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Camera Fraud Article: VA Politicians Hide Their Support of Deadly Cams


Falls Church City Council

Falls Church City Council


Like most Virginia cities looking to operate photo enforcement programs, Falls Church doesn’t want the public to know what’s happening. Since August, the city has been holding quiet negotiations with private companies interested in setting up a red light camera program for profit. The first and only public mention of the city’s machinations appeared in a tiny mention today in the equally tiny Falls Church News-Press. It announced that the city council already approved a photo ticketing contract with American Traffic Solutions.


Falls Church is following in the footsteps of Fairfax City which earlier this year held city council deliberations on red light cameras in secret before announcing their decision to an open meeting — at 1 a.m., long after the public had departed.


Why the secrecy, you might ask? Because Falls Church has had red light cameras before, and the results are documented. The city council knows its claims of “safety” have been debunked by no less an authority than the Virginia Department of Transportation, which found in Falls Church:



  • A 136% increase in rear-end collisions



  • A 79% increase in injury accidents



  • Overall, accidents increased 38%


See the results yourself.


If residents knew what was happening, they would be outraged. Despite the phony surveys cooked up by the ticket profiteers,  politicans realize that they can only get away with the scam while the public isn’t watching. No photo enforcement program has ever survived a public referendum.


So let Falls Church know what you think. Contact information is provided after the jump. The city memo for the contract is available here: Falls Church Contract memo



Robin S. Gardner

Mayor

1305 Ellison Street

Falls Church, VA 22046

(h) 703-534-8644

rgardner@fallschurchva.gov


Harold (Hal) Lippman, Ph. D.

Vice Mayor

505 East Columbia Street

Falls Church, VA 22046

(h) 703-237-9089

hlippman@fallschurchva.gov


Bader Baroukh Nader Baroukh

Council Member

243 Gundry Drive

Falls Church, VA 22046

(h) 703-992-9433

nbaroukh@fallschurchva.gov


Daniel K. Maller (VOTED NO on Scameras)

Council Member

308 Walnut Street

Falls Church, VA 22046

(h) 703-731-8433

dmaller@fallschurchva.gov


David F. Snyder

Council Member

116 Great Falls Street

Falls Church, VA 22046

(h) 703-241-0419

dsnyder@fallschurchva.gov


Daniel X. Sze

Council Member

313 Pennsylvania Avenue

Falls Church, VA 22046

(h) 703-538-5986

dansze@fallschurchva.gov


Lawrence Webb

Council Member

401 N. Maple Ave. #104

Falls Church, VA 22046

(h) 703-532-1043

lwebb@fallschurchva.gov






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