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Accused camera shooter says cops did it

By Scott Brooks
The Knoxville Journal
August 10, 2009

A Knoxville man accused of shooting a red-light camera has a new theory about the crime.

Charges against Clifford Clark III were dismissed on July 30.

Clark was accused of firing several shots which destroyed the camera at the intersection of Broadway and I-640 in Nov. 2007.

He was arrested a short time later after police stopped his car near the scene.

But Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz dismissed the charges of vandalism and reckless endangerment.

Her order states that the arresting officers "immediately took action to search the vehicle without the benefit of any search warrant, nor was there any written consent to search."

The judge also said evidence, particularly the damaged camera, was no longer available.

"The state was unable to produce the evidence... after inquiring has determined that some of the evidence is gone and some has apparently been recycled for use."

The defense was then unable to examine the camera parts or do further testing on the items.

In an interview with freelance journalist John Lee, Clark said it's a "tremendous relief" to have the case dismissed.

The interview is posted on YouTube.

Clark denies firing any shots at the camera and offers this suggestion in the interview: "I think it was the police. If that camera was shot, I can only believe it was the police who shot the camera."

Clark alluded to a conspiracy in which the camera operators get paid by the City of Knoxville for every damaged camera.

He did not offer any evidence as to why police would help the camera companies.

But Clark did say he subpoenaed at least one former Knox County Sheriff's deputy who would have testified that officers have in fact damaged cameras in the past.

Knox County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Martha Dooley said the Sheriff can't make any comments because Clark has other criminal charges pending.

"As long as this is still in the court system, we really can't say anything"; Dooley said.

Clark still faces unrelated charges of criminal trespass and allegedly pointing a shotgun at Knox County officers.

Those cases are set for trial in the fall.

See also

What should be inside a Redflex scamera

Clifford Clark has a massive stroke

Tennessee Passes Bill to Castrate Traffic Scameras in 2010

How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR - "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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga TN

85% of TX Drivers Refuse to Pay Photo Traffic Tickets

Unpaid photo enforcement tickets have plagued private vendors like Australia's Redflex Traffic Systems, forcing the company to announce that profits have dropped by half. A report by the Dallas, Texas City Auditor released in March showed that municipalities are also feeling the pinch as four out of five motorists ignored municipal traffic tickets.

"Since FY 2002, the city has had a collection rate of 15.3 percent," Dallas Auditor Craig D. Kinton wrote. "In addition, the city has accumulated 1.1 million delinquent citations totaling $424.1 million in fines, court costs and fees. the probability of collection is substantially reduced because 78 percent or $330,767,771 is over one year old and has not been collected."

In December 2006, Dallas gave Affiliated Computer Services, a Dallas-based contractor, the right to issue red light camera tickets at a total of sixty intersections. According to city documents, some vendors offered "guaranteed net revenue figures" to entice the city into adopting the programs. Thanks to the non-payment issue, however, profit has fallen far below the expected amount. The city's fiscal 2008 budget anticipated $14,781,054 in gross revenue from photo tickets. ACS actually collected only $6,326,233. After paying off ACS and the state, the city only pocketed just $677,266.

The city has attempted to pass off the unexpected lack of profit as evidence that the cameras have been effective.

"Red light camera fines are $8,833,000 below budget primarily due to a lower than budgeted number of citations issued per camera per day," Chief Financial Officer David Cook wrote in city memo dated August 25, 2009. "Like other cities, we have experienced a decrease in red light running incidents due to the changing behavior of drivers."

The greatest reduction in the number of violations has happened at ten camera intersections where the yellow signal timing was increased. In addition, the city has performed extensive engineering improvements throughout the city, including installing larger, more visible signals and the adding new turning lanes. These improvements are known to reduce the number of red light violations.

To revive the falling revenue, the audit report recommended placing holds on vehicle registrations to encourage citation payment. Starting next month, Dallas County will do just that. The city expects to collect an additional $2.9 million in revenue as a result.

The auditor also recommended improving controls on traffic tickets. In the past three years, the auditor found 48,346 citations were missing from the court database, with serious potential consequences.

"The Dallas Municipal Court does not have a procedure for a centralized reconciliation of blank citations issued to officers and citations entered into the court's database. A similar lack of control in Arlington Municipal Court resulted in a fraud perpetrated by two court employees who used 'missing' citations to solicit bribes from defendants."

A copy of the audit report is available in a 550k PDF file at the source link below.

AUDIT OF MUNICIPAL COURT FINES AND FEES, Office of the City Auditor, Dallas, Texas, 3/20/2009

See also:

"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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

Knoxville Code, Section 8-1, Issuance of process - The city judge shall issue process on the complaint. He shall try no case until process has been regularly sued out, served and returned.

Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure - Rule 4.03. Summons; Return — (1) The person serving the summons shall promptly make proof of service to the court and shall identify the person served and shall describe the manner of service. If a summons is not served within 90 days after its issuance, it shall be returned stating the reasons for failure to serve. The plaintiff may obtain new summonses from time to time, as provided in Rule 3, if any prior summons has been returned unserved or if any prior summons has not been served within 90 days of issuance. (2)When process is served by mail, the original summons, endorsed as below; an affidavit of the person making service setting forth the person's compliance with the requirements of this rule; and, the return receipt shall be sent to and filed by the clerk. The person making service shall endorse over his or her signature on the original summons the date of mailing a certified copy of the summons and a copy of the complaint to the defendant and the date of receipt of return receipt from the defendant. If the return receipt is signed by the defendant, or by person designated by Rule 4.04 or by statute, service on the defendant shall be complete. If not, service by mail may be attempted again or other methods authorized by these rules or by statute may be used.

TONNER, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. PARADISE VALLEY MAGISTRATE'S COURT - No. 1 CA-CV 90-429, Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One, Department C, 171 Ariz. 449; 831 P.2d 448; 1992 Ariz. App., May 12, 1992. "Appellant attempted service by mail under Rule 4.1(c) by complying with the requirements of Rule 4.1(c)(1). Without a defendant's voluntary compliance with the requirements of Rule 4.1(c)(2), service is not complete, and no personal jurisdiction over a defendant is achieved."

Right to Travel without a driver license or vehicle registration tax - US Constitution... It's THE LAW. By Police Officer Jack McLamb and the US Supreme Court.

Constitutional right to travel by Natural Treasure Radio Show - Tona Monroe, the host of the Natural Treasure Hour, began a series of weekly constitutional law and history lectures with guest constitutional scholar Jon Roland, of the Constitution Society. Call in live on Thursdays from 2-3 PM EST with your constitution questions at (865) 483-2325. WATO 101.1 FM and 1290 AM in Oak Ridge TN.

Bring the Scameras Down! Safety not Revenue for Tennessee - Blog newswire by Tona Monroe.

75% of AZ Drivers Refuse to Pay Photo Traffic Tickets

Dave Vontesmar hates photo enforcement.

ARIZONA - Vontesmar drives nearly 30 miles a day from his home in north Phoenix to his job at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and passes through the photo-enforcement gantlet on Interstate 17, Arizona 51 and Interstate 10.

But when state Department of Public Safety officers served 37 unpaid photo-enforcement tickets to Vontesmar recently, he wasn't fazed.

The photos all show the driver wearing a monkey mask.

"Not one of them there is a picture where you can identify the driver," Vontesmar said. "The ball's in their court. I sent back all these ones I got with a copy of my driver's license and said, 'It's not me. I'm not paying them.' "

The latest data from the DPS shows more motorists are disregarding the violation notices upon arrival in the mail.

When the system was just getting set up in October, 34 percent of drivers paid their tickets. By June, that statistic had dropped to 24 percent.

Program effects

DPS officials repeatedly point out that the success of the photo-enforcement program is not measured in revenue it generates - about $20 million for the state through the end of July - or the number of notices of violation issued.

"Our whole goal is not to issue tickets, just to get people to drive the speed limit," Lt. Jeff King said.

King instead prefers to focus on the program's positive effects on Arizona's highways, particularly in the Valley where fatalities, a factor that closely correlates with speed in wrecks, have dropped by 10 to 20 percent since the same time last year. His anecdotal evidence also points to drivers slowing down.

"The whole purpose behind it is voluntary compliance, and (the cameras) work really good," King said.

DPS statistics support the notion that the program is slowing some drivers down, too. Photo-enforcement cameras activated about 78,000 fewer times in July than in December, though King notes other factors such as the economy could have contributed to fewer drivers being on the road.

King said there are plenty of people who willfully disregard the violations that arrive in the mail, generated by the 78 fixed and mobile units around the state.

DPS officers target such drivers, dubbed frequent fliers, who have 15 or more active violations. King said that number could fluctuate from 100 to 600 motorists.

Drivers have 30 days to respond to a notice of violation after it arrives in the mail. Motorists can either pay the fine, challenge the ticket or inform the DPS that the recipient is not the driver and return the paperwork with a copy of their driver's license. Drivers who challenge tickets could end up in Justice Court.

Those who ignore the notice may be served with a hand-delivered ticket.

A case in point

Vontesmar, a flight attendant, chose to inform the DPS that he was not driving when confronted with the 37 violations at his job three weeks ago. DPS officials estimate the car registered in Vontesmar's name was caught by cameras more than 90 times, but time had lapsed on the majority of violations by the time officers tracked Vontesmar down.

Vontesmar is confident that he won't have to pay the fines, an amount that could exceed $6,500.

"It's obviously a revenue grab," he said of the program. "They're required by law to ID the driver of the vehicle. If they can't identify the driver or the vehicle by the picture, what are they doing to identify the driver?"

Typically, the DPS uses driver's-license photos and vehicle registration to confirm the identity of motorists, but there is a special unit assigned to go after frequent fliers.

In this case, officers sat outside Vontesmar's home and watched him drive to work. "We watched him four different times put the monkey mask on and put the giraffe-style mask on," Officer Dave Porter said. "Based on surveillance, we were positive that Vontesmar was the driver."

Porter said that it would be up to justices of the peace to determine what to do with Vontesmar's tickets, but the officer said there is enough evidence to reissue the tickets in Vontesmar's name, despite his claims that he was not the driver.

Some frequent speeders cover their faces, use post-office boxes or fictitious addresses to beat the system, said Officer Jeff Hawkins, who is working 50 such cases.

"They generally do it under the pretext that they're not going to be caught," he said. "These are what you probably consider as people who don't really respect the law at all."

See also:

US Constitution - It's THE LAW

TONNER, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. PARADISE VALLEY MAGISTRATE'S COURT - No. 1 CA-CV 90-429, Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One, Department C, 171 Ariz. 449; 831 P.2d 448; 1992 Ariz. App., May 12, 1992. "Appellant attempted service by mail under Rule 4.1(c) by complying with the requirements of Rule 4.1(c)(1). Without a defendant's voluntary compliance with the requirements of Rule 4.1(c)(2), service is not complete, and no personal jurisdiction over a defendant is achieved."

"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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

Knoxville Code, Section 8-1, Issuance of process - The city judge shall issue process on the complaint. He shall try no case until process has been regularly sued out, served and returned.

Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure - Rule 4.03. Summons; Return — (1) The person serving the summons shall promptly make proof of service to the court and shall identify the person served and shall describe the manner of service. If a summons is not served within 90 days after its issuance, it shall be returned stating the reasons for failure to serve. The plaintiff may obtain new summonses from time to time, as provided in Rule 3, if any prior summons has been returned unserved or if any prior summons has not been served within 90 days of issuance. (2)When process is served by mail, the original summons, endorsed as below; an affidavit of the person making service setting forth the person's compliance with the requirements of this rule; and, the return receipt shall be sent to and filed by the clerk. The person making service shall endorse over his or her signature on the original summons the date of mailing a certified copy of the summons and a copy of the complaint to the defendant and the date of receipt of return receipt from the defendant. If the return receipt is signed by the defendant, or by person designated by Rule 4.04 or by statute, service on the defendant shall be complete. If not, service by mail may be attempted again or other methods authorized by these rules or by statute may be used.

European Cities Do Away with Stop Signs and Red Lights - Crashed reduced, freedom restored.

Solution for cameras: Stop for red lights - Communist Knoxvillan wants to overthrow USA and the Constitutions to worship the Nazi Police State Gulag Industrial Complex.

Tennessee speed scameras are 10 times more profitable than redlight scameras

Oak Ridge - The number of traffic camera violations recorded in the city in February increased over January's totals, when police said inclement weather reduced traffic and speeds.

There were 3,344 violations in February, according to Police Chief David Beams' memo to Gary Cinder, the city's interim city manager.

The city's traffic cameras recorded 3,092 violations for speeding and running red lights in January, 4,794 violations in December and 5,284 infractions in November.

City officials have said they expected the number of violations to decline as motorists become familiar with the traffic cameras.

Speeding violations continue to overwhelmingly outstrip notices for red-light violations, according to February's statistics.

There were 216 notices printed that month for red light infractions and 3,121 notices for speeding.

There are four traffic camera systems in Oak Ridge that were installed last summer by contractor Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.

Cameras for both speeding and red light offenses are at the intersections of Oak Ridge Turnpike and LaFayette Drive, and at Illinois Avenue and Robertsville Road.

Speed cameras are on Robertsville Road in front of Willow Brook Elementary and the turnpike in front of the high school.


These tickets are classified as a nonmovinb violation, not because they're doing you a favor, it's because the cameras can't ticket the driver. They have to ticket the owner of the vehicle, just like a parking ticket. They are simply "loop-holeing" in order to let a camera give tickets. However, these "tickets" amount to nothing more than ILLEGAL extortion:

1) No legal service of the document or notification of court date. This means they actually have NO proof that you even received it. Any attempt at holding you responsible for it would be wasted effort, unless they could prove you got it via registered mail or it was given by a Certified Legal Servant (cop, etc).

2) They cannot prove who was driving the car at the time. They imply that YOU must tell them who was driving. But, you are not required to keep a log of who drives your vehicle, and when, since it's a non-commercial vehicle. Further, the 5th ammendment covers yourself and your spouse. If they ask who was driving, you don't have to answer because the answer MIGHT implicate yourself or your spouse.

3) It is not your obligation to request a hearing to defend yourself. On the contrary, it is their responsibility to charge you, set a hearing, and notify you (legally). notice how when you have a cop (certified legal servant) give you a ticket, it has a date and time for your hearing on it? There's no reason to mail you anything, because you have been LEGALLY notified, and you signed the ticket, which is basically like being released on bond of your own signature. If the officer has a reason to think you may flee and not show up to court, they do have the right to take you to jail and get a cash or property bond. Yes, this is in the law books. I've read them.

4) these camera tickets are NOT for violating any state law. They are for violating a city ordinance. Therefore, your license cannot be suspended or revoked, or any points put against it, for the violation or failure to pay. Why? Because with your STATE issued license, you've entered into an agreement to follow STATE laws. If you violate them, the STATE has the right to act upon your violations, and suspend your license (back out of their end of the deal).

5) Since it is just a city ordinance you violated, and you never entered into any agreement with the city to follow this ordinance, there's little they can do about it. They do not have the authority to take your license. They cannot put it on your credit, since you didn't break any agreement to pay them anything.

Want to ask me how I know? Don't bother. I've gotten these tickets before. I throw them in the garbage. In the letters, they state that you must pay $50 now or $70 later.. If they want the $70 that badly, they can come and get it. I'd be glad to fight this battle in court, as it won't cost me any more than a day off work. If anything, It would be an interesting and eventful day. It's been over a year since I got the first one. I've bought a house and been pulled over since, by a real cop. It wasn't on my credit, and the cop never said anything about the ticket being outstanding. that said, once people figure out that they don't have to pay these things, and the profits dwindle, we'll see the politicians change laws in their favor. At this point, there's no need...people fall for this little scam and they get plenty of revenue...without any fight at all.

I've been saying throw them away for months now, for the reasons you've stated. The cameras will go away if people stop responding to these illegal extortion attempts. It's not a real ticket, people. Just throw it in the trash. It won't affect you credit, they can't take your license, they can't block your registration, and they can't put you in jail. If they want to do anything to you, they have to actually sue you, and actually serve you, IN PERSON. A letter is not proof of service of process. DO NOT PAY THE FAKE TICKET!

Arizona votes to abandon photo radar

I’ve been away for a week and oh how things have changed. The New York Times ran a story over the weekend with this headline: Arizona May Abandon Speed Cameras on Highways.

The headline is based, presumably, on a quote from Shawn Dow, chairman of the group that hopes to put the issue on the November ballot.

Dow may hate the cameras. I certainly hate the cameras, as I don't believe we should be giving up our rights in exchange for some bogus promise that we'll be safer. But the state abandoning the program? Doubtful.

You may recall that it was Gov. Janet Napolitano who ushered in photo radar on Arizona’s freeways and highways in January 2008, saying it would raise $90 million for the state.

It hasn’t even raised half that. Oh, it’s not because people aren’t speeding. They are. It’s because they’re ignoring the tickets that come in the mail and there’s basically nothing the state can – or has – done about it.

But I seriously doubt the state plans to dump the program. Really, how could our leaders do such a thing when they’ve insisted that photo radar isn’t about making money but about improving safety?

I do believe this issue will make the ballot but even then I’m not so sure it’ll die at the hands of voters either. As with anything, it depends on who goes to the polls…

Redflex Profit Nosedives as Motorists Ignore Photo Tickets

As the recession continues, more and more motorists have decided to ignore red light camera and speed camera tickets issued by private companies like Redflex Traffic Systems. According to a report issued earlier today by the Australian photo enforcement giant, such non-payment contributed to a significant drop in expected profit for the first half of the fiscal year. Previously reported problems, such as the "expensive failure" of freeway photo radar in Arizona, led to a shareholder revolt last month.

"Despite earlier expectations that the Arizona state-wide photo enforcement program would make a significant contribution to the year's result, further deterioration in the rate of infringement detections and the revenue entitlement through collections has resulted in reduced expectations, both for the first half and for the full year," the company admitted in a statement to Australian shareholders. "Many initiatives are under way to deal with the issues encountered, and we expect gradual improvement as these initiatives gain traction in the months ahead."

The group CameraFraud has led a resistance effort to the use of freeway cameras in Arizona, causing a number of headaches for the troubled firm. Public pressure stoked by the group forced officials to scale back on the number of photo radar vans deployed to far less than half of the 200 units authorized by the statewide contract. Impromptu protests and the use of Post-It Notes on camera lenses have cut deeply into the ability of the devices that are deployed to issue tickets.

CameraFraud has also led an educational effort to inform motorists that they face no consequences if a citation mailed in Arizona is thrown in the trash. Under a 1992 state appeals court ruling, no ticket is valid unless it is served in person (view opinion). Motorists who dodge a process server for ninety days face no points, penalty or hit on their credit rating as the citation must be dismissed under state law.

A number of other problems plague Redflex. The company has spent a tremendous amount of money defending itself against a lawsuit from American Traffic Solutions which argues that the state of Arizona should never have awarded the Australian company a photo radar contract because at the time of bidding, Redflex had admittedly been using illegally imported radar equipment, in violation of federal law (view case). The company also cited the "high cost of lobbying" as Redflex invests foreign funds into American lawmakers to promote the expansion of photo enforcement throughout the country.

Despite the problems, Redflex remains a profitable company. The company's bottom line, however, has narrowed to a mere $4 million net profit before tax for the first half of fiscal 2010. Redflex shares plunged ten percent from A$2.30 to $2.08 following the announcement.

Dalton Georgia bans Red-Light Cameras

DALTON, Ga. — When this city that bills itself as the "Carpet Capital of the World" installed red-light cameras in 2008, revenue poured in from drivers cited for violations. At $75 a pop, 6,906 citations were issued that year, mostly for illegal right-on-red turns; 624 citations were issued in February alone.

Then the Georgia Legislature, responding to widespread constituent concerns that red-light cameras were little more than a way to generate revenue for governments, ordered that yellow lights be lengthened by one second at all intersections with traffic cameras. Longer yellow lights would give motorists more time to stop for a red light.

When the law took effect Dec. 31, 2008, citations quickly plummeted. In February 2009, 125 citations were issued from Dalton's cameras.

"That sort of exposed the myth of why they're there," says Mayor David Pennington, an opponent of red-light cameras. "It goes against what I was told to begin with, which is that they are for safety."

Pennington's criticism of red-light cameras — and their sure stream of revenue — is all the more remarkable considering how hard his city was slammed by the recession: As the housing market collapse squeezed the carpet manufacturing industry, unemployment in Dalton soared from 3.5% in 2007 to 12.5% in 2009, one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S., he says.

Instead of bemoaning the lost revenue, Pennington slashed government spending from $36 million to just less than $29 million and cut the city's workforce by about 60 people.

He led efforts to cut property taxes by 20% and the city's business inventory tax by 20% and reduced business license fees by 25%-50%.

"We're one of the few governments that are operating in the black at the same time that we cut taxes," says Pennington, 57, who is in his first term as mayor. He is an independent with a Libertarian streak.

Despite a backlash against cameras in some places, some jurisdictions continue to add them, including about 60 last year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which supports traffic cameras.

One such community is Muscatine, Iowa, which voted Dec. 17 to install red-light cameras this year. The vote was 6-1, the only "no" vote coming from Robert Howard. "It concerns me whether this is a potential tax revenue source," he says. "It's set up to encourage governments to possibly change the duration of yellow-light settings, so they can write additional tickets."

The yellow-light issue addressed by the Georgia Legislature focused on a key debate involving the cameras.

Opponents say that local jurisdictions often set the cameras with short yellow lights designed to nab more violators and produce more revenue and that an unusually high percentage of violators are cited for illegal right-on-red turns, which cause relatively few crashes.

"Yellow is the key to safety at intersections, not cameras," says activist Greg Mauz, a longtime camera opponent. "There's a shortage of yellow time at almost every intersection where cameras are."

In Dalton, skepticism about the cameras remains high. "Nobody's ever been able to prove to me how these things prevent accidents," Pennington says. "If they could, I would change my position."

At the end of February, Dalton's cameras came down.

See also:

Power Hour Radio interview with Mayor Pennington and Greg Mauz, WBCR 1470am Alcoa TN on 3 Feb 2010

CAMERA ENFORCEMENT: A PICTURE OF FRAUD - Free ebook by Greg Mauz. This final study comprehensively documents the effects of ticket cameras on traffic crashes—most importantly, fatal crashes. Conclusive analysis from seven different angles prove that ticket cameras cause fatalities. Photos of red-light violation crashes and fatalities—at camera sites from around the globe (England, Australia, Virginia, etc.) —PROVE ticket cameras inability to prevent crashes or “save lives”. Cameras from Oxnard and elsewhere continue to quietly photograph increases in rear-end crashes, PROVING that ticket cameras cause crashes, including fatalities. Six studies showed rear-end collision increases of +70% or more after ticket cameras. Two cities endured over +100% increases (Melbourne and Oxnard). To order a copy, contact the Greg Mauz at 561/243-0920.

Essential Download for Ticket Camera Activists - Includes Petition to Ban the Use of Traffic Ticket Cameras.

Red Light Camera Ticket Defense Motion to dismiss and Legal Brief - NMA member Dennis Eros filed this motion in March 2009 with the Municipal Court of Seattle, WA in defending himself against a photo ticket for allegedly driving through a red light. The motion makes several cogent points in challenging the legitimacy of red-light cameras as traffic enforcement devices, particularly as related to a defendant’s due process rights. Not surprisingly, Dennis Eros’ red-light ticket was dismissed based on procedural grounds. The Municipal Court of Seattle thereby avoided having to rule on his motion.

Red Light Camera Ticket Defense Motion to dismiss and Legal Brief - Winning motion by Dennis Eros pro se.

Law School Geek Wins Trial vs Red-Light Cameras

Nov. 12 2009

ST LOUIS, MO - 38-year-old Bloom -- an IT professional at the Washington University School of Law -- became one of the first individuals in St. Louis who has demanded a trial after getting a ticket from a camera.

Bloom's case is even more special in that he defended himself (he's not an attorney) and won!

As Bloom tells Daily RFT, he honestly didn't know whether he or his girlfriend was driving his BMW last year when it ran a stoplight on Skinker Blvd. The ticket he received for the offense only provided a photo of his car and not an image of the driver.

Bloom went to court maintaining his innocence. A traffic judge wasn't buying Bloom's argument so he asked for a trial. In February of this year St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Hogan ruled Bloom innocent after the defendant made a mockery of the cop and red-light camera representative who testified against him in court.

Check out the transcript of Bloom's case on the following page. It makes for an entertaining read and provides more than a few pointers for anyone wanting to fight their ticket in court.

P.S. Bloom says he is now convinced that he was truly innocent of the traffic violation as his girlfriend has received two red-light camera tickets over the past year.

P.P.S. Bloom's girlfriend is no longer allowed to drive his car because of those tickets.


St. Louis Judge Not Quitting His Challenge to Red-Light Cameras

Nov. 6 2009

Last week St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robert Dierker was denied a court motion to dismiss a red-light camera ticket issued against him, but the magistrate is undeterred.

Dierker is convinced he'll win when the case when it finally goes to trial.

On October 29 visiting judge Ralph Jaynes over-ruled Dierker's motion that the case be dismissed on constitutional grounds. Dierker contends that the red-light camera system violates due process of the law by presuming guilt. The judge says that he can't say for sure whether he was the person driving his car when it was ticketed on Kingshighway last December for running a red light.

Instead of simply paying the $100 fine for the ticket or trying to argue it in traffic court, Dierker demanded a jury trial in circuit court. It's believed that his case would be the first to reach a jury in St. Louis. (A pre-trial conference is schedule for later this month.)

Dierker says he may represent himself at trial, where he'll argue three key points

1. The system's presumption of guilt is invalid

2. The citation he received contained deficiencies, such as no signature from the prosecutor

3. No ordinance -- that he's found -- supports the $100 fine for the tickets.

In July a federal judge dismissed a similar challenge to red-light cameras in Arnold, Missouri. Dierker tells Daily RFT that he's not concerned with that ruling.

"The Arnold ordinance is worded differently," says Dierker.

Still, the judge realizes that many courts have ruled in favor of red-light cameras.

"The big issue has been the presumption argument," says Dierker. "It's been litigated across the country, and most rulings have upheld the presumption."

Despite being labeled as a "crusader", Dierker says his sole intent is to receive an acquittal -- and not to overturn the city's use of red-light cameras. "I view this this as one case concerning one individual."

Dierker has served as a judge in the circuit court for 23 years. Before that, he was an attorney with the St. Louis counselor's office. Part of his job in that capacity? Prosecuting people for traffic tickets.

This is not the first time that Dierker has raised eyebrows among his fellow judges in the circuit court. In 2006, Dierker published the book Tyranny of Tolerance: "A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault." The title to the first chapter in the book: "The Cloud Cuckooland of Radical Feminism."

Tennessee: Camera Company Challenged on PI License Issue

As members of the Tennessee General Assembly consider whether to impose new regulations on photo enforcement vendors in the state, a pending court challenge seeks the enforcement of existing regulatory statutes against the firms. The state House Transportation Committee yesterday held a hearing that examined how Lasercraft, a company based in Bridlington, England, operates red light cameras on behalf of the city of Knoxville. State Representative Ben West, Jr. (D-Hermitage) questioned why this company is not regulated by the state.

"I bring all this up because as I look around the room, licensed and regulated is home inspectors, lawyers, truckers and my companies," West said. "This is a company that comes into Tennessee and obtains money from Tennesseans... They don't pay taxes here. They're not registered here, and they're not regulated here. The question is, are they regulated in any other state?"

According to a Dallas County, Texas District Court judge's April ruling, a photo ticketing company "is required to obtain a license under the Texas Occupations Code." The Arizona legislature's Legislative Council agreed that speed camera and red light camera operators must hold private investigator's licenses (view memo). Despite this, no photo enforcement company operating in the US holds such a license.

Attorney Gregory D. Smith, defending a local trucking company against a red light camera citation, wants the Clarksville City Court to suppress photographic evidence from being introduced at trial that was secured by Redflex Traffic Systems, an Australian company not licensed to conduct private investigations in the US. Tennessee law, like that of Arizona and Texas, applies the licensing mandate to "any person who engages in the business or accepts employment to obtain or furnish information with reference to... the securing of evidence to be used before any court" (Tennessee Code Section 62-26-202).

The city argued that even if Redflex were found to be in violation of this law, the photos should be admitted because city officials operated in good faith.

"Fundamental fairness dictates that if the city and Redflex wish to enforce the law, they should likewise follow the law," Smith wrote in his brief to the court. "Can Redflex and the city... benefit both economically and in court from actions Redflex knew, or should have known, was in direct violation of Tennessee law?"

Smith's legal challenge is ongoing. The Transportation Committee will meet again this morning to continue discussions of possible legislation to impose greater uniformity on the way photo enforcement operates in the state. Earlier this year, lawmakers in the guise of "restricting" the use of speed cameras authorized the Tennessee Department of Transportation to install photo radar devices on interstate highways (view law). Last year the agency expressed strong interest in implementing such a program.

Speed Camera Slay Fuels Debate In Arizona

Man Killed While Operating Redflex Speed Enforcement Van As Backlash Against State Program Intensifies

April 27, 2009

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - The debate over the first statewide speed camera enforcement program in the nation has reached a boiling point following the fatal shooting of a camera operator.

Critics of Arizona's program condemned the killing but vow they'll continue to fight what they call unfair and overly intrusive government. Supporters of the program say camera opponents have inflamed the public, and that the speed cameras have made highways safer.

Doug Georgianni, 51, was killed on April 19, as he operated a speed-enforcement van on a Phoenix freeway. Thomas Patrick Destories, a 68-year-old Phoenix man, is being held in Maricopa County jail on a first-degree murder charge in the death. He has declined to comment.

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According to court documents, Georgianni was sitting in the van when Destories allegedly pulled around the vehicle and fired multiple gunshots, reports CBS affiliate KPHO-TV in Phoenix.

Authorities haven't said what they believe the motive might be, but said the two men had never met. Many simply assume the killing was the latest and most extreme backlash against Arizona's photo-enforcement program.

Arizonans have used sticky notes, Silly String and even a pickax to sabotage the cameras since September when they began snapping photos of highway speeders driving 11 mph or more over the speed limit.

State lawmakers have proposed two bills to do away with the cameras, and three separate citizens groups are targeting them in initiatives for the 2010 ballot.

"The conversation on everyone's mind in Arizona is the photo radar killing. That's what everyone is talking about," said Shawn Dow, a volunteer with the citizens group CameraFRAUD.com.

CameraFRAUD.com is the largest and most organized of the groups going after the cameras. Its initiative would ban photo-enforcement cameras throughout Arizona, including those in the statewide program and those run by individual municipalities, such as red light cameras in Tempe.

Dow said the Arizona Department of Public Safety and camera operator RedFlex Traffic Systems Inc. put Georgianni in danger by having him in a marked law enforcement vehicle even though he was a civilian.

"They're putting these people in marked police vehicles that are civilians that have no training, no way to defend themselves," Dow said. "We should have trained police officers - cops, not cameras."

DPS spokesman Lt. James Warriner said the department is working with RedFlex to decide how the vans will operate in the future, and that they may be unmanned.

The speed vans were pulled from Arizona freeways Monday; fixed cameras are still operating.

