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yodudebc

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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2011 3:03:40 PM

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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Labor Department Investigates Redflex Over Trade Violation
Is Redflex Traffic Systems outsourcing US engineering jobs for cheaper Australian labor? That is the question the US Department of Labor is now investigating, adding to the numerous inquiries into the Melbourne, Australia-based firm’s business practices. The second largest provider of photo enforcement services in the United States was recently caught violating labor laws in California. It is the subject of a massive federal bribery investigation and charges of racial bias. Redflex was even fined by the Federal Communications Commission in 2008 for illegally importing uncertified radar units.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:54:58 PM

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EZEd
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:41:42 AM

Virginia's governor elect: brought to you by Redflex Traffic Systems:

Virginia Governor Sides With Red Light Cameras

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed legislation Monday that passed unanimously in the House of Delegates and 38 to 1 in the state Senate that would have given red light camera ticket recipients the option of seeking an extra layer of due process.To defeat all legislation that would affect red light cameras, Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia hired the lobbying firm of Hunton and Williams to influence the General Assembly and the McAuliffe administration. The firm showered the newly sworn in governor with campaign cash, including $25,000 for his inauguration, $10,599 for his gubernatorial run, $10,000 to the state Democratic Party and $17,836 for McAuliffe's lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus their inaugural festivities.
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Blubird
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 8:37:19 AM

Against people who run red lights
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:19:45 PM

Florida: Legislators, lobbyists fight over red-light camera reforms
While efforts to repeal the state’s red-light camera law appear dead again, the behind-the-scenes battle over possible reforms heats up in the final month of the 2013 session. Legislators promised to reform or repeal the red-light camera (RLC) law, but camera supporters have fought even the most basic driver protections.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2014 3:19:18 PM

Virginia: Gov. McAuliffe vetoes red-light camera bill
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would have granted people who receive red-light tickets the right to contest citations in circuit court. The legislation won near-unanimous approval from both chambers. But the governor said that provision could inundate the judicial system with cases of limited financial impact.
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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 9:37:27 AM

FOR
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getitfast
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 9:28:31 AM

For.... my GPS Warns me when I am coming up to one !
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 8:25:53 AM

California Man Sues Insurance Agency Over Camera Ticket Points
Insurance companies make hundreds of millions of dollars from red-light camera tickets in states such as California that impose points on recipients of the automated $500 fines. Each license point represents the potential to collect hundreds of dollars in increased insurance premiums over the course of several years. When California motorist Lawrence E. Armstrong was hit with a massive insurance premium hike over an offense he did not commit, he filed a lawsuit against his insurance company for its misuse of the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) data.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 8:25:14 AM

California Man Takes Red-Light Cameras To US Supreme Court
Of the thousands of petitions for appeal presented to the US Supreme Court each year, less than four percent are accepted for review. Of those accepted, none have ever been about photo enforcement. Howard Herships hopes his constitutional argument against the use of red-light cameras will be the first to make it to the nation’s highest court. Herships appealed after the California Supreme Court turned away his case in December, deciding instead to review two similar case. The California court heard oral arguments in the first case, California v. Goldsmith, on Thursday.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 8:24:45 AM

Virginia Governor Sides With Red-Light Cameras
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed legislation Monday that passed unanimously in the House of Delegates and 38 to 1 in the state Senate that would have given red-light camera ticket recipients the option of seeking an extra layer of due process.
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 8:15:15 AM

No opinion.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 7:52:22 PM

California: With red-light cameras, are pictures admissible evidence?
A California woman challenged her red-light camera citation in a trial court, where she was found guilty and fined $436. She appealed and lost. She based her argument in part on the fact that courts had previously overturned two other red-light camera cases in Southern California.
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 7:03:01 PM

Florida: Apopka rebuffs state DOT, won’t reverse yellow-light changes
Wait just a second here. That’s the message state transportation engineers sent to Apopka city leaders, who on Wednesday lengthened by one second the duration of yellow lights at all 10 intersections monitored by red-light cameras. The state wants that one second restored immediately, or proof that longer lights are justified. And Apopka’s response? Don’t count on it.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:58:56 AM

South Dakota Enacts Most Sweeping Photo Ticket Ban In US
Sixteen states ban the use of red-light cameras and speed cameras by statute or state court rulings, but none of these prohibitions are anywhere near as sweeping as a pair of bills signed into law last week by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R). Not only are South Dakotans protected from red-light camera tickets within state borders, as of July 1 they will be immune to automated citations issued in most other states.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:58:38 AM

Photo Enforcement Company Sales Continue To Dwindle
The shrinking US market for automated ticketing machines continues to hit photo enforcement companies in their bottom line. South Dakota last week became the sixteenth state to ban the use of cameras, and Santa Ana became the sixtieth city in California to cancel its red-light camera program. The cumulative financial effect is visible in the financial statements of Brekford and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, the two publicly traded companies that focus on speed cameras and red-light cameras.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 12:21:05 AM

I have never been a fan of red light cameras.
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streetcars
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 12:11:34 AM

Don't matter to me.
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55Russ
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GBMAX
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 10:34:54 PM

Against.
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mhradecky
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 2:45:34 PM

Against.
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bearone2
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 12:15:40 PM

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gomondizer
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 10:33:38 AM

Red light cameras free up police so they can eat more donuts. Red light cameras are really good for the donut business.
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lled
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:45:25 AM

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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:42:06 AM

In North Carolina cities were ordered to give 90% of red-light camera fines to school districts. Camera became money losers. Most cities stopped ticketing. One of the few that did not stop claimed it was exempt from the revenue sharing law.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Apr 2, 2014 8:40:45 AM

Since 1985 Connecticut law has allowed school bus drivers to ticket drivers by sending a written report to police. Such a report backed by video evidence should yield an easy conviction.

