great idea!
- UK: Exhaust ‘noise cameras’ are being fitted to existing speed cameras
- UK: Thousands of drivers are being fined in Cardiff, Wales because of an unenforceable traffic camera
- Colorado Springs: Drivers caught on camera running red light at 93 mph will receive warning letter
- Pueblo, CO police get another license plate reader
- Albany, NY Police warn of red light ticket email scam
- Long Island, NY Study: More crashes, but fewer serious ones, at Suffolk County red-light camera sites
- New York: Suffolk County Lawmaker Looks To Get Rid Of Red-Light Cameras
- Westchester County asks Albany for OK to install red-light cameras throughout county
- Ohio: East Cleveland traffic camera generating revenue, but not following warning rules
- Ohio: Unmarked traffic camera prompts East Cleveland to post new signs after TV Report
- More red-light cameras may be coming to Portland, Oregon if City Council approves ordinance (Vision Zero Watch)
- Annual auto emissions inspections could become a thing of the past in Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia: Speed Enforcement Cameras Coming To Roosevelt Boulevard
- Behind The Scenes Of The Effort To Gut The Texas Red-Light Camera Ban
- New Dallas City Council gets first look at challenging budget with expected revenue decline
- City of Lufkin begins process of covering red-light cameras after bill bans them in Texas
- Two San Antonio suburbs plan to keep red-light cameras in place despite statewide ban
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
Australian ticket camera rackets are even more predatory than those in the US.
The ACLU is our friend in trying to rein in surveillance.
There is a public hearing about red-light cameras in Suffolk County, NY on July 16. Anyone near there should attend and speak against extending the contract on the cameras for five years – given that camera intersection accident rates are up by about 60%. Write and practice a clear 60 second statement against the cameras.
East Cleveland has played fast and loose about ticket cameras for a long time.
Roosevelt Avenue in Philadelphia will get speed cameras rather than simple inexpensive engineering changes that would produce better safety results. WHY? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Many groups worked hard to stop the ban on red-light cameras, just as the NMA and many Texas groups worked hard to get the bill passed. Notice how immediately most camera cities ended the camera programs and publicly announced that fact. Most city officials realized how popular the ban would be and complied as soon as possible. But at least four dishonorable cities crafted contracts that would not require taking the cameras down until the contracts ran out, including Amarillo, Humble, Leon Valley, and Balcones Heights. Efforts to get people to stop shopping in those cities are justified.
Kent, WA passed the $5 million mark on speed cameras, but notice there was no mention whatsoever of any safety improvements. Only $$$$$$$$$$$ count.
Milwaukee wants ticket cameras but hopefully the state ban will hold.
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.