ATE Racket Report for March 18, 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 9-15, 2019

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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.

Respectfully submitted, 

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.

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