July 28, 2011
American Traffic Solutions or Above The Statutes, Inc?
A scheme backed by American Traffic Solutions to conspire with City of Houston politicians in overturning a public election banning automated ticketing machines is backfiring as constituents express outrage as the program expands:
Amazingly, lost in the chaos surrounding the city’s insulting plan to expand the cameras are the much more significant questions surrounding American Traffic Solutions lobbyist and general
scumbag counsel George Hittner, who did the dirty work constructing a phony lawsuit involving the city with the intent to punt the case to the same federal court where Hittner’s father happens to serve..
“Criminal Justice System” indeed.
Councilwoman Jolanda Jones may be the most honest politician in Texas since the ATS meltdown. Her proclamation is correct that since the cameras came in without a public vote, they can leave without a public vote.
“We can put it on city council next week. And we can vote for it [the ban].”
Who’s Jim Tuton and the American Traffic Solutions Sue Crew going to sue when the council cans the scam?
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
June 22, 2011
Could ATS be a-movin?
While the mercury in Phoenix is hitting upwards of 110 degrees in Phoenix, did CEO Jim Tuton finally decide it’s getting too hot in AZ for his taste?
Or is American Traffic Solutions so desperate to save their $80 Million scamera system in Los Angeles that they’re willing to relocate from Scottsdale to avoid the SB 1070 related boycott costing them a contract renewal?
You may remember the pesky little boycotts threatened by cities across California. Could they be rearing their ugly heads again, but this time in a positive manner for AZ?
May 19, 2011
HeraldNet.com out of Seattle suburb Everett, Washington busted an ATS VP for being what is now referred to as a “sockpuppet.” In an equally hilarious development, CEO Jim Tuton has suspended him!
March 23, 2011
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.
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.