ATS Profit Over Safety Scheme Continues


Just follow the law and you’ll have nothing to worry about, right? Someone should tell ATS about this little maxim. Breaking signage laws and operating as a vigilante ticketing scheme in Tucson isn’t enough for ATS these days. Now they’re taking their dangerous tactics to Baytown, TX. ATS, in a fit of jealously over Redflex’s ability to shorten yellow light times in Paradise Valley, has been using the same tactic in Baytown, TX.

By shortening the yellow interval at several intersections, they are violating Texas state law TXDOT 707, but that doesn’t concern a criminal organization. However, it should concern the citizens of Baytown. Recently the same illegal and dangerous shortening of yellow times was caught in League City, TX. That city was forced to pay back 1,700 tickets.

Baytown residents will get the chance to vote (are you listening Gov. Brewer?) down their red light cameras in November, thanks to the efforts of SaferBaytown.com.

25 Responses to ATS Profit Over Safety Scheme Continues

  1. Sure says:

    PV City Council Meeting Changed

    The Regular Town Council meeting for Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. has been cancelled. A brief special meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. to consider a special event liquor license for the International Cancer Advocacy Network. The next Regular Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.

    Thank you for your interest!

  2. Pro-Camera says:

    Isn’t Yellow light times controlled by the city and not the camera company?

    • Will Kay says:

      It’s long been known and documented here on this blog that the camera companies have the access and ability to adjust the timing of the lights.

      • Pro-Camera says:

        Will Kay,

        It may have been claimed on this blog, but they do not have access to change yellow light timing. The cameras have access to tell when the light will change to be able to get before and after pictures, but they can not change the cycle times. That is set up and maintained by the city.

  3. Stacey says:

    The question is, who is taking the bribe money and shortening the yellow light times? Wonder if the Paradise Valley City Council or police department can answer that question.

    • photoradarscam says:

      There is a reason why the PV city manager refuses to tell us how the light timing got changed last year. If it was an innocent reason, he would have no hesitation about tell us what happened.

  4. Great interview about Photo Radar/Red Light Cameras from the writer of TheNewsPaper.com

    http://drev.me/rd1001

  5. Sure says:

    Hmmmm. He sounds good looking.

  6. ATS/Redflex would donate all their money to Goodwill if this was all about safety.

  7. Sure says:

    Well, we know Rob Feiler was on the board of directors for Goodwill but suddenLy got booted off. Redflex knows why.

    I doubt we will seem him at the Redflex sponsored dinner:

    http://www.eveningofgoodwillaz.org/index.shtml

  8. Sure says:

    An appeals court has ruled against the city of New Orleans in its effort to keep red-light and speeding cameras running.

    A ruling late Thursday afternoon from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will reinstate a lower court’s decision to suspend the cameras indefinitely.

    That suspension follows a claim that the automated ticketing system violates the city charter. Thursday’s ruling means that the cameras — which are currently in operation — will be turned off in the next seven days.

    Ultimately, the fate of the system will still need to be determined by a full trial.

    Residents who had been ticketed by the system filed a lawsuit against the city last week. Their attorney argued that the city’s charter stipulates that the police department shall regulate traffic. But the ordinance creating the camera program puts it under the public works department.

    http://www.wdsu.com/news/25320443/detail.html

  9. Sure says:

    Louisiana Speed Camera Torched
    Speed camera in New Orleans, Louisiana set on fire just days before a court rules the automated ticketing program illegal.

    Vigilantes in New Orleans, Louisiana set fire to a speed camera on Tuesday. The automated ticketing machine had been installed at the 3400 block of Chartres Street in Bywater until a gasoline-soaked tire was used to burn the device, WWL-TV reported. The fire destroyed the control box for the camera and scorched the flash and camera units.

    While this form of attack is common in Europe, “necklacing” of speed cameras is rare in the United States. The vigilantes apparently placed little hope in the state court of appeal which ruled three days after the fire that the New Orleans traffic camera program violated the city charter, affirming the lower court ruling issued October 1 (view ruling). Absent state supreme court intervention, the cameras will be shut down legally on October 14.

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/32/3287.asp

  10. photoradarscam says:

    Tucson photo program not looking so good:
    http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/article_c3eddf7f-5466-53d5-8722-194f3d6edcda.html

    Yet they will be adding more cameras!

  11. Sure says:

    Houston is gearing up for the vote! They made a lot of good videos they are planning to get out for facebook and twitter:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Republicanchair496#p/u

    This is just one of them:

  12. Sure says:

    Keep Houston Safe promoting Taser International – Surprise.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/keephoustonsafe#p/u/7/k07tafGz4GM

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  14. VANCE says:

    THE PUBLIC AND THE CITY WOULD BOTH BE BETTER SERVED TO SPEND MONEY ON THE OLD SYNCRONIZING LIGHT PROGRAM INSTEAD OF WASTING MONEY ON PRIVACY INFRINGEMENT. THE LOCE OF MONEY IS PROCLAIMED BY MANY AS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. AMEN

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