Warriner said critics have blamed his agency for the killing "when all we're doing is administering a program that was mandated by state Legislature and the former governor.

"Because of (critics') vocalness, you could almost say they've led to this, too - because of their protests, the encouragement of people to strike out," he said.

Warriner said Georgianni's killing will not stop photo enforcement.

Karen Finley, president and chief executive officer of RedFlex, said in a statement that the company is being "deliberative and prudent" in its review of establishing criteria to redeploy mobile speed cameras. She declined to comment further.

Republican Rep. Sam Crump of Anthem, who is seeking to ban speed cameras on state highways, condemned Georgianni's killing.

"While we don't know at this time what the motives were for this senseless killing, many have understandably speculated that it was due to anger against the speed cameras," he said in a statement the day after the killing. "To the extent there is any truth to that, I call on all individuals to reduce the war of words on this topic. Whatever the motives for this crime were, there is absolutely no justification for such a heinous act."

The photo-enforcement program was launched under former Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano.

Civil violations are punishable by a fine and surcharges totaling $181. Through Jan. 31, 34,000 motorists had paid their tickets.

Tyler Bennett, a 23-year-old Glendale resident who recently got a photo radar ticket on a Phoenix-area freeway, said he's against the speed cameras but he was "dumbfounded" when he heard about the killing.

"That really kind of hit me, to be honest," he said. "It's kind of fun to dog on the whole photo radar thing, but this whole thing is completely different."

He said he doesn't think DPS, RedFlex or critics of photo enforcement are to blame - just the person who pulled the trigger.

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"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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

Avoiding Photo Enforcement Tip #23

In this series, we’re providing tips and methods to exploit and highlight the weaknesses and problems of photo enforcement. Use at your own risk, your mileage may vary.

According to Arizona civil procedure, photo enforcement tickets are required to be personally served in order to be legally enforceable. This requirement makes it virtually impossible for a segment of our population to receive photo tickets. The best part? It’s 100% legal and doesn’t require dodging process servers. Want to know how? There are actually two such methods.

Method #1: Register your vehicles in the name of a corporation or a trust. Since a corporation cannot be served, photo tickets will never become enforceable. This won’t stop them from mailing tickets to your company, as Redflex and ATS remain hopeful that the company will rat out the driver. But nevertheless, the tickets may be tossed without concern.

Caveat: Check with your insurance company before doing this. Changing your registration may cause you to lose discounts that you otherwise qualify for. It may not be worth it.

Method #2: Change your vehicle registration address to a private mailbox (PMB). This is not the same as a PO Box, as you cannot register vehicles to a PO Box. A PMB is a mailbox service that you can purchase from a place like the UPS Store or Mailboxes, Etc. Since these locations provide you with an actual street address, your address is legal for the purpose of vehicle registration.

Caveat: Since most of these stores are private franchises and each owner may be different, you’ll may want to check what their policy is with regard to turning over your personal information should a process server request it. Most owners will protect your identity.

Bonus Tip: If you are married, register the wife’s car in the husband’s name, and the husband’s car in the wife’s name. If they try to match sex from the photo to the registration, they may toss the ticket or may do no more than mail a letter if there is a mismatch.

Guilty! And you didn't even know it

Your license could be suspended and you may not even know it. In yet another colossal failure of photo enforcement, you may have been cited with a traffic citation and never been notified. Since you didn’t pay the ticket you didn’t know about, some judge suspended your license when you didn’t show up to court for the hearing you didn’t know about. This is an increasing epidemic in they city of Scottsdale, where photo enforcement has been in place for years.

This week, KPHO reports on Elizabeth Vaughan, who recently lost a job because a background check revealed a suspended license due to a photo radar ticket from 10 years ago that she was never notified of.

On September 29, 2009 AZFamily’s 3 on your side segment reported that Patty Parker found out that her license was suspended when Phoenix police pulled her over and told her that her license was suspended. Research revealed that a judge suspended her license after Patty failed to respond to 4 mailed tickets that she never received, despite no Declaration of Service ever being filed.

On September 5, 2009 KPHO reported on Ken Lind, whose license was suspended after he was ticketed in April 2000 without his knowledge and without being served. Lind has already spent hundreds of dollars getting his record cleansed and license reinstated.

Like a broken record, Scottsdale spokesman never seem to have an explanation. Officials insist that the purpose of photo enforcement is safety. But if people are never notified, how is it supposed to have any effect on how people drive? The biggest fallacy associated with photo enforcement is the belief that notifying people weeks, months, or years after they’ve violated a law will have an effect on their habits and behavior.

More importantly, is this how the people of Scottsdale and surrounding communities wish to be governed? Is unknowingly suspending people’s licenses really going to be effective at keeping our roads safe? Is this the burden we wish ourselves and others to suffer just so cities can make a few extra million dollars? The people of Scottsdale and its visitors deserve better. Cops, not cameras!

due process of law - n. a fundamental principle of fairness in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, especially in the courts. All legal procedures set by statute and court practice, including notice of rights, must be followed for each individual so that no prejudicial or unequal treatment will result. While somewhat indefinite, the term can be gauged by its aim to safeguard both private and public rights against unfairness. The universal guarantee of due process is in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides "No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," and is applied to all states by the 14th Amendment. From this basic principle flows many legal decisions determining both procedural and substantive rights.

service of process - n. the delivery of copies of legal documents such as summons, complaint, subpena, order to show cause (order to appear and argue against a proposed order), writs, notice to quit the premises and certain other documents, usually by personal delivery to the defendant or other person to whom the documents are directed. So-called "substituted service" can be accomplished by leaving the documents with an adult resident of a home, with an employee with management duties at a business office or with a designated "agent for acceptance of service" (often with name and address filed with the state's Secretary of State), or, in some cases, by posting in a prominent place followed by mailing copies by certified mail to the opposing party. In certain cases of absent or unknown defendants, the court will allow service by publication in a newspaper. Once all parties have filed a complaint, answer or any pleading in a lawsuit, further documents usually can be served by mail or even FAX.

Snitch Ticket - The title printed in LARGE type at the top of the document will not help you to tell if it is real or fake, because there is no law regulating what can be printed on a fake ticket. As a result, the police have made-up titles like TRAFFIC VIOLATION NOTICE and NOTICE OF VIOLATION, and use them on their fake tickets and on their real tickets. There is only one title - I will give the name in a moment - whose use is sufficiently regulated so that you can count on it as an indicator of whether your document is real or fake. Unfortunately, the regulators did not specify a minimum type size or require a prominent location for that official title, so it may often be set in small type and/or placed at the bottom of the page. The official title is NOTICE TO APPEAR. It will always be present on a real ticket, because a real ticket must include a Notice to Appear section, printed in this official format - which includes the official title in all caps. nitch Tickets are designed to look very much like a real ticket - but are legally very different. To add to the confusion caused by the similar looks, real tickets and Snitch Tickets both ask the registered owner to turn-in (or snitch on) the person who was driving the car. Despite all that, there are some differences that you can rely on. One of the best "tells" is that most Snitch Tickets will say, in small print on the back of the page, "Do not contact the court about this notice." Police threats to place a "pending" flag on the DMV files (car registration and/or driver's license) of those who fail to respond to a Snitch Ticket are a bluff. It's a bluff because a Snitch Ticket has no legal weight. It has no legal weight because the city has not filed it with the court. That's why a Snitch Ticket says, "Do not contact the court." If you have received a Snitch Ticket, you can ignore it! HighwayRobbery.net

Tennessee legislature bans speed scameras on Interstates

April 15, 2009

APRIL FOOLS DAY - A Senate panel on Tuesday blew the whistle on Chattanooga officials’ hopes of using traffic cameras to crack down on speeders along a stretch of Interstate 24 slicing through Missionary Ridge and other areas.

Senate Transportation Committee members unanimously approved the bill by Sen. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville. As amended, it now bans state or local governments from using photo-enforcement cameras to catch speeders on federal interstates.

“These are basically fee grabbers and, so far as I’m concerned, they’re speed traps,” Sen. Burchett said of moves in recent years by cities including Chattanooga to expand use of photo enforcement of motorists violating red-light laws and speeders. “We don’t need them in Tennessee.”

The bill creates an exception, allowing the state Department of Transportation to deploy photo enforcement to nab speeders at interstate work sites.

Several Transportation Committee members including Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, expressed interest in expanding the ban to state highways including those in cities.

“I have received numerous complaints from the citizens,” Sen. Yager said.

Sen. Burchett said he would prefer not to do that, noting, “I believe some folks would have some opposition.” But he did not rule out accepting such an amendment when the measure reaches the Senate floor.

Chattanooga officials attended the meeting, fearing Sen. Burchett would carry through with the original intent of the bill, which was to lengthen yellow lights to five seconds at photo-enforced intersections. At Sen. Burchett’s request, the panel rewrote the bill with an amendment containing the federal interstate provision.

Later, City Traffic Engineer John W. Van Winkle said he was pleased the yellow light issue appeared resolved, saying clearances should not be set by “artificially high clearance” times but “based on engineering analysis.”

See also:

"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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

Tennessee Explores Freeway Speed Cameras With Fucking Indicted Impeached Fired Jewish Felon Governor Mafiya Bookie

1 Oct 2008

"Officials" (public servants) from Maryland, Missouri and Tennessee joined indicted Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich (D) at a two-day event designed to promote the use of speed cameras on freeways throughout the country. In 2006, Illinois became the first state government to implement a statewide photo ticketing program. This effort was soon copied by Arizona, Colorado and Washington state, each of which also sent participants to yesterday's "highway safety workshop." Officials attending heard about how successful these programs have been at imposing automated tickets worth up to $1000 each.

Governor Blagojevich said that the consultants are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherfucker Obama his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him." Rod Blagojevich states that he will put Senate Candidate 4 in the Senate "before I just give Fucking Senate Candidate 1 a Fucking Senate seat and I don't get anything." Blagojevich stated “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.” During the call, Rod Blagojevich's wife can be heard in the background telling Rod Blagojevich to tell Deputy Governor A "to hold up that fucking Cubs shit - fuck them." She also stated that Tribune Owner can “just fire” the writers because Tribune Owner owns the Tribune, and if Tribune Owner’s papers were hurting his business, Tribune Owner would do something about the editorial board. Blagojevich told Deputy Governor A to put together the articles in the Tribune that are on the topic of removing Blagojevich from office and they will then have someone, like John Harris, go to Tribune Owner and say, “We’ve got some decisions to make now.” Governor Blagojevich said that “someone should say, ‘get rid of those people.' Our recommendation is fire all those fucking people, get ‘em the fuck out of there and get us some editorial support.”

"One of the keys to this success has been the photo speed enforcement vans that have deployed by IDOT and the Illinois State Police," Blagojevich said in a prepared statement about the event, before his own arrest on corruption charges.

The participation of Missouri and Tennessee officials has revealed their states' interest in using automated ticketing machines on freeways.

Although Illinois currently uses photo radar vans only in highway work zones, indicted criminal Blagojevich is working on legislation that would lift all restrictions and authorize deployment on every freeway in the state. The governor first sold the program as essential to "protecting highway workers." Now that the program is in place, it is a simpler legislative task to expand its scope. This strategy, however, did not work for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D). Squabbling between state and local lawmakers regarding distribution of profits from a work zone camera program sunk a proposal that had passed both the state House and Senate earlier this year -- despite lavish lobbying efforts by Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), the private company in charge of the Illinois program. Connecticut's governor also failed in efforts to convince state lawmakers to approve freeway speed cameras.

Criminal felon Blagojevich is especially desperate to expand the program beyond work zones because experience has shown that lowered ticket fines issued at a higher volume would generate much more revenue. A Chicago Tribune investigation found that Cook County judges have been unwilling to uphold the state's pricey $375 automated fines for a first offense and $1000 with 90-day license suspension for the second. Despite issuing 3478 tickets in the county with a face value of at least $1,304,250, the state ended up pocketing a small fraction of this amount. More than half of the fines were thrown out entirely, often because photos did not clearly identify the driver -- a necessary step because these tickets also carry license points. In the remaining cases, judges refused to impose the massive fines on all but five percent of ticket recipients.

Although Illinois mafiya officials insist their primary interest has always been to protect workers from accidents caused by speeding drivers, studies show that only 15 percent of freeway construction zone injuries are actually caused by automobiles. The vast majority of work zone "vehicle" accidents were found to involve workers injured by their own construction equipment. An unreleased 2005 UK Department for Transportation report showed that the use of conventional speed cameras in construction zones caused a 55 percent increase in collisions.

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How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR - "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 - Free Ebook download by attorney Norman G. Fernandez

Indictment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Corruption Charges with 76-page affidavit and $7 million scheme aimed at squeezing kickbacks out of companies seeking business from the state. Governor George Ryan, a Republican, is serving a 6-year prison sentence after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges. A decade-long investigation began with the sale of driver's licenses for bribes and led to the conviction of dozens of people who worked for Ryan when he was secretary of state and governor.

Blagojevich Offers Senate Seat to Arresting Officer - In what is being called one of the most daring escape attempts in the history of law enforcement, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich today offered the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama to the FBI agent who took him into Federal custody this morning. According to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the astonishing escape attempt occurred moments after Mr. Blagojevich was handcuffed by the agent, who was wearing a wire and captured the entire expletive-laden offer on tape. "'You can be the [bleeping] junior Senator from [bleeping] Illinois if you let me out of these [bleeping] handcuffs,'" Mr. Fitzgerald read from a transcript. "'And if that mother-[bleeper] Barack Obama tries to [bleep] with me, I'll [bleep] him up.'" According to Mr. Fitzgerald, "When I say 'bleep,' he didn't really say 'bleep' on the tape," adding, "I'm going to keep making that joke until one of you [bleepers] laughs at it." Gov. Blagojevich has been charged with a laundry list of Federal crimes, including stealing his haircut from the dad on "The Brady Bunch."

Crime Files: Four governors of Illinois sent to prison

Oak Ridge Redflex traffic scameras sue more than 3,500 radar speeding lawsuits in June

WBIR TV censors Pirate News comments

In their first month of operation, Oak Ridge's traffic cameras issued 3,942 violations for speeding or running red lights at just two of the city's intersections.

"I'm not really surprised," said Oak Ridge Chief of Police David Beams. "We knew all along there were problems with speeding, which is why we installed the cameras in the first place."

The overwhelming majority of tickets were issued to speeders at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Robertsville Road. Cameras at the intersection caught 3,586 speeders from June 5 through June 30.

A total of 2,796 of the speeding tickets at Illinois Avenue and Robertsville Road were issued to southbound drivers where the road runs downhill.

"People just come flying over and down that hill," said Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan. "I'm astounded. I didn't have any clue it [the number of violations] would be anything like that. I think it just shows how much of a speeding problem we truly have."

Another 42 southbound drivers received notices for running a red light at Illinois Avenue and Robertsville Road. There were 790 speeding tickets and 16 red light tickets on the northbound side at the intersection.

The tickets carry a $50 fine but do not put points on the violator's license. June raked in $197,100 worth of fines, more than $7,500 per day. Neither Mayor Beehan nor Chief Beams knew exactly how much of that revenue will go to the city. A portion of the money goes to RedFlex, the vendor and operator of the cameras.

"This is not about revenue, but obviously it is going to give us a substantial amount of money," said Beehan.

Revenue generated by the tickets goes to the city's general fund. Beehan said he would like to see it reinvested in school safety.

"I will propose any revenue from these tickets go towards putting school resource officers back in Jefferson Middle School and Robertsville Middle School. The cameras have always been about public safety near the schools, so I'll ask the city council to keep it that way," said Beehan.

Beehan said this year's budget has already been passed and any revenue from tickets will not be allocated spent until next year.

The red light camera at Oak Ridge Turnpike and Lafayette Drive issued 112 tickets to westbound drivers and 186 tickets to eastbound drivers.

Two additional speed cameras are still in their 30-day warning period and won't start issuing tickets until August 5 at noon. They're located in school zones on Robertsville Road at Willowbrook School and on Oak Ridge Turnpike at the high school.

Beams said the cameras allow some tollerance for speeders, but would not specify how much a driver must exceed the limit before being ticketed.

"The person who gets a ticket receives still photographs of the violation, but those are taken from video. We see six seconds of video so we can tell if there are circumstances that were beyond the driver's control and they should not receive a ticket," said Beams. "During the 30 day probationary period, we had one driver receive 10 warning tickets."

Beams said the ultimate goal of the cameras is to modify driver behavior in school zones.

"We are trying to change driver behavior to reduce accidents, reduce injuries, reduce fatalities, and we would simply ask the public to obey the speed limit and stop for red lights. I mean it is really pretty simple," said Beams.

Oak Ridge resident Tim Woodfin said he has not received any tickets, but believes the cameras are all about money.

"With these cameras, the city just got a big raise," said Woodfin. "They are revenue generating devices. Regardless of the cameras or the pictures they take, they are still going to speed."

WBIR censored these comments by Pirate News:

TN Supreme Court orders that all speed limits in Oak Ridge are illegal

"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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

Mayor arrests city councillor for opposing traffic scameras, 95% of redlight tickets are for safely turning right on red after stop:

Class action to refund all Redflex tickets in Kville, on appeal to fed 6th Circuit in Ohio

Knox County deputy sheriffs shot Redflex redlight cameras with bullets, and KPD and Knox prosecutors destroy all ballistic evidence and audio evidence in Clifford Clark "sniper" trial, where Redflex refuses to testify from Australia after getting fired for contract fraud and bribery (for paying deputies to shoot cameras at $75,000 profit per bullet?)

Battle of Athens TN 1946 where 500 citizens opened fire and made citizen arrests of sheriff, 300 deputies and crooked politicians for bogus speeding ickets

"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." - Redflex.com

City of Knoxville paid $500,000 Redflex invoice deposited in National Australia Bank

Redflex fired by City of Knoxville for suspected contract fraud and bribery

Redflex bribes each politician $75,000 per year, paying $50-million bribes per state

Prosecutor Zane Scarlet: "The enclosure [with alleged bullet holes in it] was never taken into confiscation by the police department. It has never been in State control or State property. It was taken down by Precision Electronics and replaced by an enclosure that didn't have holes in it, but it has never been in State's property. Therefore I cannot produce it because it has never been in our control." Defense attorney Ron Newcomb: "Your Honor, one of the main issues in this case, is not only do we have the cover, but we don't have it in its location, because one of the issues is..." Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz: "Where the shots came from [and what caliber and from whose gun], obviously." State v Clifford Clark, pretrial hearing 1 May 2009, jury trial 10 August 2009

Morristown gets Radar robocop speed scameras

Feb 3, 2009

A plan to put East Tennessee's first speed camera into operation in Morristown on Monday was delayed by snow.

Police Chief Roger Overholt says he thinks the camera, which is a speed and red light camera, will go into operation at the intersection of College Square Mall and Crockett Square later this week.

Plus, the city will soon have four more cameras at these four intersections:

W. Andrew Johnson Highway and Highway 160, W. Andrew Johnson Highway and Morris Boulevard, Morris Boulevard and Cumberland Street, Morris and Haun Drive, near the mall.

The police department says those four cameras are expected to be up and running by the end of February.

For the first 30 days, drivers who violate speed limits or run red lights at these intersections will get warning letters.

After that, $104 citations will be issued for anyone who speeds or runs a right light.

Signs warning drivers about the cameras will be placed near the intersections.

Redflex is the company operating the cameras.

See also:

How to beat Photo Radar - Lawyers agree, the easiest way to beat a Radar speed camera ticket is to throw it in the trash and ignore it. Same for redlight tickets and parking tickets, for lacking "personal service of process" as required in all civil lawsuits.

Bullshit for suckers: Tennessee Senate Votes to Authorize Photo Enforcement


The Tennessee state Senate voted unanimously yesterday to more clearly authorize cities to deploy red light cameras and speed cameras. State Senator Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville) introduced the legislation which is likely to encourage dozens more cities to deploy the devices that can add millions to municipal budgets.

District 7 Knox County
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More than ten cities throughout the state, including Chattanooga, Kingsport and Knoxville installed ticket cameras before an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying effort secured a brief state authorization law last June. The one-sentence statute only specified that photo tickets must not carry license points. Burchett's bill will help municipalities avoid lawsuits by giving the state's blessing to existing photo ticket procedures. The single pro-motorist provision that had been part of the first draft of Burchett's bill would have required cities to send citations by certified mail to ensure that the notice was properly received. An amendment deleted that requirement, noting that cities would lose $3.06 for each ticket if the provision had survived. The Senate-passed version of the bill includes a provision that delays the imposition of unlimited late fees until 30 days after a second notice is sent by regular mail.

The measure now heads to the state House for consideration. A copy of the bill is found in a 55k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Senate Bill 3258, Tennessee General Assembly, 3/17/2008

Tennessee Code 55-8-110 - Traffic-control signals — Inoperative signals with vehicle detection devices for motorcycles — Right of way at signals inoperative due to mechanical failure or accident. — Citations based on surveillance cameras. (d) A traffic citation that is based solely on evidence obtained from a surveillance camera that has been installed to enforce or monitor traffic violations shall be for a nonmoving traffic violation.

Amendment No. 1 to SB3258 Tracy - Signature of Sponsor AMEND Senate Bill No. 3258 House Bill No. 3069*

By deleting all of the language after the enacting clause and by substituting instead the following:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55, Chapter 8, Part 1, is amended by adding a new section thereto, as follows:

Section 55-8-198.

(a) A traffic citation that is based solely upon evidence obtained from a surveillance camera that has been installed to enforce or monitor traffic violations shall be considered a nonmoving traffic violation.

(b) An employee of the applicable law enforcement office shall review video evidence from a traffic light signal monitoring system and make a determination as to whether a violation has occurred. If a determination is made that a violation has occurred, a notice of violation or a citation shall be sent by first class mail to the registered owner of the vehicle that was captured by the traffic light signal monitoring system. A notice of violation or citation shall allow for payment of such traffic violation or citation within thirty (30) days of the mailing of such notice. No additional penalty or other costs shall be assessed for non-payment of a traffic violation or citation that is based solely on evidence obtained from a surveillance camera installed to enforce or monitor traffic violations, unless a second notice is sent by first class mail to the registered owner of the motor vehicle and such second notice provides for an additional thirty (30) days for payment of such violation or citation.

(c) The following vehicles are exempt from receiving a notice of violation:

(1) Emergency vehicles with active emergency lights;

(2) Vehicles moving through the intersection to avoid or clear the way for a marked emergency vehicle;

(3) Vehicles under police escort; and

(4) Vehicles in a funeral procession.


(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the registered owner of the motor vehicle shall be responsible for payment of any notice of violation or citation issued as the result of a traffic light monitoring system.

(2) An owner of a vehicle shall not be responsible for the violation if, on or before the designated court date, such owner furnishes the court an affidavit stating the name and address of the person or entity that leased, rented or otherwise had care, custody or control of the motor vehicle at the time of the violation.

(3) If a motor vehicle or its plates were stolen at the time of the alleged violation, the registered owner must provide an affidavit denying such owner was an operator and provide a certified copy of the police report reflecting such theft.

(4) An affidavit alleging theft of a motor vehicle or its plates must be provided by the registered owner of a vehicle receiving a notice of violation within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the notice of violation.

SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-8-110, is amended by deleting subsection (d) in its entirety.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2008, the public welfare requiring it.


Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure

Rule 4.03. Summons; Return — (1) The person serving the summons shall promptly make proof of service to the court and shall identify the person served and shall describe the manner of service. If a summons is not served within 90 days after its issuance, it shall be returned stating the reasons for failure to serve. The plaintiff may obtain new summonses from time to time, as provided in Rule 3, if any prior summons has been returned unserved or if any prior summons has not been served within 90 days of issuance.

(2)When process is served by mail, the original summons, endorsed as below; an affidavit of the person making service setting forth the person's compliance with the requirements of this rule; and, the return receipt shall be sent to and filed by the clerk. The person making service shall endorse over his or her signature on the original summons the date of mailing a certified copy of the summons and a copy of the complaint to the defendant and the date of receipt of return receipt from the defendant. If the return receipt is signed by the defendant, or by person designated by Rule 4.04 or by statute, service on the defendant shall be complete. If not, service by mail may be attempted again or other methods authorized by these rules or by statute may be used.

Knoxville Code, Section 8-1, Issuance of process - The city judge shall issue process on the complaint. He shall try no case until process has been regularly sued out, served and returned.

Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for the increase in crashes

Knoxville cancels Redflex contract over suspected contract fraud and bribery

Lawyers agree the best defense against redlight tickets is to throw them in the trash and ignore them - 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.

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.

30 January 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.

Motorists who have already received fines may apply to the courts to have them canceled.

Farragut: Talks to begin with Redflex for red-light camera system

FBMA unanimously authorizes contract talks

Heather Mays
Farragut Press
Aug, 21, 2008

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen authorized a contract negotiation team to begin talks with the top red-light camera vendor, Redflex.

The team charged with bidding for, interviewing and selecting an automated enforcement vendor, Associate Town Administrator Gary Palmer, Capt. Ben Harkins with Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Darryl Smith, Town engineer and James Everett, assistant Town engineer, unanimously selected Redflex from the four vendors.

“We are at the end of a very long process,” Palmer said.

“We went through all the rankings and deliberated a little while. It was very clear in who we unanimously selected.”

“Our unanimous recommendation to the Board is to choose Redflex as the vendor,” Palmer said.

The selection team evaluated each vendor based on each company’s history, project approach, and references, worth 25, 50 and 25 points apiece, respectively.

Redflex received a perfect score of 100 points.

Evaluations included everything from examining the financial records of each company, types of technology offered, customer service support, and feedback from five governmental entities that each company had to provide.

Nestor was the second highest-rated vendor, followed by American Traffic Solutions, who did not make a presentation to the Board, and Traffipax at a very distant fourth.

According to Redflex regional director Cherif Elsadek, who presented to the Board July 10, Redflex is the largest provider in the United States, with 22 years experience and traffic systems in Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Kingsport.

The system uses three digital high-resolution cameras and a video camera mounted in a roadside box.

The cameras take several shots. If the system detects a motorist approaching the intersection at a speed at which he is unlikely to stop, a camera takes a rear shot of the motorist. If the motorist continues through the intersection, the cameras take a picture of the license plate and a photograph of the red light violation, as well as a 12-second video.

Elsadek presented information from KCSO that cited safety statistics at intersections in Knoxville.

These statistics showed a 93 percent issuance rate in the City and a 100 percent decrease in traffic deaths at monitored intersections. At monitored intersections, there was a 16 percent decrease in rear end collisions and a 42 percent decrease in right angle collisions.

In addition, since the red light cameras were installed, KCSO reports a 40 percent decrease at non-monitored intersections.

Elsadek said the Town could choose between in-ground loops, flush-mounted sensors, laser, radar or virtual video triggers. He added that in-ground sensors are the most accurate type of triggering devices, with the fewest false triggers.

“Redflex offered every form of technology and it was at our discretion what kind we wanted to use,” Palmer reminded the Board Aug. 14.

Town will likely request the in-ground sensors.

“I think we’re in agreement that it would be those pads that are actually bored into the concrete. It wouldn’t be cutting in; they would just be boring a hole, placing a sensor and then putting the bore back on top … its not very invasive at all,” Palmer added.

Redflex will allow violators to view the ticket, photographs and video on-line and would provide a kiosk at Town Hall for those residents without Internet access.

In addition, each camera is given an IP address that allows police officers to monitor the camera footage in real time.

Because Redflex has a full service center in Knoxville, Elsadek promised an at-most 24-hour turnaround in a “hard down” situation and remote assistance for most technical problems.

“Clearly, to us, customer service was a big deal in this whole endeavor, and Redflex just offered better customer service. They’re more available; they’re local,” Palmer said.

“Regardless of what happens in the City of Knoxville, they have said they will keep that office opened up in Knoxville,” he added.

The Board authorized a team to begin negotiating with Redflex: Town Attorney Tom Hale, Smith or his designee, Harkins and Dan Olson, Town administrator, or his designee.

In the event a satisfactory agreement with Redflex could not be reached, negotiations would be held with Nestor.

Red light cameras will be placed at the Campbell Station Road at Kingston Pike, Smith Road at Kingston Pike, Campbell Station at Grigsby Chapel/

Parkside Drive and Kingston Pike at Concord Road intersections.

Crashing Redflex stock ripe for hostile takeover

An investment firm may buy out another major provider of red light cameras and speed cameras. Redflex Traffic Systems, based in Melbourne, Australia, operates about one-half of the photo enforcement devices in the United States. The company announced today that it has been approached by unnamed suitors carrying generous offers. "In recent weeks, Redflex has been approached by several parties expressing interest in acquiring 100 percent of the issued capital of the company," a release to Australian Securities Exchange investors stated. "The board has now received multiple nonbinding indicative proposals from credible parties to acquire the company at indicative values in excess of $3.50 per share." As late as Wednesday Redflex stock had been trading at just A$2.17 (US $1.43) a share. The potential to be paid more than the 52-week high for a share in the company caused the stock to close today at A$2.80 per share, up 27 percent. Redflex hired Gresham Advisory Partners to review the proposals to determine whether selling the company, which has a market capitalization of A$253 million, would be in the best interest of the board of directors. The buyout offers follow last month's announcement that thieving bankrupt Goldman Sachs had acquired a minority stake in photo ticketing rival American Traffic Solutions (ATS). It also follows the announcement of massive growth in the US market for the Redflex product. "Again, new records have been set by substantial margins in relation to all standard measures of financial performance," Redflex Chairman Christopher Cooper wrote in the company's 2008 annual report which was released last week. "Between the start and finish of the financial year the US dollar declined in Australian dollar terms by approximately 13 percent. That being the case, the financial records established by Redflex are all the more commendable." Redflex saw an increase of 43 percent in traffic ticket revenue from the United States, driven primarily by an increase in the total number of ticket cameras installed from 877 to 1267. The demand for more cameras has increased as local jurisdictions continue to feel the pinch from the financial crisis. As home values continue to decline, property tax income likewise falls off, leaving cities and counties struggling to find money to fund expensive new social programs. That is when Redflex and competitors like ATS drop in and offer "turnkey" red light camera and speed camera solutions (view a sample presentation). With no effort or cost exposure on the part of the jurisdiction, many officials see nothing to lose by signing up to allow either Redflex or ATS to issue tickets on its behalf. Rhode Island based Nestor, Inc. also offers red light camera programs, but it closed trading yesterday at just 9 cents per share having announced a $2.5 million net loss for the first quarter.

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Vendors plan to add spy technology to existing red light camera and speed camera installations.

Private companies in the US are hoping to use red light cameras and speed cameras as the basis for a nationwide surveillance network similar to one that will be active next year in the UK. Redflex and American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the top two photo enforcement providers in the US, are quietly shopping new motorist tracking options to prospective state and local government clients. Redflex explained the company's latest developments in an August 7 meeting with Homestead, Florida officials.

"We are moving into areas such as homeland security on a national level and on a local level," Redflex regional director Cherif Elsadek said. "Optical character recognition is our next roll out which will be coming out in a few months -- probably about five months or so."

