ATS Chief Booed During Awards

James " Jimmy Dean" Tuton

James " Jimmy Dean" Tuton

James Tuton, CEO of automated ticketing scam vendor American Traffic Solutions, was booed by fellow “Arizona Corporate Excellence” attendees while receiving an award Thursday evening.

The gathering is organized by the Phoenix Business Journal and was held at the prestigious JW Marriott Resort in north Phoenix (ironically, a city which just recently dumped ATS for crosstown-rival Redflex).

A CameraFRAUD reader was in attendance and provided the following account:

tuton3…hundreds of local business executives and employees of the top fifty private Arizona companies were recognized.

Once the audience realized who ATS was, about a quarter of those present actually started booing. There was very little applause; the situation was awkward. Safety was only mentioned once during the five minute speech.

tuton2Tuton also bragged in front of the audience that ATS was adding cameras and contracts at a very fast pace.  The hundreds of executives (voters) in the audience acknowledged this with even more silence.

If only Kanye was around…

"Yo James, I'm really happy for you... but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time..."

"Yo James, I'm really happy for you... but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time..."


49 Responses to ATS Chief Booed During Awards

  1. James S says:

    A precursor of events to come…

    I predict that those who make a living from being the “watchers” will soon find themselves becoming the “watched.”

    ATS and Redflex employees: Have fun with your grocery shopping and those late night drives home from the office. You’re the ones under the microscope now.

    • Amber says:

      Is that a threat James?

      It’s funny to me that the complainers are usually the ones who fail to abide by the law. If you saw even a fraction of the footage we view at work you would be appalled by the lack of motor driving skills by a good percentage of our population. While I agree that speed cameras should only be placed in school zones, red light cameras are definitely needed. The footage obtained helps people/their families with their case when they are severely injured and/or killed by a red light runner or someone speeding in a school zone.

  2. Chandler-star says:

    What a bunch of clowns. Must have been the award for best racketeering. Go Kanye.

  3. Roger MXXXX says:

    Who the H3LL would nominate this guy for an award???

    I’d like to see this guy nominated for hard time in jail for the fraud he is perpetrating. I agree with James, the employees of these disgusting companies should get ready for more attention.

  4. Bill W. says:

    Hey now… Don’t be comparing one of the kings & pioneers of photo enforcement to one of the kings and pioneers of the breakfast sausage!!! It’s just not the same category.

  5. I love it!

    I wonder if the same response would have been given a year ago, when this website had just launched.

  6. Richard says:

    This websites name is a little hypocritical isn’t it? You rip off other people’s works and ideas, and then try to advocate against fraud? Look out NAACP, PETA, ACORN, GLAD, EPA, ACLU looks like you have competition! But then again you can’t be advocate of something if you’re not a hypocrite of it.

    • Sarah C. says:

      richard, what is being ripped off?

    • LoneWolf says:

      Quote: “You rip off other people’s works and ideas”

      By all means, please elaborate.

      Quote: “But then again you can’t be advocate of something if you’re not a hypocrite of it”

      How are we being hypocritical? We don’t advocate speed scameras. None of us own them or have them set up anywhere so where is the hypocracy? As for the CF member who followed the DPS mobile scamera unit, he risked getting a ticket himself so he could show the world that the fools driving the DPS vans are breaking the laws themselves. The difference between us and them is that when you’re driving a DPS vehicle, you need to set the example and follow every written law in the book. If law enforcement tries to enforce the laws that they don’t even adhere to, there’s your hypocracy.

      Other than that, we have freedom of speech. We’re against photo enforcement and it’s our constitutional right to speak against it.

    • Sure says:

      That reminds me,

      The NAACP, along with a coalition of other political groups, worked together to get rid of photo radar in Cincinnati. Network it, baby.

      • James S says:

        You know it’s an issue that unites the people when the NAACP stands shoulder to shoulder with the Republicans, along with the Libertarians.

  7. Sarah C. says:

    Hilarious- I would have rather seen Kanye interupt this sloppy character anyday!

  8. Charles Brown says:

    Thought you might find this interesting

    City, Camera Firm May Be Afoul of Law
    State officials say traffic videos might not be stored as long as legally required.

