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.
- John Carr wrote about in his weekly blog about The Myth of Manual Review – fascinating!
- This week’s Driving in America blog: Build a Ballot Petition against Red-Light Cameras – this information comes from the NMA Organizing Tool Kit which can be read in its entirety on the NMA member website. Join Today for full access to this and so much more!
- This past week’s weekly E-Newsletter looked at the use of police drones and how they affect motorists.
- PoliceOne.com had an article on how one Florida Police Department uses Automated License Plate Readers to catch suspects.
- Cathedral City, California city council has voted to rid its city’s red-light cameras. The cameras will be turned off in June.
Wait and See
- DC considers adding bus lane cameras on top of speed and red-light cameras.
- The first Florida town (Apopka) to turn on Red-Light Cameras (back in 2007), may turn them off! Regime change in the town council is the reason for the possible switch.
- Aurora, Illinois city council heard pleas last week to get rid of their red-light cameras.
- Oelwein, Iowa held a public meeting last week to discuss bringing in speed cameras.
- In Spokane, WA, motorists who have been nabbed by an automated school zone speeding ticket are fighting back. They have filed a class action lawsuit.
- San Diego, CA Police Department was called out on not following state law in the use of Automated License Plate Readers. Apparently, the PD is sharing its ALPR database with border patrol and hundreds of other agencies.
- Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Transportation cannot remove traffic cameras from three cities’ freeways.
- A Greenville, NC breakdown shows that more out-of-towners are caught in the city’s the red-light camera snare than folks who drive in the city every day.
- The Ohio Supreme Court skeptical over the latest municipal speed camera suit.
- A Pennsylvania bill advances that will allow automatic traffic cams on school bus stop arms.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.