The technology would be integrated with the Australian company's existing red light camera and speed camera systems. It allows officials to keep full video records of passing motorists and their passengers, limited only by available hard drive space and the types of cameras installed. To gain public acceptance, the surveillance program is being initially sold as an aid for police looking to solve Amber Alert cases and locate stolen cars.

"Imagine if you had 1500 or 2000 cameras out there that could look out for the partial plate or full plate number across the 21 states where we do business today," Elsadek said. "This is the next step for our technology."

ATS likewise is promoting motorist tracking technologies. In a recent proposal to operate 200 speed cameras for the Arizona state police, the company explained that its ticketing cameras could be integrated into a national vehicle tracking database. This would allow a police officer to simply enter a license plate number into a laptop computer and receive an email as soon as a speed camera anywhere in the state recognized that plate.

Such programs would be fully consistent with existing law on searches and seizures. In the 2003 case Washington v. William Bradley Jackson, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that police could not use a physical GPS tracking device to monitor a suspect's movements without first obtaining a warrant. No warrant would be needed or restrictions applied to license plate tracking systems which do not require any physical contact. Instead, individual police officers could monitor the movements of suspected criminals or even their wives and neighbors at any time.

In the past, police databases have been used to intimidate innocent motorists. An Edmonton, Canada police sergeant, for example, found himself outraged after he read columnist Kerry Diotte criticize his city's photo radar operation in the Edmonton Sun newspaper. The sergeant looked up journalist Diotte's personal information, and, without the assistance of electronic scanners, ordered his subordinates to "be on the lookout" for Diotte's BMW. Eventually a team of officers followed Diotte to a local bar where they hoped to trap the journalist and accuse him of driving under the influence of alcohol. Diotte took a cab home and the officers' plan was exposed after tapes of radio traffic were leaked to the press. Police later cleared themselves of any serious wrong-doing following an extensive investigation.

In the UK, officials are planning to dramatically expand the use of average speed cameras that track cars over distances as great as six miles. Records on all vehicle movements taken from a nationwide network of cameras will be stored for five years in a central government Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) server, allowing police to keep tabs on criminals and political opponents. Work on the data center in north London began in 2005 and officials expect real-time, nationwide tracking capability to be available by January 2009.

Redflex Accused of FCC Violations - Arizona bans Redflex radar vans

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is looking at potential violations of federal regulations by Redflex, an Australian company that operates mobile speed cameras in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon and Washington. This week, the Arizona Department of Public Safety took the allegations seriously enough to order Redflex vans off of state highways. It is unclear whether other local and state agencies will follow suit.

Redflex rival American Traffic Solutions (ATS) carefully documented the potential violation and last week fired off a 31-page complaint to the FCC. ATS followed up on Tuesday with a 20-page letter that included surveillance photographs documenting the alleged use of uncertified equipment by Redflex in violation of federal law.

"Redflex is marketing and operating the DRS-3 radar in the United States, without FCC certification and without any labels or markings showing an FCC ID," ATS Vice President Philip Underhill wrote in a letter to the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology. "These radar units transmit and receive radio waves in a bandwidth that is specifically regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. Such a 'Radiolocation Transmitter Device,' (also known as a traffic speed radar system) cannot be marketed for sale, sold or used in the United States without being Type Accepted by the FCC."

Industrial and consumer electronic equipment that transmits or receives radio waves must meet federal technical standards designed to ensure that devices do not interfere with television and radio reception or with critical public safety systems such as air traffic control and police radios. The FCC maintains a lab in Maryland equipped with an anechoic chamber so that such devices can undergo scientific testing. Those that pass the test are granted an FCC ID number and can display an FCC certification logo. The FCC also allows testing in approved, private labs, including one located in New South Wales, Australia.

After ATS noticed that its Australian rival had ignored these requirements for the German DRS-3 and British AGD-340 radar components installed in its photo radar vans, ATS decided to bring the violation to the attention of federal regulators. No listing for these radar units or Redflex was found in a search of FCC records.

"This letter is a formal complaint and request the FCC intercede and require Redflex to stop marketing, selling and using the DRS-3 radar antenna until such time as Type Acceptance is granted by the FCC," Underhill wrote. "We also request that the FCC enforce any penalties that may be due as a result of potentially illegal actions and use."

Underhill suggested that the failure of Redflex to file FCC Form 740 before using the device is punishable by a maxmimum penalty of $250,000 and five years in jail. If the FCC determines that a violation took place, it would not be the first time that the Australian company has been found guilty of ignoring US law. In July, the Arizona Secretary of State found that the notary public employed by Redflex falsified documents used to certify speed camera deployments in Lafayette, Louisiana. The ATS filing with the FCC cited the falsified documents which confirmed the use of a radar that is not certified for use in the United States.

A copy of the ATS letter sent to the FCC on Tuesday is available in a 65k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Use and Sale of the Multanova DRS-3 Non-Type Accepted Radiolocation Transmitter, American Traffic Solutions, 8/12/2008

Pirate News Note: You can win in court against a radar speeding ticket when you catch cops using a radar unit without an FCC radio transmitter license. Each radar transmitter must be licensed by FCC, for that one specific frequency.

Speed cameras ticketed 3,500 to real cops average of 6

Frank Greve
McClatchy Newspapers
August 11, 2008

WASHINGTON — The leafy capital suburb of Chevy Chase Village is a great place to live but you wouldn't want to visit there.

At least not by car. Easy-to-miss automated speed cameras on its half-mile main drag, where the speed limit is 30 mph, caught 3,500 speeders on their first day of operation last fall. Before that, the norm was six tickets a day.

Many speeders first learn they've been caught when citations, along with photographic evidence, show up at the addresses that match the violators' license plates.

Be forewarned: More than 300 U.S. communities use automated "cop cam" systems like Chevy Chase's. They're after not just speeders but also red-light violators and railroad-crossing jumpers.

In the works are bus-mounted cop cams that ticket bus lane intruders, cop cams to punish speeders in highway construction zones, even cop cam systems that ticket motorists based on a car's average speed over a mile. They catch drivers who brake for known camera sites, then resume speeding.

Want to fight a cop cam ticket?

The same software that processes violations lets drivers view the five seconds before and after their alleged offenses on their home computers.

"It's very compelling evidence," said Cristina Weekes, the executive vice president for sales and marketing at Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., of Scottsdale, Ariz. [sic], a leading cop-cam maker [in the foreign nation of AUSTRALIA].

"It's almost a no-win," admitted Horace Bradshaw, Washington's best-known traffic court defense lawyer.

When polled, substantial majorities approve of cop cams. When ticketed, however, lots are outraged.

"It's like Nazi Germany!" sputtered Dan Bradley, 41, a federal personnel investigator who routinely runs the six-lane Chevy Chase gantlet. "They ticket you for speeds that aren't dangerous."

In the peaceable United Kingdom, where cop cams are 10 times more widely used, saboteurs have shot out cameras lenses, disabled them with bolt cutters, set fire to them and pulled them down with a tractor's help, according to news reports.

What bugs people is clear from an industry pioneer's explanation of the effectiveness of cop cams:

"It's like the prospect of an IRS audit: The perception of risk promotes voluntary compliance," said Jim Tuton, founder of American Traffic Solutions of Scottsdale, Weekes' rival.

Three more tangible advantages excite municipal officials [due to kickback bribes from foreign private contractors that keep 90% to 110% of all ticket profits]:

Cop cams suppress violations effectively by all accounts, at least around known camera sites. In one widely cited study, six speed cameras posted on an eight-mile stretch of the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale cut speeders by 88 percent over a nine-month period.

Cop cams reduce accidents, by most accounts. The frequent exception is more rear-enders, due to sudden stops on yellow at intersections where drivers know that the light is camera-monitored. Reductions in more hazardous right-angle crashes more than offset the added rear-enders, police say.

The third reason, which municipal officials downplay, is that cop cams can be cash cows [for private contractors that keep 90% to 110% of gross profits].

In Chevy Chase, for example, where speeding tickets brought in about $8,000 monthly before cop cams, "We are routinely bringing in approximately a quarter-million dollars per month," Geoffrey Biddle, Chevy Chase's village manager, told his Board of Managers in February.

For a community of 2,000 with an annual budget of $4.6 million, that's a bonanza. What's more, because locals know enough to evade the cop cams, the village's new revenue mostly comes from outsiders, rather like a commuter tax.

Nor are Chevy Chase's big gains unique. Washington's dozen cop cams have taken in more than $200 million since 2001. Scottsdale's six freeway cameras took in $17 million in 2006.

Chevy Chase Police Chief Roy Gordon said in an interview, however: "It's not about how much revenue we're taking in with these cameras; it's about changing driver behavior."

There are four ways to avoid cop cam tickets: Most communities warn motorists that traffic laws are photo-enforced. New York City is one exception. Most municipalities also list cop-cam locations on their Web sites. Some new navigation systems warn drivers of known cop cam locations. And there's a site that tries to keep track of them, www.photoenforced.com.

Municipalities and contractors both do well by doing good, but contractors do more of the work.

The contractor studies a community's violation patterns, recommends camera locations, and calibrates and maintains the cameras. Using the police department's definition of speeding — typically 10 or 11 miles above the posted speed except in school zones — the cop cam system saves only the images of likely violators. Police review these along with the proposed citations.

Reviewers toss those with flaws, such as blurred license-plate numbers, more than one car in a single radar photo image or, in many jurisdictions, rental cars, whose drivers are too hard to track down. Contractors ticket the remainder and track collections.

Revenue splits vary, depending on the amounts of fines and traffic.

In Kingsport, Tenn., for example, Redflex receives 80 percent of the ticket price ($40) for the first 95 tickets issued at each intersection approach each month. Kingsport gets the remaining $10, according to Deputy Police Chief David Quillin.

After 95 tickets, Redflex and Kingsport split the fines evenly. In addition, Kingsport gets court costs, which the city council hiked from $13.50 to $50 last year. (The increase "would have happened regardless of the cameras," Quillin said. )

For the city, the gain is from $160,000 a year pre-cameras to an estimated $1.4 million. Redflex will make about half that.

Currently, 27 states — including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas and Washington — permit some kind of cop cam system. Arizona bought 100 speed and HOV-lane cameras this year for state highways. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants hundreds more.

Their only natural enemies are proving to be state legislatures. Many are so keen for a big share of cop cam revenue that local governments lose the incentive to introduce the cameras.

Nonetheless, cop cam maker Tuton predicts that the cameras someday will be part of the "standard national infrastructure."

The big reason is that their spread is viral: When they work, violations and revenue both fall. To that, the likeliest answer is more cameras.

Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for the increase in crashes

Tennessee traffic light cameras cause accidents, feed cities' coffers

By Scott Broden, Gannett Tennessee

Traffic light cameras such as the six installed in Murfreesboro make intersections more dangerous and violate the Constitution, according to the libertarian-leaning Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

"The argument that red light cameras increase safety is preposterous," Justin Owen, co-author of a report on the cameras and director of legal policy for the organization, said in a news release.

"The only thing that increases is the amount of money going from the pockets of drivers into the pockets of the cities and the red light camera companies."

Murfreesboro Police Major Clyde Adkison stands by the city's decision to install traffic light cameras.

The cameras were installed at intersections at Memorial and Northfield boulevards, Rutherford and Mercury boulevards, South Church Street at Middle Tennessee Boulevard, Northwest Broad Street and Northfield, South Church Street and Northwest Broad Street, and Old Fort Parkway at Thompson Lane.

Anyone caught running a red light is mailed a $50-fine notice that includes pictures of the violation. Drivers can appeal in traffic court but risk an additional $113.50 fee in court costs if they lose.

"We feel like accidents have decreased," Adkison said.

The major said police could not produce statistics about the intersections on Monday because he and other officials were busy with funeral arrangements for a former assistant police chief who died Friday.

The Center for Policy Research report contends that traffic light cameras are causing rear-end collisions, but may reduce T-bone wrecks in which a vehicle hits another in the side.

It says wrecks could be decreased by 40 percent by lengthening the duration of a yellow light.

'Money over safety'

"Kingsport's revenues from fines soared 347 percent in the year after installing cameras," the report says.

It also says 63 percent of each fine from traffic cameras goes to the companies that installed them. Murfreesboro hired Traffipax to install and maintain its traffic cameras.

"Red light cameras are a troubling example of how government and business put money over safety and common sense to tag team Tennessee's drivers," Owen says in the news release.

Tennessee: Refunds for Photo Tickets on Short Yellow


Chattanooga, Tennessee Judge refunds 176 red light camera tickets issued at illegally short yellow light.

The city of Chattanooga, Tennessee will refund $8800 in red light cameras tickets issued to motorists trapped by an illegally short yellow time. Municipal Court Judge Russell Bean on Monday dismissed charges against 176 vehicle owners cited by an automated ticketing machine located at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Pine Street.

Last month, a motorist challenged his citation by insisting that the yellow light was too short and only remained lit for 3.0 seconds before changing to red and activating the camera. LaserCraft, the private vendor that runs the camera program in return for a cut of the profits, provided the judge with a computer database that asserted the yellow was 3.8 seconds at that location. Bean gave the motorist the benefit of the doubt and watched the video of the alleged violation while counting how long the light stayed yellow.

"It didn't seem to me that it was at four (seconds) because it would change right at three," Bean told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Bean then personally checked the intersection in question was timed at three seconds while other nearby locations had about four seconds of yellow warning. City traffic engineer John Van Winkle told Bean that "a mix up with the turn arrow" was responsible and that the bare minimum for the light should be 3.9 seconds. Judge Bean ordered 176 of the tickets issued within the first 0.9 seconds after the light turned red canceled.

Short yellow times are vital to ensuring the steady flow of traffic citations for vendors like LaserCraft. Confidential documents obtained in a 2001 court trial proved that the city of San Diego, California and its red light camera vendor, now ACS, only installed red light cameras at intersections with high volumes and "Amber (yellow) phase less than 4 seconds."

Short yellows trap drivers in what is known as a "dilemma zone" where there is neither time to stop safely -- without slamming the brakes and risking a rear-end collision -- nor to proceed through the intersection before it changes to red. Red light cameras capitalize on this, with four out of every five tickets issued before the light has been red for a full second, according to a report by the California State Auditor. This suggests that most citations are issued to those surprised by a quick-changing signal light.

In 2002, a Baltimore, Maryland judge caught the city trapping motorists at signals with illegally short yellow lights. Read court memo

Source: Quick light leads to refunds for 176 drivers, Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3/13/2008

Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for the increase in crashes

Report: Red Light Cameras Increase Injuries and Insurance Rates

An analysis published last week in the journal of the Florida Public Health Association argues that, contrary to common assumptions, the use of red light cameras leads to increases in insurance rates and injury accidents. Researchers Barbara Langland-Orban, Etienne E. Pracht and John T. Large closely examined the most often cited studies of red light camera use and concluded that not all of them were equally reliable.

"All research studies are susceptible to design flaws, especially observational (i.e. non-experimental) studies," the report stated. "Some of the major studies concluding reductions in red light running have exhibited such design flaws."

The most proper way to study the issue would be to gather accident data at intersections where cameras are actively ticketing over a set period (after) and compare them with accident records for an equal period when the devices were not installed (before). Control intersection data can then be used to better isolate the effects of camera use. Professor Orban and her colleagues found that the studies usually cited by photo enforcement proponents did not follow this basic procedure.

For example, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study of accident reductions in Oxnard, California did not actually examine accidents at camera intersections. Instead, it compared citywide crash rates between intersections with signals and intersections without signals. Likewise, the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 2005 study of cameras did not compare the accident rate before cameras were installed to the rate afterward. Instead, it estimated expected crashes in the after period by comparing intersections with cameras to intersections without.

FHWA also selectively excluded certain cities from its analysis, including Greensboro, North Carolina and cities in Virginia, which experienced a significant increase in injuries and accidents according to other studies. The report also selectively excluded the reporting of certain data to ensure independent researchers would be unable to challenge or verify the study's conclusion. The federal agency went to far in its secrecy as to refuse a Freedom of Information Act request for a set of its results listed by location. The National Motorists Association had made the request intending to verify the particular conditions at the intersections studied.

The researchers suggested that the IIHS and FHWA studies were tainted by financial conflicts of interest. The insurance industry directly funds IIHS. And, although the FHWA study was sponsored by the US Department of Transportation, study co-director Bhagwant Persaud has accepted significant payment from IIHS for his past research. Orban explained that the insurance industry not only makes money from traffic tickets that carry license demerit points, but it also makes greater profit when the number of accidents increases.

"Higher crash rates suggest higher risk; justifying higher premiums and profits," the report stated. "Due to the pricing methods used, automobile insurers do not have a financial incentive to lower crash rates or perceptions of risk."

The report cites Florida data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners which shows that insurance profits skyrocketed from 2000 to 2004 -- from $8.7 billion to $14 billion. It did so by paying out 73 cents in claims for every dollar collected in premiums in 2000. This number dropped to 61 cents on the dollar in 2004. During this period, the accident rate remained static and the number of traffic tickets issued increased.

Orban found the independent VDOT, Ontario and Burkey-Obeng studies (view studies) followed proper scientific methods and were fully open in sharing the data upon which the conclusions were based. These studies concluded that red light cameras caused an increase in injuries and overall accidents.

"Cities and counties should... pursue engineering improvements to enhance intersection safety for all drivers and passengers," Orban's report concluded. "Proven engineering practices and countermeasures can reduce crashes and injuries due to red light running, as well as other causes of intersection crashes."

Read the full text of the report in an 80k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Red Light Running Cameras: Would Crashes, Injuries and Automobile Insurance Rates Increase, Florida Public Health Review, 3/7/2008

Teddy Bears, Candy, and Urination at Accused Red Light Shooter Hearing


KNOXVILLE, TENN - Teddy bears and candy bars are not a pair of things you typically what you would associate with a court of law.

But they became as present as a gavel and black robe on Thursday morning.

Clifford Clark stands accused of shooting out a red light camera with a high powered rifle.

As he walked into on Thursday, he made a beeline for some members of the media, and handed them each a teddy bear.

The bear’s were all wearing shirts that read “Save the Cliff.”

Clark also planned to hand out candy bars, until an officer told him food was not allowed in courtroom.

When the hearing finally got started, the gift bearer wound up representing himself.

"It was an adrenaline rush,” he said, “I was scared nervous and I enjoyed it. I also sky dive and fly acrobatics, but I did like that adrenaline."

During his hearing, Clark cross examined one of the witnesses.

“Point out the damage, for the court, to this camera," he asked.

"You can't on that camera picture," replied the witness.

“Why not,” asked Clark?

"It's a poor quality picture," said the witness.

“Well I think we have a poor quality witness,” Clark replied.

Even though the case has now been bound to the grand jury on two felony counts, Clark had love for everyone in the courtroom.

"I actually like the prosecutor, there are very few people that I've met in this episode that I didn't like,” he said. “Even though she was somewhat combative and somewhat insulting, I thought she was a great lady, and I thought the judge was a wonderful person."

Clark said he has degrees and graduate work in engineering, psychology and nursing.

Even with the potential for prison time if convicted, he claims to not be too worried.

"If by some miscarriage of justice I am convicted of anything, I'll be an exceptionally good criminal,” he laughed, before saying just kidding. “I'm probably going to be the most educated criminal in prison."

When asked after court if he shot the camera, Clark said no.

He did however say he would admit to urinating in public, a misdemeanor which he claims is the reason he stopped in the area where the shots supposedly came from.

Clark was also unsure if he would continue to represent himself if the grand jury indicts him, but Judge Andrew Jackson did tell him he did a good job representing himself during the hearing.

Feb 7, 2008

Accused red light camera shooter speaks out

By Ann Keil
WATE 6 News

KNOXVILLE, TENN - Clifford Clark, the man accused of shooting a red light camera in November, says he's innocent.

Clark says he remembers the night of November 24-25 very clearly.

"I had come back from middle Tennessee and I had been shooting... I had dinner with a group of people downtown, pulled off to use the restroom, and got nailed," he says.

Clark says he thought he was getting pulled over for urinating in public, but instead he was arrested for shooting a red light camera

Knoxville police say Clark shot the camera at Broadway and I-640 around 2 a.m. November 25.

Investigators say hours earlier that same camera caught Clark running a red light.

"I was surprised that I was charged and also surprised people presumed guilt," Clark says.

He says he would have had nothing to gain from what he's accused of and no evidence that says he did it. "There isn't any discharging of firearms on any of the police video and no witnesses have come forward saying they saw anything."

Clark accuses Knoxville police of tampering with evidence after they found a rifle in his car.

He says he had been shooting paper targets in the woods earlier that day.

"All you have to do is make an example out of one person and maybe it was me," Clark says.

Clark admits he is now against the use of red light cameras but only became aware of the controversy around them after the incident.

"I think the public is really tired of the cameras, and they want someone to rise up and strike the cameras down, and I've filled that role vicariously for them, but they're going to be disappointed when I'm found not guilty," says Clark.

He says he's never received a red light camera ticket to this day.

His hearing is set for next week.

Clark now faces felony vandalism and reckless endangerment charges.

The police report says officers heard gunshots and when they headed towards the area to investigate, they saw a van fleeing the area.

They made a traffic stop and Cliff Clark was inside.

He was arrested after they found a hunting rifle in his van.

The red light camera had been shot three times.

6 News contacted the Knoxville police tonight.

When we asked about the incident and the tampering claim, they could not comment because the investigation is ongoing.

Feb 1, 2008

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Red light shooting suspect represents self against Redflex robocop

By Brian Holt, Photographer
By Robin Murdoch, Reporter WBIR TV, 2/7/2008

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A Knoxville man accused of shooting out a red light camera represented himself in court on Thursday.

The judge warned him it was unusual considering the seriousness of the charges. Clifford Clark is charged with vandalism and reckless endangerment.

"It was an adrenaline rush--scared, nervous-- I enjoyed it," Clark said of representing himself. "I sky dive, fly aerobatics, so I did like the adrenaline."

Clark went from computer engineer to his very own counsel on Thursday. He's accused of shooting out the red light camera near Broadway and I-640 in late November.

Clark insists police nabbed the wrong man.

"Officer, did you witness me or anyone else shooting at the traffic camera?" Clark asked the witness.

"No, sir," said Knoxville Police Officer Jason Keck.

"Thank you. Your honor, may I make a motion for dismissal please?" Clark responded.

Two Knoxville police officers did, however, testify that they heard several shots in that area, then saw Clark driving out of the Pittman Automotive parking lot and pulled him over.

The officers said they found a rifle and a box of bullets with four missing inside his minivan.

"Point out the damage to the camera to the court please," Clark asked the witness.

"You can't on the picture," Officer James Cox replied.

"Why not?" asked Clark.

"Because you have a poor quality picture," the officer replied.

"I think we have a poor quality witness," Clark said.

The judge eventually took a recess so everyone connected to the case could watch a video Clark handed out to the press last week.

Clark says the police video shows the officers tampering with evidence, but the court wasn't convinced.

A grand jury will now decide whether the accused red light shooter will stand trial.

That's when Clark will decide if he'll play lawyer again.

"I will consult with an attorney, but what I will need to do is make a few sky dives between now and then, to get the adrenaline worked out, then decide whether to hire an attorney."

Clark says he is guilty of urinating in public, which is why police found him where they did. He also says he has never received a ticket for running that particular red light.

Before Thursday's hearing, Clark gave teddy bears that said, "Save the Cliff" to all the reporters.

Clark tried to give one to the assistant district attorney general handling the case, but she gave it back.

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Treasonous LaFollette TN officials secretly accept bribes for illegal Redflex redlight cameras, speed cameras?

LaFollette city officials are considering putting red light cameras and speed cameras into use.

Along Jacksboro Pike, a main thoroughfare in LaFollette, law enforcement officials say they have a big problem with drivers not obeying the rules of the road, including speeding and running red lights.

Officer John Baker issues roughly 25 speeding tickets and 12 red light citations a month. "Just this morning, we had a woman run a red light and cause an accident in the middle of town."

City administrator David Young says, "We think from a safety stand point, it's going to be a really good thing for the city of LaFollette."

Violators would be fined around $50 but the points wouldn't count against a driver's license.

"The revenue is a side effect," Young says. "We're looking at the safety involved that will no only provide revenue, but hopefully slow down traffic."

LaFollette Police Chief Ben Baird says the cameras would be an added tool for his department. "We can't devote time setting cars at red lights so this should help the level of enforcement we're not able to provide."

The company called Red Flex would decide where speed or red light cameras should be placed.

But for now, speed cameras and red light cameras are just possibilities in talks between LaFollette officials. The issue will be reviewed at the city council meeting in February.

In some other East Tennessee cities, Morristown officials say their red light cameras should be up and running in the next few months.

In Oak Ridge, officials are still weighing the idea of putting cameras up at their busiest intersections.

And Knoxville currently has 15 red light cameras in use. Police say since the first one was installed in 2006, crashes have been reduced by 40 percent.

Jan 23, 2008

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FBI disinfo agent and 30 illiterate sheep appear to contest violations caught on new Oak Ridge traffic cameras

25 Sept 09

Former FBI employee Don Taylor of Knoxville, nabbed speeding by one of Oak Ridge's new traffic enforcement cameras, came to court Thursday ready to appeal his ticket.

He was escorted into a small room off City Court, shown a replay of the offense that was captured by a traffic camera - going 53 mph down Illinois Ave. in a 40 mph zone - and given an option.

"I was told I could pay $50 and go home or wait all day and pay $122," Taylor said.

Taylor said an Oak Ridge staff attorney told him he had "virtually no chance of being found innocent."

Unsuccessful appeals are pricier because they include court costs, officials said.

Taylor said he opted just to pay the $50 fine.

Taylor was among some 30 people who showed up Thursday afternoon for a first-ever session after they had tickets mailed to them for speeding or running a red light - violations caught by automated traffic cameras.

For varying reasons, they sought to contest the traffic violations.

Some filed objections because they weren't the drivers at the time. "According to state law, you're responsible for your car," Deputy Police Chief Alan Massengill said. "It ultimately comes back to the owner."

Massengill said Thursday's special court session was attended by employees of RedFlex Traffic Systems Inc., the company that installed the enforcement cameras at four spots in town.

Future special City Court sessions for appeals of those $50 citations will be scheduled as needed, Massengill said.

Since the cameras went on line this summer, more than 10,000 tickets have been issued for speeding and running red lights.

It remains a hot-button issue for some. Councilwoman Anne Garcia Garland, watching the goings-on Thursday, was elected after council approved the cameras.

She contends traffic has increased on side streets as motorists find new routes to bypass the traffic enforcement camera locations.

"All of us local people will be trained," Taylor said. "People out of town, they'll never have a chance."

Treasonous Oak Ridge TN officials secretly accept bribes for illegal Redflex redlight cameras, speed cameras?

Another East Tennessee city is considering red light cameras. This time, it's Oak Ridge.

Red light cameras are relatively new to East Tennessee.

The city of Knoxville put up its first camera in April 2006.

Today, Knoxville has 15 red light cameras at intersections across the city.

Oak Ridge city manager Jim O'Conner says if the city goes ahead with putting up the cameras, they won't be used just to make money.

O'Conner says a report produced by the Tennessee Municipal League shows there's a reduction in accidents when the cameras are installed.

Many Oak Ridge drivers agree the cameras will do more good than harm.

"I think it is a good idea to keep us more aware of what we are doing wrong and to make people drive safer," says Oak Ridge resident Mary Stanley.

O'Conner says if the cameras are installed, it will be some time before the lenses are focused on drivers.

The city has to find a company to work with first and get approval from city council.

O'Conner also says the cameras could catch more than just drivers barreling through red lights. They could also be used to see the speed of traffic.

Dec 10, 2007

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Treasonous Morristown TN officials secretly accept bribes for illegal Redflex redlight cameras, speed cameras?

A growing number of East Tennessee cities are considering installing red light cameras at busy intersections and Morristown has joined the list.

Morristown's red light camera plan is expected to happen this spring.

Meanwhile, Knoxville has 15 red light cameras in use.

And Officials in Oak Ridge and LaFollette are considering adding cameras at some of their intersections.

In Morristown, red light cameras are expected to be installed at five intersections.

The cameras will be the same type in use in Knoxville.

Officials say the amount of money the cameras would generate for Morristown depends on where the cameras are put into use. They also say there will be no cost to taxpayers.

However, officials say the cameras would be used more to help improve safety on the roads than to collect money.

They hope to reduce crashes at dangerous intersections around the city.

Jan 24, 2008

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George Korda loves Redflex

George Korda began his communications career as a military journalist. From 1972 to 1974 he was assigned to The School Brigade at Ft. Benning, GA., where he reported on training activities of U.S. Army Rangers, airborne infantry, the U.S. Army Infantry School and other unit functions.

In 1974 he was assigned to the Chief of Public Affairs, U.S. Army, Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. He traveled throughout Europe writing for Stars & Stripes, Army Times, and numerous other military and civilian publications, including the Associated Press. He was also a radio correspondent for Armed Forces Network, Europe.

In 1977 Korda left the military and became a reporter for Today newspaper (now called Florida Today) in Brevard County, Florida. During his three years with the newspaper, which serves east central Florida, he covered such stories as the 1980 mass refugee boatlift exodus from Cuba, the first submarine launch of a Trident nuclear missile, and many stories related to America’s space program.

In 1981, Korda moved to Tennessee to become Director of Information for the State Department of Commerce and Insurance, which included the state fire marshal’s office and division of regulatory boards. He was frequently called on by the governor’s press secretary to act as spokesman during state government emergencies. These included prison shootings and disturbances, failures of financial institutions, natural disasters, criminal investigations and law enforcement operations.

In 1984, Korda served as press secretary for the Victor Ashe for U.S. Senate campaign. From 1984 -1987 he was with Dye, Van Mol & Lawrence Public Relations in Nashville, specializing in media relations. In 1987 he moved to Knoxville to become Director of Information and press secretary for Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe.

In 1992 he left the mayor’s office to become director of corporate communications for Regal Corporation. From March, 1996 to December, 2003, Korda was with The Ingram Group, a statewide public affairs firm. In January, 2003, he formed Korda Communications, his own public relations and communications consulting firm based in Knoxville.

Korda is political analyst for WATE-TV, Knoxville’s ABC-TV affiliate. He regularly guests on WATE’s public affairs program, “Tennessee This Week.” Korda hosts “State Your Case,” which airs noon – 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.. He appears monthly on “Inside Politics” on WNOX’s “Hallerin Hill Show.” He writes a weekly column for Knoxnews.com, the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s website.

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Lying used car salesmen dispute man's claim about robot car shut-off device

By Don Dare, WATE TV

KNOXVILLE TENN. -- If you buy a used car at some East Tennessee dealers, you'd better make payments on time or a device inside could shut off the engine. And it's perfectly legal.

The On Time device is part of an electronic payment protection system. It's supposed to be used if a customer falls behind in making payments.

But a Knoxville man says a car he bought has been disabled four times although his payments haven't been late.

However, representatives with the company that sells the device say that couldn't have happened.

There's an On Time device under the dashboard of Joyce Proctor's 1994 Chevy Lumina. "It's green right now but it turns red just before they shut it off." If that happens, "You can't drive the car. It won't steer. It won't do nothing."

Bill Hendrickson bought the car last March for his ex-wife, Joyce. She drives him around because his health is bad.

