ATS To Introduce Overweight Photo Scam Cams


No, we aren’t making this headline up.

In fact, the official press release headline from American Traffic Solutions is this discombobulated, almost incoherent wall of text: “American Traffic Solutions to Unveil Overweight and Overheight Vehicle Photo Enforcement Systems at World Congress on ITS in NY.”

Freakishly tall? Overweight? Our first thought was that Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano was going to become the “Photo Enforcer,” a Godzilla-like monster attacking motorists and ripping wallets from back pockets as she desperately tries to balance the budget on the backs of the citizens. (Imagine the screams: “Ahh! Janzilla!”)

To our disappointment, it turns out ATS is instead pitching a new revenue scheme to photograph and cite vehicles that are too tall or heavy:

ATS’ Axsis(TM) WIM-300 (Weight-in-Motion) system uses a combination of quartz weight-sensitive sensors embedded in the road and a roadside system that automatically monitors and isolates heavy vehicles. The sensors “read” the weight of a vehicle and can detect an overweight vehicle. Similarly, the Axsis(TM) Overheight photo enforcement system uses a laser to measure the vehicle’s height and detect violations. Images and video clips of the offending vehicles are captured similar to red-light and speed camera images. Images and data are transmitted to an ATS Data Center for enforcement.

First ATS sues “rival” Redflex for a smooth $100 million, and now they want friggin lasers on the friggin freeways to “measure” you?

Dr. Evil would be proud.

10 Responses to ATS To Introduce Overweight Photo Scam Cams

  1. RPr says:

    Janzilla!!!! Roflmao

  2. anon says:

    This WILL be used for all vehicles, not just commercial.

    They’ll connect this to a database of standard vehicle weights by make/model to see if your vehicle is suspiciously heavier (say, 400lb over stock) and use the excuse of drugs or terror to investigate you.

  3. Sailor Jerry says:

    dam nabbit, I would bet that Janzilla is probably keeping an eye on this scheme.

    How about a camera that monitors dirty windows because those windows could lead to accidents you know!

    The system will monitor the amount of dust and debris on your windows. If you have to much on your window then your ass is getting a bill….errrr I mean fine, errrrr I mean ticket, errrrrr I mean donation for the children!

  4. Stupid Amerkin says:

    Better take a dump before you leave the house to get in your car.

    Didn’t mean to be too crude here, but it was the only thought I could think of to get my point across.
    If you don’t think we are not under martial law, you better look again. When it gets aggressive then you won’t have to look again. It will be right in your face in your own back yard if not your home, or should I say the states home?

  5. azmojo says:

    What would be the point of this? Most overweight vehicles will be commercial vehicles registered to a company… and you can’t serve a company. Additionally, what are the weigh stations for? And won’t the license plate picture be for the trailer, not the truck?

  6. Sherrif Moe says:

    Another problem that burns me up are those sneaky dudes in the PORTABLE Photo cam SUV’s. Take a look next time. By law..they have to put up a “Photo Enforcement Zone” sign to give you fair warning. Problem is..They are NOT putting them at a proper distance! Start videotaping these guys.

  7. azmojo says:

    I’d like to know how discovery is supposed to work when the defense has NO OPPORTUNITY to go back and validate/verify that sign placement was done legally and they can only take the operator’s word that the signs were in fact placed properly. Pretty flimsy.

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