Time Magazine – “Big Brother Backlash”

February 16, 2012

The CameraFRAUD meetup group was mentioned in this piece by Time Magazine’s “Moneyland.”

With bills like SCR 1029 making their way through state legislatures in Arizona, Iowa, Colorado and Florida to name a few in 2012, the citizen backlash is being felt by politicians everywhere on the state level.

The question is, are they listening?

Read entire article at moneyland.time.com.

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American Traffic Solutions, Redflex Double-Down On Fraud

July 3, 2011

A Redflex employee hard at work in the company's North Phoenix processing office. (All tickets are reviewed by multiple "Homers," a derogatory phrase used by corporate managers to refer to the paper processors who usually make little money.)

Ticketing and surveillance giants Redflex and American Traffic Solutions are doubling down on their favorite methods of revenue generation: fraudulent business practices, blatant incompetency, and lawsuits.

Sioux Falls Fail

Beleaguered Redflex is so incompetent that the company mailed out 500 red light camera tickets… to people accused by the machines of speeding:

Michael Evans got the surprise in the mail that no one wants, a ticket for running a red light in Sioux City.

When he looked at the video of his offense he was confused to say the least, because his pickup is clearly on the interstate.

He alerted the police about the mistake, and they sent out a letter of apology to about 500 people who also received the wrong type of ticket, but along with the apology came new tickets for speeding violations.

Town dunce and Sioux City Police’s Cpt. Melvin William was quick to defend the “theft-by-shiny-badge” scheme, presumably at the request of his new private-camera-contractor overlords:

“Because in one spot we didn’t change the wording that the whole thing should be thrown out?  No…There is no error when it comes to the fines that were imposed.  They were the right fines for what had occurred.  There is no error when it comes to the evidence,”

…Except for the whole “accusing 500 people of the wrong crime” thing.

American Traffic Solutions: “Circle Jerk” Lawsuits In Houston

Taking the “American way of justice” further down the shitcan is American Traffic Solutions in Houston. ATS is angry that citizens voted the cameras out, so the company is blatantly engaging in frivolous lawsuits in an effort to block the will of the “voters:”

The ruling was a major victory for the legal strategy of ATS General Counsel George Hittner, who worked with the Houston city attorney to create a lawsuit in which city officials, who want the cameras back, sued ATS, which also wants the cameras back. The case was not filed in state court, which would be the proper venue. Instead, Hittner had the case filed in the federal courthouse where his father happens to serve.

Still voting?

Redflex Mail Fraud In Spokane

“…Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque ruled three tickets issued in Spokane using cameras to detect those running red lights were invalid because the electronic signature on the tickets was generated out of state.”

…Phony signatures. Phony tickets. Phony corporate cops that defend revenue schemes instead of constituents’ life and property.  Phony lawsuits. Laws and due-process ignored.

Happy Phony Forth of July from CameraFRAUD. Because the USA is where your ability to serve as a milking cow to the state and its corporate allies is patriotic job number one. Now get back to work, slave!


Redflex Bankruptcy Looms?

October 19, 2010

It has to be tough showing up to work in the perpetual Fraud Zone that is Redflex Traffic Systems.

Recent reports of low employee morale and executives running off with money while the company’s profit sinks can’t help the situation.

The latest all-out system failure of point-to-point speed sensors in Australia resulted in the Police department of Victoria  shutting them down. 68,000 tickets are now in question because of this major equipment malfunction and resulting refunds would effectively bankrupt the company. Recently their profit margin has been reduced to near zero.

Redflex will do everything they can to avoid paying these refunds and it’s hard to say what will result from this major failure of automated ticketing.

Locally, Show Low and Star Valley Arizona were the first communities in the United States to allow the scam of point-to-point ticketing by Redflex to invade their roads. How many fraudulent tickets have been issued in those towns as well?


3 on 1 Photo Radar Debate

September 11, 2010

Any good debate will have equal time for all sides, except this one. Try debating two scamera apologists by yourself while the moderator is clearly on the side of the opposition.

Two things clearly rang out from this debate.

1. Only the studies that he claims favor photo radar and red light cameras count to Professor Pendyala. He doesn’t even have time to consider any others.

2. The Mayor of Paradise Valley, Scott LeMarr knew the people of his town detest the scameras and that Redflex is a band of crooks. Now he knows that PV has more than its share of accidents because photo enforcement causes erratic driving.

Enjoy!

…meanwhile, on one of those “main arteries”….


ATS Unveils New Business Model: Lawsuits

September 5, 2010

(Un)American Traffic Solutions is at it again.. and again. They have definitely found their niche of late: filing and losing at nuisance lawsuits.