    By Jeremy Maready
    Published: Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:56 p.m.
    Last Modified: Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:56 p.m.
    LAKELAND | The city of Lakeland and the company that operates its red-light camera system may be in violation of state law for destroying public records before they are legally allowed to, according to state officials.
    The Florida Attorney General’s Office says video footage is a public record even if it is collected by a private company, like Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, if the company is contracted by a government agency.
    And officials with the Florida Division of Library and Information Services say companies like that have to comply with the state’s record-retention schedule, which requires that the videos be kept for at least 30 days.
    ATS and city officials Thursday pointed to each other as the party responsible for maintaining the videos.
    ATS said its cameras record on a digital system that has the capacity to store video for only about 14 days – two weeks and two days shy of the state minimum.
    The company contends that while it stores the video records, the footage is the property of the city, spokesman Josh Weiss said.
    But City Attorney Tim McCausland said ATS is the custodian of the records and that the company is responsible for being versed in Florida public records law, which the company agreed to abide by in its contract with the city.
    The Ledger requested video footage last month from ATS after hearing from readers concerned that non-emergency government vehicles and select others might not be ticketed if they ran red lights.
    But The Ledger was told the requested video no longer existed, so a reporter began contacting state agencies and those in charge of setting public records policy, along with the private First Amendment Foundation.
    Whenever a private company acts as an agent for a government entity in Florida, it is subject to public records requests and retention, said Alexis Lambert, the Attorney General’s Office Sunshine Law specialist.
    “If they are performing an action on behalf of a government agency, transparency necessarily follows,” Lambert said.
    In the case of ATS, it records video footage using nine red-light cameras at five intersections throughout Lakeland on behalf of the city and sends citations to those who violate the city ordinance.
    Through August, the city had billed out more than $1 million in fines for about 8,200 citations since the cameras went active in June, according to city records.
    The video is public record, Lambert and the First Amendment Foundation agreed.
    Agencies that are in charge of maintaining public records are required by state law to retain them for a specific amount of time, as set in the retention schedule from the state’s Division of Library and Information Services.
    Division officials said the red light cameras would fit into the surveillance category, Item No. 302 in the state’s records retention schedule, which sets a minimum retention time of 30 days.
    “It sounds like on the surface, this is the records-retention schedule that would fit this record,” said Beth Golding, an archivist supervisor. “If they were to ask me what it would fall under, this (surveillance video section) would be it.”
    Golding said an agreed-upon retention schedule between ATS and Lakeland is mandatory, as it is for any custodian of records. And until a schedule is agreed upon, destruction of all records is prohibited.
    Neither ATS nor the city could say which retention schedule was being followed.
    So, who has the responsibility of keeping the video?
    That is not spelled out in the city’s contract with ATS.
    “It’s their (ATS’s) record,” McCausland said. “They are the custodians of it. They are charged with knowing (the law).”
    But the city attorney said records’ retention had not been specifically assigned in the contract.
    “I think ATS needs to be aware of their obligation and responsibility under public records law and comply with it,” McCausland said.
    ATS maintains it simply holds the video and stores it for the city, Weiss said.
    But the company doesn’t hold all the video that is recorded, just what the camera sends the company when it has been triggered. The remaining raw video, which ATS said it does not review and which The Ledger requested, stays in the camera and is recorded over after about 14 days, officials said.
    The company says it operates cameras in 44 other Florida cities and counties in the same manner.
    “It’s pretty standard,” Weiss said. “From our point of view, it’s (the video) the community’s, not ours. That’s how we operate nationally.”
    The Ledger’s public records inquiry began when a Ledger reporter first requested raw video recorded during two days in late July and early August. That request was made on Aug. 24.
    Weiss first denied The Ledger’s request, saying that because ATS is a private company, it is not required to comply with Florida’s public records law.
    However, ATS’s contract requires it to comply with state law.
    McCausland first told The Ledger he did not think the raw video existed.
    Later, McCausland said he had been told the raw video did exist but ATS wanted to charge a hefty price for it.
    Weiss then said that the video didn’t exist.
    After much discussion, the company agreed to provide a copy of a portion of the requested video. It agreed to make available the portion it makes available to the Lakeland Police Department. That department reviews that video for possible violations red-light violations and decides whether a ticket should be issued.
    The company has said it will make the video available for $250 and is awaiting payment from The Ledger.
    But when it comes to the responsibility of maintaining records, the decision might be left to a judge.
    “The court would have to decide if they (the city) made the vendor the designee,” said Jennifer Krell Davis, communications director for the Florida Department of State.
    But Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, said both parties could be responsible, citing a recent public records case between Florida State University and the NCAA.
    In that case, a Florida Circuit Court judge ruled last month that both parties shared responsibility as the custodian of the NCAA’s investigation results of a scandal involving cheating among Florida State University athletes. The judge said the results of the investigation were a public record.
    “I think it’s very analogous to the NCAA situation,” Petersen said. “They have custody and control of a Florida public record.”
    Petersen also said the city should be the one to spell out what ATS is entitled to do under the state’s public records law.
    “They shouldn’t be entering into contracts without understanding the legal ramifications,” she said.
    [ Jeremy Maready can be reached at or 863-802-7592. ]

    • Mark S says:

      If this sets precedent, then all the policy and procedural manuals that redflex uses in setting up and maintaining of their systems and vehicles are a matter of public record and can be viewed at ANY time by the general public.

  9. Ernest T. Bass says:

    THIS ENTIRE THREAD IS A JOKE !! i dont believe for one second that he was booed at all…. executives of corporations dont do that to other corporate execs !!!
    it just doesnt happen !!! then you show pictures of him being surrounded by people… and not one pic …BUT 2 !!! the second pic HAS MORE PEOPLE IN IT THAT ANY CF EVENT IN THE LAST 11 MONTHS !!!


    • guttersn1pe says:

      I’ll take it at face value that he was booed by an attendee at the event. Were you there? Do you know someone who was? If so, please feel free to post your own first hand account.

      And I’ll go out on a limb and speculate that those in the picture are other ATS employees (and spouses) there to see their boss get an award. Unless you think that theory is totally outlandish too.

