April 11, 2011
There was plenty of good news last week in the world of cameras coming down or cameras staying away.
Bullhead City, AZ had been debating the horrible idea of introducing dangerous red light cameras into their intersections. The mayor Jack Hakim, spent two years pushing for the marriage between his city and Redflex Traffic Systems. After calls and emails by citizens of Bullhead who refused to fall victim to this scam, Hakim was forced to back off his love for money over safety. When it was all said and done, the mayor conceded after the city council voted 7-0 in favor of nixing the proposed contract. Quoting the mayor,
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
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.
June 29, 2010
It’s good to have this man on our team and not the opposition’s. Alex Rion, a member of Campaign For Liberty in Washington is making sure the scameras don’t shake down the people of Mukilteo any longer. The anti-photo radar website in that city is BanCams.com, run by Nick and Tiffany Sherwood.
The three, along with Tim Eyman were able to collect signatures from 50% of Mukilteo’s active registered voters in a period of only two weeks. For their efforts, the City Council has backed off their plans to allow for speed and red light scameras in the Seattle suburb.
They’ve also made plenty of news in the process. Despite the city backing down from its stance, Rion and Co. still want the measure to go to the voters. It would require citizens of Mukilteo to vote every single time a speed or red light ticketing camera is installed. It would also require the maximum fine to be capped at the lowest fine for illegal parking. Currently that would mean a max of $25 for speeding or a red light infraction, which would make the city very unattractive to ATS or Redflex.
A CameraFRAUD volunteer contacted Alex Rion to ask him if they plan a state-wide petition, similar to our own in Arizona. Below is a direct quote.
“What I would really like to see is a legislative solution to the Automated Ticketing Machines. We should encourage our state legislators to step up and pass legislation either to create a statewide ban or allow the citizens in any given community to have their voice heard with a vote on the issue.”
More about the developments from Rion and his Campaign For Liberty Patriots below:
The Seattle Times
Snohomish County News