ATE Racket Report for June 3, 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 May 25-31, 2019 

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signs bill to Ban Red-Light Cameras

SUCCESS!  Many local groups in Texas along with many NMA members kept up the campaign to ban red-light cameras in Texas for several years.  WE WON!  A few cities without clauses to break their contracts if such legislation passed will get to run out their contracts, but most cities using cameras will have to take them down.  And no new ones will be allowed.  When enough people and groups like the NMA campaign long enough and loud enough to end abusive for-profit enforcement, we can prevail. 

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TheNewspaper.com wrote two posts this week on the RLC Scandal in Philadelphia:

Here is another PA article:

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Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

I added this comment to the piece on surveillance tools.

Finally, people are waking up to object to excessive police and other surveillance systems. If permitted at all, there must be no database kept for more than a few days. If the surveillance does not “get a hit”, the license plate or other item noted must be promptly deleted from the system. And facial recognition software should not be allowed at all.
James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

The expanded “school zone” speed camera program in New York City is a naked money grab racket. The cameras will operate during hours kids will not be on the streets and even on days with no school. No one should tolerate this cash grab.

When Kissimmee, Florida, the state of Pennsylvania, or any other venues spend the loot from their red-light camera rackets on good programs, that does NOT excuse the fact that most of the revenue was literally stolen from safe drivers with deliberately mis-engineered lights and draconian enforcement rules.

The added news of fraud in the Philadelphia red-light camera racket helps people understand why the cameras should be banned. They are a dirty for-profit industry.

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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