      • RPr says:

        the pictures got to Camerafraud last night.

      • Ernest T. Bass says:

        well… Glyph posted a link to the business mention the boo’s.. in fact the award he received was the TOP HONOR. so what the CF member who was “on the scene” claims is… Tuton goes up to get his award for the highest honor of the night… and 1 out of 4 boo him? EVEN THOUGH IT COULD APPEAR THAT THERE WERE SOUR GRAPES FROM THEM? again..not from the setting they were in

        You can fool me some of time but on this i am not being fooled at all !!!

    • Dr Jett says:

      Remember Ernest T. Bass that about 80% or more of the public DISLIKE photo radar. Why would you be surprised that he was booed by a mere 25% of the attendees. Only people who are paid like you to promote photo radar are in favor of it.

    • Steve says:

      i find it funny you have nothing better to do then argue on the internet. Your awesome!

    • Sure says:

      Did it ever occur to you that these cameras are not good for businesses?

  10. Matt says:

    Why can’t The State Legislature just ban these pieces of SHIT already?!?!?

  11. Glyph says:

    Link to a Phoenix Bizjournal article here, but no mention of the booing or awkwardness.

  12. LOL If 1/4 of the crowd was actually BOOING at an awards event, it’s a good bet that almost nobody in the room was impressed. Some folks are just more polite than others.

    *Booing is not considered a scientific poll*

    • Ernest T. Bass says:

      none of that behavior even happened !!! it was made up by a jealous CF member who was probably on the wait staff at the resort !!!

      • camerafraud says:

        “There was no booing. Everything is under control! The people love photo enforcement. Trust me!”

        Found a picture of you:

  13. Dr Jett says:

    Yes, we even welcome counter protesters to rant and rave and vent their frustrations about photo radar on Sept 25, 2009 4PM at the Longmore overpass of Rt 60. You can wear your own clown suit although that is optional. You can also come as you are since we will waive formalities although a hat with a large bass on it would appropriate given your moniker.

    • Steve says:

      he wont show, hes only awesome behind a computer screen. When he doesnt show, we should post then when he posts

    • Mike says:

      To be fair, it’s a long drive from Australia.

      • Ernest T. Bass says:

        to really be fair….. it was a long way from the kitchen area to where the awards were being presented…. and since Tuton rhymes with boo….. i think that what the camerafraud undercover operative on the wait staff heard was the crowd saying…. tuuuuuu when he walked on stage… just like at sporting events !!! they were chanting tuton !!!

        there…. it is all solved now !!!

        • Mike says:

          So I see you’re ignoring the invitation to counter-protest with all those tons and tons of people you know who are all for photo radar.

          Must be busy that day, huh? Walking your kangaroo? Throwing another shrimp on the barbie? Or Redflex just won’t give you the day off?

        • Dr Jett says:

          Ernest T. Bass,
          Bring your bad ass on down with all of the people that you know who love photo radar and show us how much support you have for your side at the 9/25/09 demonstration. Surely there must be other Redfux employees that would demonstrate for photo radar with you. BTW what are your favorite psych drugs? I have rarely seen someone who doesn’t even have a clue about the subject based on your responses. Did one of the kangaroos smack you in the head?

          • LoneWolf says:

            Marcy from AZ Central’s comment section and ETB are a match made from heaven. I don’t know why they won’t show up and give us the same BS there that they give us here. It’s their chance to speak up in public but they don’t. What could they possibly be afraid of, especially since there’s only a handful of us and barely anyone who’s opposed to the PE scam (according to ETB)?

  14. Elsie D. says:

    WHO would have voted for this crook? Was their a lot of koolaid passed out when people voted. Does anyone know how the voting worked?

    • Ernest T. Bass says:

      elsie….. calm down…. take a pill !! or have a drink…. the people that vote on this stuff do not need to consult you, camerfraud or anyone else…. it is done through private parties !!

      listen …too make yourself feel better go jump in the yugo and get it going top speed at 40 mph in a 25 zone !!!!

    • Ron 90 says:

      The nominating process must have been really awkward. My wife was also there, (one of the construction company execs also nominated) and she said not only did some people boo, but were asking around to see who actually worked for this Tuton crook. Nice to see someone actually has pictures so we can see who these shills are. Sadly, I hope they start looking for new jobs before next november since photoradar has never survived a vote in any state in this great country. ATS employees; is a great site with many reputabe companies you could work for..

    • Will Kay says:

      Corroboration to the fact that there was booing ETB! Thank you for sharing Ron 90.

    • LoneWolf says:

      “If a camera snaps a passenger not wearing a seat belt, the registered keeper of the vehicle will be sent a notice requiring them to identify the passenger.”

      It doesn’t explain what the consequences are if the driver doesn’t ID the passenger or who gets the ticket for the passenger that isn’t wearing a seatbelt. Imagine having to report your first date, your (teenage) child, or a loved one to LE because they weren’t wearing their seatbelt. Brilliant! Nice way to make the passengers look like convicted felons.

      This is all the more reason to stop this infectious disease from spreading across our state and our country.

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