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NMA Reporter 2009-02-18 11:12

Ticket Camera Scams Are Plentiful In The D.C. Area
 
<b>NMA Article: Ticket Camera Scams Are Plentiful In The D.C. Area</b><br/><br/><p><img style="border-top-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin: 0px 0px 8px; border-right-width: 0px" height="224" alt="uscapitol" src="http://www.motorists.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/TicketCameraScamsArePlentifulInTheD.Area_9E9C/uscapitol.jpg" width="529" border="0"> <br />A new website, launched in January, is documenting the various ticket camera scams in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. It’s called <a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/"><strong>CameraFraud DC</strong></a> and is an offshoot of the successful <a href="http://www.camerafraud.com/"><strong>CameraFraud movement</strong></a> started in Arizona. Here a few of the stories they’ve covered so far.</p>
<p><a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/2009/01/08/the-fairfax-county-yellow-light-scam/"><strong>The Fairfax County Yellow Light Scam</strong></a><br />This article shows how Fairfax County used yellow light timing to manipulate the public into thinking the county’s red light camera program was effective.</p>
<p><a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/fairfax-flouts-law-adopts-dodgy-deal-with-fellow-scofflaws/"><strong>Fairfax City Signs Illegal Contract with Australian Company</strong></a><br />Here’s an excerpt: <em>At 1am today, long after the public had left the council chambers and long after those who watch such things on public access cable television had dozed off, Fairfax City Council members approved the dodgy deal with Redflex. Five remained in the audience until the end to point out:</em> </p>
<ol>
<li><em>Fairfax </em><em>cameras increased accidents</em>
<li><em>The contract is </em><em>illegal on revenue neutrality</em><em> and diversion of cash from the literary fund grounds </em>
<li><em>The city is ignoring </em><em>superior engineering countermeasures</em>
<li><em>The tickets are unenforceable </em>
<li><em>The tickets undermine constitutional protections and privacy</em></li>
</ol>
<p><a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/maryland-speed-camera-program-scams-conflicts-of-interest-everywhere/"><strong></strong></a></p>
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<p><a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/maryland-speed-camera-program-scams-conflicts-of-interest-everywhere/"><strong>Maryland Speed Camera Program: Scams, Conflicts of Interest Everywhere</strong></a><br />An excerpt: <em>When he Maryland Legislature authorized Montgomery County to use speed cameras in 2006, the people were given certain assurances. One was that there would be no per-ticket payments to speed camera contractors, which would create a financial incentive for contractors to “cheat” to maximize profits. Another was that they would only be used in “residential and school zones”, not major arterial roads. And finally, that they would not be used as cash cows for local governments by earmarking the revenues for (undefined) “public safety” improvements. All of those promises were given to the driving public – and ALL of those promises have since been broken by the Montgomery County Speed Camera Program.</em></p>
<p><a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/speed-cameras-attract-lobbyists-in-annapolis/"><strong>Speed Cameras Attract Lobbyists in Annapolis</strong></a><br />An excerpt: <em>The statewide speed camera bills currently being discussed, and soon to be voted on, by the Maryland General Assembly have been the subject of intensive lobbying efforts. </em><em>In 2007, prior to the nearly successful statewide speed camera bill, they spent $144,346.74 on lobbying activities. ACS spent an additional $81,460.13 in 2008 through October 31, 2008 on this effort. ACS’s lobbying activities during the 2008 general Assembly included $6286.13 on two banquets at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on January 29 and February 6, 2008 for members of the House Environmental Matters Senate Judicial Proceedings, House Appropriations, and Senate Budget and Taxation Committees. </em><em>It will not be known how much they are spending during the 2009 legislative session until after the General Assembly ends in April.</em></p>
<p>The tide is turning against the ticket cameras and the group’s first protest <a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/first-maryland-protest-draws-public-support/"><strong>drew public support</strong></a> and media attention. </p>
<p>To keep up to date on the latest news, visit the <a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/"><strong>CameraFraud DC website</strong></a> or <a href="http://dccamerafraud.wordpress.com/feed/"><strong>subscribe to its feed</strong></a>.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/ticket-camera-scams-are-plentiful-in-the-dc-area/">Ticket Camera Scams Are Plentiful In The D.C. Area</a></p>
Further Reading:<ul><li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/how-to-give-out-178000-traffic-tickets-and-accomplish-nothing/" rel="bookmark" title="July 29, 2008">How To Give Out 178,000 Traffic Tickets And Accomplish Nothing</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/maryland-police-refuse-to-pay-speed-camera-tickets/" rel="bookmark" title="March 10, 2008">Maryland Police Refuse To Pay Speed Camera Tickets</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/st-louis-aldermen-dont-have-to-worry-about-paying-tickets/" rel="bookmark" title="December 15, 2008">St. Louis Aldermen Don’t Have To Worry About Paying Tickets</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/stop-red-light-running-exposed-as-corporate-lobbying-group-2/" rel="bookmark" title="October 19, 2007">“Stop Red Light Running” Exposed As Corporate Lobbying Group</a></li>

<li style="line-height:1.5em;"><a href="http://www.motorists.org/blog/red-light-camera-bias-orlando-sentinel/" rel="bookmark" title="August 12, 2008">Ticket Camera Bias Uncovered At The Orlando Sentinel</a></li>
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