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
- Opinion: The Age of Tyrannical Surveillance – an editorial from John W. Whitehead of the Future of Freedom Foundation website.
- Canada: Government Report Questions Speed Camera Motives
- Canadian Editorial: Keep photo radar focused on safety in Alberta
- Edmonton Editorial: Bye-bye photo radar
- Record low crime in Laguna Beach, CA: Officials credit innovative programs, heightened police presence and automated traffic surveillance
- High-speed police chases often kill innocents. Here’s how San Pablo, CA PD is making them safer by the use of GPS trackers
District of Columbia Area
- West Palm Beach, FL considers adding more surveillance around city gateways
- Florida Lawmaker Wants Cameras on School Buses to Catch Drivers Illegally Passing (HB849)
- Waterloo, IA police chief fires back at critics; says safety trumps cash in traffic camera program
- Where are the red-light cameras in Waterloo, Iowa?
- Chicago: In a city with tens of thousands of surveillance cameras, who’s watching whom?
- Illinois Woman Sues Photo Ticketing Program For Fraud
- Mount Prospect, IL Candidates Say ‘Stop’ To Red-Light Cameras
- Will Texas ban red-light cameras? More than 100 lawmakers now say ‘yes’
- Analysis shows red-light programs in Texas don’t prevent accidents
- Could Longer Yellow Lights Significantly Reduce Traffic Violations? A Texas Town Thinks So.
- Spokane, WA: City Council uses $3.2 million collected from red-light runners and school-zone speeders to build sidewalks
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.
- Oppose: Connecticut SB 416 – To permit the use of cameras on certain highways for the limited purpose of assisting with accident investigations
- Support: Florida HB 6003 / SB 622– Traffic Infraction Detectors (repeal use of red-light cameras)
- Oppose: Hawaii HB 187 / SB 169– Establishes the photo red light imaging detector systems program
- Support: Illinois HB 322 – No non-home rule unit within the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Madison, McHenry, St. Clair, and Will may enact or continue to enforce an ordinance for an automated traffic law enforcement system
- Oppose: Illinois HB 331 – Creates the Expressway Safety Act (speed cameras)
- Oppose: Indiana HB 1340 – Motor Vehicle Safety (speed cameras)
- Oppose: Indiana SB 0256 – Construction zone automated traffic control system
- Oppose: Indiana SB 2 – School bus safety, increase of penalties, third-party enforcement
- Support: Iowa HSB 36 – A bill for an act regulating the use of automated traffic law enforcement systems, providing penalties, and including applicability provisions
- Support: Iowa SSB 1004 – An act prohibiting the use of automated or remote systems for traffic law enforcement
- Oppose: Maryland HB 343 – Repealing the June 30, 2019, termination date for a provision of law that increased from $250 to $500 the civil penalty for a violation recorded by a school bus monitoring camera
- Support: Maryland HB 1041 – Repealing the authority to use work zone speed control systems to enforce certain highway speed laws within work zones
- Oppose: Maryland HB 1063 – Authorizing the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore City to determine the location of speed monitoring systems in the City
- Support: Missouri SB 111 – Enacts provisions relating to traffic enforcement
- Oppose: Missouri HB 596 – Allows school districts to install and operate school bus cameras
- Oppose: New Jersey A3082 – Establishes pilot program for automated speed enforcement in work zones
- Support: New Jersey A 4454 – Prohibits Driver Info Disclosure to Other States for Ticket Camera Cases
- Oppose: New Jersey AB 4862 – Establishes five-year pilot program to enforce “don’t block the box” signs through use of automatic cameras
- Oppose: New Mexico HB 24 – Monitoring For School Bus Illegal Passes
- Support: New York AB 204 – Relates to notification requirements for traffic-control signal photo violation-monitoring devices and photo speed violation monitoring systems
- Support: New York A 1661 – Requires signage alerting motorists of red light cameras
- Support: New York SB 40 – Relates to automatic license plate readers (ALPRs)
- Oppose: Oklahoma HB 1926 – Motor vehicles; allowing school districts to install cameras on school bus stop-arms
- Oppose: Oregon SB 559 – Expands authority to operate fixed photo radar systems in high crash corridors to all cities
- Oppose: Pennsylvania HB 317 – An Act providing for automated license plate reader systems
- Support: Rhode Island H 5042 – Prohibits surveillance on any public roadway
- Oppose: Tennessee SB 205 – permits LEAs to install cameras on school buses to record vehicles that unlawfully pass a stopped school bus
- Support: Texas HB 1631 – Relating to prohibiting the use of photographic traffic signal enforcement systems
- Oppose: Virginia SB 1521 – Handheld photo speed monitoring devices
- Action Alert: Stop Senate Bill 1521 which would bring speed cameras to Virginia
- Oppose: Washington HB 1057 – Concerning school bus safety
- Oppose: Washington HB 1793 – Establishing additional uses for automated traffic cameras
- Oppose: West Virginia HB 2120 – Providing local government the authority to place video cameras at road intersections