ATE Racket Report for March 11, 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. 

For the Week of March 2-8, 2019







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Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

Longer commutes are typically caused by two factors – expensive rents & home prices PLUS the refusal to expand the road system to accommodate more vehicles.

If Winnipeg was actually happy for drivers to be alerted to the locations of the for-profit speed cameras, they could put up LARGE signs close to the cameras as warnings. Do they do this? Of course not, it would kill the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

It seems the state of Iowa wants in on the loot from the for-profit ticket camera rackets, and is even greedier than the state of Florida which gets 52.5% of the loot. Anyone who thinks $$$$$$ are not the true goal of ticket cameras does not understand the issue.

The poll in Cedar Rapids showing residents to NOT want the cameras turned back on is normal. Ticket cameras have lost 37 of 41 public votes with over 90% saying NO!!!

Some NYC officials want enough speed cameras to make the entire city a for-profit speed trap. I added two comments to that article.

The rea$on$ for $chool zone $peed limit ticket$ with for-profit camera$ during hour$ when $tudent$ are not u$ually pre$ent are obviou$, and tho$e rea$on$ do NOT include safety.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

Enforcing “school zone” limits when no children are present is a for-profit racket – not a safety program.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

State legislators in Ohio have been working on methods to kill ticket cameras for several years – ways to get around the “Home Rule” statutes that prevent outright state law bans on the cameras. The latest attempt and one that might work is to require cities to report the revenue from ticket cameras to the state and that amount would be deducted from state support funds going to the city – making the programs unprofitable.

Many Ohio cities have signed on to the hand-held Lidar (dragon cam) ticket camera rackets. Members need to be particularly careful in those cities.

If Oklahoma bans red-light cameras that will be one more state that says NO! We are winning this fight, but the pace needs to accelerate. TX and FL might follow this year.

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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