New Mexico DOT Bans Red Light Cameras

Thursday the New Mexico Department of Transportation issued a ban on all red light cameras operating on state roads and highways because of lack of evidence that cameras increase safety and increasing evidence that revenue generation is the primary motivation:

“While the true safety impact of the use of these cameras is still murky at best, one thing has become clear to the commission – more and more New Mexico cities seem to be putting driver-generated revenues ahead of sound traffic management techniques,”

Eight automated ticketing machines across the state will have to be removed within 60 days.


27 Responses to New Mexico DOT Bans Red Light Cameras

  1. B says:

    If I understand correctly, this doesn’t include removing city-installed cameras – only state roads. Despite that, wow… Great news to see a sister state see past the bull…

    Just how corrupt is Arizona’s leadership, anyways?
    This is getting embarrassing that the state’s leaders are practically swearing by the safety improvements from photo enforcement, yet practically everyone else can see through the scam.

    Just how strong is the lobbying arm of ATS and Redflex?? Arizona is their Alamo – they’re going to fight tooth and nail to keep the cameras up and running…

  2. Sure says:

    Legislators Expanding Photo Enforcement Program – SB 1443

    SB 1443 – Your Worst Nightmare

    Senator Gray introduced the legislation claiming it would “reform” the photo enforcement program; the measure was in fact drafted by Redflex Traffic Systems.

    “We appreciate Senator Gray for working with us,” Redflex lobbyist Mike Williams said. “We’ve worked with legislators for the past three years

    What the Bill Does:

    1. Expands photo enforcement to include identifying violations related to:

    a) certificates of title and registration and

    b) vehicle insurance and financial responsibility.

    2. Prohibits MVD from assessing points on a person’s license for a photo enforcement violation only if the person responds within 30 days after the first form of notification is issued.

    3. Stipulates that this section does not restrict MVD from refusing to renew a vehicle’s registration if the owner is delinquent in paying a fine for a traffic violation or fails to appear in a criminal traffic case.

    4. Extends the time limit for filing a civil traffic violation case that is detected by the state photo enforcement system from the current 60 days to 120 days after the alleged violation.

    5. Removes the requirement that the photo enforcement system must record images of a vehicle’s license plate.

    6. Allows a duly authorized agent or someone paid to act on behalf of a traffic enforcement agency to testify on behalf of the traffic enforcement agency at traffic hearings.

    7. Specifies that a notice of violation and uniform traffic ticket and complaint resulting from a photo enforcement system are not required to be mailed with prepaid postage to the person charged with the violation.

    Sponsored by:
    Senator Linda Gray and cosponsored by: Senator Rios, Representatives Barto, Stevens, Farley, Antenori, and Reagan are working with Redflex to expand photo enforcement.

    Take Action

    These legislators seem to think representation means repression. Let them know that this is not acceptable. Forward this e-mail on to others and encourage them to sign up at meetup so we can create an extensive e-mail network.

    Ms. Linda Gray District 10
    Phone Number: (602) 926-3376
    Fax Number: (602) 417-3253

    Ms. Michele Reagan
    Phone Number: (602) 926-5828
    Fax Number: (602) 417-3008

    Ms. Nancy Barto District 7
    Phone Number: (602) 926-5766
    Fax Number: (602) 417-3011

    Ms. Rebecca Rios District 23
    Phone Number: (602) 926-5685
    Fax Number: (602) 417-3167

    Mr. David Stevens District 25
    Phone Number: (602) 926-4321
    Fax Number: (602) 417-3146

    Mr. Steve Farley District 28
    Phone Number: (602) 926-3022
    Fax Number: (602) 417-3128

    • Brent says:

      These legislators just virtually guaranteed their terminations in the upcoming election. What they don’t understand is that the ballot proposition will still outlaw photo enforcement and the fact that they proposed a bill which would seek to expand it (which will then be pre-empted even if they are stupid enpough to vote yes on it) will be their ticket to the unemployment line.

      When will these corporate trollops at Redflex and ATS and the inept folks at the state capitol get it? Do we have to fire all of you before you understand?..


    • LoneWolf says:

      My suggestion is also to provide more fuel in the form of rebuttals to those legistlatures who are opposed to photo enforcement. They need a solid argument based on cold hard facts to help back themselves up in this fight. Redflex and gang are presenting an illusion based on weak, unsupported evidence which fails to consider all factors involved such as those related to our bad economy, the decline of injuries and fatalities, and many more.

    • photoradarscam says:

      As an update, Antenori has removed his spondorship from this bill.