To protect their scam, ATS execs are suing to block citizens rights to vote. They already had their suit tossed out by a Judge earlier this year in a suburb of Seattle, WA(Mukilteo) and now are making the same attempt in Baytown, TX. Their latest suit alleges that a citizens initiative in the Texas city with 1000’s of signatures violates the Voting Rights Act. Interesting take. Maybe ATS is also being scammed, by their own attorneys.

ATS lost their lawsuit against competitor Redflex, earlier this summer. You may remember that Redflex was forced to admit they used fraudulent documents to obtain contracts with municipalities all over the U.S. from 1997-2008. Even with that startling admission by Redflex CEO Karen Finley, ATS still lost mightily. A Federal Judge left no doubt about how badly ATS performed:

“At best the plaintiff has an extraordinarily weak case,” US District Court Judge Frederick J. Martone said with the jury out of the courtroom. “It is weak at every point.”

ATS lawyers have decided to refile that case, despite the embarrassment. Round two begins in Arizona next week.


Baytown, TX Red Light Cameras Exceptionally Dangerous

August 19, 2010

That title actually should come with an asterisk because Peoria, AZ saw similar numbers at many of it’s intersections after installation of surveillance ticketing devices.

If the city of Baytown, TX wanted to drive the accident and injury count WAY up in its intersections, they picked the right way to do it: Install red light cameras.

Numbers about to be released to the local media in the city just East of Houston show an alarming increase in collisions, up to 400% in several intersections. CameraFRAUD has been sent and advance report.

Press Release From Saferbaytown.com

Saferbaytown.com has been fighting for a November vote on banning the system outright, but with the current danger these devices pose to the public, their city council should move swiftly to have them removed before more crashes and injuries occur due to the driver distraction they pose.

Here are some of the alarming statistics from the report, compared with the previous numbers available at the Texas Dept of Transportation website (TxDOT):

Measurement Report 1 2009 Report 2 2010

% Change

Total accidents 50 70

+40%

Red Light related 18 20

+12%

Injury crashes 8 14

+75%

Red Light T Bones 11 15

+37%

Rear End accidents 23 42

+83%

Injuries 13 18

+39%

Some intersections have seen a dramatically large increase in certain types of accidents, most notably three that have seen a 300%, 350% and 400% respectively.

What would you call allowing this trend to continue after being given the figures that point to sharp increases in accidents? Profit over safety? Absolutely. Gross negligence and public endangerment? There is an argument to be made.

Whatever it is, Baytown, take down those cameras! The public shouldn’t be subjected to even one more day of the danger they pose. We all know the public vote will end the program, but why wait 2.5 months to do the right thing?


Houston Added to List of Cities Voting on Scameras

August 10, 2010

The 4th largest city in the country is going to vote on a photo ticketing ban. This can’t sit well with scam vendors Redflex and ATS. That list of cities is growing rapidly, but Houston, TX sticks out because it would be a dagger to the heart of the aforementioned fraud peddlers.

TheNewspaper.com covers the saga in at length in their latest article:

“The effort was able to take advantage of a high rate of voter interest and anger at the city’s red light program,” initiative campaign manager Philip Owens told TheNewspaper. “In some neighborhoods where we gathered signatures going door to door. We had a success rate of 90 percent — meaning nine out of every ten contacts signed the petition. That’s a staggering rate and shows this is a people-driven campaign.” The group now will focus its efforts on driving voter turnout in November and refuting the claims made by the paid spokesmen for ATS regarding the effect cameras have had on collision rates (view independent studies).

Also in the Lone Star State, Baytown and Port Lavaca are ready to vote on scameras. Stop Baytown Red Light Cameras turned in the needed signatures to compensate for some that were invalidated by the city. Quoted from their website,

The Arizona camera company(ATS) gets paid a bounty of 55% of each ticket collected in return for installing the cameras for free. source; Baytown Sun 3-27-10″

If it “isn’t about the money,” ATS sure has a funny way of showing it based on that last stat.

Outside of Texas, Mukilteo, Washington has won their court battle with a front group funded by scamera companies and that Seattle suburb will be voting on a photo ticketing ban.

The great state of Ohio is next on the radar screen with the cities of Garfield Heights and South Euclid, OH having their signature count validated recently. Both city councils are going to review them.

The Cleveland Camera Removal Team is still working on their petition. They are shooting for a special election in February 2011.

CameraFRAUD volunteers will be taking on Paradise Valley, where the scam started almost 25 years ago. Watching these other cities jump on the scamera-ban bandwagon should be plenty of motivation to up our own efforts.

Tonight’s Mission: Paradise Regained.


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