NMA’s Weekly ATE Racket Report for May 1, 2018

Compiled by NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker and NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn

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.

Here is the list of devices that we will cover in this blog:

  • ATE=Automated Traffic Enforcement
  • ALPRs= Automated License Plate Readers
  • Face Recognition Cameras
  • RLCs=Red-Light Cameras
  • Speed Cameras (and all their forms)
  • Surveillance devices such as Stingrays and Sureshots.

This past week…

National Motorists Association writers were busy with different aspects of automated traffic enforcement.

Great News

Wait and See

Bad News

NMA’s City and State Lists of RLCs and speed cameras

The NMA has compiled a list of which states and cities are using red-light and speed cameras. This may not be a complete list and please send any additions or subtractions to the nma@motorists.org for updating the list.

Jim Walker’s ATE Advocacy Tip of the Week

Some further notes on the above items.

  • Cathedral City became the 80th California community to end red-light cameras or ban them. There will be only 29 operative programs in a state that once had over 100.
  • Apopka, Florida once added one second to their yellow intervals and the red-light camera violation rates dropped dramatically. The Florida Department of Transportation demanded they put the second back in, and threatened to blackmail them by withholding some road funds if they didn’t. WHY would FDOT object to drastically fewer red light violations? Could the fact the state gets 52.5% of the red-light camera loot have anything to do with it?
  • For at least the third time, the Iowa Legislature is considering banning ticket cameras entirely. Some legislators said the court decision makes it even more important to ban them. In prior years, the bills to ban them passed one chamber decisively, but were blocked in the other chamber from even getting a hearing. This despicable tactic is how bills to ban the hated cameras are often stopped in state legislatures.  It has happened three times in Florida.

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