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NMA Reporter 2011-08-23 08:33

Sleazy Ticket Camera Corporation Tactics Exposed
 
<b>NMA Article: Sleazy Ticket Camera Corporation Tactics Exposed</b><br/><br/><p><img
class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2536" style="margin-bottom: 8px; border: 1px solid #dddddd;" title="American Traffic Solutions" src="http://blog.motorists.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/ats-tactics.jpg" alt="" width="525" height="200" /><br
/> A recent series of articles in the <a
href="http://www.heraldnet.com/">Everett Herald</a> (out of Washington) has exposed some of the tactics used by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) in an effort to protect and/or expand its ticket camera installations.</p><p>We encourage you to read them for yourself <a
href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110807/NEWS01/708079940">here</a> and <a
href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20110807/NEWS01/708079938">here</a>, but we’ve provided a few bullet points below:<br
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style="margin-bottom: 10px;">In an effort to block citizens from voting on ticket cameras in the city of Mukilteo, Washington, an ATS employee emailed the mayor (Joe Marine) and asked for help finding someone to use in a lawsuit — a lawsuit against his own city. The mayor claims to have ignored the email.</li><li
style="margin-bottom: 10px;">The same (no longer employed) ATS employee was exposed by the Everett Herald earlier this year when he was caught anonymously posting dozens of online comments under newspaper stories about cameras. Using the screen name “W Howard,” the ATS employee attacked camera detractors. In his posts, “W Howard” repeatedly claimed to live in Snohomish County. Instead, the Internet trail led back to ATS headquarters.</li><li
style="margin-bottom: 10px;">ATS eventually hired a law firm to represent the interests of a shell organization (Mukilteo Citizens for Simple Government) in the lawsuit (although they deny this is the case.) The “organization” only has one acknowledged member who has repeatedly refused to comment on the situation.</li><li
style="margin-bottom: 10px;">Defending the city’s decision to vote on cameras (necessary only because of the efforts of ATS) has cost Mukilteo taxpayers nearly $24,000 in legal fees.</li><li
style="margin-bottom: 10px;">In an April 2010 email, the city public work director Larry Waters wrote that state and city reviews of actual accidents “did not reveal anything to provide that installing the (cameras) would improve safety.” That email went to ATS, city leaders and state transportation officials. An ATS employee forwarded the email to colleagues. “I cannot believe this idiot sent this to WSDOT. (It) may have torpedoed the project,” he wrote.</li></ul><p>It’s clear that the camera companies will do anything to protect their revenue-generating machines, but it’s also becoming clear that they’re fighting a losing battle.</p><p>Citizens are <a
href="http://thenewspaper.com/news/27/2769.asp">voting down</a> the cameras, cities are <a
href="http://blog.motorists.org/los-angeles-red-light-camera-victory/">terminating their own programs</a>, and other cities are just <a
href="http://thenewspaper.com/news/35/3542.asp">refusing to install them</a> at all.</p><p><div
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/><br/><br/><a
href="http://blog.motorists.org/ticket-camera-corporation-tactics-exposed/">Sleazy Ticket Camera Corporation Tactics Exposed</a></p> Further Reading:<ul><li
style="line-height:1.5em;"><a
href="http://blog.motorists.org/9-cities-where-citizens-voted-to-ban-ticket-cameras/" rel="bookmark" title="November 5, 2009">9 Cities Where Citizens Voted To Ban Ticket Cameras</a></li><li
style="line-height:1.5em;"><a
href="http://blog.motorists.org/how-a-red-light-camera-ticket-can-damage-your-credit-without-you-knowing-it/" rel="bookmark" title="December 7, 2007">How A Red Light Camera Ticket Can Damage Your Credit Without You Knowing It</a></li><li
style="line-height:1.5em;"><a
href="http://blog.motorists.org/national-campaign-to-stop-red-light-running-is-a-sham-organization/" rel="bookmark" title="January 10, 2008">“National Campaign To Stop Red Light Running” Is A Sham Organization</a></li><li
style="line-height:1.5em;"><a
href="http://blog.motorists.org/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://blog.motorists.org/driving-news-august-19-2011/" rel="bookmark" title="August 19, 2011">Driving News Roundup: August 19, 2011</a></li></ul><div class="feedflare">
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