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.
HAPPY NEWS FLASH – On Friday, the Texas Senate passed the House bill to ban red-light cameras statewide. Existing systems can leave them operational until their current contracts expire. Governor Abbott is likely to sign this into law as he opposes red-light cameras.
For the Weeks of May 4-17, 2019
- Insurance Companies Make $1000 For Each Speed Camera Ticket
- Verra Mobility (formerly American Traffic Solutions) Returns To Profitability
Other National News:
- Brazil, France, UK: Speed Camera Opposition Intensifies
- British Columbia: Abbotsford red-light camera to be converted to catch speeders
- C., Canada: Here’s why Vancouver Island only has one speed camera
- Chinese Smart City Exposed
- Inside China’s Massive Surveillance Operation
- France, Italy: Speed Cameras Torched, Toppled
- Fort Smith directors discuss fine increase, automated enforcement for red light violations
- For Red-Light Cameras to Work, Arkansas Would Need New Laws (The NMA advises against this)
- Half Moon Bay weighs license plate readers
- San Francisco bans city use of facial recognition technology tools
- San Francisco’s facial recognition technology ban, explained
- California’s Bay Area’s Spy Camera Ban Is Only the Beginning
- Privacy concerns arise over license plate readers in San Mateo, California
- Vacaville council green-lights police use of license plate reader system
- Boulder County, Colorado transportation plan update informed by cellphone tracking of inter-county commuters
- Police to provide monthly updates on red-light camera violators in Colorado Springs, CO
- Maryland Made $64M From Speeding Drivers Caught On Camera This Year
- Montgomery County’s Lead-Footed Drivers Lead the State of Maryland with $16 Million in Speed-Camera Citations
- On Mother’s Day, Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Reinstating and Expanding New York City Speed Zone Camera Program to Save Lives
- NY Senate votes on roadway safety measures (School Bus Stop Arm Cameras and Mandatory Back Seat Seatbelts)
- Local appeals court sides with Toledo on traffic cameras
- Ohio Court Sides With City Over Traffic Camera Rules
- NMA Advocate notes speed cameras increase crashes
- Philadelphia: Speed cameras approved for Roosevelt Boulevard
- Texas Top Court Affirms Dismissal of Red-Light Camera Challenge
- Texas Supreme Court Punts On Red-Light Cameras
- Want to see red-light cameras banned in Texas? That effort just got a big boost.
- Texas Viewpoint: Fate of red-light cameras all but sealed
Commentary by NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
British Colombia and some other provinces are increasing uses of speed and red-light cameras.
Arkansas is one of the states that does not have, and should not have, red-light cameras.
I added this comment to an article about Colorado Springs red-light cameras. Colorado Springs refuses to set the yellow intervals longer to reflect the actual perception/reaction times and actual approach speeds of at least 85% of the drivers for more safety and many fewer violations. The rea$on$ the city refu$ed are obviou$ and tho$e rea$on$ do NOT include safety.
James C. Walker, National Motorists Association
Sweetwater, Florida voters voted down red-light cameras, the 38th loss for ticket cameras in 42 votes.
Cedar Rapids along with some other Iowa cities are addicted to the loot from ticket camera rackets. It will take a law banning the rackets to end them.
More press on Montgomery County, Maryland and their very predatory red-light & speed camera rackets. The lights and speed limits are deliberately mis-engineered for less safety but more tickets. Members should be VERY careful in that county – they really want your money.
Philadelphia has had crash-raising red-light cameras for 14 years, but the money is more important than safety to city officials. Now they have authorized speed cameras for Roosevelt Boulevard, rather than some simple engineering changes and signage that would almost certainly improve safety more.
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.