Courtesy of WarOnDriving.com:
This Friday 7-30-10 at 4pm at the city clerk’s office [the] Baytown Red Light Camera Coalition (BRLCC) will turn in to the city of Baytown additional signatures required to overcome the deficiency they claimed our petition had at last Thursday’s city council meeting.
Based on Allegations from the lawyers working for the camera company the city declared our petition to be 12 good signatures short of being sufficent. The city, as required by the city charter, has given us 10 days to make up the deficiency. We have overcome the entire deficiency with several hundred signatures to spare. We believe that by the time the count is complete we will have exceeded the original number of signatures we turned in originally, all in less than 10 days.
The outpouring of support from Citizens in Baytown has been overwhelming since they learned the city declared our petition to be short. We have been flooded with requests to sign the petition to make sure Baytown gets to have a vote on the dangerous and abusive red light camera program.
The people demand a vote! Residents were also outraged at a recent Baytown Sun article that detailed the fact that out of state corporations that profit from red light cameras contributed $20,000 to keep Baytown from having a vote while not receiving any donations from Baytown residents.
If the city clerk certifies our petition as sufficient it goes to the city council on 8-12-10 where they can either accept it as a new ordinance or they are required to place it on the ballot for November elections. We are allowed to turn in petitions until Monday August 2nd so we will have a petition drive over the weekend, details are at www.saferbaytown.com
- The intersection with the most cameras; Garth at West Baker. Total accidents up 11% red light running accidents up 33% and rear end accidents up 5% source; BPD TXDOT report
- Rear end accidents which put children at the most risk up 12.5% overall at all red light camera locations. Source; BPD TXDOT report
- 2008, the first full year of red light cameras was the deadliest year on Baytown streets in 20 years. source; city-data.com traffic statistics
- Total crime in Baytown up 27% since cameras were installed and we were told they would free up cops to suppress crime in other areas. source; BPD website 2007-2009
- Red light cameras net $3.4 million for city. source; Baytown Sun 3-27-10
- The Arizona camera company gets paid a bounty of 55% of each ticket collected in return for installing the cameras for free. source; Baytown Sun 3-27-10
- Red Light Camera tickets Decriminalize red light running. They only issue civil penalties, no worse than a parking ticket. source; Texas Transportation code 707.
- Failure to pay a red light camera ticket will not result in an arrest warrant, points on the violators license, insurance or credit. Although the law allows for vehicle registration to be blocked this isn’t happening uniformly. Texas Transportation code 707
- Numerous independant studies including the University of South Florida Health department, the Journal of trauma and Virginia transportation institute show an increase in accidents after cameras are installed. sources on links and resource page www.saferbaytown.com
Ever wonder what’s in a Redflex Red Light Camera box? We recently caught a glimpse while a Redflex technician was servicing the unit at 83rd Ave & Union Hills. All of the equipment is jumbled and laying haphazardly inside of the unit. Click on the pictures for a closer view.
Of course, since Reflex is above the law, they have no problem with breaking the city ordinances in order to save a few steps. In Peoria, it’s illegal to park in the public right away and to obstruct a sidewalk. Nevermind the fact that there’s a Circle K parking lot he could have used just a few yards to the West, but that would have required the technician to have to walk a few more steps.
And if you ever wondered how thick the glass is, here’s your answer.
After the technician finished servicing the unit, you’d expect that he’d be required to test the system to make sure it’s all working correctly, but you’d be wrong. Equipment accuracy and functionality has never been important in the quest for profits. The technician finished servicing a piece of equipment, placed it back inside of the unit, and sped away without performing any apparent testing on the system.
Beleaguered photo radar and red light camera provider Redflex Traffc Solutions was dealt a blow last week when a Superior Court judge in Orange County, CA. found their contract with the City of Santa Ana to be illegal:
…Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Kenneth Schwartz declared the city’s program void because it had ignored several provisions of state law.
“the court… is compelled to declare — on its own motion — that the contract between Santa Ana and Redflex is contrary to terms of a law designed for the protection of the public, which prescribes a penalty for violation, is illegal and void, and that no action may be brought to enforce it,” Schwartz ruled.
Business as usual for the criminals working so hard to steal your money in the automated ticketing industry.
Although it’s impossible to truly disinfect a company that is based on technological quackery and bogus safety statistics, a good start is to shed light on some so-called “highly classified” audited financial statements.
American Traffic Solutions begrudgingly provided this information to city officials in Pembroke Pines, FL., but only after securing it in a “separate envelope.”
American Traffic Solutions, Inc. is a private company and does not publish its Confidential Financial Information. Nevertheless, we are willing to disclose our financial statements to the City of Pembroke Pines as requested. However, as a measure to ensure strict confidentiality, we have enclosed the requested Financial Statement in a separate envelope entitled: American Traffic Solutions Financial Statements – Confidential Information.
As a result of the request for proposal, the City of Pembroke Pines published the “highly confidential” statements online as a .pdf. The document, now deleted, can still be seen in its entirety via Google’s cache or for forever on CameraFRAUD.com.
ATS Financial Disclosures: