ATE Racket Report for May 20, 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. 

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.

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/05/17/texas-lawmakers-vote-ban-red-light-cameras/

 

For the Weeks of May 4-17, 2019

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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.

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