Why haven’t we had school bus cameras since the 1980s?

For most of those decades towns only got $5 or $10 per traffic ticket. The last small town speed trap I saw was on a holiday weekend when the federal government pays local police to write speeding tickets. Local enforcement is mostly the “squeaky wheel” variety. (When residents complain, deploy an officer long enough to make them stop.)

The fine for passing a stopped school bus was raised recently to allow private companies to profit from camera tickets. I’m not speculating about the reason. It’s right there in the law. Towns get a larger share of a larger fine specifically so they can pay private contractors. Suddenly towns started caring about kids. That’s revenue enforcement.
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pkrpro
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 11:26:11 PM

i have no issue with them because I dont run red lights.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 2:05:55 PM

Santa Ana, California Dumps Red-Light Cameras
Another California city moved to eliminate the use of red-light cameras. A unanimous Santa Ana City Council decided last week to stop doing business with Redflex Traffic Systems based on a staff proposal that would end photo ticketing once the Redflex contract expires on June 21, 2015.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 12:32:44 PM

Florida: Apopka to lengthen yellow lights at red-light camera intersections
Apopka will lengthen by one second the yellow lights at intersections monitored by red-light cameras. The city already had yellow lights that were longer than required by state rules, but city officials have agreed to add an extra second at photo-enforced intersections partly to quiet critics of Apopka’s program, which has been Central Florida’s leader in red-light revenue since 2007.
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Message Posted: Mar 25, 2014 5:22:50 PM

Seems to have many problems.
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 6:28:38 PM

against, to many problems
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 2:55:42 PM

big brother - never should have been allowed in the first place
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 1:34:58 PM

Against.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:24:41 AM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sues ATS For Breach Of Contract
Breaking up with a red-light camera company can be messy. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania believes American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is pouting over its loss of the multi-million-dollar contract to operate red-light cameras in the city. Municipal officials notified the Arizona-based company two days before Christmas that they were about to award a competitor, Xerox, the right to issue automated citations once the contract was up on February 14. Philadelphia claims ATS is not living up to its contract obligations because it pulled the plug on the cameras before Xerox had a chance to set up shop, costing the city $2.8 million in lost ticket revenue.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:24:18 AM

California Supreme Court Orders Red-Light Camera Warnings
Photo ticketing programs in California must provide a thirty-day waiting period at each individual red-light camera location before issuing tickets. That finding, handed down Thursday by the state Supreme Court, came as a big surprise to municipalities that believe their legal duties are done when they have a warning period at the very start of the ticketing program, not when other locations are added — sometimes years later. The ruling was not a victory for motorists as the justices went out of their way to minimize the impact of their finding by ensuring it could not be used as a defense against improperly issued citations or a reason to compel refunds.
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:24:00 AM

California Busts Red-Light Camera Companies Over Wage Laws
The two largest providers of red-light camera systems in the country have been caught flouting labor laws. The California Department of Industrial Relations has taken action against American Traffic Systems (ATS) of Arizona and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia for failing to pay contractors prevailing wage rates, despite a contractual obligation to do so.
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2014 5:39:42 PM

California: San Rafael opts to discontinue red-light camera program after five years
San Rafael is getting rid of its red-light cameras, saying the two devices have only slightly reduced accident rates at a key downtown intersection. A San Rafael police spokeswoman said the city doesn’t plan to renew its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. of Phoenix, which services the two cameras, when the contract expires at the end of the month.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:30:49 PM

Texas Voters Reject Red-Light Camera Candidates
Two of the figures most responsible for the spread of red-light cameras in the Lone Star State lost their jobs Tuesday. Texas state Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) and state Representative Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) were both defeated in Republican primary elections. Rodney Anderson, a one-term state representative, took out Harper-Brown with 53 percent of the vote. Tea Party candidate Don Huffines ousted Carona by 636 votes.
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:30:25 PM

South Dakota Legislature Bans Red-Light Cameras
Lawmakers in South Dakota are serious about ensuring residents never again receive a photo enforcement ticket. On Tuesday the state Senate voted 34 to 1 in favor of legislation prohibiting photo ticketing companies from accessing the data needed to issue speed camera or red-light camera tickets for alleged violations committed in another state. On Monday, the state House gave final approval to a ban on red-light cameras that now heads to Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) for his signature.
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 11:48:17 AM

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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 11:04:56 AM

"i have no gripes against "red light" cameras; i have NO appreciation for drivers who are so frightened of the cameras that they do not or cannot obey established traffic laws (e.g., right on red if no oncoming traffic, etc.)"

Agreed!
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Manolo1
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2014 10:58:24 AM

Missouri: Ellisville pulls plug on red-light cameras
The Ellisville City Council decided to end its use of red-light cameras. The council voted 4-2 to have City Attorney George Restovich terminate the contract with American Traffic Solutions to monitor the cameras at three intersections. Because of an appellate court ruling, the city stopped issuing red-light camera tickets three months ago.
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