ATE Racket Report for March 4, 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. 

After Mr. Walker’s Commentary at the end, check for the current NMA Bill Tracker List of Automated Traffic Enforcement Bills around the country.

For the Week of February 25—March 1, 2019






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New York

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Washington State


Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

John Whitehead’s editorial is insightful about our loss of privacy. Some years ago we partnered with a Whitehead organization on an Amicus Brief in support of Jones vs. the United States in a winning argument before the US Supreme Court that authorities must first get a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a vehicle to track someone.

It is good to see negative publicity on speed cameras in Alberta, as Edmonton is fiercely predatory in using them for revenue. The NMA is in touch with Canadians in several provinces in this fight.

DC remains one of the most prolific ticket writing authorities.

Waterloo is one of several Iowa cities that use cameras for cash. They claim it is for safety, but notice they don’t give the profits to the Red Cross.

The publicity on red-light cameras in Texas is mostly negative, so perhaps this will be the year they get banned by law.

When Spokane spends the loot from red-light cameras on worthwhile projects, that does not justify the thefts of money from mostly safe drivers at deliberately mis-engineered traffic lights.

Members in states with pending bills we support or oppose should take the time to call and write their legislators with messages of support or opposition. Bills sometimes get approved or stopped with just a few clear statements of why they are good or bad. This can be particularly true if members go to their state capital to testify in committee hearings for or against particular bills. Advice about how to do this effectively is available from our headquarters.

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.


The NMA has built a Legislative Bill Tracker that is easy to use and helpful to all who oppose Automated Traffic Enforcement.

Here is a current list of ATE bills all across the country. Click on each bill for more details. Most currently are in committee but could move fast if approved out of committee. The list is in state alphabetical order.

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