July 23, 2011
The Weekly Standard has published a great guide to the complicated and technical process red light cameras use to extract money straight out of your wallet as you drive through a monitored intersection.
Most of you aren’t intelligent enough to understand all the elements because you’re not politicians or camera company executives, but go ahead and read it anyway.
Trust us, we know what's best for you. ~Lobbyists, Politicians, Camera Crooks
January 19, 2011
...but I don't WANT to put my cameras away! *sniffle*
Like spoiled children who hate it when they don’t get their way, ATS and their metal, flashing, driver distracting red light scameras threw a 2 month long fit in Baytown, TX.
December 16, 2010
Baytown, TX became one of the latest cities to ban red light cameras with a citizens vote. Strangely enough, ATS doesn’t seem to get the hint. Reports out of the Houston suburb have confirmed that the cameras are still on and flashing, but no tickets are being issued. When reached for comment, Baytown officials will only say, “the ordinance is being observed.”
What’s going on in Texas is eerily similar to what Redflex was trying to pull when their contract with Arizona DPS was terminated. You may remember that they were attempting to record speeds for data they could later manipulate.
It’s hard to say exactly when ATS plans on shipping their scamera equipment out of Baytown, but the voters who cast them out are becoming increasingly impatient.
December 15, 2010
ATS is looking to purchase the only company that’s had a worse 2010 in the industry of scam ticketing, Redflex. With the speculated per share price of near $3.00, it’s clear that ATS brass is almost as delusional as their team of sue-happy lawyers.
Both companies have been losing money in massive amounts because of lost contracts, millions of unpaid tickets and perpetual lawsuits. The only way ATS could afford to purchase a majority stake in Redflex would be with another cash infusion from America’s public enemy #1: Goldman Sachs. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone proclaims that Goldman is “the great Vampire Squid, wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money”
How appropriate that they would soon own Redflex Traffic Systems.
Ironically, Redflex actually bought ATS, run by the Tutons back in 1995. They then waited two years, formed their company again and have been operating under the same name ever since. Now the roles are reversed.
What’s very different this time around is that the political climate has become very toxic and revenues are plunging for the camera scam. Redflex’s profits alone have dropped 92.6% in the last year. In the last few years, photo ticketing programs have been routed at the ballot box, losing all 15 public votes.
Only a money monster like Goldman Sachs could absorb this mess and not flinch. Of course their investment will not pay off as the cameras continue to come down across the country, but that’s never stopped the Vampire Squid before.
November 16, 2010
The will of the people was delayed, but it looks like Houston is finally doing the right thing and shutting off its red light cameras.
(Un)American Traffic Solutions has shifted their business model to dishing out lawsuits, so the city of Houston is understandably nervous. The city has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against the scamera vendor to beat them to the punch.