This is certainly getting out of control for ATS. In an attempt to smooth things over in the Seattle area about the W Howard “sockpuppetry” and other astro-turfing attempts, another ATS VP agreed to an interview by Dori Monson on KIRO 97.3 FM.
An attorney in Broward County Florida has made a business of challenging the tickets, and according to the video, has won every case. Quoted, “They didn’t anticipate that people like myself would be coming to court, fighting the cases and winning.”
There are many other great thoughts from citizens, activists and city officials in this piece.
On April 12th, multiple groups, including Campaign for Liberty, held simultaneous protests all over the state of Florida.
A year after lawmakers passed a law allowing cities to install them a bill to ban the system completely is moving through state legislature.
The video below has great news clips from several stations all over the state. Concerned citizens of Florida, we salute you!
Make sure to call your representative today in favor of Florida SB 672!
Could a deluge of Star Valley tickets end up being dismissed because of the victory of one woman against their photo enforcement division scheme headed by Redflex? It’s looking that way.
Michele Ann Power of Chandler, AZ was traveling through Star Valley, which is technically a speed trap, when she was flashed by a Redflex scamera. She fought back, demanded to face her accuser in court becoming the first person to do so under the Redflex/Star Valley photo enforcement scheme. Last week she won because the low level employee of the city whose job it is to sign off on the fraudulent tickets was not even in the country during the hearings.
The town manager and attorney, Tim Grier, put on his fraudster hat during subsequent interviews to complain that the system could not bilk Power out of her money under a “technicality.” What he calls a technicality, the rest of this country refers to as due process, as protected by the United States Constitution.
This leads one to wonder where Grier attended law school and if he was ever introduced to that concept. Star Valley residents should probably launch an investigation into his conduct as a willing party in an illegal scam being carried out by Redflex Traffic Systems under his watch.
The Payson Roundup has the complete story of the ticket’s dismissal.
Others who have been sent photo violations are being encouraged to challenge them because the employee in charge of signing off on thousands of tickets no longer works for the city.
We would include contact info for the Town of Star Valley and Tim Grier, but they are too busy scamming the driving public to maintain a functioning website. Check back later and we may have an update.
Neville Cramer, a retired federal agent with 30 years of experience in law enforcement is telling his story to the public after being convicted of a crime he did not commit, as shown in court records and recordings.
For the past 4-5 years since the last economic boom-bust in AZ, the Republic has been the mouthpiece of the ticket camera industry in Arizona which appears to be the next bubble ready to burst. It really shouldn’t be any surprise given the fact that Redflex has embedded reporter Michael Ferraresi for a few years now.
In that time, photo tickets have gone from a 90% pay rate down to less than 30% and freeway camera systems commissioned by both the city of Scottsdale and the state of AZ have been an utter failure. Redflex has gone from revenue in the $100’s of millions down to near zero profit. Their cameras as well as those of ATS have been shut off, by voters and legislative action, in huge numbers while millions of tickets are going unpaid.
After an expose last year, Ferraresi’s name has not been seen on an article about Redflex since, but his influence over the angle the Republic takes on photo enforcement remains.
It would be naive to think that a daily newspaper like the Arizona Republic wouldn’t sell out to corporate interests, especially in a time of economic turmoil that has been responsible for the demise of publications much older and more respected than our local “daily.” However, the reports about Redflex, ATS and police statistics are becoming more and more delusional and shrouded in mystery.
Last week, there was a report about traffic stats coming out of Mesa which suggested red light camera installations and crash data could be interpreted with a positive correlation. However, the study was not available to be viewed by the public and calls by CameraFRAUD volunteers requesting a copy of the study went unreturned. This is bizarre behavior by both Mesa PD and the Republic. The absence of any type of fact checking or public disclosure at all is very disturbing.
Another article appeared last week that seemed to be a glowing PR piece about the business of photo ticketing expanding throughout AZ and the entire country, but had no mention of all the places that have completely banned camera ticketing. There was no mention of the battles in Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Washington, California, Maryland, South Dakota, South Carolina and Tennesse and only briefly mentions Henry Bentley who owns banthecams.org in Florida. There was no mention of others who are pushing a state-wide ban through Florida state legislature.
This article also casts the current AZ referendum as a mere nuisance, but at the same time says that Arizona is a “hot bed” and has critics “among the most vocal.” While the voices coming from this website do carry weight, any meaningful research of 2011 photo ticketing industry news would show that Missouri is currently the most embattled state with the most vocal opposition. Again, the Republic fails to do their diligence.
Of course, they couldn’t help mentioning the IIHS study, which includes the city of Chandler. The writer interviewed a spokesman from that institute, but either didn’t bother to contact the city of Chandler or didn’t include their input because it didn’t serve the purpose of his spin. Several major media outlets in the Phoenix area were told last month by city representatives from Chandler that the numbers from the study were clearly bogus and not relevant to where red light cameras had actually been placed.
The photo enforcement industry isn’t the only topic that the AZ Republic keeps blinders on for, or is co-opted by corporate interests, but this may be the most blatant.
Expect to see more puff pieces and cheer leading for Redflex and ATS as SCR 1029 moves towards a vote in the AZ House, which would place the all out ticket camera ban that Arizonans have been asking for on the ballot.
If newspapers are meant to be predictable and biased towards special interests, the Arizona Republic can be very proud.
A great article was posted today on AOL Autos by Phil Berg about the plethora of studies that show red light cameras have proven time and time again to cause more accidents after installed.
The yellow light timing issue is examined as well because it’s important to understand why that’s a chief factor in the increased collisions and the ability for the scameras to actually turn a profit.
Last summer, Campaign for Liberty activists walked up to Governor Jan Brewer’s office with over 130,000 signatures from Arizona citizens who wanted to ban photo ticketing across the entire state. Every major media outlet in Phoenix was there as well and the Gov gave us all the cold shoulder.
SCR 1029, which will be voted on by the AZ Senate next week, gives Arizonans the vote on a photo ticketing ban that they deserve. It has the same exact wording as SB 1352, which failed by 1 vote to pass the senate last Wednesday.
Make sure to contact your senators today and tell them to do the right thing and vote YES on SCR 1029.
AZ Senate email list:
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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!
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