"She's scared to death when she goes down the highway, when she visits her mother in Townsend. It's shut off a couple of times," Bill says.

The car came from Frontier Motors at 8421 Asheville Highway, a buy here - pay here lot.

Bill's kept receipts from the time he purchased the car. "My payments are always a week to two weeks early. I've never missed one."

Despite that, Joyce says the car was disabled at home and on the highway. "It happened this past month. It was scary."

"How many times has the tracking device shut your car off on the roadway?" 6 On Your Side asks. "Twice," Joyce says. "I don't want to die. I sure don't want to die. Every time I get in this car, I get scared."

She showed 6 On Your Side a series of numbers that's a code for the On Time device. It has to be punched in every month.

"Every time you make a payment, it's a different code, different numbers on each code," Joyce explains.

6 On Your side went to Frontier Motors and asked Denise Arthur, who filled out Bill Hendrickson's paperwork, about the car.

Arthur said an On Time device "goes on all the vehicles. It's to shut the car down if people don't make their payments."

6 On Your Side told Arthur what Bill and Joyce said about the car being disabled despite making the payments. "First, you can turn that off," she said, pointing to the 6 On Your Side camera.

Then Joyce called Frontier Motors to follow up. "She gave me seven or eight different codes to put into it."

Bill's spent over $1,000 repairing the car's electrical system. He showed 6 On Your Side receipts for a battery, alternator and starter. Apparently, the On Time device depends on a properly tuned electrical system.

"These little devices can shut off if the battery is bad on your car, if your starter goes out on your car, if your alternator is bad on your car," Arthur explains.

Bill wasn't happy to hear the explanation. "I think the whole thing is bull. I've never seen a set up like that. You can't be trusted and my payments are made early, I picked the wrong company."

Despite his displeasure, Bill gave his consent for the system when he signed the sales agreement at Frontier Motors.

6 On Your Side spoke with On Time Wednesday. The company says its device is a starter interrupt system that prevents a car from being turned on only if a payment isn't made or the customer has gone beyond the grace period.

On Time claims the device will not turn off the car while it's running.

The company says whatever happened to Bill Hendrickson's car had nothing to do with its system.

If you have a consumer question or problem, call the 6 On Your Side hotline at (865)-633-5974.

Dec 5, 2007

DARPA.MIL's Control Freak Technology

Kurt Nimmo

According to Wired.com, the Pentagon is "about to embark on a stunningly ambitious research project designed to gather every conceivable bit of information about a person's life, index all the information and make it searchable. What national security experts and civil libertarians want to know is, why would the Defense Department want to do such a thing?"

Once again, "security experts and civil libertarians" fail to understand the authoritarian, psychopathic mind. Our rulers do these sort of things because they are the ultimate control freaks, paranoid and suspicious of the average person - or rather what the average person may do in order to get rid of the controllers, the parasites, who are compelled to spend billions of dollars on such projects, that is to say billions fleeced off the people they want to monitor and control. As usual, the excuse is they have to protect us from the terrorists, never mind they created the terrorists, too.

"The embryonic LifeLog program would dump everything an individual does into a giant database: every e-mail sent or received, every picture taken, every Web page surfed, every phone call made, every TV show watched, every magazine read," Wired continues. "All of this - and more - would combine with information gleaned from a variety of sources: a GPS transmitter to keep tabs on where that person went, audio-visual sensors to capture what he or she sees or says, and biomedical monitors to keep track of the individual's health."

In fact, a large part of this is already in place, thanks to the NSA's vacuum cleaner approach to searching for "al-Qaeda phone calls," (AllCIAduh) cataloguing millions of phone calls each and every day, reading email, snooping internet destinations with the help of the telecoms. As for GPS, you have one in your cell phone, as well as a way for the snoops to listen in on what you say, even when you think the phone is switched off.

If the government had its way - and it may very well in a few years, thanks to the bovine nature of the average American ? you will be chipped or at minimum have an RFID in your wallet or purse, thus they will be track where you go and when.

This gigantic amalgamation of personal information could then be used to "trace the 'threads' of an individual's life," to see exactly how a relationship or events developed, according to a briefing from the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, LifeLog's sponsor.

Someone with access to the database could "retrieve a specific thread of past transactions, or recall an experience from a few seconds ago or from many years earlier - by using a search-engine interface."

For instance, it could be determined if you harbor "discontent" with the government, in other words if you're with al-Qaeda.

On the surface, the project seems like the latest in a long line of DARPA's "blue sky" research efforts, most of which never make it out of the lab. But DARPA is currently asking businesses and universities for research proposals to begin moving LifeLog forward. And some people, such as Steven Aftergood, a defense analyst with the Federation of American Scientists, are worried.

With its controversial Total Information Awareness database project, DARPA already is planning to track all of an individual's "transactional data" - like what we buy and who gets our e-mail.

While the parameters of the project have not yet been determined, Aftergood said he believes LifeLog could go far beyond TIA's scope, adding physical information (like how we feel) and media data (like what we read) to this transactional data.

"LifeLog has the potential to become something like 'TIA cubed,'" he said.

No doubt, the pointy-heads in the Pentagon are particularly interested in this "how we feel" aspect of the program. Not even Orwell was able to imagine such a scary control device.

You see an image of our commander-guy on television or the web, your biomedical implant registers an elevated level or disgust, and the thought police are dispatched in SWAT fashion. It's off to the re-education camp for you.

Of course, that's really "blue sky" stuff at this point. Instead, for the moment, we'll have to settle for DARPA tracking us on the internet, thanks to technology under development at Microsoft.

In the private sector, a number of LifeLog-like efforts already are underway to digitally archive one's life - to create a "surrogate memory," as minicomputer pioneer Gordon Bell calls it.

Bell, now with Microsoft, scans all his letters and memos, records his conversations, saves all the Web pages he's visited and e-mails he's received and puts them into an electronic storehouse dubbed MyLifeBits.

DARPA's LifeLog would take this concept several steps further by tracking where people go and what they see.

Of course, if you know the government is tracking where you go, chances are you may not go there. And that's why DARPA is spending your hard-earned tax money on technology you can't get around, just in case you're with al-Qaeda or a Ron Paul supporter.

That makes the project similar to the work of University of Toronto professor Steve Mann. Since his teen years in the 1970s, Mann, a self-styled "cyborg," has worn a camera and an array of sensors to record his existence. He claims he's convinced 20 to 30 of his current and former students to do the same. It's all part of an experiment into "existential technology" and "the metaphysics of free will."

DARPA isn't quite so philosophical about LifeLog. But the agency does see some potential battlefield uses for the program.

Indeed, military types are not normally interested in all that philosophical stuff, as they are too busy finding and eliminating enemies. DARPA concentrates on the battlefield and the battlefield is right here on Main Street. DARPA does somersaults to fit LifeLog into a traditional military context but it fails and fails miserably. Obviously, this system is for us, the commoners, and the real enemies of power.

John Pike, director of defense think tank GlobalSecurity.org, said he finds the explanations "hard to believe."

"It looks like an outgrowth of Total Information Awareness and other DARPA homeland security surveillance programs," he added in an e-mail.

Sure, LifeLog could be used to train robotic assistants. But it also could become a way to profile suspected terrorists, said Cory Doctorow, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In other words, Osama bin Laden's agent takes a walk around the block at 10 each morning, buys a bagel and a newspaper at the corner store and then calls his mother. You do the same things - so maybe you're an al Qaeda member, too! (AllCIAduh)

Bingo! And as we know, al-Qaeda now encompasses at lot of behavior, as even garden variety criminals are considered terrorists. But the run-of-the-mill pot smoker or bad check writer pales in comparison to those who are walking around experiencing "discontent" with the government. Obviously, a bad check writer will have at best minimal influence on the government while an al-Qaeda terrorist in a 9/11 truth t-shirt is most certainly a direct challenge and threat to the guys in charge, and that's why DARPA was put on the case.

"The more that an individual's characteristic behavior patterns - 'routines, relationships and habits' - can be represented in digital form, the easier it would become to distinguish among different individuals, or to monitor one," Aftergood, the Federation of American Scientists analyst, wrote in an e-mail.

In its LifeLog report, DARPA makes some nods to privacy protection, like when it suggests that "properly anonymized access to LifeLog data might support medical research and the early detection of an emerging epidemic."

But before these grand plans get underway, LifeLog will start small. Right now, DARPA is asking industry and academics to submit proposals for 18-month research efforts, with a possible 24-month extension. (DARPA is not sure yet how much money it will sink into the program.)

Not that money is an object when the American tax payer is picking up the tab.

Like a game show, winning this DARPA prize eventually will earn the lucky scientists a trip for three to Washington, D.C. Except on this excursion, every participating scientist's e-mail to the travel agent, every padded bar bill and every mad lunge for a cab will be monitored, categorized and later dissected.

And if the scientists are not extra careful, they may end up dead or missing, like not shortage microbiologists, as secret program like to clean up and stragglers who may cause embarrassment or Nuremberg-like trials down the road.

December 12, 2007

Police State Cyborgs spy and ticket motorists by mail - Goon squads staring at banks of TV monitors spy on all motorist slaves in order to steal money from them. How to beat the death squads in court.

DARPA.MIL's Mobile Control Freak Technology Targeting Iraqis for Death

Robert Parry
Consortium News
December 13, 2007

U.S. forces in Iraq soon will be equipped with high-tech equipment that will let them process an Iraqi’s biometric data in minutes and help American soldiers decide whether they should execute the person or not, according to its inventor.

“A war fighter needs to know one of three things: Do I let him go? Keep him? Or shoot him on the spot?” Pentagon weapons designer Anh Duong told the Washington Post for a feature on how this 47-year-old former Vietnamese refugee and mother of four rose to become a top U.S. bomb-maker.

Though Duong is best known for designing high-explosives used to destroy hardened targets, she also supervised the Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities project, known as a “lab in a box” for analyzing biometric data, such as iris scans and fingerprints, that have been collected on more than one million Iraqis.

The labs – collapsible, 20-by-20-foot units each with a generator and a satellite link to a biometric data base in West Virginia – will let U.S. forces cross-check data in the field against information collected previously that can be used to identify insurgents. These labs are expected to be deployed across Iraq in early 2008.

Duong said the next step will be to shrink the lab to the size of a “backpack” so soldiers who encounter a suspect “could find out within minutes” if he’s on a terrorist watch list and should be killed.

Duong justified this biometric-data program as a humanitarian way of singling out “bad guys” for elimination while sparing innocent civilians.

“I don’t want My Lai in Iraq,” Duong said. “The biggest difficulty in the global war on terror – just like in Vietnam – is to know who the bad guys are. How do we make sure we don’t kill innocents?”

In Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military units already are operating under loose rules of engagement that allow them to kill individuals who are identified as suspected terrorists or who show the slightest evidence of being insurgents. American forces also have rounded up tens of thousands of Iraqi military-age males, or MAMs, for detention.

During a summer 2007 trip to Iraq, Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, was briefed on U.S. plans to expand the number of Iraqis in American detention by the end of 2008.

“The detainees have risen to over 18,000 and are projected to hit 30,000 (by the U.S. command) by the end of the year and 50,000 by the end of 2008,” Cordesman wrote in his trip report.

The sweeps have enabled the U.S. military to collect biometric data for future use if and when the Iraqis are released back into the general population.

Test Tube

In effect, the Bush administration is transforming Iraq into a test tube for modern techniques of repression, which already include use of night-vision optics on drone aircraft, heat resonance imaging, and firepower that is both deadly and precise.

The new techniques represent a modernization of tactics used in other counterinsurgencies, such as in Vietnam in the 1960s and in Central America in the 1980s.

In Vietnam, U.S. forces planted sensors along infiltration routes for targeting bombing runs against North Vietnamese troops. In Guatemala, security forces were equipped with early laptop computers for use in identifying suspected subversives who would be dragged off buses and summarily executed.

Now, modern technologies are updating these strategies for the 21st century’s “war on terror.”

The U.S. news media mostly has reacted to these developments with gee-whiz enthusiasm, like the Post story about Duong, which breezily depicts her complicated life as a devoted mom whose personal history as a Vietnamese refugee led her to a career developing sophisticated weapons for the U.S. government.

The Post feature article expressed no alarm and no criticism of Duong’s comment about shooting Iraqi suspects “on the spot.” [Washington Post, Dec. 1, 2007]

Similarly, U.S. newspapers have consigned stories about U.S. troops engaging in extrajudicial killings of suspects mostly to pages deep inside the newspapers or have covered the news sympathetically. While some harsh criticism has fallen on trigger-happy Blackwater “security contractors,” U.S. troops have been given largely a free pass.

For instance, no furor arose this fall when the U.S. military, in effect, endorsed claims by members of elite Army sniper units that they have been granted broad discretion in killing any Iraqi who crosses the path of their rifle scopes.

On Nov. 8, a U.S. military jury at Camp Liberty in Iraq acquitted the leader of an Army sniper team in the killings of three Iraqi men south of Baghdad during the early days of the troop “surge” this year.

Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley was found not guilty of murder, though he was convicted of lesser charges that he had planted an AK-47 rifle on one of the dead men and had shown disrespect to a superior officer.

In an e-mail interview with the New York Times, Hensley complained that he should not have even faced a court martial because he was following guidance from two superior officers who wanted him to boost the unit’s kill count.

“Every last man we killed was a confirmed terrorist,” Hensley wrote. “We were praised when bad guys died. We were upbraided when bad guys did not die.” [NYT, Nov. 9, 2007]

Asymmetric Warfare

The case of Army sniper Jorge G. Sandoval Jr., who served under Hensley, also revealed a classified program in which the Pentagon’s Asymmetric Warfare Group encouraged U.S. military snipers in Iraq to drop “bait” – such as electrical cords and ammunition – and then shoot Iraqis who pick up the items, according to evidence in the Sandoval case. [Washington Post, Sept. 24, 2007]

(Like Hensley, Sandoval was acquitted of murder but convicted of a lesser charge, the planting of copper wire on one of the slain Iraqis to make it look as if the dead man were involved in making explosive devices.)

Another case of a targeted killing of a suspected insurgent surfaced at a military court hearing at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in mid-September. Two U.S. Special Forces soldiers took part in the execution of an Afghani who was suspected of heading an insurgent group.

As described at the hearing, Staffel and Anderson were leading a team of Afghan soldiers when an informant told them where a suspected insurgent leader was hiding. The U.S.-led contingent found a man believed to be Nawab Buntangyar walking outside his compound near the village of Hasan Kheyl.

While the Americans kept their distance out of fear the suspect might be wearing a suicide vest, the man was questioned about his name and the Americans checked his description against a list from the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan, known as “the kill-or-capture list.”

Concluding that the man was insurgent leader Nawab Buntangyar, Staffel gave the order to shoot, and Anderson – from a distance of about 100 yards away – fired a bullet through the man’s head, killing him instantly.

The soldiers viewed the killing as “a textbook example of a classified mission completed in accordance with the American rules of engagement,” the International Herald Tribune reported. “The men said such rules allowed them to kill Buntangyar, whom the American military had designated a terrorist cell leader, once they positively identified him.” [IHT, Sept. 17, 2007]

According to evidence at the Fort Bragg proceedings, an earlier Army investigation had cleared the two soldiers because they had been operating under “rules of engagement” that empowered them to kill individuals who have been designated “enemy combatants,” even if the targets were unarmed and presented no visible threat.

In effect, Duong’s mobile labs would streamline the process for identifying suspected insurgents like Buntangyar.

Rather than relying on physical descriptions, U.S. forces could scan a suspect’s eyes or check his fingerprints — and instantaneously cross-check it with data stored in West Virginia — before deciding, in Duong’s words, “Do I let him go? Keep him? Or shoot him on the spot?”

See also:

"Finding the Russian scientists may be a problem being that Russia does not have a Social Security System, as here in America, that allows us to MONITOR, TRACK DOWN and CAPTURE an American citizen." - General Colin Powell, chairman US Joint Chiefs of Staff at Pentagon, US Secretary of State, Butcher of Bagdad, Fox News, 06/17/01

Prisoners to be chipped like dogs, tracked by satellites

LONDON - Hi-tech 'satellite' tagging planned in order to create more space in jails. Civil rights groups and probation officers furious at 'degrading' scheme.

Ministers are planning to implant "machine-readable" microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme that would create more space in British jails.

Amid concerns about the security of existing tagging systems and prison overcrowding, the Ministry of Justice is investigating the use of satellite and radio-wave technology to monitor criminals.

But, instead of being contained in bracelets worn around the ankle, the tiny chips would be surgically inserted under the skin of offenders in the community, to help enforce home curfews. The radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, as long as two grains of rice, are able to carry scanable personal information about individuals, including their identities, address and offending record.

The tags, labelled "spychips" by privacy campaigners, are already used around the world to keep track of dogs, cats, cattle and airport luggage, but there is no record of the technology being used to monitor offenders in the community. The chips are also being considered as a method of helping to keep order within prisons.

A senior Ministry of Justice official last night confirmed that the department hoped to go even further, by extending the geographical range of the internal chips through a link-up with satellite-tracking similar to the system used to trace stolen vehicles. "All the options are on the table, and this is one we would like to pursue," the source added.

The move is in line with a proposal from Ken Jones, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), that electronic chips should be surgically implanted into convicted paedophiles and sex offenders in order to track them more easily. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is seen as the favoured method of monitoring such offenders to prevent them going near "forbidden" zones such as primary schools.

"We have wanted to take advantage of this technology for several years, because it seems a sensible solution to the problems we are facing in this area," a senior minister said last night. "We have looked at it and gone back to it and worried about the practicalities and the ethics, but when you look at the challenges facing the criminal justice system, it's time has come."

The Government has been forced to review sentencing policy amid serious overcrowding in the nation's jails, after the prison population soared from 60,000 in 1997 to 80,000 today. The crisis meant the number of prisoners held in police cells rose 13-fold last year, with police stations housing offenders more than 60,000 times in 2007, up from 4,617 the previous year. The UK has the highest prison population per capita in western Europe, and the Government is planning for an extra 20,000 places at a cost of £3.8bn – including three gigantic new "superjails" – in the next six years.

More than 17,000 individuals, including criminals and suspects released on bail, are subject to electronic monitoring at any one time, under curfews requiring them to stay at home up to 12 hours a day. But official figures reveal that almost 2,000 offenders a year escape monitoring by tampering with ankle tags or tearing them off. Curfew breaches rose from 11,435 in 2005 to 43,843 in 2006 – up 283 per cent. The monitoring system, which relies on mobile-phone technology, can fail if the network crashes.

A multimillion-pound pilot of satellite monitoring of offenders was shelved last year after a report revealed many criminals simply ditched the ankle tag and separate portable tracking unit issued to them. The "prison without bars" project also failed to track offenders when they were in the shadow of tall buildings.

The Independent on Sunday has now established that ministers have been assessing the merits of cutting-edge technology that would make it virtually impossible for individuals to remove their electronic tags.

The tags, injected into the back of the arm with a hypodermic needle, consist of a toughened glass capsule holding a computer chip, a copper antenna and a "capacitor" that transmits data stored on the chip when prompted by an electromagnetic reader.

But details of the dramatic option for tightening controls over Britain's criminals provoked an angry response from probation officers and civil-rights groups. Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, said: "If the Home Office doesn't understand why implanting a chip in someone is worse than an ankle bracelet, they don't need a human-rights lawyer; they need a common-sense bypass.

"Degrading offenders in this way will do nothing for their rehabilitation and nothing for our safety, as some will inevitably find a way round this new technology."

Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers, said the proposal would not make his members' lives easier and would degrade their clients. He added: "I have heard about this suggestion, but we feel the system works well enough as it is. Knowing where offenders like paedophiles are does not mean you know what they are doing.

"This is the sort of daft idea that comes up from the department every now and then, but tagging people in the same way we tag our pets cannot be the way ahead. Treating people like pieces of meat does not seem to represent an improvement in the system to me."

The US market leader VeriChip Corp, whose parent company has been selling radio tags for animals for more than a decade, has sold 7,000 RFID microchips worldwide, of which about 2,000 have been implanted in humans. The company claims its VeriChips are used in more than 5,000 installations, crossing healthcare, security, government and industrial markets, but they have also been used to verify VIP membership in nightclubs, automatically gaining the carrier entry – and deducting the price of their drinks from a pre-paid account.

The possible value of the technology to the UK's justice system was first highlighted 18 months ago, when Acpo's Mr Jones suggested the chips could be implanted into sex offenders. The implants would be tracked by satellite, enabling authorities to set up "zones", including schools, playgrounds and former victims' homes, from which individuals would be barred.

"If we are prepared to track cars, why don't we track people?" Mr Jones said. "You could put surgical chips into those of the most dangerous sex offenders who are willing to be controlled."

The case for: 'We track cars, so why not people?'

The Government is struggling to keep track of thousands of offenders in the community and is troubled by an overcrowded prison system close to bursting. Internal tagging offers a solution that could impose curfews more effectively than at present, and extend the system by keeping sex offenders out of "forbidden areas". "If we are prepared to track cars, why don't we track people?" said Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo).

Officials argue that the internal tags enable the authorities to enforce thousands of court orders by ensuring offenders remain within their own walls during curfew hours – and allow the immediate verification of ID details when challenged.

The internal tags also have a use in maintaining order within prisons. In the United States, they are used to track the movement of gang members within jails.

Offenders themselves would prefer a tag they can forget about, instead of the bulky kit carried around on the ankle.

The case against: 'The rest of us could be next'

Professionals in the criminal justice system maintain that the present system is 95 per cent effective. Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is unproven. The technology is actually more invasive, and carries more information about the host. The devices have been dubbed "spychips" by critics who warn that they would transmit data about the movements of other people without their knowledge.

Consumer privacy expert Liz McIntyre said a colleague had already proved he could "clone" a chip. "He can bump into a chipped person and siphon the chip's unique signal in a matter of seconds," she said.

One company plans deeper implants that could vibrate, electroshock the implantee, broadcast a message, or serve as a microphone to transmit conversations. "Some folks might foolishly discount all of these downsides and futuristic nightmares since the tagging is proposed for criminals like rapists and murderers," Ms McIntyre said. "The rest of us could be next."

13 January 2008

The Exon-Florio National Security Test for Foreign Investment

Congressional Research Service
Library of Congress

The proposed acquisition of six major U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World and Unocal by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has sparked intense concerns among some Members of Congress and the public and has reignited the debate over what role foreign acquisitions play in U.S. national security. While the United States actively promotes internationally the policy of relaxing rules concerning foreign investment, including the national treatment of foreign firms, some in Congress and others question some aspects of this policy as it relates to allowing foreign competitors unlimited access to the Nation’s industrial base. Much of this debate focuses on the activities of a relatively obscure committee, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Exon-Florio provision, which gives the President broad powers to block certain types of foreign investment. This report will be updated as warranted by events.

According to the Department of Commerce,1 foreigners invested $113 billion in U.S. businesses and real estate in 2004, which represents nearly a tripling in the amount invested in 2003. This amount, however, is about half as much as U.S. firms invested abroad and far below the record $300 billion foreigners invested in 2000.

The cumulative amount, or stock, of foreign direct investment in the United States on a historical cost basis3 increased by $38 billion in 2003 to nearly $1.4 trillion.

With over $230 billion invested in the United States, Great Britain is the largest foreign direct investor. Japan has moved into the position as the second largest foreign direct investor in the U.S. economy with over $159 billion in investments. Following the Japanese are the Germans ($149 billion) and Dutch ($146 billion), with the French close behind ($143 billion). Recently, China has attracted particular attention as a result of a number of proposed acquisitions. Worldwide, Chinese acquisition transactions jumped from $2-$3 billion in previous years to $23 billion so far in 2005.

In 1988, amid concerns over foreign acquisition of certain types of U.S. firms, particularly by Japanese firms, Congress approved the Exon-Florio provision of the Defense Production Act.6 This statute grants the President the authority to block proposed or pending foreign acquisitions of “persons engaged in interstate commerce in the United States” that threaten to impair the national security. In subsequent legislation, Congress directed that this process be applied “in any instance in which an entity controlled by or acting on behalf of a foreign government seeks to engage in any merger, acquisition, or takeover which could result in control of a person engaged in interstate commerce in the United States that could affect the national security of the United States.” Many in Congress were concerned at the time that foreign takeovers of U.S. firms could not be stopped unless the President declared a national emergency or regulators invoked federal antitrust, environmental, or securities laws. The Exon-Florio provision grants the President the authority to take what action he considers to be “appropriate” to suspend or prohibit proposed or pending foreign acquisitions, mergers, or takeovers of persons engaged in interstate commerce in the United States which threaten to impair the national security.

The authority to administer the Exon-Florio provision was delegated to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS),8 which is housed in the Department of the Treasury. The Committee had been established under a previous Executive Order with broad responsibilities, but few powers.9 It was originally established with eight members, but has been expanded to twelve over time. The twelve members include the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, and Commerce; the United States Trade Representative; the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; the Attorney General; the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs; and the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.10 The Committee has 30 days to decide whether to investigate a case and an additional 45 days to make its recommendation. Once the recommendation is made, the President has 15 days to act.

According to one source,13 CFIUS has received more than 1,500 notifications, of which it conducted a full investigation of 25 cases. Of these 25 cases, thirteen transactions were withdrawn upon notice that CFIUS would conduct a full review and twelve of the remaining transactions cases were sent to the President. Of these twelve transactions, one was prohibited.

H.R. 556: Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007

Presidential Executive Order 13456 of January 23, 2008

Stop the North American Union

Willie Nelson: I’d Rather Have an Electric Chair Named After Me Than a NAFTA Toll Road

Country music icon Willie Nelson said it would have been “one of the dumbest things” he could have ever done to accept an invitation from the state of Texas to have a toll road named after him.

“First of all I don’t like toll roads and I wouldn’t like for a guy to drive up on the Willie Nelson road and have to spend his last dollar getting from point A to point B and I didn’t want a toll road named after me - that’s ridiculous - I’d rather have an electric chair named after me,” Nelson told the Alex Jones Show yesterday.

Nelson said he initially thought about the proposal but immediately rejected it after he found out the true intention of the toll road, adding, “It didn’t seem right and still doesn’t seem right.”

Nelson’s fellow music star Jimmy Vaughan has been active in speaking out against the Trans Texas Corridor and the NAFTA Superhighway and he was one of the individuals who advised Willie to reject the proposal.

“I heard from Jimmy and I heard from some other folks who said that hey this is something you want to think about because it’s different from what they’re telling you and when I started finding out how different it was - today people are having to pay to drive on a road that was free for them yesterday and that didn’t seem right.”

US citizens will be forced to adopt a de-facto national identification card and have their freedom of mobility defined by behavioral fealty to the government under proposals set to derive from NAFTA superhighway toll road systems and the implementation of the North American Union.

Similar toll systems snaking their way from the southern and northern borders cutting through major American cities will force American citizens to submit to having RFID enabled identification cards which contain an ever-increasing array of information about their personal lives.

To even be allowed to use major roads and highways, US citizens will be subject to a criminal background check and the government will have the ability to pinpoint their particular RFID signal and remotely block it from central computer mainframes - effectively abolishing freedom of mobility in America.

Nelson said it was “one of the dumbest things I could have done” to have the toll road named after him.

Click here to listen to the MP3 audio of the interview.

February 19th, 2008

Willie Nelson: Impeach Bush, “Throw The Bastards Out” - "If you break the law you have to pay for it one way or another and if these guys haven’t broke the law nobody has. We went through a couple of elections now and we didn’t do anything, we thought we did but come to find out that the voting machines are crooked, everything’s stacked against us, the politicians that we vote for won’t stay and fight and they won’t count the votes. It could be anything and anything will work because they have everyone scared to death, I just think there are people out there who will do anything to stay in power, anything to keep what they have, they’ve already proven they’ll do anything to keep it. I was talking about the third building that nothing hit and yet it fell as if it was hit the same way, all three buildings fell the same way, but the third building wasn’t hit by anything." 9/11 was an inside job.

Congressman Ron Paul and Lou Dobbs versus Texas toll road giveaway scam - 19 February 2008

TDOT plans to steal land for private foreign toll road in Knoxville

The former "Orange Route," now known as the Knoxville Parkway, could soon become a reality as a toll road.

The Knoxville Chamber asked Tennessee Department of Transportation officials for more information on the parkway.

It would connect I-40 in Loudon County to I-75 in Anderson County and could extend east from there.

TDOT described two options for funding, the first being the traditional method.

The second possibility is a tollway, and it is one local leaders are considering.

TDOT defers to local government to decide if a toll route is the path forward but says it would allow the project to move ahead much faster than traditional financing.


I have a question on this issue that has been bothering me since it originally was discussed years ago. We already have I640. No, it is not a MAJOR bypass as bigger cities have but we do have a bypass. If you take people who are traveling several miles north of the city and divert them to several miles south of the city, are we not potentially losing thousands and eventually millions of dollars to the local economy? I understand the traffic issues but if you give Bob and Jane from Lexington, KY a direct route to Disneyworld without ever having to even know that they passed Knoxville along the way, are our fiscal managers not cutting our heads off for us to bleed slowly to our death?

Redflex Traffic Systems - "Redflex Traffic Systems has been exporting successful automated traffic enforcement programs to municipalities worldwide since 1997. With offices in Australia (head office), the USA and Europe, Redflex products include Toll camera enforcement solutions."


Tennessee Senate votes to require toll contractors to be American-owned

NASHVILLE - The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to require companies contracting with the state to operate toll roads or bridges to be majority American owned.

Sen. Tim Burchett, a Knoxville Republican, says he introduced the bill for national security reasons.

The Legislature last year approved a pilot program that would allow one toll road and one toll bridge project in Tennessee. No project has yet been approved.

The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to take up the companion bill on Tuesday.

More details as they develop online and in Friday's News Sentinel.

February 28, 2008

Redflex Traffic Systems - "Redflex Traffic Systems has been exporting successful automated traffic enforcement programs to municipalities worldwide since 1997. With offices in Australia (head office), the USA and Europe, Redflex products include Toll camera enforcement solutions."

Knoxville Tennessee Parkway project spends $250,000 toward toll as I40 Malfunction Junction closed for 2 years

East Tennessee is inching closer and closer to the state's first toll road.

Wednesday morning, regional leaders who comprise the Transportation Planning Organization approved $250,000 to continue studying what to do with the Knoxville Parkway project. Now, they want to know what happens if they make it a toll road.

The Knoxville Parkway is a 26-mile stretch of highway that would bypass downtown Knoxville, connecting I-40 near the Loudon-Knox County line to I-75 near the Norris/Clinton exit in Anderson County. It was formerly known as the "orange route".

TDOT is also considering the idea of a second route that would connect I-75 in Anderson County to I-40 near Sevier County, essentially completing a half circle bypass north of Knoxville.

To many drivers in East Tennessee, the idea of a toll doesn't go over very well.

"When you said toll, that means money, and as tight as things are now..." Clinton driver Mark Merritt said doubtfully.

"Who wants to pay to drive across a piece of your own state?" Selena Foust of Andersonville said.

But local leaders and TDOT say there are definite benefits if they choose to connect I-75 with a tollway.

