Camera Fraud Article: ATS = Astro Turf Support; American Traffic Solutions desperate for friends
What does one do when they are universally hated but has a lot of stolen money and the backing of banking/investing mega corporate-conglomerate Goldman Sachs?
That’s just one of the many PR tactics American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is trying out in a desperate attempt to create “Astro Turf” support.
Ads for ATS’s newly created fan page run all day long on Facebook as they attempt to fake a following. But don’t make a comment that doesn’t match their propaganda or it will be deleted every time, until only those of supporters remain.
It’s obvious that the camera vendor is doing this in an effort to combat the spreading grassroots movement all across this country.
Matt Hay is one of those grass roots activists, but his perspective is a bit different. Hay had the displeasure of being an Arnold, MO councilman when ATS and their army of well-funded lobbyists moved into town.
The corruption and greed that moved in with them tore apart the town council. After Hay left his position as councilman, he formed a group called WrongOnRed, which is dedicated to ridding Missouri of red light cameras. His stories of dealings with ATS as a councilman match up with what we see here in Arizona. CameraFRAUD interviewed Hay about the corruption in Arnold.
Hay tried to kick ATS out of town almost immediately because he saw the corruption take root. Quoted, “Council member Bill Mortiz, in both closed and open session has made the statement that, ‘If we get rid of these cameras, who are we going to fire?’ The cameras generate about $250k net budgeted revenue for the City, while Bill’s wife happens to be a Secretary for the City’s Planning and Zoning Department, whose paycheck is partially funded by those very same monies.”
Time and time again, the municipalities who have installed these cameras cherry pick the numbers, with the help of ATS to manipulate public sentiment. Hay says Arnold was no different. “The City of Arnold is so desperate to show that these cameras work, that they only count accidents as ‘accidents’ within 50 feet of the intersection. By using 50 ft. instead of the transportation standard of 133 ft., they have been able to more than halve their reported accidents at red light camera monitored intersections.”
Hay has been so successful pushing back on ATS that they went so far as to register a similar domain to his WrongOnRed.COM, putting up a pro cameras site at WrongOnRed.org. He’s been quoted in several recent publications saying “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.” Indeed.
While ATS is grasping at straws in an attempt to deflect from WrongOnRed’s successes, they have seen the writing on the wall in Jefferson County, MO. The county council sent a letter, signed by all members, to legislature in support of a statewide red light camera ban.
ATS responded with their own letter, terminating their contract with the county. Cue the sad little violin.
ATS will continue to run more ads and spend more money on PR, just like they have been with their legal team, but we all know how this story ends – - accidents increase until cameras finally come down, politicians are shamed and everyone loses except a few select crooks.
In light of these developments, we have prepared a couple ads for anyone with a few dollars to spare in Missouri, if they want to spread the truth about American Traffic Solutions.