Faced with a massive budget deficit, the mayor of the nation’s capital, Adrian Fenty, is dialing American Traffic Solutions (ATS) for help. ATS has the perfect business model. Need cash? ATS will set up a massive ticketing operation that can be adjusted to fit the needs of any big-spending bureaucrat. In Fenty’s case, the motorist pain threshold will be set to maximum. Check out what he’s proposing — many of these ideas will surely be coming to a city near you:
- Mobile red light cameras to create deadly traps for drivers just like in New Carrollton, MD. These portable scameras can be set up anywhere, meaning drivers won’t be able to avoid dangerous red light camera intersections any more. The scheme is sure to cause surprise, panic reactions and more rear-end collisions.
- Turn red light cameras into speed cameras. This gives a speeding ticket to a driver who needs to accelerate to make it through Fenty’s intersections that have been set with dangerously short yellow times. The District has had “speed on green” in the city’s enforcement contract for several years, but now is the time to cash in.
- Speed cameras in every tunnel using laser instead of radar.
- “Gridlock enforcement” which means drivers will get a photo ticket if they are trapped in an intersection during heavy traffic.
- Overweight vehicle tickets. A new ATS scamera will guess your weight as you drive past. If the machine thinks your vehicle is too heavy, you get a ticket in the mail. In other words, don’t have that extra donut before driving to work.
- Insurance tickets. According to Fenty’s budget proposal, “Other new initiatives include… making use of real-time access to insurance.” That means you’ll get a hefty scamera ticket if the D.C. insurance database thinks you’re late on your insurance payment. D.C. isn’t exactly well known for the accuracy of its computerized information services. But don’t worry, you’re guilty until proven innocent with scamera tickets. Just pay and everything will be ok.
See page 97 of the Budget Executive Summary (large PDF).
Combine the above with D.C.’s plan to use federal “stimulus” dollars to take away lanes of traffic from automobiles so the city can run a money-wasting trolley boondoggle, and it’s clear that D.C. has declared war on the motorist.
If you’re willing to join us in fighting back in the national capital area, let the D.C. branch of CameraFRAUD know.