"I think right now, the $600 million to just complete the western segment is going to be very difficult to raise," TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Ed Cole said.

The issue revolves around cash. Construction projects in Tennessee are required to basically work in a pay-as-you-go method. As projects get money each budget cycle, they can plan and build.

With a tollway, they're allowed to build with credit.

The bottom line when those rules apply to the Knoxville Parkway is a matter of years. With traditional funding, the project will likely be completed around the year 2023. With a toll, it could be done by 2015.

Now, regional leaders are moving forward, asking for more information. In the feasibility study ordered Wednesday, they'll find out how much drivers would be willing to pay and get more detailed construction cost estimates. The study will likely be complete late this summer or early fall.

In order for TDOT to move ahead and start construction, they'll have to get approval from the local elected officials who serve on that Transportation Planning Organization.

"It's a joint process. The department is not interested in pursuing a toll project without full support from local government," Cole said.

"In other states that we go through, when we travel, I just think it's an aggravation," Merritt said. "I don't really want to see it come here."

Give us your questions and feedback

We're just over two months away from the biggest detour East Tennessee has ever seen. At midnight May 1, TDOT will shut down I-40 between Hall of Fame Drive and James White Parkway in downtown Knoxville for 14 months, as they widen the road. It's part of the huge SmartFIX40 project that has affect our drive for a couple of years now. As 10 News works on a special set to air in April, we'd like to hear from you. E-mail us with your questions and comments on the project.


Redflex Traffic Systems - "Redflex Traffic Systems has been exporting successful automated traffic enforcement programs to municipalities worldwide since 1997. With offices in Australia (head office), the USA and Europe, Redflex products include Toll camera enforcement solutions."

Blood Detecting Traffic Cameras in UK

Motorists will be targeted by a new generation of road cameras which work out how many people are in a car by measuring the amount of bodily fluid it contains.

The latest snooping device on the nation’s roads aims to penalise lone drivers who abuse car-sharing lanes, and is part of a Government effort to combat congestion at busy times.

The cameras work by sending an infrared beam through the windscreen of vehicles which detects the unique make-up of blood and water content in human skin.

The system’s inventors believe it will catch out motorists who try to fool existing CCTV road cameras by placing mannequins in passenger seats or fixing photographs to windscreens.

It will at first be used to police car-sharing lanes in Leeds, but councils across the country have already expressed an interest in using them.

February 23, 2008

Two TN cities busted over revenue-light cameras

By Michael Silence
Knoxville News Sentinel
March 27, 2008

According to the car blog Jalopnik and the National Motorists Association, Nashville is one of six cities (also including Chattanooga) accused of shortening the amber cycle on certain traffic light intersections in a reported effort to pick the pockets of unsuspecting drivers.

Union City, California; Lubbock, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Springfield, Missouri; Dallas, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee — you're all on notice. We already hate the idea of the omnipresent big brother handing out speeding tickets through the watchful eye of the traffic camera, but when the deck is stacked in the states' favor, it's time to call shenanigans. All six of these cities have been accused and found guilty of excessively short amber cycles on certain traffic camera equipped intersections — a convenient way to pickpocket unsuspecting drivers as they pass though an intersection.

Traffic cameras are claimed to be used to discourage running red lights, and improving public safety, even though studies are beginning to show evidence to the contrary. We'll be happy when the states figure out how to run their respective governments without traffic fines acting as unlevied taxes against the citizens.

Even without red light cameras, police in Nashville, Tennessee have been earning hundreds of thousands in revenue by trapping motorists in conventional ticket traps at city intersections with the shortest yellow warning time.

In 2006, Nashville resident Joe Savage obtained the data on every red light running ticket issued on Broadway street since 2000. He said that yellow lights are longer at intersections along Broadway until the areas where police are issuing tickets. At those locations, Savage clocked the yellow signal time at less than 3 seconds, in violation of both state law and federal regulations.

For some reason, this is just now making the Internet. Also, according to www.speedtrap.org, Nashville is one of the worst speed trap cities in the country. Have these people ever driven here in rush hour? Or been on the 440 Speedway?

Six Cities Caught Shortening Yellow Light Times For Profit

National Motorists Assn
Motorists.org March 26th, 2008

Short yellow light times at intersections have been shown to increase the number of traffic violations and accidents. Conversely, increasing the yellow light duration can dramatically reduce red-light violations at an intersection.

Some local governments have ignored the safety benefit of increasing the yellow light time and decided to install red-light cameras, shorten the yellow light duration, and collect the profits instead.

Here are some of the cities that have been caught with short yellow light times over the past few years:

Important note: These news stories were collected from the archives of TheNewspaper.com, an excellent resource for anyone interested in traffic laws and other motorist issues. If you subscribe to TheNewspaper.com’s feed, you’ll never miss the latest news. It makes an excellent complement to this blog.

1) Chattanooga, Tennessee

The city of Chattanooga was forced refund $8800 in red light cameras tickets issued to motorists trapped by an illegally short yellow time. The refund only occurred after a motorist challenged his citation by insisting that the yellow light time of 3.0 seconds was too short. LaserCraft, the private vendor that runs the camera program in return for a cut of the profits, provided the judge with a computer database that asserted the yellow was 3.8 seconds at that location.

The judge then personally checked the intersection in question was timed at three seconds while other nearby locations had about four seconds of yellow warning. City traffic engineer John Van Winkle told Bean that “a mix up with the turn arrow” was responsible and that the bare minimum for the light should be 3.9 seconds.

Read the Full Story

2) Dallas, Texas

An investigation by KDFW-TV, a local TV station, found that of the ten cameras that issued the greatest number of tickets in the city, seven were located at intersections where the yellow duration is shorter than the bare minimum recommended by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

The city’s second highest revenue producing camera, for example, was located at the intersection of Greenville Avenue and Mockingbird Lane. It issued 9407 tickets worth $705,525 between January 1 and August 31, 2007. At the intersections on Greenville Avenue leading up to the camera intersection, however, yellows are at least 3.5 or 4.0 seconds in duration, but the ticket-producing intersection’s yellow stands at just 3.15 seconds. That is 0.35 seconds shorter than TxDOT’s recommended bare minimum. Dallas likewise installed the cameras at locations with existing short yellow times. A total of twenty-one camera intersections in Dallas had yellow times below TxDOT’s bare minimum recommended amount.

The ticket camera program in Dallas made the news recently for shutting down some of its cameras because they were no longer profitable.

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3) Springfield, Missouri

The city of Springfield, Missouri prepared for the installation of a red light camera system in 2007 by slashing the yellow warning time by one second at 105 state-owned intersection signals across the city.

The city defended its effort to the Springfield News-Leader by claiming it was “standardizing” and had increased the yellow time at 136 city-operated lights to meet national standards. During the city council meeting last October where the red light camera ordinance was approved, however, Assistant Director of Public Works Earl Newman gave a different explanation for the reduction. Newman said he was, “concerned that many individuals run the light if the light remained yellow too long.”

Read the Full Story

4) Lubbock, Texas

KBCD, a local television station, exposed the city’s short timing of yellow lights at eight of the twelve intersections where the devices were to be installed.

Prior to the news investigation, Lubbock City Engineer Jere Hart assured city council members that he would not increase yellow times. According to the city council’s traffic commission minutes of September 19, 2006, Jere said, “if [the red light camera program is] implemented, the public would prefer to have an increased amber cycle,” but he stated that, “the program will not adjust the amber/yellow time.”

Shortly after the investigation became public, red-light cameras were installed in Lubbock. However, after they proved to be both unprofitable (due in part to a new state law giving 50% of the ticket camera profit to the state) and unsafe (accidents increased where the cameras were installed), they were taken down.

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5)Nashville, Tennessee

Even without red light cameras, police in Nashville, Tennessee have been earning hundreds of thousands in revenue by trapping motorists in conventional ticket traps at city intersections with the shortest yellow warning time.

In 2006, Nashville resident Joe Savage obtained the data on every red light running ticket issued on Broadway street since 2000. He said that yellow lights are longer at intersections along Broadway until the areas where police are issuing tickets. At those locations, Savage clocked the yellow signal time at less than 3 seconds, in violation of both state law and federal regulations. A local newspaper, The Nashville Scene, then confirmed his findings.

Read the Full Story

6) Union City, California

In 2005, Union City, California was caught trapping motorists with a yellow signal time 1.3 seconds below the minimum established by state law. As a result, the city was forced to refund more than $1 million in red light camera fines.

The city’s violation came to light after Dave Goodson, an engineer, received a ticket and realized that he did not have sufficient time to stop before the light had turned red. As a result of his inquiries, Union City’s traffic engineers admitted that they had set the yellow signal time at Union City Boulevard and Lowry Road at 3 seconds, despite the state law mandating the time be 4.3 seconds or greater.

Authorities said that the yellow was too short long before the cameras were installed, but that no effective system was in place to verify the timing of the traffic signals despite their direct impact on safety.

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Closing Notes:

These are only the cities that have been caught; it’s likely that this happens much more than the general public has been led to believe. Many cities avoid the bad publicity involved with shortening yellow lights by installing the cameras at intersections with inadequate yellow light times from the beginning.

If you or a family member receive an unjustified red-light violation ticket, it may be worth your time to check the yellow light duration at the intersection where the ticket was given out.

Also, if you know of any city currently shortening yellow lights in your area, let everyone know by posting it the comments of this post.

Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for shortening light timing and increasing crashes

Colorado: City Adds More Cameras Despite Accident Increase

Aurora, Colorado proposes to expand lucrative red light camera program despite massive increase in the number of accidents at monitored intersections.

Red light cameras in Aurora, Colorado have failed to yield any reduction in the overall number of accidents since the devices were installed in May 2005. Nonetheless, city officials have approved a measure that will allow the expansion of the existing four-intersection setup to one covering up to twenty-five city locations. The devices were successful between 2006 and 2007 in issuing 19,087 tickets worth $1,431,525.

"We think there's a value to taking the program to the next step," Police Chief Daniel Oates told the Rocky Mountain News newspaper.

At three of the four ticketing locations, rear end collisions increased dramatically from 2005 to 2006. At Mississippi Avenue and Potomac, rear end collisions jumped 175 percent. At Alameda Avenue and Abilene Street, the increase was 100 percent. Only one intersection saw a 60 percent drop in one specific type of accident, likely as a result of the statistical phenomenon known as regression to the mean. This happens when a camera is installed at a location with an unusually high number of accidents in one year. As the number of accidents returns to the "normal" level, city officials credit the change to their camera program.

Aurora may add cameras to catch red light runners, Rocky Mountain News, 3/26/2008

Israeli Dept of Homeland Security to strip search all airline passengers in USA

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is scheduled to visit BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Monday to announce changes at airport security checkpoints.

Chertoff [who is a citizen of Israel whose mother was a terrorist for Mossad] will demonstrate what is called "Checkpoint Evolution."

The Transportation Security Administration Web site features videos to explain the features and goals of the equipment.

According to the Web site, the checkpoints will feature soothing music to calm passengers, easy-to-read signs [in Mexican and Commie Chinese] and Plexiglas conveyor belts allowing passengers to see their luggage move through the inspection [Constitution waiver] process.

The system also uses a new full body scanner. The TSA says it doesn't show a person's face and says images are deleted immediately after they are reviewed [by 1,000s of illegal aliens employed by TSA as private airport security screeners]. [Why not just put a bag over their head and strip search them for real?]

Apr 28, 2008

Tennessee camera ticket spurs e-mail threats - Germantown arrests woman for harassment

By Lela Garlington
May 1, 2008

A Cordova woman apparently saw red when she opened her mail and found a traffic citation from one of the city's automated traffic cameras.

Now she is facing not only a $50 fine for running a red light but also a misdemeanor charge of harassment.

Alison Reed, 37, is accused of sending five harassing e-mails over the weekend to a host of elected Germantown city officials and city staff. Germantown Police Lt. Ed McGee said she was arrested without incident Monday.

The e-mails were often rambling but included vague threats.

One stated in part, "If you ever give another citizen of MY country a ticket through your detestable and illegal traffic cameras, I will destroy your entire city and devastate your people with such wrath as has never been seen before."

Another said in part "... take them down or your entire staff will be removed either with force or death ..."

McGee said the police mailed a ticket to Reed on April 21 citing her with running a red light on April 18.

Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy let the aldermen know about the arrest during Monday night's executive session before the regular Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

City Admin. Patrick Lawton indicated Reed is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Tennessee Bill Would Ban Shortened Yellow Lights

The Tennessee state House of Representatives will consider enacting legislation as early as today to ban the practice of shortening the duration of yellow lights where red light cameras are installed. The measure, introduced in the form of an amendment by retiring Representative Phillip Pinion (D-Union City), has already passed the state Senate.

"No state agency or any political subdivision of the state that installs, owns, operates, or maintains a traffic-control signal light in an intersection that employs a surveillance camera for the enforcement or monitoring of traffic violations shall reduce the time exposure of the yellow light at such intersection with the intended purpose of increasing the number of traffic violations," House Bill 3854 states.

The bill coincides with an expected vote on legislation that, although promoted as a limitation on their use, gives the green light to cities throughout the state to install automated ticketing machines - view bill. The net effect of the yellow light limitation would be negligible, however. There are only a handful of documented cases of cities shortening yellow light duration after the installation of red light cameras.

The more significant problem, as documented in a report by the office of the US House Majority Leader in 2001, is that cities following national signal timing guidelines have systematically given motorists less warning of impending red lights (view report). Cities and traffic camera vendors have been found that intersections with the shortest yellow lights are the most profitable locations for cameras -- but the signals in many cases have been short for ten years or more - see San Diego memo. In 2005, the Texas Transportation Institute reported that cities interested in reducing accidents could increase yellow signal timing by one second above the recommended ITE minimum value - view report.

A full copy of the legislation is available in a 45k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: House Bill 3854, Tennessee General Assembly, 5/1/2008

Tennessee Attorney General Promotes Photo Ticketing

No mention of Rule 4 of Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure that voids all scamera tickets


Facing a budget deficit that could reach $800 million, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D) is looking at all options to bring the books back into balance. Bredesen's former legal counsel, Robert E. Cooper, Jr. was appointed state attorney general two years ago. Last week, Cooper did his part by issuing a ruling designed to promote the use of photo ticketing by taking on constitutional arguments commonly leveled against such programs.

"It is an accepted principle that enactments of the General Assembly are presumed constitutional," Cooper wrote. "Whenever the constitutionality of a statute is attacked, courts are required to indulge every presumption in favor of its validity and resolve any doubt in favor of, rather than against, the constitutionality of the act."

The legislature in 2008 embraced red light cameras while Bredesen officials, er, public servants were quietly exploring the possibility of adopting a freeway speed camera setup similar to that used in Arizona. Cooper cited the rational basis test as establishing the constitutionality of the legislature's actions.

"If any reasonable justification for the law may be conceived, it must be upheld by the courts," Cooper said, citing the Tennessee Court of Appeals. "Absent implication of a fundamental right, a legislative act will withstand a substantive due process challenge if the government identifies a legitimate governmental interest that the legislative body could rationally conclude was served by the legislative act."

The appeals court made similar arguments in a July decision that stated there is no problem in allowing prosecutors to presume the owner of a vehicle is guilty. Shifting the burden of proof presents no constitutional difficulty as long as the state can establish that a vehicle committed a crime (read decision). According to Cooper, the only protection the legislature allows is that private vendors may not decide who is guilty.

"The statute makes no provision for a private company to monitor and control a traffic light or to issue a citation," Cooper wrote. "Applicable law enforcement personnel are the only ones presently authorized to issue this type of citation. It is the opinion of this office that the statute prohibits private vendors from making the determination, based upon photographic evidence, that a traffic violation has occurred, since the statute specifically requires the applicable law enforcement office to make such determination."

All cities with photo enforcement programs hire private contractors to operate every aspect of the ticket issuing process. Although these programs often claim a police officer personally reviews every photo, cross-examinations in court trials have shown this usually amounts to a "bulk approval" where the officer clicks a mouse button and the vendor attaches his signature digitally to every ticket before dropping it in the mail (view San Diego, California court decision). If Cooper is right, the "monitoring" of video footage cannot be outsourced and the bulk approval process would be illegal under Tennessee law.

A copy of the ruling is available in a 35k PDF file at the source link below.

Opinion Number 08-179, Attorney General, State of Tennessee, 11/26/2008

This attorney general opinion fails to mention that Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 4.03 Summons Return requires personal service of process by signature before default judgment.

"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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, Tennessee, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

Knoxville News Sentinel uses secret censorship of website Comments

Pirate News TV

I was told this was done to someone else, but didn't have any reason to think it would happen to me.

Knoxville News "Sentinel" is a monopoly daily newspaper in Tennessee. News articles have Comments allowed, requiring signing in under a screen name. Now I know why.

This allows censorship of the First Amendment. Constitutions normally don't apply to corporations. But KNS got a $20-million TIF welfare grant from the city taxslaves, so that makes it a govt contractor.

The sneaky part is that when sheeple are banned from making comments, the person is never notified of that ban. The post appears on the forum forever, so far as he can see.

But that comment is censored from everyone else. Very very sneaky. He can literally post for years without knowing that nobody else can read his comments.

I finally checked my comments using Proxify.com, which uses anonymous IP address. Damn if they weren't all censored!

I'll be doing a TV show on this scam. Should be fun.

Imagine if forums start using this system of censorship.

The Sentinel (the name of a horror movie) previously censored my brother's 8-page political ad that cost him the election. I'll read the entire advert nailing judge Swann for his 4 marriages, and for being a convicted deadbeat dad. Swann was picked by the KNS editorial board to run divorce court to terrorize Knox County by jailing men and women, to extort all their family's wealth as ransom, including my brother the lawyer.

Civil contempt of divorce court is a life sentence on death row. Some poor folks have been jailed over 10 years for the crime of divorce, even lawyers.

Censored Sentinel story full of pathological lies: Editorial: No surprise: Red-light cameras are legal

Uncensored Rebuttal: Translation: No Surprise The Laying Media Whores Tell Lies For Gangsta Govt

AnonyBS Editorial: No surprise: Red-light cameras are legal, claims non-lawyer

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper probably does not have the final word on the legality of red-light cameras, but his recent opinion on the subject is another affirmation that the mechanism used to catch motorists who run traffic lights is a valid use of municipal authority.

Cooper issued his opinion at the request of state Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Greeneville, about the validity of the cameras. His opinion follows rulings by the state Court of Appeals in July and noted that a federal court has upheld Chicago’s red-light camera program, in which owners of cited vehicles are not permitted to shift responsibility if someone else had been driving the vehicle.

Cooper’s opinion, released earlier this month, stated that the red-light cameras do not violate the legal rights of individual motorists. However, law enforcement officers — not the owners of the cameras — are the proper ones to determine if the evidence is sufficient to issue a citation.

There is no provision, Cooper said, “for a private company to monitor and control a traffic light or to issue a citation. Applicable law enforcement personnel are the only ones presently authorized to issue this type of citation.”

Ron Mills, deputy city law director, said the opinion “further emphasizes that the system the city of Knoxville had in place complies with state law and the state and federal constitutions.”

Mills added that, after the state law governing red-light cameras took effect, the Knoxville ordinance was amended slightly to ensure it was in full compliance.

Cooper included the Court of Appeals decision last July in his research. That ruling upheld the city’s red-light cameras, stating that Knoxville had not exceeded its authority by enacting the ordinance governing the use of the cameras.

Driving is not a fundamental right, Cooper said. That might be in contrast to what many motorists might think. The city’s ordinance will withstand constitutional scrutiny if it can be shown that the law is based on a rational and legitimate state interest.

The attorney general also said that the cameras do not violate individual privacy rights. The camera takes a picture of a vehicle, he said, not the driver. The citation is mailed to the owner, regardless whether that owner was operating the vehicle at the time of the violation. This issue is similar to that of parking tickets issued in Tennessee cities and counties.

Cooper also noted a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that there is a lesser expectation of privacy while operating a motor vehicle than in other areas of life.

Red-light cameras came to Knoxville in June 2006. Between that time and June 30, 2008, the city has collected more than $1.7 million from the program.

Opponents no doubt will challenge the attorney general’s opinion, but acknowledging previous rulings, it will take strong evidence to convince a court that red-light cameras should not be here to stay.

This attorney general opinion fails to mention that Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 4.03 Summons Return requires personal service of process by signature before default judgment.

This attorney general opinion fails to mention that Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 4.03 Summons Return requires personal service of process by signature before default judgment.

"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." - Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, and Jes Beard, attorney at law in Chattanooga, Tennessee, How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

"The Right of the Citizen to travel upon public highways by automobile is not a mere privilege which may be permitted or prohibited at will, but the common Right which he has under his Right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, under Constitutional guarantee." - II Am.Jur. (1st) Constitutional Law, Sect.329

"The claim and exercise of a constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime." - Miller v. US, 230 F 486, 489

"Govt control of communications and transportation." - Communist Manifesto, 6th Plank

COP. 2. to steal; filch. 3. to buy (narcotics). - Random House Unabridged Dictionary 2006

Ohio Court Tosses Laser Speed Gun Readings

An appellate court on Monday ruled that key evidence used in Ohio speed traps was not admissible. With millions in local government revenue at stake, the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Ninth District found the accuracy of laser-based speed guns (lidar) to be unproven. The decision could inspire challenges to laser tickets throughout the state.

The present case began when Ohio State Trooper Dennis Matulin hid along the median of Interstate 71 with an LTI 20-20 laser speed gun waiting for the device to indicate that someone had exceeded the speed limit. Matulin charged that when Donald Miko's semi truck passed his location, the lidar gun displayed a reading of 67 MPH. The limit for trucks on the road is 55 and for cars 65.

At trial in the Medina County Municipal Court, Miko objected that the trooper's LTI 20-20 had never been proved reliable in an Ohio court of law. The prosecutor merely asserted the contrary. The magistrate quickly agreed, saying, "Yes, the court had done so by prior judgment entry." The court imposed a $100 fine and two points against Miko's commercial driving license. Appellate Judge Clair E. Dickinson scolded the lower court for violating the rule that a county court must publish, or report, a "judgment entry" used for the purpose of taking judicial notice.

"Nobody has brought a reported decision of the Medina Municipal Court considering the accuracy of the LTI 20-20 device to this court's attention," Judge Clair E. Dickinson wrote. "The trial court, therefore, was not authorized to take judicial notice of the scientific accuracy of the LTI 20-20 laser device by Rule 201(B)(1) of the Ohio Rules of Evidence."

Dickinson went on to point out that the unreported case which the Medina court cited to convict Miko did not include any required testimony from expert witnesses. As a result, the court overturned Miko's conviction.

"In the absence of a reference to a case in which the trial court determined, based on scientific testimony it heard in that case, that the LTI 20-20 laser device is scientifically accurate, the trial court was not authorized... to take judicial notice of its accuracy," the appeals court concluded. "Inasmuch as the trial court was not authorized to take judicial notice..., it erred by doing so."

The British media has been scathing in its treatment of the inaccuracy of the LTI 20-20 speed gun. The basic operation problem is that handheld laser speed guns must take two separate measurements of distance to generate a speed estimate. If, while taking a speed reading, an officer's hand twitches slightly, the laser beam can "slip" from one portion of a vehicle to another. The extra distance measured in the second reading is then added to the calculation that determines the speed readout. For example, if the speed gun's aim point slips from the windshield to the grill, the speed reading will read 8 MPH too high. London's Daily Mail newspaper, the BBC, and ITV network have each run stories exposing fundamental flaws in the way lidar guns estimate speed.

A full copy of the ruling is available in a 35k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Ohio v. Miko, Ohio Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, 4/28/2008

Middle classes losing faith in 'rude' police who go for soft targets instead of the real criminals

By James Slack
Daily Mail
30 May 2008

The middle classes have lost confidence in the police, a stark report has warned.

They fear they have been alienated by a service which routinely targets ordinary people rather than serious criminals, simply to fill Government crime quotas.

The attitude of some officers has also led to spiralling complaints about neglect of duty and rudeness.

The report from the Civitas think-tank says incidents which would once have been ignored are now treated as crimes - including a case of children chalking a pavement.

Its author, respected journalist Harriet Sergeant, says she was also told of a student being arrested, held for five hours and cautioned for keeping a London Underground lift door open with his foot.

The report warns that a generation of young people - the police's favourite soft targets - are being criminalised, putting their future prospects at risk.

Some offences being prosecuted are now so minor that senior officers have even begun talks with the U.S. authorities to prevent such a 'criminal record' stopping decent citizens obtaining a visa to cross the Atlantic.

Meanwhile responses to crimes such as burglary are slow and statements given by victims of serious crime are often left lying idle for months, the report warns.

An apparent emphasis on motoring crimes is another negative factor.

Miss Sergeant warns: 'The loss of public confidence is a serious matter.

'The police cannot police without the backing of society. Without trust and consensus it is very difficult and costly to maintain law and order.'

Her report says: 'Complaints against the police have risen, with much of the increase coming from law-abiding, middle-class, middle-aged and retired people who no longer feel the police are on their side.'

In 2006-7, there were 29,637 complaints - the most since records began 17 years ago.

Miss Sergeant said this was due in part to the law-abiding middle-classes becoming upset by the 'rudeness and behaviour' of officers.

The report details how officers are expected to reach a certain number of 'sanction detections' a month by charging, cautioning or fining an 'offender'.

Arresting or fining someone for a trifling offence - such as a child stealing a Mars bar - is a good way of hitting the target and pleasing the Home Office.

Amazingly, the chocolate theft ranks as highly as catching a killer.

Miss Sergeant says performance-related bonuses of between £10,000 and £15,000 a year for police commanders depend partly on reaching such targets.

This leads them to put pressure on frontline officers to make arrests for the most minor misdemeanours.

Officers said at the end of a month, when there was pressure to hit the target for that period, they would pursue young men as the most likely 'offenders'.

Offences could include scrawling a name on a bus stop in felt-tip or playing ball games in the street.

One officer was so concerned he told his teenage son to be careful at the end of each month.

The pamphlet, parts of which were serialised by the Daily Mail earlier this year, says the police themselves are angry at the way they have to 'make fools of themselves'.

There were high levels of 'bitterness and frustration' and the targets were 'bitterly resented'.

One officer told how he was pressed to charge children playing with a tree with 'harassment'.

The same offence was used against a drunken student dancing in flowerbeds, who aimed a kick at a flower.

Tennessee Speed Trap Town May Lose Every Speeding Ticket


Every interstate speeding ticket issued since January 1 could be thrown out after a ruling in Coopertown, Tennessee

View Coopertown city court order

A notorious Tennessee speed trap may find itself losing every penny collected from its major source of speeding ticket revenue. According to a city court judge's ruling last week, because Coopertown had no jurisdiction to issue tickets on Interstate 24. Now lawyers involved in the case want to file a class action lawsuit to force the town to refund every dime it has collected in violation of the law.

Coopertown achieved national fame after its mayor, Danny Crosby, was first thrown out of office only to be reinstated upon appeal. According to court testimony, Crosby instructed police officers to "ticket soldier boys" from nearby Fort Campbell in addition to focusing on out-of-town and minority drivers.

"These instances could be labeled as and could be said to range from bigotry, sexism or utter foolishness to insidious discrimination or the purposeful violation of the constitutional rights of others," Judge Laurence M. McMillan, Jr. wrote in his 2006 decision reinstating Crosby. "How much of the facts of this case can be resolved as small town politics and how much may constitute the actual misuse of power is a decision to be made by this court, but in the future may be made by the voters of the city of Coopertown." (View decision)

Crosby's latest trouble stems from the May 1 traffic stop of motorist Jeff Davis whom Coopertown police accused of tailgating. Davis insisted the charge was ridiculous and, with the help of attorney Gregory Smith, he argued that Coopertown neglected to follow a state law requiring each small town to register itself with the state police each year before setting out to patrol an interstate highway. As reported by the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle newspaper, that was enough for City Court Judge Earl Porter.

"The Coopertown Police officer and this honorable court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over traffic citations issued on any portion of the national system of interstate and defense highways as of May 1, 2008 because (Coopertown) did not give proper notification of the town's intent to issue traffic citations on the national system of interstate and defense highways for the year 2008 as required by the (state law)," Porter wrote in a June 4 ruling.

If successful, a class action lawsuit could force the refund of every ticket issued on I-24 since January 1.

Source: I-24 ticket tossed, others may follow - Clarksville Leaf Chronicle TN, 6/6/2008

ACLU Report Shows Red Light Camera Flaws


ACLU of Rhode Island report shows the city of Providence failed to demonstrate any benefit from its red light camera program.

A report released yesterday by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that the state's only red light camera operation has been a complete failure. In 2005, supportive lawmakers narrowly passed a law authorizing photo ticketing after agreeing to include a sunset provision that would invalidate the law in July 2008. With the deadline looming, supporters are scrambling to save the program. On Tuesday, the state Senate Judiciary Committee voted to make the photo ticketing authorization permanent. The full state House voted 35 to 23 to approve a similar measure on May 8. The ACLU's report is designed to give lawmakers a reason to re-think this course of action.

"Expensive. Ineffective. Inefficient. Intrusive of civil liberties. These are just a few ways to describe the Automated Traffic Violation Monitoring Systems, more commonly known as red light cameras," the ACLU report stated.

The report focused on five major problems with the program. The first is that the system is so expensive that the city of Providence ends up writing a large check each month to Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), the for-profit vendor in charge of ticketing. Combined with the lack of data showing the system has produced any safety benefits, the ACLU was left labeling the city's insistence on keeping the program "baffling."

Accidents in Providence increased from 2006 to 2007 at intersections where red light cameras were in use, but the city has held back the data which would allow analysis of accidents at these locations prior to camera installation. The report also charged that even when Providence provided numbers, they were not useful.

"Anyone attempting to analyze the city's data in any meaningful way is left scratching his or her head," the report stated. "It quickly becomes apparent that the numbers given cannot be trusted because they simply don't add up, making it impossible to come to any scientifically significant -- or even correlational -- conclusions."

The report showed that only 40 percent of intersection photographs taken actually resulted in citations being mailed. The city used a statistical trick -- counting only "controllable factors" -- to claim an 87 percent issuance rate. This ensured Providence exceeded the 70 percent minimum required by state standards. Finally, the report argued that photo ticketing represents a dilution of the due process rights of citizens because the owners of cars, not drivers, receive tickets weeks after a violation is issued, making it difficult to mount an effective challenge.

With these five main problems in mind, the ACLU urged the legislature to drop plans to renew the program.

"Such failures should not be rewarded, especially in light of the civil liberties incursions implicit in the implementation of a red light camera system," the report concluded. "The General Assembly should reject efforts to repeal the statutory sunset clause, and should instead let this failed experiment come to a graceful end."

The original Senate legislation to extend the life of the red light camera program included a provision specifically designed to force Providence to switch vendors from Dallas-based ACS to Providence-based Nestor Inc. The provision was dropped in committee.

A full copy of the report is available in a 1.3mb PDF file at the source link below.

Source: The Case Against Red Light Cameras - ACLU of Rhode Island, 6/11/2008

Tennessee Supreme Court Upholds Arrests for Driving Perfectly at 25 mph in 35 zone on 4-lane Downtown Streets at Night


Driving through Tennessee so slowly that traffic begins to back up is now a ticketable offense. The state's supreme court on Monday issued a unanimous ruling making it clear that dawdling on the road can be considered a crime.