  3. JOKN says:

    I think some of these people have been sitting in the sun to long.this shit keeps up and if you fart they will want to know which way it blew…..It is all about $$$$ change the rules as you go……when will people stand up and say I not gonna take this any more hopefully in NOVEMBER………..TAX THIS TAX THAT PAY THIS PAY THAT. Ms. Linda Gray BE fiscally responsible
    she probably say never heard of that word I don’t even use it at home she says….

  4. oh boy says:

    Sorry, but these nice folks just committed political suicide. They must realize the same voters who vote out Photo Enforcement are going to vote them out at the same time. THEY FORGET WHO THEY WORK FOR! WE WILL NOT FORGET..You can be sure of that>

  5. I’m not sure what was going on in the comments section earlier, but it looks like it’s all fixed.

    LoneWolf, I deleted your responses as you wished!

    • LoneWolf says:

      Thank you so much. Our local troll just can’t behave himself, can he? Same ol’ crap, same ol’ assumptions, same ol’ accusations, never anything intelligent to say…

  6. Happy Pants says:

    Not really related. Channel 5 had a story about something un-related to whatever but they interviewed Sheriff Joe and he said, and I quote:

    “You can’t put money with safety…”

    Then they aired a story about that drunk ass who had 5+ photo tickets but they failed to mention how the cameras did an awesome job pulling his dunk ass over during the time of the offense…neat.

  7. Sure says:

    Peoria Flier for protest:

    Peoria City Council Increased Accidents with Red Light Cameras

    On January 31, 2008, the city council authorized Australian company, Redflex, to issue automated traffic violations at four city intersections. Before and after comparison of two year’s worth of accident data — from July 2007 to June 2008 compared to July 2008 to June 2009:

    At 91st Avenue and Bell road, accidents increased 100 percent, including a 120 percent jump in rear end and “stopped for red light” collisions, in the year after red light cameras were installed.

    At 75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road, accidents increased 480 percent. The number of right-angle and head-on collisions increased from 4 to 20, while rear-end collisions also jumped 400 percent.

    At 83rd Avenue and Union Hills, where only left turns are monitored by cameras, accidents increased just 11 percent.

    At 83rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road, accidents increased 29 percent; including a 300 percent jump in rear-ends collisions.

    Taken together, accidents increased a total of 103 percent at all four intersections. The city council was made aware of the increase in accidents by the police department at six months and a year after the program began, but continued the program anyways.

    During the 2007 fiscal year, from July 1 to June 30, there were 36 collisions at the intersections. In fiscal 2008, there were 73.

  8. JOKN says:

    Removes the requirement that the photo enforcement system must record images of a vehicle’s license plate.

    Can some one please explain this ???

    • photoradarscam says:

      I think I got it… if you have several photos of you where they can’t read the plate and they get another with a clear shot of your plate or otherwise figure out who you are, they will issue a ticket.

    • Malfeasant says:

      I hope this does not mean what I think it means- that they are finally rolling out automatic plate reading, and will count on it reading the plate correctly, and therefore see no need to store the photo…

  9. Sure says:

    They could probably read vin number off your dashboard if they wanted.

    • photoradarscam says:

      They say that, and I don’t want to doubt it, but some of the photo radar pictures I’ve seen look so bad I have to wonder sometimes.

  10. Sure says:

    Protest in Peoria. We passed out about fliers letting people know that their city council increased accidents with the cameras.

    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 →

  11. Steve says:

    I just got back from circulating petitions at the 4th Ave Street Fair down here in Tucson. I had two sheets filled up in about as much time as it took me to walk from where I parked to the fair and back! Almost everyone I spoke to was willing to sign, and most were actually quite eager (imagine that!).

    Get out there and collect more signatures! It’s easy, and it helps spread the word that the cameras are coming DOWN, baby!

  12. Stacey says:

    We have a couple of people who drove from Scottsdale to Tuscon today to collect signatures at the air show.

  13. Helldigger says:

    New Mexico has a liberal Progressive populace that supported putting in the cameras. Now that they have lived the reality of higher accident rates and irate voters, they are playing a different tune.

    New Mexico Big Government and their corrupt Governor Bill Richardson, are being exposed daily for corruption.

    Finally we are beginning to sea the flaw of living in a Marxist Utopia, it never works.

    From Cap and Trade to Forced Health Care, we are inundated with new taxes. These Cameras are another symptom of the coming Communist State we are moving toward.

    Banning the Cameras is a good start to push back against the government that wants to control our every action and to punish anyone who steps over the line or drives differently than what is expected.

    What ever happened to freedom?

    Fight against the idiotic Progressive ideology we are being smothered with.

  14. Finally, some GOOD NEWS !

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