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 9-15, 2019
- ACLU calls for US law enforcement to stop sharing license plate data with ICE
- Senators introduce bill to regulate facial recognition technology
- Privacy Breach: Say ‘No’ To Digital Driver’s Licenses
- In-car monitoring: Surveillance tech will make your car less private
- Facial recognition’s ‘dirty little secret’: Millions of online photos scraped without consent
- Hyundai Mobis invests $5M in China’s Deep Glint; recognizing specific face among 1 billion people at 50m within 1 second
- What Tesla knows about you
- Is ICE watching you? Police around California are sharing license plate info with agents, says ACLU
- Manteca, CA Police no longer share data with ICE via private firm
- Menlo Park, California considers options for red-light cameras including possibly dumping them
- San Diego Has Been Turned Into A Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network
- Push underway to eliminate red-light cameras in Florida
- Crestview, FL red-light cameras caught 270 violators in February
- Red-light cameras bring a lot of green to Green Cove Springs, Florida
- Lakeland, Florida police department points out red-light runners on Social Media
- Indiana Lawmakers with SB2 hope to avoid appearance of policing for profit with school bus camera enforcement
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa police to receive bigger share of traffic camera ticket money
- Traffic camera vendor agrees to smaller cut of Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s revenue
- Ohio House Votes To Withhold Speed Camera Cash
- Traffic cameras in Ohio legislature’s crosshairs, again
- Hearing today continues 5-year-long New Miami, OH speed cameras battle with more objections
- Mixed reactions to speed cameras in New Richmond, OH (TV Report)
- Toledo, OH petitioner seeks stop light on traffic cameras
- Growing traffic camera backlash in Weathersfield Township, OH
- ‘Block the Box’ cameras bill fails in Washington State
- Bill HB1229 allowing police to have access to traffic cameras doesn’t pass out of Washington State House
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
License plate data should ONLY be used to find stolen cars, wanted criminals, those suspected of crimes, etc. and the data for non-hits should be kept for only a very short period of time.
We wrote to Menlo Park about their upcoming decision on red-light cameras.
To the Honorable Menlo Park Officials:
We believe it would be the best option for Menlo Park to become the 81st California community to end or ban red-light cameras, leaving only 28 active programs in a state that once had 105 red-light camera programs.
It would be particularly good for Redflex to lose another contract. There have now been five guilty pleas or verdicts in federal Reflex-related indictments for fraud, bribery, or extortion in only two states. A former Redflex official said there are similar issues in at least 12 states.
We hope you end your red-light camera program. Your residents and visitors will be eternally grateful to be relieved of this burden.
James C. Walker
Life Member, National Motorists Association
When Indiana says stop arm cameras would not be about profits because the money would go to schools, which is utter nonsense. Money is fungible and camera profits can replace General Fund expenditures so the city profits.
If the Toledo petitioner gets the cameras on the ballot, the cameras will almost certainly lose making the camera vote record 38 losses in 42 public votes. People come to hate these predatory rackets.
It would be great to see Oklahoma become the next state to ban cameras.
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.