The case began when Chattanooga Police Officer Joseph Shaw noticed a slow-moving Nissan Altima on Market Street at about 1am on May 11, 2005. Shaw estimated the Altima driver was driving at 25 MPH on the four-lane road, even though the speed limit was 35 and the rest of the traffic on the road was flowing smoothly at 50 MPH. This difference in speed caused a backup, according to Officer Shaw.

"When (approaching automobiles) would come up behind us they would have to brake fairly quickly and change lanes in order to pass," Shaw testified. "And there was moderate traffic even for that time of night on that road."

Shaw followed the Altima for about fifteen blocks before deciding to pull over the driver, Richard Adam Hannah. Hannah had no license and showed some signs of intoxication. A later search discovered a small amount of cocaine and marijuana in the car, resulting in the arrest of Hannah and his passengers. Shaw's basis for the stop was a law against impeding the flow of traffic.

"No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or compliance with law," Tennessee Code section 55-8-154 states.

A trial court decided this law did not apply to the situation at hand and threw out the evidence against Hannah and his passengers. The trial court, with the support of appellate courts, interpreted the word "impede" in the statute as coming to a stop on the road and blocking other drivers from continuing on their way. The supreme court did not buy this interpretation.

"Had the legislature intended for a violation to occur only when an automobile was completely stopped in the roadway or caused other automobiles to stop, we presume it would have said so," Chief Justice William M. Barker wrote. "Accordingly, we agree with the state that the trial court's interpretation that a driver must cause other automobiles to come to a stop and wait for an unreasonable amount of time is too restrictive and would essentially emasculate the import of the statute."

The high court found that drivers may travel slowly, but only if that slowness does not cause a backup for other motorists or violate a posted minimum speed. The court also added in a footnote that driving at the speed limit is "normal and reasonable" even when everybody else on the road is traveling much more quickly.

A full copy of the decision is available in a 95k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Tennessee v. Hannah, Supreme Court of Tennessee, 6/23/2008

Grand Jury Indicts Judge and Court Clerk for Ticket Fixing - Half of all judges to be arrested


A New Jersey grand jury yesterday handed down indictments against two former Jersey City Municipal Court officials caught in an alleged ticket fixing scandal. Chief Judge Wanda Molina, 48, and Court Administrator Virginia Pagan, 53, had each been charged last year with dismissing a combined total of 223 parking tickets either they or their relatives and friends had received. The pair were forced to resign their positions in September.

"When court officials engage in ticket fixing, it shakes the faith of average citizens who pay up when they get a ticket," New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said in a statement. "Today's indictments send a message that these defendants are not above the law and there is indeed one system of justice to which all must answer."

Molina was charged with two counts of second-degree official misconduct for actions she took between September 2006 and August 2007. According to the indictment, Molina dismissed eight parking tickets for a female companion with whom she had a "close personal relationship." Molina dismissed three of these tickets by writing "emergency" on the notice as if the recipient had presented a valid excuse. Conflict of interest rules prohibit judges from ever hearing a case in which they might have a personal or financial stake in the outcome.

As Jersey City's court administrator, Pagan's job included entering the disposition of cases into the court's official database. Pagan is accused of taking advantage of this access to dismiss 215 tickets, worth about $5000, that had been issued to her and her daughter. The indictment charged Pagan with second-degree official misconduct, third-degree pattern of official misconduct, third-degree tampering with public records or information, and fourth-degree falsifying records.

Molina and Pagan each face a sentence of up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000. A new mandatory minimum sentencing law means they will spend at least five years behind bars if convicted. Additional indictments are expected as nearly half of the city's judges were accused in October of similar conduct.

"Fortunately, a tip put an end to their alleged abuses," New Jersey Criminal Justice Director Deborah Gramiccioni said. "We encourage anyone who suspects public corruption to report it to us."

View Pagan indictment

View Molina indictment

Innocent Florida, Louisiana Motorists Receive Bogus Photo Tickets

White man sent photo ticket for offense committed by a black man in Louisiana while great grandmother in Florida receives bogus ticket from Georgia.

Recent incidents in Georgia and Louisiana call into question the common assertion of photo enforcement advocates that the camera never lies. Officials in charge of red light camera and speed camera programs claim it is "rare" for erroneous tickets to be issued because a human police officers diligently verifies each and every citation for accuracy before it is issued.

It appears that Lafayette, Louisiana made no such check when, as KSLA television reported, it mailed a black man's red light camera ticket to a white man. The city accused Alan Dukes, the owner of a 2005 Honda motorcycle, of speeding on June 4. Yet the photograph of the alleged violation clearly shows a black man riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Dukes maintains that he is innocent.

"You can see there's no close resemblance, whatsoever," Alicia Dukes told KSLA in comparing a photo of her husband to the ticket photo.

Lafayette's director of photo ticketing, Tony Tramel, insisted it would cost too much money to have police officers witness violations and ticket drivers in person.

"Do we make errors or mistakes? Occasionally it does happen," Tramel admitted. "Can we be absolutely perfect? I wish we could."

Lafayette's error is the inverse of a 2006 situation in Scottsdale, Arizona where a black man was sent a white man's speeding ticket. In Atlanta, Georgia it was the owner of a white car that was sent a ticket for an offense committed by a black car.

WPLG television reported on this case where great grandmother and Hollywood, Florida resident Evelyn Singer received a ticket for running a red light in Atlanta at 6:30am on June 24 at the intersection of Courtland and Baker streets. The document insisted that Singer pay $70.

Singer responded with a certified letter explaining that her white Acura looked nothing like the black Pontiac committing the offense alleged in the ticket photograph. Moreover, she has not been to Atlanta in thirty-five years. When Singer later called to confirm whether the ticket had been canceled or not, the courthouse either put her on hold or hung up while the Miami television station's cameras were rolling. After several frustrating attempts, Singer reached a a human and asked how often the cameras make mistakes.

"It doesn't really matter as far as what we're trying to accomplish," the unidentified Georgia courthouse official responded.

The court told WPLG that it was likely Singer's ticket would be canceled.

Source: Traffic cameras: Are they cause for controversy or celebration? KSLA-TV (LA), 7/18/2008

Lawsuit Filed Against Redflex; Class-Action Status Sought

CameraFRAUD.com has learned that a Scottsdale-based law firm has filed suit in Maricopa Superior Court against Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., and the Town of Paradise Valley, AZ.

The suit, filed by Pak and Moring Plc, claims Redflex committed wrongdoing by not getting federal approval for radar equipment used to cite motorists.  If approved, class-action status could be granted to the suit to include "all persons who received tickets that were generated by a Redflex mobile radar unit operated in violation of relevant law."

See the legal brief here in Adobe Reader pdf format

Allegations in the brief also raise the possibility that Redflex may have intentionally concealed the fact that their equipment wasn't certified, and whether Redflex committed consumer or common-law fraud.

CameraFRAUD.com, while not a party to the lawsuit, has been publicly alledging fraud on the part of Redflex and ATS, and recently organized a sucessful demonstation in Scottsdale. A videographer who contributes to CameraFRAUD.com, as well as FreedomsPhoenix.com, was arrested by the Scottsdale Police department on 8/27/2008 while peacefully documenting the activities of two sign-wielding photo radar demonstators.

Scottsdale Launches All-out Assault on Freedom of Speech

Scottsdale Police has arrested a reporter who was videographing anti-camera activists. Two individuals were exercising their first-amendment rights by waving signs on a sidewalk on Shea Blvd when, incredulously, the Scottsdale Police arrested the person holding the camera. One of the charges was even for a non-existent crime: "disrupting the operation of a photo radar van."

"A Scottsdale man arrested Wednesday night was accused of disrupting the operation of a photo radar van parked in the 6800 block of East Shea Boulevard, police said.

Shelton, 35, was holding protest signs and blocking the van's cameras, Officer Dave Pubins said.

Last Friday, a grass-roots group called CameraFraud.com gathered at Scottsdale and Thomas roads to protest the use of photo-enforcement cameras.

The Scottsdale Police is in such an outright tizzy that they even went as far as to issue a press release in a section of their website normally grazed with information pertaining to death investigations and armed robberies.

The arrested reporter is a contributor to local-news site FreedomsPhoenix.com, as well as his own Youtube channel, RP4409. He was released on his own recognizance on 8/28 around 5:30 PM.

Best of luck with your proceedings, Scottsdale. You'll need it, because by acting illegally under the "color of law," the TRUE law shines though as clear as day.

UPDATE: A few of our readers pointed out an interesting question: If it's a crime to wave a sign on a city street near photo radar equipment, why didn't the Scottsdale Police take enforcement action on Friday, August 22nd during the Thomas Road protest, in which footage from local channel KTVK-TV clearly shows activists who may have purposefully been blocking the equipment?

Is it because they were afraid of possible public backlash and blowback for being heavy-handed? Is it because the Scottsdale Police is afraid of the media? Or, perhaps the City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Police are terrified of cameras catching them in the act when they do something wrong?

Tennessee police study effectiveness of red-light cameras

By Christina E. Sanchez
The Tennessean

The light turns red, but one car fails to stop.

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.

Crash. (so the redlight scamera did NOT prevent the crash)

Murfreesboro police Officer Dan Schobert saw the whole thing, even though he wasn't there. It's his full-time job to view images captured by the city's new red-light camera systems installed at seven intersections.

This video depicts a car slamming into two vehicles six seconds after the light changed. There's also a still photo with a clear view of the signal violation and of the car's license plate. Schobert will send the picture to the car's registered owner - along with a $50 citation for running the light.

Murfreesboro is one of about a dozen communities in Tennessee that use the photo enforcement system because they believe it will reduce the number of accidents caused by red-light runners. Gallatin does so, too, while Nashville, Brentwood, Clarksville and Hendersonville are looking into them.

But there are questions about the effectiveness of using a camera to do a job traditionally reserved for a police officer. Lawsuits have been filed, and a recent state appeals court ruling found that the cameras are constitutional.

"We have to look at what works for our community, and we know something that worked or didn't work in other communities may or may not work for us," said Kyle Evans, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department. "Murfreesboro is unique, as is Knoxville. We want to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges."

Motorists who run red lights cause more than 100,000 crashes and about 1,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration. An agency study concluded that cameras do reduce right-angle accidents, which are more likely to be fatal. But they can cause more rear-end collisions.

System is still new

In Murfreesboro, Schobert examines dozens of signal violations each day, after vendor RedFlex Traffic Systems has whittled out images that aren't violations - as when an emergency vehicle runs a light.

Besides the photo sent in the mail, a car owner can view the video online if the violation resulted in an accident.

The city enabled the system in April and began issuing tickets in July, so officials there say it's too early to say how the program works.

Theresa Rogers, who lives in Murfreesboro, has rarely traveled through the intersections where the cameras are and has not received one of the red-light citations. But she worries that cameras take away from the value of a live, on-scene police officer.

"We need more traffic enforcement, not just for red lights, but also for things like people failing to yield," Rogers said. "From the $32,000 that we are paying the company for these cameras each month, we could be hiring police officers."

Gallatin has used the cameras since 2006. The city's police department saw a 25 percent decrease in vehicle crashes at intersections with the red-light camera systems. Additionally, citations at those intersections also are down by about 40 percent.

Gallatin Police Chief John Tisdale said the declines could be attributed to the cameras as well as effective law enforcement officers.

"What does that tell you, folks?" Tisdale asked of his officers at a criminal data meeting. "Behavior is changing. That's exactly what we're after."

Tickets challenged

A Hendersonville attorney filed suit against Gallatin after he received a ticket and said the system was unconstitutional. Sumner County court records show there has been no activity in the case since September 2007.

But it could be a moot point, given a recent Tennessee Court of Appeals ruling.

Ronald G. Brown had filed a suit against Knoxville, claiming that his due process rights were violated because the camera could not prove he was driving the car even though he is the registered owner. He felt he was automatically assumed to be guilty.

But the court ruled against Brown. In the decision, Judge D. Michael Swiney said the person cited - the car's registered owner - has the right to challenge the ticket in court to prove there was no violation or to show that another person was driving.

None of the tickets mailed out in Murfreesboro has been challenged.

Since July 5, about 8,025 photos have been taken of suspected red-light runners. But exceptions, such as emergency vehicles and cars turning on red, reduced the number of issued tickets to 2,691. Only 387 of those have been paid to date.

Murfreesboro officials will assess the cameras - located at seven intersections - as more time elapses, Evans said.

"We'll reserve the right to see how effective it is," Evans said. "We're taking it on a day-by-day basis. Hopefully we'll see a reduction in accidents at these intersections."

Virginia DOT Study Shows Cameras Increase Accidents by 71%


The Virginia Transportation Research Council studied all of the state red light camera programs and found an overall increase in injury accidents.

A brand new, exhaustive study of all seven Virginia red light camera programs shows an overall increase in injury accidents has occurred where the devices are installed. The study was performed by The Virginia Transportation Research Council at the request of the state transportation secretary. The report also notes a fatal flaw in the Virginia's camera law -- motorists can ignore any ticket received in the mail. Only tickets that are personally served matter (the same thing happened in Arizona).

"Further analysis indicated that the cameras are contributing to a definite increase in rear-end crashes, a possible decrease in angle crashes, a net decrease in injury crashes attributable to red light running, and an increase in total injury crashes. The cameras are correlated with an increase in total crashes of 8% to 17%. The cameras are correlated with an increase in rear-end crashes related to the presence of a red light; the increase ranges between 50% and 71%."

Despite a distinct sympathy in favor of camera enforcement, the researchers found a "definite" increase in rear-end accidents and only a "possible" decrease in angle accidents. Most importantly, the net effect was that more injuries happened after cameras are installed. Camera proponents explain this away by asserting angle accidents are more serious, but this claim has not been scientifically studied according to this report. The rear end collisions caused by the cameras still produce injuries -- the original promise of camera proponents was that they would reduce accidents and injuries, not rearrange them.

This study agrees with long-term findings in Australia and North Carolina. Source: Evaluation of Red Light Camera Enforcement Programs in Virginia, The Virginia Transportation Research Council, 1/27/2005

Town becomes first to scrap speed cameras in Battle of Britain

Oct 23, 2008

A town has become the first to abolish fixed-point speed cameras, officials said Thursday.

The town council of Swindon voted to ditch the cameras in a row over funding.

The council, which is Conservative-controlled, thought it was unfair that it had to pay 320,000 pounds a year to maintain the cameras while the Communist Labour government received the cash from fines.

Peter Greenhalgh, the Conservative councillor who proposed the move, told BBC radio that too much money was being spent on the cameras.

He said offical figures "show that, nationally, only six percent of accidents are caused by people breaking speed limits and yet almost 100 percent of the government's road safety money is being invested in speed cameras," he said.

"I can see that's wrong and I think the people of this country can see that's wrong."

Labour councillor Derique Montaut responded that while the cameras had not always been popular, they had saved lives.

The move does not mean that Swindon residents can now drive as fast as they like -- police will still use hand-held devices to catch speeding drivers.

Australia Deploys Noise Cameras


State governments across Australia are poised to deploy automated cameras that mail tickets to vehicles considered by a machine to be noisy. The fully automated noise camera systems have been in development since 2005 but are now are active and issuing warning notices in the small New South Wales suburb of Mount Ousley, according to the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) Annual Report. The agency is looking for a regulatory means of making such ticketing solutions more common.

"The RTA is contributing to the development of the 'Planning Guideline for Residential and other Sensitive Building Developments alongside Major Roads,'" the RTA report explains. "This will include requirements to address noise for new residential development along nominated roads and rail corridors.... RTA continues to develop technology in the form of a suitable noise camera to use as an enforcement device."

The fully automated noise analysis system designed by the NSW firm Acoustic Research Laboratories uses a set of microphones and cameras that continuously record and analyze activity on a neighborhood street. A computer program processes the audio data to isolate trigger sounds from general background road noise. This allows the device find opportunities to mail a traffic citation to passing vehicles that exceed a predetermined noise threshold. Once configured, the machine will generate up to 10,000 tickets before the on-board hard drive is filled. A 10-second video and audio clip is stored for each incident for use in court proceedings.

South Australia and Victoria have begun similar programs with each state focusing on the noise of heavy commercial truck compression brakes, an issue designed to court local approval of the ticketing technology.

"In parallel with the development of the acoustic measurement methodology, Transport South Australia has developed camera technology that can be linked with the measurement software," Australia's National Transport Commission reported. "The combination of these systems offers the potential for excessive engine brake noise incidents to be identified and recorded, which may provide a useful tool to enforcement agencies."

The commission approved the regulation against engine compression brakes last November. The ticketing system can also be easily expanded to issue citations for loud subwoofers, noisy exhausts, or even an inopportune honk of the horn.

New Camera Issues Tire Tread Tickets


Now that speed cameras use is established in Europe and parts of the US, the concept of automated ticketing is beginning to expand far beyond moving violations. Already, automated ticketing machines are deployed in the US to hit vehicles that overstay in a parking spot by a minute or that have excessive tailpipe emissions. The newest addition to this growing list is camera that scans the tires of passing cars and mails tickets if the depth of the tire tread is deficient by a fraction of an inch. Although not currently deployed, the German company ProContour hopes to sell this system to state and local governments looking for a way out of tight budget situations with a positive, pro-safety message.

"Car tires are technically, the number one cause of car accidents in Germany," ProContour states on its website. "An average of four car accidents occur daily with personal injuries as the result of smooth or defective tires."

The company claims its combination of a laser and high-speed camera is capable of taking measurements at 430 million points on a tire each second. As the tire moves, the distance between the camera and the object changes allowing the system to create a three-dimensional profile of the tire. The software can then calculate not just the depth of the tread, but also whether the tire itself was designed for summer or winter use. The manufacturer has tested measurement accuracy at speeds of up to 75 MPH, but it believes the technology should work at even higher speeds.

European Union regulations authorize the imposition of a fine of up to 100 Euro (US $160) whenever the tread depth of one of a vehicle's four tires measures less than 1.6mm (0.06 inches). In Germany, drivers can also be ticketed for using tires that are "unsuitable." This means using a summer tire during the winter season carries a stiff fine -- ProContour hopes that fine will be automated.

Depending on its construction, a balding tire with low tread depth can actually have more grip in dry conditions and is not a safety hazard. That can change if it rains, however. The primary purpose of tire tread is to channel water away from the tire so that it maintains contact with the road. The combination of high water and low tread depth can lead to aquaplaning and loss of vehicle control.

ProContour's system can be used in both fixed and mobile locations and is available in an easy-to-hide configuration.

California Boosts Emissions Spy Camera Program


Two years after its last experiment with smog check spy cameras California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is reintroducing and expanding its program designed to accuse motorists of polluting. The "High Emitter Repair or Scrap" cameras will photograph passing vehicles, scan license plate numbers and record driver identities in a database. If the machine thinks an SUV or old car or pickup truck is a "gross polluter," its owner will be mailed a notice.

For now, the program will not be sending tickets. Instead, a $4 million appropriation from gas tax funds allows the agency to offer the accused motorist $500 in vehicle repairs at a participating community college. The owner may also accept $1000 to $2000 in cash if he is willing replace the polluting vehicle with a low-emissions used or new car. The emissions cameras are expected to make millions of vehicle scans, but only a few hundred cars will end up being repaired. An earlier version of the program that ran between 1996 and 1997 scanned 19 million cars but only repaired 600.

Made by Environmental System Products, the spy cameras will be moved every few days among a hundred freeway onramp sites in four counties. AQMD refuses to disclose site locations. The AccuScan device works by projecting ultraviolet and infrared beams across the roadway. Emissions from the vehicle's tailpipe will absorb some of this light, allowing a roadside sensor to measure the remainder. From this, the system estimates hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide levels within a second.

Copycat Pickaxe Attack on Arizona Speed Cam


Arizona state police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of whacking a speed camera with a pickaxe. The incident took place in the city of Glendale just before midnight near the 59th Street overpass on the Loop 101 freeway. Police estimate the camera was hit at least six times in an attack quite similar to one that took place in the Communist Czech Republic last month. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials wasted no time in exploiting the incident to discourage anti-camera activism.

"From criminal damage charges to charges related to interfering with judicial proceedings that can carry lengthy jail terms and hefty fines, the ramifications a person could face for tampering with a photo enforcement site are extremely serious," DPS Director Roger Vanderpool said in a statement. "DPS Officers will continue to be vigilant at all hours of the day and night and stand ready to respond quickly to reports or first hand observances of persons tampering with or vandalizing photo enforcement sites in any manner."

Camerafraud.com, the primary group opposing cameras in the state, distanced itself from the attack. Camerafraud believes it can defeat photo enforcement at the ballot box, and that such incidents play into the hands of a publicity machine funded by those who profit from photo ticketing.

"It's unfortunate that the person chose not to follow the example of Rosa Parks or Gandhi, both of whom protested against oppressive government by thoughtfully and peacefully breaking the laws they felt to be unjust," the group said in a statement. "The person arrested was not member of Camerafraud.com's public Meetup group."

The 26-year-old accused of the crime faces felony criminal damage charges carrying up to three years in prison and a $150,000 fine. DPS stated its intention to add a charge for "interference with a traffic control device," but this charge is likely to be dropped. The federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices recognizes only signs, traffic signals and markings as falling under the category of traffic control devices. That means a "Photo Enforced" sign, but not the camera itself, would be considered a traffic control device. The same distinction is found in Arizona Revised Statutes 28-601 where "photo enforcement system" is explicitly defined apart from "official traffic control device."

Australian ticket camera provider Redflex replaced the damaged speed camera housing so that ticketing could resume by 11am Thursday.

Vanderpool had threatened to use the same traffic control device charge against the unknown individuals who placed non-destructive Post-It Notes on the lenses of speed cameras as a political statement.

Bailed-Out Banksters Go on Toll Road Buying Binge


Just one week after receiving a pledge of $306 billion in support from US taxpayers, Citigroup announced the intended $10 billion acquisition of a debt-laden Spanish toll road group. Citi Infrastructure Partners will hand over $3.6 billion in cash and assume $6.3 billion in debt from Sacyr Vallehermoso, the parent company of the Intinere Infraestructuras toll road group. Itinere operates 32 toll roads in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Portugal and Spain and Ireland. Another twelve concessions are under construction. Sacyr today issued a statement to Spanish investors noting that the company succeeded in offloading 37 percent of its total debt to the US firm.

"With this transaction, the group reaps the value that Itinere accumulated for its mature concession assets and strengthens its financial situation by considerably reducing its indebtedness," the statement explained.

On November 23, the US Treasury announced that it had invested $20 billion in US taxpayer funds in Citigroup in addition to "protection against the possibility of unusually large losses" on $306 billion in bad debt the company had acquired primarily in commercial and residential real estate markets. Armed with the new taxpayer capital, Citigroup believes its purchase of the toll roads will hold long-term value. In the immediate term, Citigroup will sell off Itinere's stakes in five Spanish and Chilean toll roads to Spanish tolling giant Abertis, allowing that company to assume full ownership of its tolling assets. The deal is valued at $786 million.

Other analysts, including Fitch Ratings, view tolling as a risky investment as toll road volumes have plummeted in response to the recent spikes in gasoline prices and the global economic slowdown. In August, Fitch issued a warning that its outlook on tolling had changed to "negative", reflecting a dim view of the creditworthiness of the long-term transactions. In October, Citigroup and Abertis gave up on their joint bid to collect tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The consortium spent millions bankrolling a slick public relations campaign that ultimately failed to sway public opinion on the wisdom of the 75-year proposal.

Bankrupt Citibank fires 50,000 employees

Jewish banksters steal $8-Trillion taxdollars in 7 weeks and declare martial law in USA

UK, Australia, Pennsylvania Speed Traps Thwarted


Vigilantes have thwarted speed traps across three continents over the past two weeks. In south Essex, UK a speed camera located next to Canvey Fire Station was set alight with a gasoline-soaked tire. The £40,000 (US $60,000) device on Long Road in Canvey was destroyed, despite its proximity to firefighters who eventually managed to put out the blaze. Just one week before another camera was torched on the A127 in Southend bringing the total number of south Essex cameras destroyed in the past year-and-a-half to eight, according to the Echo newspaper.

In Queensland, Australia, members of the public grew outraged over a plan to install a new laser-based speed camera technology designed to be hidden behind bushes. During testing of the device on the Maroondah Highway in Croydon on November 5, vigilantes covered the camera in spray paint. On November 15, a three citizens tied a chain to the replacement camera and tore it from the ground with their white Subaru station wagon, according to the Herald Sun newspaper. Police have run out of replacements.

In Scott Township, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, vigilantes grabbed speed trap equipment from the side of the road at around 3:45pm. Officer Joseph Gillott was using an Enradd speed measuring system on Route 347 that day. After finishing writing a ticket to a motorist, Gillott turned around to find that one of his Enradd sensors was gone. Local jurisdictions in Pennsylvania are banned by state law from using radar because lawmakers believe they would only use the devices to generate revenue from passing motorists. To get around the law, these localities use non-radar systems such as Enradd. The device uses infrared sensors placed on both sides of a road to calculate speed from the amount of time a vehicle takes to pass between two points.

The embarrassed police department now has until Monday to explain to the manufacturer, North Central Safety Traffic, that it has no idea where the rest of the $5000 system might be. The company had loaned the device in the hopes of convincing the department to purchase its product.

Source: Speed-?enforcement device swiped (Scranton Times (PA), 11/28/2008)

California: City Caught Trapping Drivers with Short Yellows


A brand new red light camera on California's historic Route 66 is already generating thousands in revenue for San Bernardino, but the biggest lawbreaker in these cases may turn out to be the city itself. Since September 25, a photo ticketing device has watched over the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and 9th Street, trapping motorists caught by a yellow light that is so short it violates state law.

Truck driver Raymond Chacon discovered this last month while taking a training course to help him upgrade his commercial driver's license. Under the supervision of an instructor, he came to the intersection behind the wheel of a big-rig tractor trailer. He entered just a split-second after the light had turned red. After successfully completing the course and passing the Department of Motor Vehicles Class A license test "with flying colors," Chacon received a $400 red light camera ticket in the mail. Chacon immediately began investigating what might have happened at that location. He turned to the HighwayRobbery.net website, which encouraged him to check whether the city used yellow signal timing that conformed with state guidelines.

Video from the intersection in question confirms that drivers are given only 3.0 seconds of yellow, even though the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices insists that 35 MPH intersections have a yellow of no less than 3.6 seconds. While this 0.6 second shortage appears insignificant, it can represent the difference between a ticket and no ticket for thousands of motorists. This is even more true for truck drivers like Chacon.

Most drivers faced with a quick-changing yellow can simply slam on their brakes to avoid the citation. For Chacon's 53-foot-long rig, however, the compressed-air braking system requires an extra 0.5 seconds to activate. Beyond the usual risk of causing a rear end collision in this situation, slamming the brakes with an unladen trailer risks jack-knifing the truck. With a properly timed signal, Chacon would have had enough time to clear the intersection.

Studies show that shorter yellow times can increase the number of citations generated. According to the Texas Transportation Institute, when the yellow light timing is one second shorter than the bare minimum recommended amount, violations increase by 110 percent (view study).

Confidential documents uncovered in a San Diego court trial prove that the city and its private vendor, now Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) colluded to install red light cameras only at intersections with short yellow times, thereby maximizing profits.

San Bernardino may be aware of the importance of this signal timing. It is one of only a handful of cities across the country that deliberately conceals signal timing information -- including the "time into red" or "late time" -- on its citations. In 2002, a Baltimore, Maryland judge had used this information to find tickets issued at locations where the signal timing was illegally short. As a result of the judge's investigation, Baltimore was forced to refund thousands in citation revenue (Read court memo). Chacon insists that San Bernardino similarly provide refunds from those caught by the illegal signal timing on Mount Vernon Avenue.

"It is a cash cow for a financially strapped San Bernardino city," Chacon told TheNewspaper. "The fact that they knew the yellows were too short shows that public safety is not a sole concern for the red light cameras."

Earlier this month, the National Motorists Association Foundation announced that it had begun a nationwide search to track down intersections with short yellow times and force cities to comply with proper engineering practices.

Visit the Short Yellow Lights Project website.

View signal timing video (Yellow begins at :23.03, ends at :26.03)

Arizona: Red Light Camera Tickets a Speed Camera


A red light camera in Peoria, Arizona issued an automated citation to what appeared to be a speed camera behind the wheel of an SUV. On the afternoon of September 14, a man wearing a speed camera costume allegedly entered the intersection of 83rd Avenue and Union Hills Drive a split-second after the light turned red.

Redflex, an Australian company that runs photo enforcement programs for nine jurisdictions in Arizona, sent the ticket electronically to the Peoria Police Department for approval. Because Arizona red light camera tickets carry license points, state law requires that the driver be positively identified before the citation is issued (view citation image). The Tuscon Police Department, for example, goes into detail on its website explaining the careful process used to ensure all citations are valid.

"Does a Police Officer review my complaint before it is mailed?" the department's website asks. "Yes. Every violation is reviewed by a Tucson Police Officer prior to a ticket being issued. The officer confirms the elements of the violation ensuring that there are grounds to believe a violation was committed, confirms the plate is readable and the driver is identifiable. The officer compares the photograph of the driver to the driver's license photo when possible. If there are reasonable grounds to believe an offense was committed and the person driving the vehicle is the one named, the officer places their name and badge number on the ticket and authorizes it to be issued. We believe that review of the violation by a trained police officer is critical in ensuring integrity in the process."

Peoria Police Department Officer Daniel Griffiths, whose name and signature is affixed to the citation, could not have conducted such a review without noticing that the face of the driver of the Nissan SUV, whose face was fully encased by painted cardboard, could not be identified.

Peoria was one of the first cities to revolt against photo enforcement. In 1991, residents voted 2-1 in favor of a resolution banning speed cameras. Despite this, the city council voted to impose red light cameras in October 2007.

View video of the speed camera costume protest.

RP4409 vs Redflex Youtube Channel

Texas and Lousiana Courts Bust Redflex and ACS for Operating Without Private Investigator License


Dallas, Texas based Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) earlier this month became the second major photo enforcement camera company to be busted for operating without a license. Proceedings are scheduled to continue today in a Dallas County courtroom as 192nd Civil District Court Judge Craig Smith decides the appropriate remedy for the situation. On November 19, Smith issued an order declaring the company in violation of a state law requiring commercial firms that provide evidence for use in court to have a license that proves their employees have passed strict criminal background checks and other requirements. Dallas attorney Lloyd Ward sued ACS after the company mailed a ticket to his home.

"Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment on the issue of failure to obtain appropriate license and bond under the Texas Occupation Code Section 1702.101 et seq. is hereby granted," Judge Smith wrote.

Smith's order agreed with a May ruling by the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners which found Australian camera operator Redflex Traffic Systems had been illegally operating an investigation service in that state. Both Louisiana and Texas impose similar restrictions on commercial services that provide evidence for use in court.

