Ohio Mayor Admits Cams Are All About the Money


Honest man, just wants his $1,000,000

Honest man, just wants his $1,000,000

The mayor Garfield Heights, Ohio can expect some nasty messages from Redflex and ATS on his voicemail when he gets into the office on Monday morning. You see, these corporations don’t like it when you deviate from the focus group-tested talking points that their high-priced spin doctors have put together over the years. Mayor Thomas Longo was a bit too honest for his own good when the Cleveland Plain Dealer asked him what his motivation was on Monday in ramming a plan through the city council that will envelop Garfield Heights in red light cameras and speed cameras:

You really don’t want to say we did it for finances, but really we are,” he said.

The traffic cameras have generated money from fines everywhere they are used, he said. Garfield Heights would join other cities, including Cleveland, East Cleveland and Akron, that who have added them since 2005.
City Council President Frank Wagner said the council was pressured into passing the plan this week and is not sure if it will approve the cameras. He said the proposal was a “complete shock” when he learned of it Friday before having to vote on it Monday under a state deadline.

The plan is expected to add a cool $1 million in cash to the city’s bank account, taking care of nearly one-third of the $3.4 million municipal deficit. Of course, either Redflex or ATS will be in a forgiving mood if they can land the contract to run this new program. Nothing like a little cash to settle a feud between old friends.

34 Responses to Ohio Mayor Admits Cams Are All About the Money

  1. RPr says:

    Redflex and ATS will just move their scameras from city to city and state to state as they grab as much money as they can.

  2. Walter says:

    Like I said last week. Not even the cities that run the cameras bother with saying it’s for “safety” anymore. So maybe now the troll will stop telling that lie over and over… And maybe I’ll win the lottery… and catch a worlds record fish on my next fishing trip..And..OH,Sorry. I was dreaming. Who am I kidding, The trolls will never stop lying about the real reason behind the cameras.

  3. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    why am i always mentioned in your posts? maybe cause i am always in your dreams? i am just glad this guy said it was for the $$ nothing wrong with honesty.. too bad this site can not be like him…and as for arizona,, yes the state that we live in… it was about the safety…

    just saw the news.. 83rd ave and union hills… the left turn lanes at that intersection have a red line accross it…. should keep the whinners from complaining its not fair… boo hoo hoo

  4. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    oh who all is going to the signing party tomorrow? well we know doc is not!!! hell he didnt even know there was one!!! you walt? you going to get out of the funny farm?

  5. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    http://www.kpho.com/traffic/19034142/detail.html
    i guess even old people cant step up and take responsibility for their actions…. funny how the wife is not the one fighting the ticket!!!! this must be pt’s dad!!! you guys should extend the old man an invitation to join the circus!!! the circus of mistruth and paranoia!!

  6. jgunn says:

    We have recently determined that following the law has no bearing on whether or not you get a ticket or not. So if you are going to get a ticket following the law, what is the point of following the law? And why do the cameras enforce only ONE law. There are hundreds of traffic laws on the books. I see the “other” laws broken every day and frequently have to perform evasive action” to avoid and accident. Why can people break these laws with immunity?


    At North Valley, part of the problem was due to highway signs, or the lack thereof. For a significant period of time, people received tickets for going 66 or 67 in a 55 mph zone. The problem was that the temporary 55 mph sign was often after the camera. As such, we have had hundreds of hearing requests. Thus far, drivers in this category have almost always been found not responsible at their hearing. ”

    http://www.thefoothillsfocus.com/032509-NewPicture.asp

  7. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    as well they should not have to pay a fine if the signs were indeed in the wrong place…

    jgunn… when making a routine traffic stop i am sure that an officer will observe more than one driver violating the law and in fact a different law thatn the person he is stopping… but as one person he can only pull over 1 driver..

    i am sure that one day they could add seperate cameras for other high crimes and misdemeanors.. but to keep doc from going into cardiac arrest..lets just stay with the ones we have!!!

  8. I'm Back says:

    It’s becoming more and more clear that Photo Radar is the most secret form of taxation without representation. Now the secret is out.

    Thomas Paine knows what we need to do:

  9. I'm Back says:

    As an aside, does anyone from ATS or Redflex want to come out and publicly admit that they read this blog? I really do feel sorry for you folks and it’s my guess that you’re feeling very marginalized at work right now. I worked for a terrible company too and it was tough just showing up in the morning and dealing with that awful environment.

    If you don’t want to admit it here, click on my handle and that will take you to the twitter page. We can talk there. I will gladly help in any way I can, if you need some counseling on how to break free from your employer. I know how tough that is. Bad companies with bad business practices thrive on making their employees feel worthless and feel that they couldn’t get a job anywhere else.

    I know many of you are just trying to keep food on the table and a roof over your head. Hang in there. You’d be surprised, but the simple act of looking for another job while you are still employed can be quite liberating and wake up the soul. Trust me, I know.😉

  10. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    bad companies with bad business practices? ATS IS HIRING PEOPLE!!!!! just cause you dont agree with how they make their money juts means that you have an opinion and THATS IT!!!!

    by admitting they read this clown forum…if they do… would how make this place legitimate!!! and god knows you guys are not that!!

    this is now the 2nd time i have had to read this bleeding heart story from you…. so which company was it that was so terrible? maybe you need to email me at armer22@yahoo.com… i can help you through your tough times!!!

