Recent data from the City of Tallahassee show that in both human and financial terms, red-light cameras are costing residents of Florida’s capital city much more than they may realize. “Red light cameras are all about generating revenue, period,” John Bowman, communications director for NMA, told Watchdog.org.
The US government has sold off the last of its remaining shares in General Motors. Secretary Jack Lew reports that $39 billion of the $49.5 billion investment in GM has been recovered, meaning that the investment, on paper, cost taxpayers a total of $10 billion. Does this mean we’ve heard the last Government Motors joke? Probably not…
A controversial proposal to award the city and county red-light camera operations contract to an Arizona company has been set for discussion 2 p.m. Tuesday before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. The item was moved to the afternoon spot at the request of one of the competing private companies.
The battlefront of photographic traffic enforcement is moving to the dashboard, where an increasing number of gadgets — even built-in systems from automakers including General Motors and Mazda — are alerting drivers to the locations of cameras, which photograph speeders and red-light violators and issue citations.
A spokesman for the City of Richmond says that the city follows strict federal and state guidelines when programming the length of its yellow lights. Still, local traffic attorney, Joseph McGrath, who is also a member of the National Motorists Association, states that drivers need to be aware of the issues with yellow lights and red-light cameras in other places.
The city’s police chief said he’s committed to the photo radar and red-light camera enforcement programs, despite falling support among Winnipeggers. Among the survey’s findings: 75 per cent support for photo radar, down from 82.9 per cent in 2007, and 79.6 per cent support for the red-light camera photo enforcement, down from 87.9 per cent in 2007.
Why have numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies looked up my private driver’s license data almost 60 times in the past decade? Other than a handful of what look like legitimate searches — license and tab renewals and one speeding ticket — most of the inquiries appear questionable, if not outright illegal.
The Houston Coalition Against Red Light Cameras is launching a pledge drive to put an end to the photo enforcement of traffic lights in Sugar Land. If the Sugar Land Police Department does not recommend that the program be terminated or that it be placed on the ballot for a public vote this group will commence legal action to overturn the city’s rejection of their petition of April 19. That petition called for a public vote on the issue.
A symposium on speed camera policies, best practices and proposed changes for the 2014 session will be closed to the public. Critics say the lack of transparency is concerning. According to the symposium details posted online, the meeting is designed “to educate local governments on statutory requirements for speed camera programs and best practices for developing vendor contracts, compliance policies and procedures, forming partnerships, and program evaluation.”