"Unless the person holds a license as an investigations company, a person may not... offer to perform the services of an investigations company," Texas Code Section 1702 states. "A person acts as an investigations company for the purposes of this chapter if the person engages in the business of obtaining or furnishing... information related to... crime or wrongs done; or... engages in the business of securing... evidence for use before a court, board, officer, or investigating committee... furnishing information includes information obtained or furnished through the review and analysis of, and the investigation into the content of, computer-based data not available to the public."

ACS is not the only company on the hot seat in Texas for operating without a license. Ward on November 24 filed a separate federal class action complaint against Redflex for willful negligence in providing unlicensed investigative services for the cities of Duncanville and Plano. To ensure all the major photo enforcement vendors are covered, Ward filed another case against Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) for its operations in Amarillo. Neither ACS, ATS nor Redflex hold the required Class A private investigation company license, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records.

The maximum criminal penalty for operating such a service without a license is a year in jail and a $4000 fine. The same penalty applies to any individuals found guilty of hiring an unlicensed company. Ward, instead, is seeking the return of illegally collected fines. In the Redflex case, for example, that amounts to $3 million. Ultimate success would mean the full refund of every photo citation issued in Texas.

At least one photo enforcement vendor has actually used arguments similar to Ward's in court. ATS brought suit against its competitor, Redflex, after learning Redflex illegally operated radar units without the appropriate certifications from the Federal Communications Commission. ATS now wants a court to invalidate a statewide Arizona contract adopted while Redflex had no legal right to operate speed camera equipment in the US. Redflex even volunteered to provide refunds over the incident, but state officials turned down the offer.

A full copy of the Dallas County decision is available in a 50k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Ward v. Affiliated Computer Services, District Court, Dallas County, Texas, 11/19/2008

Louisiana: State Board Rules Against Redflex Camera Company - The board may at its discretion impose the penalty of up to a year in jail and a $5000 fine on each employee found to be operating without a license. The state defines a private investigator as, "any person who... accepts employment to furnish information... with reference to... crimes or wrongs committed." (La. R.S. 37:3500-3525)

North Carolina: Another City Dumps Red Light Cameras

Add Rocky Mount to the growing list of North Carolina cities that have dumped red light cameras after the state's highest court insisted that profit from the devices must be given to the public schools. The city last week decided to allow its contract with Traffipax, a German ticket camera operator, to expire without renewal.

Like most North Carolina cities, Rocky Mount was eager to install cameras in September 2002, adding a total of five intersections to the program to ensure a steady stream of revenue. By 2005, The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running, the red light camera industry trade group run by the public relations firm Blakey and Agnew, created data designed to show incredible accident reductions at intersections within the state that used red light cameras. The programs were all declared a success.

"North Carolina ranks third in the nation for the number of communities using this technology," the industry group boasted in a press release.

This excitement ended in 2007 when the state supreme court upheld a ruling that found Article IX, Section 7 of the North Carolina Constitution applied to red light camera tickets. The provision states that "the clear proceeds of all penalties... shall be... used exclusively for maintaining free public schools" (read final opinion). This meant that local governments had to turn over photo ticketing revenue to the schools and not the general municipal operating budget. Any city wishing to continue its photo ticketing program would have to pay for it.

In addition to Rocky Mount, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greenville, Greensboro, High Point and Raleigh shut down their red light camera programs after the court ruling.

Source: City ends red light camera contract, Rocky Mount Telegram, 1/21/2009

California: Appellate Court bans redlight tickets without 30 days notice of new cameras

Cities in California could face a class action lawsuit forcing the refund of thousands of illegally issued red light camera fines following the publication earlier this month of an appellate decision in favor of a local motorist. The California Superior Court's Appellate Division canceled a photo ticket issued to Orange County resident Thomas Fischetti because the city of Santa Ana failed to provide a thirty-day warning period before issuing tickets at each intersection equipped with a red light camera. Santa Ana, with the support of a trial judge, claimed that it was good enough to have a thirty-day warning period at a single intersection in the city.

"The trial court's determination that the city complied with Section 21455.5(b) is inconsistent with the structure and purpose of the statute as a whole," Appellate Division Judge Stephen L. Perk decided. "From the perspective of the motorists for whom the statutory requirements were intended to provide protection, it would not make sense for the geographic scope of the thirty-day warning period to be determined arbitrarily by the size of the municipality operating the automated enforcement system."

This was not the first time that the courts had decided this issue in Fischetti's favor. In 2005, the California Supreme Court upheld a previous appellate division decision finding Fischetti not guilty because the city of Costa Mesa, like Santa Ana, failed to provide a thirty-day warning period at each intersection with a red light camera (read opinion). Although final, that decision could not be used as a precedent in California because Fischetti, who represented himself in court, did not realize that courts can withhold publication of decisions, especially when no request for publication was made. Three years later, he would not repeat that mistake.

On February 6, 2008, a red light camera claimed that Fischetti's 1993 Lexus entered the intersection of Pullman and Dyer in Santa Ana a split-second after the light had turned red. Fischetti called and spoke with Laura Rossini, Deputy City Attorney of Santa Ana, to explain that the city was in violation of the 2005 Fischetti decision. He was shocked at the city's attitude toward the law.

"She paid little homage to the appellate decision requiring a grace period in my Costa Mesa case," Fischetti told TheNewspaper. "It was like, despite the logical construction of the opinion, the previous decision was meaningless. At that point I felt I needed to finish what I intended to do in Costa Mesa."

Even Fischetti with his two victories was not the only individual to win on this question. Both the city of Santa Ana and Court Commissioner Glenn Mondo, who found Fischetti guilty in 2008, had been overturned on this very point. On August 28, 2008, the appellate division entered an identical ruling declaring another motorist's $366 fine in Santa Ana invalid because of the lack of a warning period. The decision was not published.

The significance of publication is clear from the 2005 pleas of the California League of Cities to overturn the Costa Mesa decision. The League told the state supreme court that the decision, if allowed to stand, meant trouble for the sixty-six California cities that used red light cameras at the time. None of them provided the warning period prescribed by the law.

"The respondent court's legal interpretation of the statute creates a question of first impression and implicates a factual situation likely to be the subject of persistent litigation in the future by all cities with automated enforcement systems," Santa Ana's Assistant City Attorney Paula Coleman wrote on behalf of the League of California Cities in March 2005. "The impact on cities and the courts with respect to ticket appeals and potential refunds could be enormous should respondent court's analysis be allowed to stand and other courts follow suit."

The California Supreme Court upheld the 2005 Fischetti decision, the wording of which is substantially identical to the latest ruling which is available in a 1mb PDF file at the source link below.

Source: California v. Fischetti, 1/15/2009

Communist Officials Seek Way to Fill a Gas Tax Gap with GPS Tax by the Mile

NY Times
March 7, 2009

LAS VEGAS — With gas tax revenue declining and fuel efficiency the holy grail of car manufacturers, officials across the country are testing systems that could move Americans from paying a per-gallon tax at the pump to some form of fee based on road usage.

The challenges with such a shift are immense. Economists are not sure the idea will be practical, and privacy advocates oppose the notion of governments monitoring motorists’ driving habits. But millions of dollars are being spent on experiments with ways to collect such fees, and the idea seems to be gaining support in some quarters.

“We’re anticipating that we may get to the day when cars on the road don’t ever even go to a fueling station,” said Representative Peter A. DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, which held hearings on the matter last summer. “If we’re going to continue to have a highway network and fix the 150,000 bridges we have that are in disrepair, we’re going to need new sources of revenue.”

Gas tax revenue has been flat or declining across the nation, partly because people are driving less and partly because their cars require less fuel. The Department of Transportation took in about $71 million less in gas taxes in the 2008 fiscal year than in 2007, and Americans drove 12.9 billion fewer miles in November 2008 than November 2007, the most recent figures available.

Those declines have depleted the Federal Highway Trust Fund, authorized by Congress in 2005 to pay for road construction and maintenance through the end of this year. The federal tax rate of 18.4 cents per gallon of gas has not changed since 1993; 24 states and the District of Columbia have not changed their per-gallon tax rates since 1998.

The matter bubbled up at the White House recently after President Obama’s transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, said the administration was considering some form of a “vehicles miles traveled” tax to replace the federal fuel tax. Mr. Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, corrected Mr. LaHood, telling reporters at his daily briefing the next day that supporting such a tax “is not and will not be the policy of the Obama administration.”

Still, studies of variations of a mileage tax are being conducted. In the largest experiment of its type, the $16.5 million federal Road User Study, more than 1,200 volunteers in six cities are driving cars equipped with tracking devices to record where motorists have been. The drivers pay the traditional gas tax when they fill up, but they also receive simulated bills each month based on mileage, showing how such a system may work.

“We’re looking at how you would bill people, at invasion of privacy issues, and, human nature being what it is, people will always be looking at ways to beat the system,” said Jon Kuhl, principal investigator for the Road User Study, which is using volunteers in Austin, Tex.; Baltimore; Boise, Idaho; Raleigh and Durham, N.C.; San Diego; and the Quad Cities region of Iowa.

In a $2.7 million field test that ended in 2007, Oregon officials equipped the cars of 299 volunteers with transponders that relayed mileage data to special gas pumps. The pump charged the drivers 1.2 cents per mile in lieu of the 24-cent per gallon state gas tax. Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski, a Democrat, has asked the Legislature to approve $10 million to refine the technology and conduct more field tests.

Others are also tinkering with the idea. The North Carolina Legislature is considering adding a fee of one-quarter of a cent per mile to the state’s current tax of 30.2 cents per gallon. The mileage fee would be paid with the annual vehicle registration fee.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, is considering a similar fee that would replace the gas tax. The Nevada Transportation Department is spending $200,000 on a study before deciding whether to ask the Legislature to authorize a trial in 2011 in which some motorists would be charged a mileage tax instead of the gas tax.

Nevada plans to study the feasibility of charging motorists more for driving on the interstate during rush hour than on a surface street at midnight as a way to encourage alternative routes and carpooling. Mr. Kuhl of the Road User Study and other supporters of a mileage tax contend that motorists in many regions, including the New York metropolitan area, may buy their gas in one state but do much of their driving in another.

“We’re seeing more fuel-efficient cars or even cars that run on electricity,” said Susan Martinovich, director of the Nevada Department of Transportation. “Those people are not paying as much, and yet they’re still on the road and still causing congestion and impacting pavement. How do I get at those people?”

Privacy advocates and economists, though, wonder about the complexity — and the public’s reaction to tracking where and when people drive.

“You’d have to have a record where the car is at all times, and that certainly would frighten America,” said Mike Moffatt, an economist at the Ivy School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. “And it also seems like a much more expensive way to collect taxes.”

Despite the problems, some move to replace or supplement the gas tax seems inevitable. Mr. Kuhl envisions retrofitting vehicles with a transponder to measure miles traveled, but Jim Whitty, the Oregon transportation official who oversaw the 2007 pilot program, said it was more practical to require automakers to install them in new cars and start the switch with those owners.

Mr. Kuhl said: “Moving to a system like this is going to be an enormously complicated process. It’s going to require huge amounts of planning.”

Traffic cameras could help wipe out city's projected deficit with bogus tickets?

Chicago Sun Times
March 16, 2009

Chicago could rake in “at least $200 million” a year — and wipe out the entire projected deficit for 2009 — by using its vast network of redlight and surveillance cameras to hunt down uninsured motorists, aldermen were told today.

The system pitched to the City Council’s Transportation Committee by Michigan-based InsureNet would work only if insurance companies were somehow compelled to report the names and license plates of insured motorists. That’s already happening daily in 13 states, but not here.

The data would be entered into the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), the information-sharing network that links federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. When a camera spots an uninsured vehicle driving on Chicago streets, a citation would automatically be generated and sent to the registered owner.

Illinois’ mandatory insurance law carries a $500 fine. If Chicago levied a $300 fine and used its home-rule power to keep the money, the annual take would top $100 million. A $500 city fine would generate $357 million.

“Certainly, it will be well in excess of $100 million. We think at least $200 million. And the upward projections are far higher,” said InsureNet president Dr. Jonathan Miller, whose company would charge the city a 30 percent collection fee.

An estimated 24 percent of all vehicles on the nation’s roadways are not insured, adding $100a year to the annual insurance rate paid by responsible motorists.

The Transportation Committee took no action on a proposal by Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th) to use red-light cameras at 132 Chicago intersections to track down uninsured motorists.

But, aldermen clearly had dollar signs in their eyes after hearing InsureNet’s pitch to enlist the city’s entire network of surveillance cameras — and install new ones at high-traffic locations — in the hunt for the uninsured.

“You could put these cameras on the Dan Ryan. … You could have the same camera at the entrance to O’Hare Field’s parking lot where you have 10,000 cars parked. In theory, 20-some percent of those wouldn’t be insured and they’d all be in violation of a city ordinance,” Burke said.

“Maybe that’s why the staggering amount of revenue you’ve suggested could be potentially achieved.”

Transportation Committee Chairman Tom Allen (38th) agreed that InsureNet’s numbers were “eye-opening.” But, they’re based on a $500 fine and, “That’s a pretty big hit for people to pay,” Allen said.

He added, “I like the idea. We’d all like people to have insurance. But, there is a certain group that, outside of putting people in prison, may never get insurance. It’s purely money.”

See also:

Mobile Automated License Plate Recognition Camera - Cops drive around reading all license plates without probable cause

Police State Traffic Scameras - Cops and courts can never force anyone to buy insurance from a private corporation. Insurance execs pay themselves $200,000 PER WEEK PER PERSON salaries, not counting Warren Buffet (GEICO Govt Employees Insurance Corp CIA) who paid himself $30-Billion tax free in just one year. Read your state's statute on "financial responsibility" and you'll see dozens of "exceptions" to the "requirement" for insurance.

In-car computer that makes speeding history by slowing down vehicle if it's going too fast

LONDON - A sophisticated in-car computer could soon make it impossible for motorists to speed.

The system detects the speed limit and automatically slows the car if it is being driven too quickly.

It pinpoints a vehicle's exact location via satellite and accesses a database of every road's speed limit to determine how fast the vehicle should be travelling.

The Intelligent Speed Adaption system will be unveiled today as part of the largest-ever pilot of its kind.

It is seen as a blueprint for a nationwide scheme which could add around £500 to the cost of a car.

The new technology could render speed cameras obsolete - or at least substantially cut the amount of revenue they raise

But critics last night claimed that it was further evidence of state interference.

They say it undermines motorists' freedom and claim it could hinder, rather than aid, road safety.

The trial is being carried out by Transport for London (TfL) which runs buses, trains, the Underground and major roads in the capital.

TfL - which reports to London Mayor Boris Johnson - says its specially-equipped fleet including cars, a bus and a black cab, will take to the roads this summer.

During a six-month trial they will evaluate the technology's impact on road safety and congestion.

TfL believes it could cut accidents by around 10 per cent.

Currently the computer is programmed with the speed limits on every road within the M25. The Government plans to order a nationwide map. The system offers the driver two modes - voluntary and advisory - as well as an override button.

In advisory mode the screen displays the speed limit and a face that smiles if the driver sticks to the limit and frowns if they go too fast.

It is the voluntary mode, however, that safety campaigners hope will one day become mandatory. When vehicles reach the speed limit the accelerator is prevented from speeding up the car, no matter how far it is depressed.

The system does not affect the brakes. If an ISA-equipped car is driven from a 40mph to a 30mph or 20mph zone it is automatically and gradually slowed down.

'This innovative technology could help any driver avoid the unnecessary penalties of creeping over the speed limit and at the same time will save lives,' said Chris Lines, head of TfL's road safety unit.

However, Andrew Howard, the AA's head of road safety, said: 'Drivers are divided in their views of ISA; some hate it, some want it. Many have questions that will be answered only by trials like those being carried out by TfL.

Paul Biggs, of the Association of British Drivers, believes the system 'will stop drivers thinking'.

One local authority has already said it wants to place an order for 300 ISA units - which costs £400,000 to develop - for its own fleet.

They were made by the British division of Technolution, a Dutch firm, with funding from TfL.

TfL will reveal its findings in a report next year.

New Detector For Red Light and Speed Cameras

Cobra Electronics has released a new radar detector with a regularly updated database of red light and speed cameras. The device uses GPS to alert drivers when they are approaching a known location of a red light camera. The color of the warning light changes as the driver gets closer and an arrow shows the driver where the camera is located. The current device offered by Cobra goes for $389. However, they plan on offering another model for $99 in June that will have fewer features but cost $1 less than a red light ticket. The current device is called "Aura"

Chicago currently has 141 intersections monitored by red light cameras. Since this program started in November of 2003, the city has generated approximately $122 million in revenues. In 2008, total revenue amounted to $44.8.

City officials continue to claim that the aim is to make roads safer and not to raise revenue. You be the judge.

Speed scamera boss banned for speeding at 103 mph

Motorcycle News
8 May 2009

The boss of a firm making bike-catching average-speed cameras has been banned from driving after admitting doing over 100mph.

Tom Riall, a chief executive of Serco, the firm behind Gatso speed cameras, was clocked by police at 102.92mph in a Volvo estate on the A14 in Newmarket, Suffolk, on January 1.

The 49-year-old was banned for six months and given six points by Sudbury magistrates on Wednesday.

The court heard he had a previous speeding offence.

Serco is the biggest speed camera firm in the UK with more than 4,000 installations. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists have been caught by its rear-facing Gatsos.

A new version which measures average speed over distances is due to be approved within 18 months and “earmarked” for sites in Kent and Scotland, according to the firm.

Riall, from Ufton Nervet near Reading, is responsible for installing and maintaining the cameras.

The married father of three told the court a ban might effect his “long term aspirations” to keep his children in their private schools.

He was fined £300 and order to pay £46 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

California Cities Back Away from Cost Neutral Redlight Camera Contracts

Fear of litigation is causing some California cities to think twice about red light camera contracts containing so-called "cost neutrality" provisions. On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council decided to drop the idea of red light cameras for good.

"We will not be bringing them back to you," Turlock Police Chief Gary R. Hampton said. "Litigation on the whole red light camera issue continues and myself and the city attorney just do not see it being advantageous to the the city of Turlock to engage in this effort that could result in us having to expend our valuable city resources defending the city's use of red light cameras at this time."

At issue is a special provision created by the Australian red light camera operator Redflex Traffic Systems to make photo ticketing attractive to municipal leaders. The company agrees to do all the work and take all the financial risk for the undertaking in return for a substantial share of the profit generated.

"A cost neutrality clause provision in the contract assures that the city of Turlock will never be required to pay Redflex more than actual net revenue received from the program," Hampton explained in a memo to the council. "In any given month, if the program cost exceeds collected revenues, the balance will be carried over to the next month in which the cost can be met. That carry-over can continue for the term of the contract... Payment will only be made by the city of Turlock up to the amount of revenue received by the city through the collection of red light citations, up to the total due."

In other words, for each intersection approach, Redflex was to be compensated at 100 percent of the revenue collected from each ticket, with the amount capped at $6000 per intersection approach each month. This scheme ran afoul of state law banning per-ticket compensation, according to a November appellate ruling by a California Superior Court judge. The court found that a similar cost neutrality deal struck between the city of Fullerton and Nestor Traffic Systems (NTS) was illegal and all tickets issued by the system were declared void (view opinion).

Vice Mayor Ted Howze during the April 28 city council meeting asked to the city delay the proposed contract after a concerned citizen warned that a lawsuit over the illegal contract arrangement could result in a multi-million dollar refund, as happened in Minnesota.

"We did receive last minute communications from an individual who has expressed a concern, although after reading this communication I'm still very confident that we've addressed all the issues," Hampton said on the April 28, before having fully explored the issue.

The California Supreme Court currently is considering the question of whether contracts for red light camera services paid on a per-ticket basis are inherently void. Argument on the red light camera question is currently on hold pending resolution of a related case, County of Santa Clara v. Atlantic Richfield. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton warned in a February 9 memo that a supreme court ruling against the camera program could cost cities around the state millions in revenue.

"Given the fact that the city had a contingent fee contract with ACS for approximately three and one-half years, a state supreme court ruling in this matter could indirectly impact the city of Los Angeles," Bratton wrote. "A judgment in favor of the plaintiffs could set a legal precedent that may invite action against the city (i.e., a petition to overturn convictions and/or refund fines to those issued citations under the contingency fee based contract)."

Bratton insisted that the supreme court would rule in the cities' favor.

Maryland Police Refuse To Pay Speed Camera Tickets

Speed cameras in Montgomery County, Maryland have been ticketing motorists for quite some time now. Under their program, the tickets go to the owner of the vehicle instead of the driver. This is a common flaw in ticket camera systems across the country.

Local authorities have decided that it’s acceptable to do this to avoid the hassle of tracking down the actual violators.

The average motorist who receives a speed camera ticket can either fight it in court or send in a check. However, the amount of effort and time necessary to get a speed camera ticket dismissed is substantial. As a result, most drivers — even innocent ones — choose to just pay the ticket in order to avoid taking time off work to go to court.

Limited court costs are a key reason why ticket camera programs are so profitable for local governments.

According to the Washington Post, police in Montgomery County are bucking the trend and have decided to use their union resources to avoid paying camera tickets:

Among the thousands of drivers who have been issued $40 fines after being nabbed by Montgomery County’s new speed cameras are scores of county police officers. The difference is, many of the officers are refusing to pay.

The officers are following the advice of their union, which says the citations are issued not to the driver but to the vehicle’s owner — in this case, the county.

So basically, they’ve decided to exploit the flaw in the system that they helped create. The article continues:

That view has rankled Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and County Council Member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville), who chairs the Public Safety Committee.

“You can’t have one set of laws for police officers and another one for the rest of the world,” Andrews said.

Unfortunately, too often this appears to be the case, creating unnecessary tension between police officers and motorists:

In recent weeks, officers have twice been photographed speeding past a camera and extending a middle finger, an act that police supervisors interpreted as a gesture of defiance. “There is no excuse for that kind of behavior,” said Andrews, who was briefed on the incidents.

During the last eight months of 2007, the department’s cameras recorded 224 instances in which county police vehicles were nabbed traveling more than 10 mph over the speed limit, the department disclosed this week in response to an inquiry from The Washington Post.

Of those citations, 76 were dismissed after supervisors determined that officers were responding to calls or had other valid reasons to exceed the speed limit. Nearly two-thirds of the remaining 148 fines have not been paid, including an unspecified number that remain under investigation, said Lt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman. He said the number of citations issued to police employees this year is not yet available.

It will be interesting to see whether the officers will be held to same standard as normal citizens, who would most certainly face consequences if they refused to pay their tickets.


UK Police Caught Forging Speed Camera Documents

Hampshire, UK police caught backdating documents in order to issue a speed camera ticket in violation of the law.

A UK court threw out a pair speed camera citations yesterday after a retired veteran police officer admitted on the stand that he falsified official documents used as proof that the tickets were mailed within statutory deadlines. The Southampton Crown Court concluded that it was an abuse of process for a Hampshire and Isle of Wight speed camera partnership employee to backdate documents. The employee said he was acting on direct orders from his superiors.

The case began nearly five years ago when Michael Halliwell, 66, received a speed camera ticket that had been dropped in the mail on October 27, 2004. Under UK law, police have just fourteen days from the day of the alleged offense to send the notice. In this case, the ticket was mailed one day too late. A speed camera employee solved this problem by creating a document that certified that the ticket, known as a notice of intended prosecution, was mailed on October 26, 2004. Under questioning by Halliwell’s attorney, Barry Culshaw, this employee admitted that he filled out the backdated certificate in February of 2005.

Halliwell and a second motorist, Barrington Wells, 65, had originally been fighting the photo tickets they received on the A33 Millbrook Road at Redbridge on the grounds that the temporary 30 MPH speed limit signs had been illegally posted. The shocking testimony about the document forgery set aside any need to continue the argument based on signage.

Thousands of additional citations may be at risk of being overturned if lawyers can now show that falsification of the the proof of postage is a widespread practice. The defendants in this case are calling for the UK Independent Police Complaints Commission to open an investigation into police misconduct. Last year, a similar inquiry confirmed that 545 innocent motorists had been convicted of speeding based on falsely certified documents in Lancashire.

In a similar incident, Arizona’s secretary of state caught Australia-based Redflex Traffic Systems falsely notarizing calibration documents used in court hearings in Louisiana.

Arizona Public Servant Confirms Redflex Falsified Speed Camera Documents

Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer last week confirmed that documents used to convict motorists of speeding in Lafayette, Louisiana contained elements that had been falsified. Brewer revoked the license of Cheryl Krough, notary public for photo enforcement vendor Redflex after concluding that she violated four Arizona laws while purporting to certify a speed camera deployment form for use in official hearings.

"The notary executed a notarial certificate containing a false statement, providing the secretary grounds for a suspension or revocation," wrote Joann Cota, an assistant director with the secretary of state's office. "Therefore, the secretary of state has determined to revoke the notary's commission effective immediately."

At issue was the form used in an attempt to convict motorists Mark and Phil Abshire of speeding on October 10, 2007. Krough signed this document, certifying that van driver Scott Michael Bernard had sworn to the truth of the document's contents in her presence. The secretary of state's office saw no evidence that this ever took place.

"It cannot be determined whether the signer was in the notary's presence when the notary notarized the form," Cota wrote.

Krough, who worked in the Scottsdale, Arizona office for Redflex, was 1400 miles away from the Redflex employee who drove the van that day. The secretary of state's office expressed a certain amount of indignation that in response to an investigation of the matter by the Arizona Attorney General's office, Krough, "wrote a short response to the complaint on a post it note."

This scofflaw attitude at Redflex led to four legal violations, according to Cota. Krough was guilty of ignoring laws requiring the proper keeping of a journal, forbidding the notarization of a document containing blanks and, in general, "failing to faithfully discharge the duties or responsibilities of a notary public."

The Abshires had notified Brewer's office in January about the situation (details) and were thrilled to be vindicated. Krough likely had certified thousands of such forms throughout Lafayette and the rest of the country in violation of the law. The twins called on Lafayette council members to refund citations issued based on the questionable documentation.

"All fines collected by Redflex in Lafayette, Louisiana in 2007 and 2008 that were illegally notarized in Arizona should be voided," Mark Abshire said in an email yesterday. "Restitution by refunding fines to the affected individual citizens of Lafayette, Louisiana should be made immediately as it is unethical and unconscionable to collect fines by violating the laws of due process."

The Abshires were also vindicated in a January hearing where each was found not guilty after arguing the city had not followed the guidelines of its own speed camera ordinance (details).

Letter Re: Cheryl Krough, Notary Public Commission, Secretary of State, State of Arizona, 7/8/2008

Police admit CCTV not effective, solves less than 1 crime per 1,000 cameras

LONDON - The news takes on extra relevance for pubs after reports of several police forces in parts of the country, including Islington, Richmond and Liverpool, objecting to licence applications where venues don’t agree to use fit CCTV.

Each case helped by the use of CCTV costs around £20,000, according to the Telegraph, which obtained the information under the Freedom of Information Act.

A Met Police report said: “For every 1,000 cameras in London, less than one crime is solved per year.”

Tory David Davis told the paper: “CCTV leads to massive expense and minimum effectiveness. It creates a huge intrusion on privacy, yet provides little or no improvement in security.”

The Infomation Commissoner’s Officer (ICO) also voiced its concerns about CCTV in pubs earlier this year.

It said: “Hardwiring surveillance into the UK’s pubs raises serious privacy concerns.

“We recognise that CCTV plays an important role in the prevention and detection of crime, and can help to reduce crime in areas of high population density, such as city boroughs.

“However we are concerned at the prospect of landlords being forced into installing CCTV in pubs as a matter of routine in order to meet the terms of a licence.

“The use of CCTV must be reasonable and proportionate if we are to maintain public trust and confidence in its deployment. Installing surveillance in pubs to combat specific problems of rowdiness and bad behaviour may be lawful, but hardwiring in blanket measures where there is no history of criminal activity is likely to breach data protection requirements.”

4 years jail and $100,000 fine for broken GPS car tax by the mile

17 November 2009

People without a working kilometer tax meter in their cars once the system is introduced in 2012 face six months in jail or a fine of up to €18,500, the Telegraaf reports on Tuesday.

People caught fiddling the meter can be jailed for up to four years or fined €74,000, the paper says, quoting the draft legislation.

The draft law says motorists themselves are responsible for the meters, deftects must be reported within eight hours and repairs carried out within three weeks.

The cabinet agreed on Friday to replace road tax with a kilometer charge, based on a gps system fitted in all vehicles.

The motoring organisation ANWB, which supports the kilometer tax in principle, says 'alarm bells' have been ringing about the size of the potential fines. 'We are going to go through this draft legislation with a fine toothed comb,' a spokesman told the paper.

Newspaper polls, including DutchNew's own vote, all show most people are opposed to the introduction of the tax.

No shit.

Communist ACORN Behind Push for Speed Traps

The left-wing activist group known as ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is behind a nationwide effort to hinder motorists with speed bumps, speed traps and other forms of "traffic calming." According to a strategy memo obtained by Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.Com, the group took up smaller community issues such as traffic as a "quick hit campaign" to harass local government until it conceded to the group's demands.

"Remember, most anything is possible, because it's all a function of power," the memo explained.

Because of the relatively low cost of speed bumps, cities generally gave in quickly.

"If we're organizing to address speeding on one block, or basically want to treat this as a quick hit, then we can demand speed bumps for a block," the memo explained. "Typically, we will have already beaten the crap out of the city on speeding for a while, so they will have set up a mechanism by which blocks can get speed bumps, based upon an annual allocation of funds per council district."

The traffic demands were structured in a way that would provide concrete evidence of the group's effectiveness to the public, allowing ACORN to boost its credibility in a neighborhood -- and its dues-paying membership. Typical tactics used included handing out multilingual flyers and staging noisy protests in neighborhoods.

"Who are we? ACORN!" Greg Mastel shouted through a bullhorn at a 2006 protest in Omaha, Nebraska. "What do we want? Slower streets!"

Similar staged events helped ACORN member Veronica Dunn-Jones open a new branch office for the group in West Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004. Dunn-Jones harnessed the speed bump issue to gain media attention that helped her expand significantly.

In addition to speed bumps, the ACORN memo discusses adding unnecessary stop signs, compelling police to set up radar speed traps in neighborhoods and creating other "traffic calming" programs. The memo also explained how the group could use the same issue to harass private businesses.

"If you're tired of beating up on the city for speedbumps... targeting auto dealers would make a lot of sense here," the memo stated.

$2500 Fines for Challenging Traffic Tickets in Indy

Motorists who receive a minor parking or traffic ticket in Indianapolis, Indiana are being threatened with fines of up to $2500 if they attempt to take the ticket to court. A local attorney with the firm Roberts and Bishop was so outraged by what he saw in Marion County traffic court that he filed a class action suit yesterday seeking to have the practice banned as unconstitutional.

"The deck is stacked against the motorist," lawyer Paul K. Ogden wrote. "To penalize that person for seeking justice seems wrong. I know it is done for the purpose of discouraging baseless challenges to tickets and clogging the docket, but in the process you are also penalizing people who have a legitimate defense and want a chance to present it to the court."

The city made the threat of additional fines for challenging parking tickets in a November 30 press release announcing a deal between Indianapolis and a private firm, T2 Systems, to run a parking ticket court to increase municipal revenue.

