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yodudebc

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I've seen people stop short to avoid venturing into an amber and get rear-ended.
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Manolo1
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Missouri Lawmakers Consider Banning Traffic, License Plate Cameras
A pair of Missouri lawmakers want to keep automated cameras from watching motorists in the Show Me State. A bill introduced by state Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) would ban photo enforcement, while state Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph)’s proposes to outlaw automated license plate readers (ALPR, known as ANPR in Europe).
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Puerto Rico Dumps Traffic Cameras, Orders Refunds
The public in Puerto Rico complained so loudly about the photo enforcement program that the territory’s government listened. Red-light cameras went up at three intersections in October dealing out $250 tickets for making rolling right turns, speeding or having a recently expired vehicle registration. On Thursday, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla (D) had his transportation department refund every ticket issued.
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Manolo1
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Arlington, Texas Residents Rally To Ban Red-Light Cameras
Residents of Arlington, Texas took to the steps of city hall Tuesday to demand a vote on outlawing the use of red-light cameras. The group Citizens for a Better Arlington came armed with the signatures of 11,402 fellow voters — more than the 9651 needed to force a proposition onto the ballot.
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Against people who run red lights
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Manolo1
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Missouri: Public Fights Back Against Red-Light Camera Cities
Residents who led the successful ballot initiative to ban red-light cameras and speed cameras in St. Charles, Missouri are now fighting back at three cities that are attempting to use the courts to thwart the will of voters. Carl Bearden and Dan Rakers on Monday filed to intervene in the circuit court case brought by St. Peters, Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon to overturn the charter amendment banning automated enforcement adopted in November by 73 percent of the vote.
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California Appeal Court Finds Red-Light Cameras Unreliable
Legal controversy continues to dog California’s automated enforcement programs, despite the best effort of state lawmakers to encourage photo ticketing. The second-highest court in California decided Thursday that the red-light camera program in Riverside “did not produce reliable evidence” in rejecting the $500 citation that Redflex, a private, for-profit vendor, had mailed to Viktors Andris Rekte.
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Manolo1
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Missouri: ATS Settles Illegal Red-Light Camera Tickets
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) began issuing red-light camera tickets in Missouri nearly a decade ago knowing what it was doing was illegal. Lawyers hired by the firm advised against acting without legislative authorization, but ATS pressed forward anyway, eager to seize the “first mover” advantage. ATS did lock up most of Missouri’s contracts, and the firm’s less daring competitors missed out. Now ATS is paying for its haste in the form of a partial refund.
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Manolo1
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Purported Ohio Speed Camera Ban Fizzles Out
Lawmakers in the Ohio General Assembly loudly trumpeted their passage of legislation last month that would “ban” red-light cameras and speed cameras. Without exception, local news outlets reported that camera use would “come to an end” without explaining that the provisions of the new legislation did not actually ban automated ticketing machines. On Monday, Dayton became the first city to formally announce that Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia would continue to mail tickets to vehicle owners within city limits.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2015 10:19:34 AM

Independent studies show that traffic accidents of all types, particularly rear-end collisions increase, often dramatically, when red-light cameras are installed at intersections. Injuries and deaths are included in this increase.Independent Studies

[Edited by: Manolo1 at 1/5/2015 10:20:00 AM EST]
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AlpharettaAK47
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AGAINST!!!
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Manolo1
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Redflex Employment Bias Trial Proceeds
Photo enforcement vendor Redflex Traffic Systems faces more legal trouble than just the ongoing federal bribery trial in Chicago, Illinois. The US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio continues its evaluation of the claims of former photo ticketing salesman Catherine Petzel who alleges that the top management at the US division of the company discriminated against women and against Australians. Earlier this month, Redflex asked Judge Peter C. Economus to throw out the case.
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EZEd
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2015 10:22:24 AM

Red light cameras and corruption: They go together like Al Capone and tax evasion. I don't know which comes first, the cameras or the corruption, but they always appear together. Here's yet another example:

Mayor Has Police Chief Dismiss Camera Ticket Issued To His Employer

Willis, Texas police chief asks for dismissal of red light camera tickets issued to the employer of the mayor.

Motorists who receive a red light camera ticket often find themselves in an uphill battle to defend their innocence, in many cases finding they have no chance of appeal. That is not the case for officials in Willis, Texas where the police chief asked American Traffic Solutions, the Arizona-based company in charge of issuing automated traffic tickets, to dismiss a citation mailed to the mayor's employer.

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dassfg
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2014 8:57:55 AM

Red light cameras only raise money and cause rear end collisions
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2014 8:37:24 AM

Well around here you will have three people running the yellow!!!!!
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2014 6:59:48 PM

Ratings Firm Worried That Northeastern Cities Drop Ticket Cameras
The state of New Jersey, Nassau County, New York and Suffolk County, New York decided to pull the plug on photo enforcement last week. New Jersey’s red-light camera program expired, Nassau County’s school zone speed cameras were unpopular and Suffolk decided to drop plans before any cameras were ever installed. These developments have Moody’s Investors Service, a credit rating agency, worried about the impact on the bottom line for jurisdictions that have come to depend on automated ticketing revenue.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2014 6:59:19 PM

Missouri Towns Sue County Voters Over Red-Light Cameras
Three towns in Missouri joined together to sue the the residents of St. Charles who voted to ban red-light cameras. St. Peters, Lake Saint Louis and O’Fallon are asking a county circuit court judge to overturn the charter amendment banning automated enforcement adopted in November with the support of 73 percent of voters. City leaders argue that the 69,469 residents who voted for the measure had no business limiting the right of local politicians to use automated ticketing machines.
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EZEd
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Message Posted: Dec 24, 2014 10:48:19 AM

Ratings Firm Worried That Northeastern Cities Drop Ticket Cameras

"Twenty-six jurisdictions in New York and New Jersey drop photo enforcement, triggering revenue warning.

