States Resist Speed Trap Transparency

States are more than happy to receive their annual share of $450 million in federal cash used to run speed traps and roadblocks, but they are now actively resisting efforts to increase the transparency and accountability of the programs being funded. Congressional lawmakers attached a provision requiring states to clarify how automated ticketing machines are used within the 558-page law that provides transportation grants. The surveys are to be conducted at federal expense.

“The states arguing against transparency and accountability for their ticket camera programs is rich — literally,” NMA president Gary Biller told TheNewspaper. “Federal funding for enforcement actions is an entitlement, not an absolute right held by the states. The preconditions established by NHTSA are entirely appropriate in protecting motorists from abuse.”