Washington state photo ticketing ban bill gets major support

February 7, 2011

In our estimation, photo ticketing in Arizona is a 70%+ oppose and less than 30% favor issue across the spectrum. Those numbers change, of course, when it comes to Arizona state legislators who were filling their pockets with clean election/photo radar ticket money.

That’s why Arizona is in the mess we’re in with the cameras littering our streets but the state of Washington is a very different story of late.

You may remember that the initiative to ban photo ticketing in the Seattle suburb of Mukilteo passed by 71% in November.

Campaign for Liberty of Washington State coordinators Alex Rion and Nick Sherwood worked to introduce legislation last week which bans red light cameras in that state and have a whopping 1/3 of the House of Representatives as cosponsors.

We contacted Nick Sherwood to ask about just who has put their name on this bill. “The former Speaker Pro Tempore, a democrat, introduced the bill, but we have both Republicans and Democrats who have cosponsored it.”

Rion spoke with many of the cosponsors but the quote of the week came from newly elected house member Cindy Ryu, who refused to put her name on the bill because in her estimation, the state of Washington needs “more money for social programs.” Rion told us “when I asked her why she would want to support a system which pays 1/3 of its revenue to Goldman Sachs (major stakeholder in ATS) she said I’ll do whatever it takes to get the money.”

What a shocker!

Sherwood and Rion’s website is BanCams.com. They can also be found on:

Facebook and Twitter


ATS to WA Voters: Go To Hell

July 26, 2010

American Traffic Solutions or Above The Statutes, Inc?

That’s the message American Traffic Solutions appears to be sending to citizens who want a say in preventing automated ticketing in their community.

A ballot initiative to outlaw photo radar and red light cameras cleared a handful of hurdles and submitted the required number of signatures to put the matter before voters.

But that’s not good enough for ATS, the Scottsdale-based firm which specializes in the modern-day equivalent of technological snake oil. A front group, which “also represents [ATS]” has filed a lawsuit to stop the vote.

BanCams.com is seeking donations and support on their website in fighting the ticketing conglomerate (You can also join their Facebook page). Photo radar and red light cameras have never survived a public vote.


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