"The state of New Jersey, Nassau County, New York and Suffolk County, New York decided to pull the plug on photo enforcement last week. New Jersey's red light camera program expired, Nassau County's school zone speed cameras were unpopular and Suffolk decided to drop plans before any cameras were ever installed. These developments have Moody's Investors Service, a credit rating agency, worried about the impact on the bottom line for jurisdictions that have come to depend on automated ticketing revenue."

This is further proof that red light SCAMeras are all about the revenue, and have nothing to do with public safety.

Even the banks and financial entities are worried about the loss of income if they go away.
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gvan
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 10:16:49 AM

After reading the Chicago Tribune analysis (more to come) I'm against red light cameras. There just doesn't seem to be any reason, other than generating revenue, for the camera system. Maybe I would change my mind if the city would overhaul the red light system, reduce corruption and place the cameras where they would do the most good. Part of the study indicated that right angle accidents were reduced by 15% but rear end accidents were up 22%.
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EZEd
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 9:59:10 AM

Missouri Towns Sue County Voters Over Red Light Cameras

"The suit alleges the charter amendment will result in "a loss of revenue" and, therefore, each of the cities has standing to sue."

There you have it folks, the most clear indication that cities put up red lights for revenue, NOT for public safety.

In case you're wondering, a former mayor of one of these cities is also proof that these red light companies are corrupt, and they corrupt local government wherever they go:

"St. Peters was the first American city to see a red light camera corruption trial. Former Mayor Shawn Brown was convicted of soliciting a bribe from Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia. He was released from prison in 2008."

[Edited by: EZEd at 12/23/2014 9:59:31 AM EST]
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2014 1:56:53 PM

It’s official. New Jersey’s red-light cameras went dark last Tuesday after state lawmakers chose not to take up legislation to extend their operation. The five-year pilot program generated controversy from the start. Outspoken critics such as NMA ally and state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon were quick to point out that photo ticketing was more about generating revenue for cash-strapped municipalities than improving public safety.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 8:59:46 AM

Illinois: Guilty Plea In Redflex Bribery Trial
Corruption in the Chicago, Illinois red-light camera program is no longer “alleged,” it is fact. On Wednesday, Martin O’Malley appeared before US District Judge Virginia M. Kendall to say that he was part of a conspiracy to bribe Chicago officials on behalf of Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that provides automated ticketing services.
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Manolo1
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Ohio General Assembly Passes Illusory Speed Camera Ban
The Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that would outlaw red-light cameras and speed cameras, but this legislation will not be headed to Governor John Kasich’s desk for his signature. Instead, the House voted 55 to 35 on Thursday to approve the Senate-passed “ban” on cameras that does not actually do anything to prevent camera use and contains many provisions that benefit the automated ticketing industry.
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EZEd
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 9:46:18 AM

I am in favor of law enforcement officers enforcing red light laws.

I am STRONGLY opposed to corrupt for profit private companies enforcing ANY law. This is not law enforcement. It is revenue generation. In addition to stealing from citizens, the revenue from these ticket generators is used to line the pockets of corrupt elected officials and police officers.

There is AMPLE evidence that red light camera companies are corrupt organizations as defined in RICO laws. They should be investigated, prosecuted, and put out of business.
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 9:30:12 AM

Even though their are pros & cons for it I am against it
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For, I wish they had more to keep people from running those yellow lights... they alway push it into a red light
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:33:33 AM

against. we have them in my town. most pickup truck drivers can defeat them here by driving with their tailgates down because the height they're mounted at. also, they trigger if someone stops a few inches over the stop line, but the camera shoots for the middle of the intersection. I know here in Florida the issue is scheduled to go before the state supreme court because the way our law reads a ticket has to be issued by a law enforcement officer (and our red light tickets come from a commercial enterprise). I can't wait to see how that turns out. One possible outcome is that the citys that have employed them may have to refund all of the money. interesting.
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Against.
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2014 9:14:35 AM

against, since the information is given to other than state and federal law enforcement.
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California Orders Longer Yellow Time At Intersections
Complaints about the short yellow times at intersections are being heard. Last month, California officials approved the recommendations of a state signal timing committee extending the warning times for intersections statewide. These changes have now received the official go-ahead from the Federal Highway Administration.
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EZEd
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For those of you who don't believe the traffic camera industry is riddled with corruption, here is a timeline showing the MANY MANY times ALL the camera companies have broken the law:

Red Light Camera and Speed Camera CrimeLine
Timeline of criminal indictments, trials and accusations surrounding the companies and individuals responsible for photo enforcement.

Although red light cameras and speed cameras are presented as tools of law enforcement, these privately owned companies, their employees and public officials are often caught disregarding the law. Highlights of these cases presented chronologically below include FCC fines, fraud convictions, bribery convictions and speed camera vehicles busted for drunk driving.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2014 8:07:00 PM

Congressman Seeks To Rein In Red-Light Cameras and Speed Cameras
US Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) is leaving Capitol Hill with a bang. Last week, the outgoing congressman dropped a number of highly controversial legislative proposals, including a measure designed to discourage states from allowing the use of automated ticketing machines. For the District of Columbia, over which Congress has full jurisdiction, Stockman would impose an outright ban.
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Ohio: Longer Yellows Cut Violations in Columbus, Springfield
An extra second of yellow time is costing Ohio municipalities millions of dollars in annual revenue. The General Assembly in 2008 enacted a law requiring all cities using red-light cameras to lengthen the duration of the warning given to motorists approaching a photo enforced intersection. Cities were given until March 12, 2009 to make the change, and the cities that complied saw a dramatic reduction in violations.
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Against, on principle.
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