Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mayor arrests citycouncilman for redlight camera company

Texas City Councilman Arrested for Opposing Red Light Cameras - 85% of redlight tickets are for safely turning right on red after stop

Redlight Scamera Companies Bribe EACH Politician $72,000 per YEAR! - $35-million in bribes paid to politicians per state

How to Kill Commie Robocop Scameras in Court - Or just do what cops do in Knoxville Tennessee and shoot them with bullets


FACT: "Lasercraft is a member of the Public Safety Equipment PSE group of companies. Public Safety Equipment (Intl) Ltd, Registered Office, Yeadon, Leeds, England with Beijing Mag Science & Technology Development Corp, Beijing, China."

Redflex Group is based in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Redflex Holdings Limited was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in January 1997. Redflex Traffic Systems Inc has contracts with more then 130 USA cities, and is the largest provider of digital red light and speed enforcement services in North America."

"It is extremely easy to beat this type of ticket in court. Your easiest defense is to simply throw the ticket away. If it does not come with a return receipt that requires a signature, there is no proof that you actually got the ticket and they cannot prosecute you on that. What the legal system wants you to do is just send in the fine and not ask any questions. This can be a big money maker for some communities. One other form of defense to utilize on your behalf is the fact that when you are accused in court you must be faced by your accuser. Obviously the computer cannot appear in court as a defense method for the prosecution. Also, you do not have to identify yourself as the driver of the vehicle because it would violate your sixth amendment rights against self incrimination."
-Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, Tennessee, JesBeard.com, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

Battle of Athens Tennessee 1946 - 500 citizens open fire and make citizens arrests of 300 crooked cops for bogus traffic tickets

75% of judges are not licensed lawyers - Since judges (prosecutors) in traffic court are not required to have a license to practice law, how can they require citizens to buy a license to travel?

Constitutional Right to Travel - Police officer Jack McLamb says you don't need a Communist driver's license internal passport extorted at gunpoint by police state death squads

Petition to Ban Red Light Cameras

by City Councilman Paul Ford

Please help with the Petition to Ban Red Light Cameras! I need about 1300 signatures from registered Duncanville voters. I can’t do it alone -- I need your help. Want to sign the petition? Want to collect signatures? Please call or email, and we’ll make it happen.

Telephone: (972) 296-9000
Email: Paul@PaulFordReports.com

Quick Facts

Number of Red Light Cameras in Duncanville: 8

Number of Intersections with Red Light Cameras: 4

Total Population of Duncanville: 38,500

Total number of Red Light Camera Citations issued in Duncanville in 2008: 43,955

Percentage of Red Light Camera Citations in Duncanville for running red lights: Approximately 5%

Percentage of Red Light Camera Citations in Duncanville for turning left on red: Approximately 10%

Percentage of Red Light Camera Citations in Duncanville for turning right on red: Approximately 85% -- that’s about 37,360

Total dollar amount of the 43,955 Red Light Camera citations issued in 2008 at $75 each: $3,296,625

Total number of Traffic Citations issued by the entire Duncanville Police Department in 2008: 5,848

More Info

As noted, about 85% of Red Light Camera citations are for turning right on red. Most of those are not for speeding through the turn or even “rolling” through the turn, but for failure to stop at the designated white line, which of course is set way back behind the intersection.

What happens if a person stops at the designated white line? You wouldn’t actually want him to make a turn from that point, because he can’t see anything. To turn safely, he must move up and stop again. But drivers behind him probably won't expect that, so that increases the risk of rear-end collisions.

The position of the City on Red Light Cameras was expressed on television by City Manager Kent Cagle, who said, “We feel like we are protecting our residents from all these people blowing through town at high rates of speed and going through red lights.” I ask everyone who has received one of those 43,955 Red Light Camera citations: Were you blowing through town at a high rate of speed? Or did you safely turn right on red but did not stop at the designated stop line, a line always set far back from the actual intersection?

In case you’re wondering, what’s the legal definition of an intersection? Not the white line. It is the “prolongation of lateral curb lines” -- the area formed when you connect the ends of the sidewalks.

Many people have learned that even stopping at the designated line isn‘t enough. Many have been told by the administrative hearing officer that even though they stopped at the line, they did not stop long enough. A new rule -- two seconds? Three seconds? You won’t find any time specified in any city or state law.

Even if not used to generate revenue by producing thousands of phony violations for turning right on red, Red Light Cameras violate basic rules of due process, such as,

1. There is no presumption of innocence;

2. You cannot question or face your accuser;

3. You’re not allowed a jury trial; and

4. You’re charged with one violation, but actually prosecuted for another. For example, on a right turn on red citation, the charge is “Entered intersection on Red Signal,” but the actual violation is “Failure to stop at the designated stop line.”

The 44,000 Red Light Camera citations issued in Duncanville in 2008 can be thought of as a stealth tax of over three million dollars a year. Not all of that money goes to the City -- but all of it comes from our pockets.

Red Light Cameras are a detriment to safety. Those
who say Red Light Cameras enhance safety have very little data to back up that claim. Study after study shows that Red Light Cameras actually cause an increase in accidents. In Houston, accidents at intersections with Red Light Cameras increased 30%, and a Federal Highway Administration study showed they significantly increased rear-end collisions. Lubbock, Texas abolished Red Light Cameras after finding they increased accidents by 52%.