  11. I'm Back says:

    You know where to find me sir. I suggest you figure it out. I’m not going to email you, sorry.

    My company was constantly hiring people too. That’s a red herring.

  12. I'm Back says:

    OK trolls, today feels like a great day to commit a felony, so I’d better get to it.😉

    “Just follow the Constitution and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

  13. Dr Jett says:

    Law A. Bidingcitizen has to be a paid representative for ATS. I don’t know any other reason that he spends so much time defending illegally passed laws that take away the freedoms of Americans. I would rather live on the street than work for ATS. God says ATS are the modern money changers that Jesus threw out of the church for their evil ways.

  14. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    dr jett..you just moved to the top of the list of clowns for this circus!! god is talking to you is bad enough to claim.. but then to state that he talked to you about a certain subject? While you had his ear did you happen to ask him why he allowed gw bush to stay in office for 8 years? maybe next time he dials you up!!! can you ask him when pt barum will be posting at his own site!! and if i really will get to retire next year!!!

  15. Walter says:

    Yes. LAB you will get to retire next year. Right after the election. When the cameras are voted out. And your company folds up shop and moves back to Australia.

  16. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    actually waldo!! maybe it is you that works for ats or red flex… and you are pissed cause you are not getting a peice of the action!! yea… you scrub the toilets and mop the floors.. but you aspire to sooooo much more!!! yea..you want to drive around and have the camerfraud video pointed in your face…but they just will not let you!! and you are PISSED OFF… so quit taking it out on me!!! cause i dont work there!!! and your accusations are old!!!

    hey did you go out to the sig gathering?
    and dont give excuses …. you are 1 of only about 10 that are regulars here… i think i have turds that i see more often than the rest of the members!!! so you should have been out there!!! was robert schroeder out snapping pics?

  17. antilab says:

    JAY from Gilbert, aka LAB. We are now watching you.

  18. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    CameraFRAUD.com

    Phoenix, AZ
    1,121 Volunteers

    Welcome to CameraFRAUD. We are united in our effort to get rid of every speed camera, red light camera, and photo radar van here in Arizona and across the country. We were suc…

    Check out this Meetup Group →

    come on people.. there are 4 rv’s to fill…10 is not going to cut it… oh wait.. everybody but the top dogs have to bring tents and sleeping bags and sleep with the snakes and scorpions…. but it is for a good cause!!!

  19. camerafraud says:

    L.A.B.: Please don’t flood the comments section.

    Your opinions are welcome and even occasionally humorous (what would we do without your invention of “sign dangling” and “pt barnum”) but not if they are disruptive.

    (Admin action: 12 messages removed. Reason: flooding/spamming)

  20. Mark S says:

    Thank you camerafraud! He does get annoying after a bit.

    There is no reason to continually post links to the mMeetup site.

    Again, thanks!

  21. Doc says:

    Good God! People actually VOTED for this guy?!?!? Holy Crooked Politician Batman! Does anybody remember Cal Worthington & his dog spot? And, suprize, suprize, suprize! He’s lookin’ for $- Sounds like he’s connected to that judge down in Tuscon. Could this be construed as a RICO violation!? Shortening yellows; moving traffic control lines; civilians driving marked DPS vans, payoffs, kickbacks, just another day in Chicago…oops, I meant Arizona politics, AND Ohio, D.C., W.Virginia, Maryland, too!

    Remember…F R E E D O M ! ! !-Doc from Prescott

  22. Mark S says:

    Cal Worthington is still around in California. I also remember Ev Mecham and his little stint as Governor. At least Mecham would not have voted for the cameras, unless the fines went directly into his personal campaign pocket.

  23. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    im sorry camerfraud.. i was bored!! i swear it will not happen again!!! but do they really have to be removed… i posed some very good questions that deserve to be answered!!

  24. Glyph says:

    Yes LAB, I was there today taking pictures. You can see them here.

  25. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    saw them already!!! whats your middle name robert?

  26. camerafraud says:

    LAB: Can’t restore them all or else it would re-create the flood of messages (I did go approve one of them). If you want to condense your thoughts into a single large message you’re welcome to do so.

    This forum is for the enjoyment of all and administrative action won’t be taken unless absolutely necessary.

  27. Law A.Bidingcitizen says:

    yes sir i understand!!

  28. glyphhunter says:

    Wow LAB, that is some impressive investigative reporting you’ve done there. Seeing someone’s name in a caption on a newsbite and running through maricopa.gov. I’m especially impressed that you have the nerve to ask me for my middle name so you can figure out if I’m a match with some of the results you found.

    My middle name is not Cleighton. If you want to know my middle name so bad, you can show up to one of our events, or knock on my front door, and ask me in person.

    And FYI, the state board of nursing doesn’t issue licenses to felons and sex offenders.

  29. Law A.Bidingcitizen says:

    thanks!!! want to see my PI badge ?

  30. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    right robert and which hospital should i avoid? you know the one that employs you?

  31. Brinck says:

    Thank you for this information?I really cant stop reading from your blog.

  32. I appreciate this mayor’s honesty. It is refreshing.

    I hope you guys sieze on this and never let it go. I hope we can get organized regionally and get all the cameras taken down. It would be a good first step in fixing Cleveland and the region.

  33. Glasco says:

    Great.🙂

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