ATE Racket Report for May 6, 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 April 27 – May 3, 2019


Report Warns A.I. Algorithms Not Quite Ready for Prime Time in Criminal Justice


Canada: Alberta Province photo radar overhaul coming after review finds it’s a cash cow

France, Germany, Italy: Speed Cameras Tipped and Sprayed

Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State in Ecuador

Kilkhampton, UK: A bird box cleverly disguised as a speed camera is fooling drivers


Fullerton Moves Ahead With Paid Downtown Parking Using License Plate Readers

Salinas Police: Red-light cameras to arrive in Salinas by August

Beware red-light runners: San Francisco activating new red light cameras


Colorado Springs drivers react to a month of red-light cameras


Are South Florida cities using red-light cameras to simply rake in your green?

Red-light cameras in Central Florida: Where does all the money go? (Video Report)

Holmes Beach license plate cameras incite readers


Speeding tickets by mail? New cameras could soon catch speeders in metro Atlanta

Milledgevill, Georgia Letter-to-the-Editor: Traffic cameras like letting ‘fox guard the chicken house’


Red-light cameras get green light in Hawaii as a trial program

Editorial: Red-light camera trial run


Iowa traffic camera ban bill goes unfinished for a third legislative session

The decision on restarting Cedar Rapids, Iowa speed cameras coming soon


Henderson using artificial intelligence to reduce traffic crashes

New Hampshire

New Hampshire bill seeks to protect consumers’ biometric information

New York

Pedestrian countdown clocks coming to all New York red-light camera intersections by mid-summer

Nassau County: Freeport Mayor wants more license-plate scanners as a crime-fighting tool

Freeport, NY now scanning 50M plates per year

Parking to be enforced by License Plate Readers beginning this Fall at the University of Albany, New York

New York Bill A7254 Would Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

North Carolina

Despite privacy concerns, House committee approves license plate bill HB87

House OKs red-light cameras for Hope Mills, Spring Lake (HB105)


Bowling Green installs cameras to monitor traffic flow

Toledo City officials say red-light cameras improve safety as state looks to end program


Oregon became a testing ground for Amazon’s facial-recognition policing. But what if Rekognition gets it wrong?


Communities join license plate scanning network in Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Speed camera tickets issued to the wrong driver in Providence, Rhode Island


Memphis police debating use of technology to read vehicles’ license plates


ABC 7 investigates the length of yellow lights at red-light camera intersections in Amarillo, Texas


Virginia judge rules automated license plate data collection by police is illegal


Kent Police aim to slow street racers with new technology (Audio Surveillance)

Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

Opposition to photo radar in Alberta is causing a review of the abusive uses and may lead to some positive changes. Similar opposition is causing Ontario to look at raising speed limits on their limited access 400 Series Highways – up from the ridiculously low 100 kph or 62 mph.

Sweetwater, Florida has seen opposition to the red-light camera racket and the issue will be on the ballot for a public vote this month. So far, ticket cameras have lost 37 of 41 public votes and this might make it 38 of 42 losses. People hate the for-profit rackets of ticket cameras.

I added this comment to an article about the “pilot” program of red-light cameras in Hawaii. Translation: “Pilot Program” = Permanent cash grab racket that may increase accident rates.   James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

Once again, a few Iowa legislators that are “in the pockets” of the for-profit ticket camera companies and their for-profit city business partners managed to block a bill to ban the for-profit camera rackets statewide. Opposition needs to be more vocal in Iowa to get the rackets banned by law.

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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