If this one doesn’t make you sick to think about, you may need your pulse checked. We’ve pointed out in the past who profits from Photo Radar ticket money. Here’s the dirty little list, in no particular order:
4. The Court System
Why is this so hypocritical? Let’s take them one by one.
Scamera Companies – Redflex, ATS, Gatso, etc obviously stand to profit the most from ticket money, because they show up with their lobbyists in each targeted location and negotiate deals that will make them the most money. They are a business and just like any other, are out for a profit. Municipalities get the short end of the stick because the politicians who are on the other end of the negotiations care less about making a profit. They know that the taxpayer will generally bail them out, which allows them to make deals that favor their friends and supporters financially.
Politicians – In Arizona, we have something called the “Clean Elections Fund,” which was just upheld as legal by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on May 21st, 2010. Clean Elections insures matching PUBLIC funds for to those running for office, which includes incumbents. Not-so-coincidentally, the largest contribution to this pot is…. Photo Radar Ticket Money. When the deal between the state of Arizona and Redflex for the freeway photo ticketing scam was carved out, $16.50 from each ticket paid was designated for that fund.
Municipalities – As stated earlier, the city/town (or state) typically gets the short end of the stick with the money. They fail to negotiate the best deal and often get stuck with early termination penalties when they want out of the contract, or their citizens fight back with a referendum. Somebody ends up making out like a bandit who is in on the deal because the money has to go somewhere, but it’s often whomever makes best use of the “General Fund” or other vague sounding pots of money.
The Court System – Arizona Court systems usually have two choices with the onslaught of civil traffic tickets that flood in from photo ticketing. They can either work more hours to make sure each case is given its due process, or set up a “Kangaroo Court” type operation where very little time is spent on each case and more fees are charged for previously cost-free liberties like being process served and being allowed to stand in front of a Judge and defend oneself.
To tie this all together, what do all four of these entities who stand to profit off of Photo Radar scam tickets have in common? Their members are completely exempt from the system itself, either through negotiated deals, or immunities granted by the Camera Companies in order to remain in good standing with those who control the fate of their operations.
What a carefully crafted scam! Bravo!
THE CAMERAS ARE COMING DOWN.
(Clean Elections will have to find a new funding source come November)