Studies by the Virginia Transportation Research Council and the North Carolina Urban Transit Institute both reported an increase in accidents from Red Light Cameras. The North Carolina Urban Transit Institute report concluded, “The results do not support the view that Red Light Cameras reduce crashes. Instead, we find that Red Light Cameras are associated with higher levels of many types and severity categories of crashes. In many ways, the evidence points toward the installation of Red Light Cameras as a detriment to safety.”

We want people to drive safely, but Red Light Cameras have the opposite effect. Red Light Cameras create artificial barriers to safe driving. They force people to stop where they shouldn’t, and to not stop were they should. Red Light Cameras penalize safe driving to raise revenue. Red Light Cameras are structurally designed to create violations.

Some people tell me they are so afraid of getting a Red Light Camera citation that they don’t turn right on red anymore, they just wait until the light changes to green and then turn. What effect does that have?

A news reporter told me she personally observed an incident at the intersection of Danieldale and Highway 67 when a car waited for a light to change to green before turning right. The car behind it pulled out to go around just as the light changed to green, and there was a near collision. That is what Red Light Cameras can do.

Many persons say they didn’t even know they had a Red Light Camera citation until they received a letter from a collections agency because the citations had been mailed to an old address. “Funny that the collection agency found me,” one person told me, “but the City didn't.” Redflex, the Red Light Camera company used by Duncanville, apparently uses an old data base. By the time many persons are notified of the citation, it’s too late to even appeal to a hearing officer. And then you get hit with a late fee of $25. Who do you appeal that too? No one -- you’re stuck.

The City claims that the money from Red Light Camera citations can only be spent on traffic control and street maintenance. That is misleading. The City must pay for traffic control and street maintenance anyway. If it can get that money from Red Light Cameras, that frees up an equal amount from the general fund to be spent on something else.

Many people who receive Red Light Camera citations tell me they now use alternate routes to avoid the cameras, so any claimed reduction in accidents could just be the result of fewer people using those roads. Many people who live outside of Duncanville who receive Red Light Camera citations tell me they now avoid coming to Duncanville altogether. Is that good for our economy? Our sales tax revenue was down again last month, down over 6%. We need to draw people into Duncanville, not push them away with Red Light Camera citations.

We must ban Red Light Cameras because they have become a fraud, an unsafe, revenue-generating scam. The City of Duncanville must stop taking advantage of its citizens and must stop trying to defend a system that is not defendable.

Call or email to sign the petition or help collect signatures:

Telephone: (972)-296-9000
Email: Paul@PaulFordReports.com

Here’s a great article about Red Light Cameras:

Italy: Red Light Camera Makers Arrested for Fraud

Red light cameras shut down across Italy in massive fraud scandal involving 109 public officials and contractors.

January 30, 2009

Red light cameras are shut down across Italy as the largest ever government investigation into the illegal use of photo enforcement expands. Carabinieri yesterday placed the inventor of the "T-Red" brand of red light camera, Stefano Arrighetti, 45, under house arrest. Another 63 municipal police commanders; 39 mayors and other public officials; and red light camera distributors including Kria, Ci.Ti.Esse, Maggioli, Traffic Technology and Open Software are under investigations. Documents and automated ticketing machines have been seized from 54 municipalities.

Motorist complaints about being trapped at camera-equipped intersections with short yellow signal durations sparked the inquiry. Verona Preliminary Investigations Judge Sandro Sperandio ordered police on January 24, 2008 to seize T-red devices in Tregnago, and the case soon spread across the country to other cities and towns under contract with photo ticketing companies.

Criminal charges of forgery and fraud are based on four basic complaints, many of which represent common practices in the United States. First, municipalities are accused of shortening yellow times to boost profit. Although not binding, Ministry of Transportation guidelines recommend a minimum yellow of 3 seconds for intersections with a posted speed of 50km/h (31 MPH), 4 seconds for 60 km/h (37 MPH) and 5 seconds for 70km/h (43 MPH). Many cameras were placed at high-speed intersections with yellow times as short as 3 seconds. In the US, photo enforcement advocates modified signal timing guidelines beginning in 1985 to promote the use of shortened yellow timing without running into legal troubles.

Second, investigators found that municipal police never reviewed the camera fines. Instead, the tickets went straight to private companies like Ci.Ti.Esse which affixed scanned electronic signatures of police officials before mailing the citations, in violation of Italian law. Camera companies in the US also affix digital signatures to citations that have often never been reviewed by police officials.

The third charge involves fraudulent type approval of the red light camera device. Arrighetti's company, Kria, is accused of having only the T-Red's camera approved by the Ministry of Transportation, not the electronic control hardware that determines who receives a ticket. The same charge has been leveled against Redflex, the Australian company that operates US red light and speed camera systems.

The fourth and most damaging charge involves contracting irregularities. A municipal police commander who helped a red light camera system go from 500,000 Euros in fines in 2005 to $1 million Euros in 2007 received a 2000 Euro (US $2580) bonus from a private company. The no-bid contracts offered to the companies that operate the systems with a per-ticket compensation of 35 percent of each fine issued, while common in the US, violate Italian contracting statutes.

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