Photo Yardwork Tickets Become Reality

What a "photo yardwork" ticket might look like.

What a "photo yardwork" ticket might look like.

Not satisfied with automated tickets for alleged traffic violations, Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions is boldly expanding their big-brother repertoire to go places never gone before:  directly to your house.

Known for their unpopular red-light and speed cameras, ATS will be managing a “litter enforcement program” in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to WBRZ News 2, the local ABC affiliate:

“15 workers are getting training on documenting blight with photographs and in generating warning letters and hearing notices to send to property owners.”

In other words, “photo yardwork” ticketing has arrived and, like always, it’s all about the money:

Violators face possible fines of $117, plus $50 in court costs if they fail to correct the violation within 15 days of receiving a warning letter. The new system also gives city-parish workers the right to clean up an uncooperative property owner’s parcel and add the costs to the owner’s annual tax bill.

Almost a quarter of the population within Baton Rouge city limits live in poverty, according to 2007 census data. While $167 may sound steep for an automatically-generated ticket processed by a greedy, private company which received a large cash infusion from taxpayer-bailed-out Goldman Sachs, we hear that ATS might still be giving away some backpacks.

How generous. Perhaps they can be boiled and eaten.

17 Responses to Photo Yardwork Tickets Become Reality

  1. Mark S says:

    I am getting so sick of the violation to OUR right to privacy. How long before they start requiring cameras in your house living areas?

    Having sex with your shoes on? That will be a $500 fine. Having sex in any position but the missionary position? That will be $1000 fine. Just mail your check to us.

    Forgot to brush your teeth? That will be another $180. Didn’t put your pants on using the prescribed method of one leg at a time? That will be a $75 fine.

    The cameras are creeping in.

    • trollspan says:

      how is your front yard private? i welcome ATS becoming code enforcement, they will do a better job than the city because they have an incentive to mail the tickets!

  2. Keep pushing Big Brother. The push-back is coming soon.

  3. RPr says:

    weeds not reasonable/prudent


  4. guttersn1pe says:

    I can’t wait to hear how this is all about “safety”.

    • trollspan says:

      if you aren’t doing anything wrong you dont have anything to worry about!

      same for wiretaps and searches.. get over yourselves

      • metelhed says:

        Most trolls are much better than you. Did you flunk Trolling 101? Your comments aren’t even worth refuting.

  5. I’m not so sure how the technology comes in to play here. They already do this in Phoenix, the process is more manual. They take pictures and look up the owner based on tax records and summon the owner to court. If there’s a system that makes this more effecient, I can’t say that I have a problem with that – it’s nothing they aren’t already doing.

    Compared to photo traffic enforcement, this is completely different:
    a) The property owner is responsible for keep up the property, and the ownership is indisputable… and owners get a chance to explain things to a judge.
    b) The crime still has to be identified by a human witness who will probably testify in court if you challenge it. No chance for machine malfunctions, and little chance for error.

    • Matt G says:

      City of Phx does not generate property tickets on thier own, they have to have a complaint to do anything. So if you have a nieghbor you do not like, start dialing

    • Actually, that’s not entirely true. They do have code compliance officers who drive the streets looking for violations. They may reduce their staff now given the economy, but a couple of years ago, they were doing patrols.

  6. Stacey says:

    So, once again, we have a private corporation, local government, and local businesses that will profit from railroading citizens. How convenient. Of course, liens will eventually be put on these properties, won’t they?

  7. Glyph says:

    I wonder how the HOAs play into this. Are they being cut out by the city?

  8. conglac2009 says:

    weeds not reasonable/prudent

    Michael Jackson

  9. LibertyTreeBud says:

    zoning and planning enforces the horrible ‘laws’ governing the outcome of the standard neighborhoods. On the cheap for materials is the rule. People should be able to build a ten or fifteen foot wall around their property or between troublesome neighbors. Or a wall at the street with a door that opens into the private front yard or garden. People should have the front at any direction they want it to be for optimum sunlight use. Buffer zones of 15 feet between property is great for the ‘arm’s length’ neighborlyness. People can work together to find a kind way of helping someone keep up their property without hurting them, if they really wanted to.

  10. Malfeasant says:

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