"Using Six Sigma process improvement strategies, it is estimated that under this program the city may collect an additional $352,000 to $520,000 in parking citation revenue over the next 12 months," the city press release stated. "If citations are not paid prior to their scheduled hearing, the city may request a fine of up to $2,500 per citation. Upon receiving a judgment for an unpaid citation, individuals responsible could be subject to collections actions or having their vehicle registration suspended."

Judge William Young has been making good on the threats in traffic court by routinely siding with police officers in disputes and imposing fines of up to $500 on anyone who challenges a case, no matter how minor, and loses. Those who pay a ticket without going to court do not pay this fine.

"Unfortunately what you have happen a lot of times is that judges aren't particularly worried about whether what they're doing may be violating the law as the odds of someone ever appealing a $400 traffic ticket is remote," Ogden wrote. "I see it all the time. Trial judges flouting the law knowing they are unlikely to ever be challenged on a appeal because the litigants can't afford it."

Ogden is specifically representing three motorists affected by court policies. Toshinao Ishii received a ticket for driving 63 MPH in a 55 zone. Had he paid the ticket without challenge, the fine would have been $150. After Judge Young sided with the police officer in the case, Ishii was fined $550. Motorist Matthew Stone was told by his doctors not to wear a seatbelt as it could damage his cardiac pacemaker. He received a $25 ticket for not wearing a seatbelt, and after being threatened with a $500 fine if he did not pay, Stone paid. Adam Lenkowsky, who did not receive a ticket, attempted to attend a traffic court proceeding on September 23, 2009. He was barred from the court, despite the state constitutional requirement that court proceedings be open.

Ogden argues the court's practices violate the excessive fines clause of the state constitution as well as the clause requiring that "all penalties shall be proportioned to the nature of the offense."

Oklahoma wants robots to ticket uninsured motorists by mail to bailout insurance corporations

27 Nov 2009

State officials are looking at beefing up the state’s electronic insurance verification system by setting up cameras across the state to randomly record vehicle tags.

Cameras set up at about 200 locations along selected highways would focus in on a tag’s bar code — found at the bottom of each tag — and record it. Bar code scanners would match the tag numbers with a national database containing real-time vehicle insurance information.

Vehicle owners without valid insurance would be mailed a ticket.

"That’s a horrible idea,” said Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. "It’s Big Brother at its finest.”

The proposed automated enforcement would expand Oklahoma’s existing system, which went online in July. The system now checks only Oklahoma vehicles; checks are made only when a vehicle owner has an encounter with a law enforcement officer, such as a traffic stop or being in an accident.

The new system could generate additional revenue for the state, which is in the midst of a revenue shortfall. Tax revenue for the state so far this fiscal year is about 22 percent below expectations.

Representatives from one company told legislators last session an expanded system could generate about $300 million annually. The state wouldn’t pay for the system; the company would be reimbursed from funds received from fines or administrative penalties.

"What we’re looking at really is only Oklahoma vehicles, but if the company has the ability to do non-Oklahoma vehicles they should present that in their information,” said David Beatty, project manager for Oklahoma’s compulsory insurance verification system at the state Public Safety Department.

Interested companies have until Dec. 23 to submit information about their systems.

If the department decides to pursue the idea, requests for price proposals, or bids, will be sought by the state Central Services Department.

A law establishing the computerized system was passed in 2006. Implementation delays occurred because it took longer than expected to get the policy information from all insurance companies.

Police departments across the state can sign up to use the state’s system, Beatty said. The insurance verification data is included in any vehicle tag check.

Having cameras and bar code scanners record random Oklahoma vehicle tag information is possible because of the new tags that motorists are required to buy this year. Oklahoma’s new vehicle tags include a bar code. All vehicle tags are to be replaced by the end of this year.

Reynolds during this year’s session raised questions about the bar codes on the plates, but was told they were simply for inventory purposes by the state Tax Commission. Now, he said the Public Safety Department’s plans confirm his suspicions.

"Are they going to use these cameras to see if people are speeding?” he asked. "Are they going to use these cameras to see any number of other things that might be wrong? But I don’t think the public wants to be filmed constantly. Are we going to have cameras in people’s bedrooms in their homes? We don’t need Big Brother.”

See also:

One in four Oklahoma drivers cannot afford insurance

Tennessee Code on "Financial Responsibility" has many "exceptions" - TCA 55-12-101 to 140. There is no law in Tennessee that requires buying car insurance. It is illegal and unconstitutional to require any person to buy an insurance contract from a private corporation that pays its executives a salary of $100,000 PER WEEK PER PERSON, up to an annual $35-BILLION PER PERSON TAX FREE, as was paid to Warren Buffet, owner of GEICO Govt Employees Insurance Corp. The $25-Trillion Bankster Bailout Bill paid $1-Billion bonus per person, with zero accounting of that money exported offshore.

Washington DC Steals $40.5 million in One Year From Cameras

Speed and red light cameras have brought in $52 million in fines in Montgomery County (web | news) and the District this year, according to AAA.

Some drivers are mad about that total. Sergio Ramos said, “Speed cameras, they are useless…People just speed up right after they pass the lines.”

The cameras have been extremely busy to say the least. The District and its neighboring Maryland county collected $52 million in fines from just speed cameras this past fiscal year. Over 640,000 tickets were mailed to speeders and red light runners in D.C. alone. Talkback: Click Here to Comment on this Story

According to AAA, the District is writing more speed and red light camera tickets than ever before, collecting more than $40 million.

“I probably paid most of it. I’ve been nailed four or five times…,” said commuter John Gwynn. “it gets you where it goes from 40 to 30 {mph} always.”

But these local jurisdictions have always maintained, these cameras prevent accidents and save lives. This Commuter tends to Agree.

“Well, the benefit is, when you know that it’s there traffic will slow down to avoid getting a ticket,” stated commuter Terrell Allen.

Currently, 400 jurisdictions across the nation operate red light camera programs while speed cameras are only used in 46 other jurisdictions. Some are convinced they were created to make money.

“It’s just a ruse to get money out of ya,” said Gwynn.

Here are those numbers from AAA Mid-Atlantic:

Washington DC: Fiscal Year 2009: collected a grand total of $40.5 million, of that $33,377,810 was in speed camera ticket revenue and $7,153,622 in revenue from its red-light camera program.

Montgomery County Fiscal Year 2009: collected $18.6 million in speed camera revenue.

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Over 20% of federal employees get salaries over $100,000 - Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector. The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009. When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000. Federal Aviation Administration has 1,700 employees with salaries lifted above $170,000. "There's no way to justify this to the American people. It's ridiculous," says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a first-term lawmaker who is on the House's federal workforce subcommittee. The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker's pay to $71,206, compared with $20,331 in the private sector.

$600 camera tickets for NOT driving on toll road

A pair of lawmakers want to bring a unique form of photo enforcement to Virginia. The state Senate yesterday voted 40-0 to expedite consideration of legislation introduced by state Delegate Tom Rust (R-Herndon) and Senator Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) allowing the use of automated ticketing machines to fine people up to $600 for driving on a road without a state-approved purpose. The cameras are similar to those that photograph vehicles accused of using a toll road without paying. In this case, however, the cameras would be deployed on a free, fourteen-mile road adjacent to a toll route designed solely for the use of people driving to Dulles international Airport. The owners of cars infringing the proposed law would be mailed a "bill" in the mail.

"In the event a violation of the authority regulation is identified via the photo-monitoring system or automatic vehicle identification system, the operator of the Dulles Access Highway shall send a bill in the amount of the fine plus the applicable administrative fee to a registered owner of a vehicle as part of the enforcement process prior to seeking further remedies under this section," House Bill 1295 states.

Under existing statutes, drivers who have "airport business" may use the access highway. Such purposes are not clearly defined, but the airport grounds include a hotel and gas station that many frequently use in order to escape the increasing cost of the adjacent toll route. Because a machine is unable to determine purpose, Rust and Herring's bill would automatically convict any vehicle owner who receives a bill in the mail.

"Proof of a violation of the authority regulation governing the use of the Dulles Access Highway shall be evidenced by information obtained from the photo-monitoring system," HB1295 states. "It shall be prima facie evidence that the vehicle described in the summons issued pursuant to this section was operated in violation of the authority regulation governing use of the Dulles Access Highway."

The law admits no defense to the charge made against the vehicle owner other than proving the car had been stolen or supplying the name of someone else who may have been driving.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority would use a private vendor to collect the fines which start at $50 for a first violation, rise to $200 for a second, $350 for a third and $600 for a fourth. It is quite possible to obtain four violations, worth a total of $1200, by unknowingly using the road before receiving any notice from the airport authority.

Rust's bill was assigned to a House Transportation subcommittee on Sunday. A copy of his legislation is available in a 155k PDF file at the source link below.

House Bill 1295, Virginia General Assembly, 1/21/2010

The Battle of Knoxville

2011 law bans 95% of redlight camera tickets in Tennessee, allows ignoring of the other 5%

Hollywood imitates Cliff Clark in Green Hornet

"For the following reasons the court reverses its decision with respect to the motion to suppress the evidence and dismiss. The officers removed the defendant, Mr. Clark, from the vehicle almost immediately and on the videotape which has no audio available, patted down and handcuffed the defendant within a few seconds. It is admitted by the state that the lens covers were not made a part of the body of evidence in this case. It is also admitted that the officers took action to search the vehicle without the benefit of any search warrant, nor was there any written consent to search. The defendant denies giving any oral consent to search. The court requested that the state search for the camera cover and enclosure which the defendant is alleged to have shot in order that there be an opportunity for testing. The state was unable to produce the evidence and the Attorney General has determined that some of the evidence is gone, and some of the evidence has been recycled for use. Thus the defense contends it cannot examine the items which were damaged, nor do ballistic testing. It is the court's opinion that the search of the vehicle in absense of any search warrant and after the defendant had been safely removed from access to the vehicle in the rear of the car in the dark with a flashlight violates the United States Supreme Court case of Arizona v. Gant, 556 U.S. (2009). Additionally, State v. Ferguson, 2 S.W. 3d 912 (Tenn.Crim.App 1999) holds that the Constitution is violated when missing evidence has not been produced and is crucial to the opportunity of the defense to discover and examine such missing evidence. Thus it is this court's opinion that the evidence taken from the motor vehicle would be suppresed and the case should therefore be dismissed."
-Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz, State v. Clifford Clark, Order Regarding Motion to Reconsider Suppression and Dismissal, 30 July 2009

"Do you think this was a false-flag, like Operation Northwoods?"
-Clifford Clark, after winning dismissal of vandalism charges for allegedly shooting a red-light camera in Knoxville TN, after a Knox County deputy confessed to the crime

Fox News: "What do you think about photo radar?"
Johnny Rock Page: "I think you should find a way to get out of it."
Fox News: "I like that! We like him already!"

"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."
-Norman G. Fernandez, attorney at law, free ebook How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Photo RADAR

75% of AZ Drivers Refuse to Pay Photo Traffic Tickets

85% of TX Drivers Refuse to Pay Photo Traffic Tickets

16 Year Old Kids Refuse to Pay Photo Traffic Tickets - OLYMPIA, Wash. – Josh Sutinen isn't old enough to vote and only got his driver's license last month, but he's already among the leaders in a growing national backlash against cameras that issue traffic tickets. The 17-year-old has worked for most of this year — frequently on school nights — pushing an initiative to ban Longview's new red-light and speed cameras. He's now in the final stages of a signature-collection effort that has him fighting city council and asking fellow citizens to join his crusade. "These cameras are really just another big government attack on our rights," Sutinen said in an interview. "It's just taxation through citation." Sutinen's plan is one of four similar ballot proposals around Washington this year. Voters in more than a dozen cities nationwide have passed referendums banning the cameras while nine states now prohibit them. Officials in Los Angeles, where a single ticket can cost hundreds of dollars, moved this week to end a camera program there. Opponents question whether the cameras actually improve safety, noting that many citations are issued to drivers who simply don't fully stop as they take free right turns at red lights. They also believe governments are largely using the cameras as a revenue source. The Longview plan led by Sutinen needs about 2,800 signatures and to win a legal battle against the city. Supporters have turned in 3,628 but believe they will need hundreds more in the coming weeks after officials finish sorting through which ones are valid. The nine states that have banned red-light cameras are Arkansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, West Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arizona did not renew its speed enforcement camera program last year.

"Red light cameras may disappear from the nation's second-largest city. The police commission in Los Angeles, California voted 5 to 0 yesterday to deny renewal of the city's photo enforcement contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS). According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) proposal, continuing the existing thirty-two red light camera intersections would generate 45,000 tickets worth $21.4 million. The city's share would be $3,643,552 out of which ATS would take $2,943,180 and LAPD estimated $1,170,900 in costs for salaries of seven police officers funded from the red light camera budget. This accounting method claims a $470,528 loss for the city. Another commissioner noted that motorists are tossing their tickets, leading to even more revenue problems. Only 37 percent of photo tickets are paid on or before the due date, according to LAPD data. 'What we have here is truly a voluntary citation program,' Commissioner Alan J. Skobin said. 'It's voluntary because there's no teeth in it and there's no enforcement mechanism.'"
-The Newspaper, Los Angeles Police Commission Votes Down Cameras, 6/8/2011

How to Beat a Redlight Camera or Photo Speeding Ticket
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Premier broadcast of Pirate News Radio on 9/11/2009 - Judge threatens Pirate News producer John Lee with arrest for seeking media access in court to continue TV broadcast of redlight sniper trial, after a Knox County deputy confessed to shooting a redlight camera

Cliff Clark has a "massive stroke"
Motion for New Trial Date page 1
Motion for New Trial Date page 2

Such is the stress on an innocent person framed by corrupt police, prosecutors, judges and media mafia, resulted in 3 strokes by blood clot combined with suspected hypertension spike by serotonin syndrome from correct use of prescription anti-anxiety meds, high altutude, long drive sitting down, and being severely beaten in the head by undercover police and/or police informants whom Knox County deputies refused to arrest and prosecutors refused to prosecute. Mr Clark's medical insurance company refused to pay his $400,000 hospital bill for brain surgery and stroke rehab.

Medical doctors murder 2-million people in USA every year

"If I’m found floating face down in the river or murdered ('apparent suicide') in a jail cell on some bogus charge, you’ll know it was the sheriff’s department working in concert with the University of Tennessee."
-Clifford Clark, CliffSpeaks.com

Cliff Clark was stalked and beaten on the head by a gang of undercover cops or informants whom the Knox sheriff refuses to arrest and Knox DA refuses to prosecute. Clark's lawyer Ron Newcomb was threatened with sanctions by prosecutor Zane Scarlett and Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz for motion to read this Top Secret police report, same day that Pirate News TV was threatened with arrest during broadcast of this hearing, Did this beating cause 3 massive strokes AS CLIFF WARNED MIGHT HAPPEN

Black gang charged with "lynching" and "conspiracy" after beating causes blood clot in brain

University of Tennessee official fight song promotes copkillin:

"Rocky Top you'll always be
Home sweet home to me
Good ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top, Tennessee
Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Once two strangers climbed old Rocky Top
Looking for a moonshine still
Strangers ain't come down from Rocky Top
Reckon they never will."

CIA MKULTRA in Boulder Colorado:
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JonBenet Ramsey: Satanic Ritual Sacrifice
Columbine High School Hell in Denver
Denver International Airport

Pirate News Exclusive: Lasercraft redlight scameras shoot laser beams for speeding tickets in Knoxville!

Case Dismissed Against Accused Redlight Scamera Shooter After Knox Deputy Confessed To Shooting Redlight Camera

Index of Court Records and Threat to Arrest Pirate News TV in Cliff Clark Trial

Order of Dismissal
Knoxville Journal
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
WBCR Radio
Knoxville News Sentinel
Order Banning Pirate News TV from Court
Transcript of 1 July 2009 hearing to ban Pirate News TV
Notice of Appeal by Pirate News
First Amendment Brief for Media Access
Affidavit in Support of Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment
Media Request Motion
Proposed Order to Correct Clerical Mistake
Affidavit in Support of Notice to Appeal

Pirate News Subpoenas Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR and City Law Director to Testify re Police State Propaganda
First Amendment Brief to appeal ban of Pirate News TV in redlight camera shooting case

TruthRadio.TV interview with Pirate News about redlight sniper trial victory

Redflex Contract Killed in Kville One Week After Cliff Clark's Lawyer Confirms Knox Deputies Confess To Shooting Redlight Camera

NBC TV Tonight Show Host Jay Leno And BBC TV Host Jeremy Clarkson Say Let's Shoot All The Traffic Cameras As Crowd Cheers

Redflex Sued by Class Action in Knoxville 2010

Redflex Employee Killed in AZ!

Assassin Spy Cameras

Communist China gets Knoxville toll roads with Radar speed scameras


Redflex shortens Yellow Lights to 2 seconds in Chicago

Lasercraft Redlight Scameras Shoot Laserbeams for Speeding Tickets in Knoxville for 75% Export of Profit to Communist China

Fun with Speed Cameras by Adrenaline Crew

Nazi illegal alien gay porn star Gov Arnold Schwarzennegger orders all redlight cameras sue $325 speeding tickets

Redlight Scamera Companies Bribe EACH Politician $72,000 per YEAR!

Fascist mayor arrests city councilman for voting against redlight scameras in city council - 95% of redlight camera tickets are for safely turning right on red after stop

All redlight scameras are RADAR scameras!

Fascist city council turns Knoxville streets into toll roads for British Lasercraft in Communist China

Fascist Kville city council to replace Australian Redflex with British Lasercraft in Communist China or Traffipax in ZioNazi Germany

MYTH: "The city of Knoxville stands to receive a higher percentage of future revenues from fines collected by red-light traffic enforcement cameras, according to the terms of a contract approved this week with Norcross, Ga.-based Lasercraft."
-Knoxville News Sentinel, City's red-light revenues to rise, January 29, 2009

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

$500,000 Knoxville Redflex invoice paid to National Australia Bank

Lasercraft busted for perjury and fraud in Chattanooga by shortening yellow lights, all tickets refunded

Fascist Italy: Red Light Camera Makers Arrested for Fraud, 100 Police Commanders, Mayors, Bureaurats and Distributors Raided

Fascist Florida county council illegally seizes homes for robocop redlight tickets

Kill Tennessee Traffic Cameras

Redflex Sniper is a COP!
Sniper is a deputy say Knox deputies
first reported by Pirate News
Redflex contract cancelled 1 week later

Cliff Clark Trial Updates

Jury trial dates: 10 August 2009 (DISMISSED), 26 October 2009, and 6 November 2009. Court watchers welcome.

Transcript of 1 July 2009 hearing to ban Pirate News TV

Notice of Appeal by Pirate News - Filed with the trial court for court clerk to prepare record for Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, with Motion to Correct Clerical Mistake for court clerk failing to serve process by mail of Order to ban Pirate News TV, with Motion for Entry of Judgment. Filed 2 September 2009

Affidavit in Support of Notice to Appeal - For the first time in this case, the official court record clearly shows that a Knox County deputy sheriff confessed to shooting a redlight camera. Filed 2 September 2009

Order to ban Pirate News TV from court during the 3 jury trials of Clifford Clark - Four previous judges ordered that Pirate News TV be granted video access to broadcast all hearings in that case.

Transcript of 1 July 2009 hearing to ban Pirate News TV

Transcript from Cliff Clark hearing on 1 July 2009 - Not including the pre-hearing hearing for the prosecution to ban Pirate News TV. What are they trying to hide?

TRIAL UPDATE July 1, 2009 - Pirate News TV banned by Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz who isues verbal and written order/opinion to censor Pirate News TV broadcast. WBIR TV was allowed to remain and videotaped entire hearing, then censored it down to a 30-second soundbyte. WBIR did broadcast prosecutors admitting KPD, KCSO and Redlex destroyed or lost all ballistics evidence in this case (since Knox County deputy sheriffs confess to shooting the redlight cameras). KCSO deputy Nick Carroll had a total meltdown on the witness stand during cross exam by attorney Ron Newcomb, was unable to think of lies fast enough to speak, and began giggling uncontrollably (censored by WBIR). WBIR news director Bill Shorey refused to sell a copy of the unedited hearing to Pirate News TV as a media pool, and censored the fact that Pirate News TV was censored.

Hearing Transcript May 1, 2009 - Pirate News TV was banned by Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz to censor TV broadcast of prosecutors admitting KPD, KCSO and Redlex destroyed or lost all ballistics evidence in this case (since Knox County deputy sheriffs confess to shooting the redlight cameras). No other TV station was in the courtroom. Prosecutors used perjured testimony for another bogus indictement by grand jury of assault against deputy Robbie Lawson who was not even inside the home at the time of the alleged assault. Regarding the media request to broadcast by Pirate News TV, Judge Liebowitz never decided orally yes or no, nor signed the media request form. prosecutor Scarlett alleges John Lee was "hired" by Cliff Clark, but that was only for events outside the scope of the court hearing, to record freelance photographic evidence of the non-existant evidence, not to be broadcast on Pirate News TV (but Judge Liebowitz banned that, and no payment was made). All TV news stations sell video copies of broadcasts, and most TV news cameramen do freelance work as a 2nd job.

Prosecutor Zane Scarlet: "The enclosure [with alleged bullet holes in it] was never taken into confiscation by the police department. It has never been in State control or State property. It was taken down by Precision Electronics and replaced by an enclosure that didn't have holes in it, but it has never been in State's property. Therefore I cannot produce it because it has never been in our control."

Defense attorney Ron Newcomb: "Your Honor, one of the main issues in this case, is not only do we have the cover, but we don't have it in its location, because one of the issues is..."

Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz: "Where the shots came from, obviously."

Court TV at Cliff Clark hearing but Pirate News TV banned!


John Lee
Pirate News TV
10 March 2009

The Clifford Clark Redflex sniper case was scheduled for a discovery hearing in Judge Baumgartner's court yesterday, right in front of Court TV cameras. The hearing was transferred to Judge Leibowitz' court, and TV cameras were banned, specifically Pirate News TV.

A discovery meeting was scheduled for the defense immediately after. KPD and prosecutors destroyed all evidence that the camera was shot, by hiding/destroying/reusing the camera housing with alleged bullet holes, and hiding/destroying the 3 alleged bullets.

The alleged camera with bullet holes was actually removed by contractors on the same day of the hearing, replaced by Lasercraft cameras (that export 90% of ticket taxes to England and Communist China).

The audio portion of KPD's in-car video was destroyed, which would have proven perjury of the cop's initial testimony that Mr Clark "confessed" (which the cop recanted under oath in court).

The trial for March 26 was rescheduled, since the Redflex witness "was out of the country" that month (Redflex is located in AUSTRALIA not Arizona).

Judge Leibowitz and Baumgartner both agreed that the prosecution will be dismissed with prejudice if the search and/or traffic stop was invalid, to be decided in written order before May 1st.

Court TV was not allowed to see this world-famous case in Baumgartner's court, perhaps because Knox County deputies claim to be the actual sniper(s), and may be subpoenaed to testify to that fact.

Court TV was in town for the murder trial of black widow Raynella Dosset Leath, indicted for murder of two husbands including former Knox County D.A. Ed Dossett, who officially died in a "cattle stampede", according to Knox County medical examiner Randay Pedigo, who was gunned down by TBI for homosexual rape and hiding KPD guns used to kill cops. She previously pled guilty to shooting 5 times at the husband of her dead 1st husband Ed Dossett's mistress and love child. A hung jury was not allowed to hear about her guilty plea to assault by firearm, nor about the first murder indictment. That was the same courtroom Cliff Clark was in during that same trial.

The previous month, Judge Baumgartner convicted a Vietnam veteran for sexual assault, since shooting ordinary video at a public swimming pool is now classified as kiddie porn. All parents and journalists can now be arrested for kiddie porn. And the jury got home in time for dinner.

Deputy Robocop Sniper Trial censored from Court TV and Pirate News TV

Pirate News BANNED the same week John Lee told TN legislature to ban redlight cameras from COMMIE CHINA that are being SHOT by Knox County deputy sheriffs!

PIRATE NEWS VIDEO FEBRUARY 2009 -- Pirate News TV was banned from CTV one day before that Pirate News producer John Lee testified to grand jury seeking arrest of KPD cops and city court judge John Rossen in 55-page Affidavit of Probable Cause for Criminal Complaint. Knoxville city court judge ignores motion to dismiss by attorney for Cliff Clark for failure to prosecute when city attorney and cop fail to appear for court. The next week, Knox County prosecutor and judge admitted that all charges must be dismissed against Cliff Clark at pretrial hearing in Criminal Court, due to lack of probable cause to search vehicle, and must return all firearms stolen by deputies from a locked safe in his attic. Knox county deputy sheriffs have confessed to shooting Redflex redlight cameras in Knoxville.

Shocking 911 tape of attack on Redflex undercover RADAR camera van

Santa versus Redflex in Kville?

Video: Redflex contract CANCELLED same week Pirate News reports Redflex Sniper is a COP!

Video: Cliff Clark pretrial discovery hearing for alleged vandalism of Redflex camera, 26 Feb 2009. Knox County ADA refuses to produce discovery items such as the allegedly damaged Redflex redlight camera, the alleged bullets, or Redflex maintenece records that would prove other cameras were shot (by Knox County deputy sheriffs). Motion to supress search for lacking probably cause. Prosecutor and judge agree that without that search there is no case. Trial scheduled for March which is impossible without discovery. Speedy trial motion may also result in dismissal of charges with prejudice. Defense counsel Ron Newcomb.

Video: Preliminary hearing of Cliff Clark on trespass and assault. Would YOU point a shotgun if this "criminal" invaded your home? One deputy allegedly sells dope for his homicidal daddy deputy as proven by living in a $500,000 home. The actual Redflex shooter is a Knox County sheriff deputy, according to Knox County deputies. Defense lawyer Richard Holcomb was paid $17,000 then immediately moved to Hawaii without refund...

Knoxville News Sentinel, Trespass, assault charges to grand jury, August 28, 2008

Prosecutors have refused to prosecute the Redflex Sniper bind over order to the grand jury, and offered to dismiss all charges against Cliff Clark, including later charges of pointing a shotgun at undercover copsters invading his home without identifying themselves. When Clark balked at signing a contract not to sue for false arrest, they sent a 2nd undercover police state death squad to kill him. Again. Clark's dojomaster said only cops know how to inflict those injuries to the face.


Trying police officers for excessive use of force and murder

$500,000 Knoxville Redflex invoice paid to National Australia Bank

Shoot Redflex Robocops Game
Cop Shoots Robocop Game
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The Gitmos: Brainwashed MP3



How to Get Paid for Winning in Traffic Court

Defendant wins refund of $26-Million in radar camera speeding tickets

Indiana and Michigan Attorney Generals Find Red Light Cameras Illegal

Snow delays East Tenn's first speed cameras in Morristown

Radar Scameras: Your easiest defense is to simply throw the ticket away

Speed cameras ticketed 3,500 to real cops average of 6

Robocop traffic scameras bribe every politician $76,000 - A ten percent surcharge was imposed on all traffic tickets to create the "Citizens Clean Election Fund." These lawmakers collect $16.50 for their campaigns each time a photo radar ticket. In 2008, traffic tickets generated $10,095,771 in revenue for the clean elections fund. Out of this amount, $7,710,739 million was disbursed to lawmakers and candidates during the primary and general elections -- an average of $72,063 each. Over the past four election cycles, Arizona politicians collected a total of $36,265,795 in campaign cash from the tax on speeding tickets.

Arizona: Cops Arrest Man at Redflex Anti-Camera Demonstration - While devoting a significant amount of resources to deal with the peaceful protest, police solved only 33 percent of robbery cases in Scottsdale. 158 serious assault cases and 3151 automobile burglary and vandalism cases went unresolved.

Delaware toll road scameras to seize cars - No trial allowed for $100,000 traffic tickets.

ATS redlight scameras sue 4 tickets per resident in District of Criminals

DC cops stole $178,000 from redlight scamera contractors - Karin Coppens, 49, falsified time sheets that claimed she had spent 3400 hours on photo radar duty between August 2004 and June 2008, either reviewing citations or sitting in a car while the vendor-owned vehicle generated automated tickets. The department pays a fifty-percent overtime salary bonus to employees performing these low-effort tasks. Coppens never actually worked this detail. Instead, she forged her supervisor's signature on 94 time sheets allowing her to boost her annual salary by about $45,000. Coppens now faces up to 18 months in jail and a fine of $30,000.

1M govt employees avoid $35,000 tickets with secret license plates - Fired ACS contractor sabotaged and destroyed 50% of traffic scameras in Washington DC

Political Candidate Runs Against Illegal Quotas and Spy Cameras

Ex-cop sues for wrongful termination for failing to meet illegal ticket quota

KPD cops mutiny against illegal ticket quotas in Knoxville Tennessee

Federal class action to refund all redlight camera tickets in Knoxville Tennessee appealed to Sixth Circuit in Cincinatti Ohio

Tennessee porn star wins 29 speeding ticket trials with blowjob defense

How to win in traffic court without a blowjob defense

Cop beats cop and arrests cop for writing parking ticket - Police declare that all citizens should beat and arrest all traffic cops

According to the Institute of Transportation Engineers, speeding is SIX TIMES SAFER than driving a posted speed limit

The 85th Percentile speed: The ONLY lawful speed limit is set by drivers, not politicians or bureaurats - Translation: The faster you drive, and the faster everyone drives, then the higher the speed limit. Traffic engineering surveys don't count when under the influence of a speed trap. So when you see a cop, speed up! "Necessity" for safety is always a valid legal defense.

American Autobahn - How to LEGALLY drive 212 mph on a public highway


The Gitmos: Brainwashed MP3

"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"

How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Free Ebook download by attorney Norman G. Fernandez at BikerLawyer.net

US Supreme Court Upsets Speed Camera Industry - Red light camera and speed camera manufacturers fear that last month's US Supreme Court ruling in the case Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts could create legal turmoil for the industry. The National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running issued a statement yesterday warning that the ruling has armed motorists with a greater ability to challenge the basis of automated traffic citations. Speed cameras, for example, depend heavily on legal faith in a certificate that claims to confirm the total reliability of a machine's speed reading. In the Melendez-Diaz case, the high court ruled that merely producing such a certificate in court is insufficient. Defendants have the right to cross-examine any individual who claims to have certified evidence. "Violators often object that they cannot challenge their accuser if it is a camera," Leslie Blakey, executive director of the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running said. "This new ruling may spur more court cases and lawsuits on the basis of the right to challenge the human elements of the evidentiary chain." Blakey is principal of the Blakey and Agnew public relations firm that five of the top photo enforcement companies -- Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), CMA Consulting, Gatso of the Netherlands, Lasercraft of the UK and Redflex of Australia -- paid to create the National Campaign to lobby on their behalf. Each of these firms could face a tremendous challenge if their methods are brought into closer scrutiny, although Blakey believes that this constitutional protections may not apply in states where photo tickets have been made "civil" violations. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion in Melendez-Diaz, a 5-4 case that dealt with a laboratory analysis of drug evidence. The defendant argued that he had a right to question the lab worker who signed a piece of paper that certified the substance he had been carrying was cocaine. The majority agreed that despite the possible hassle involved in confirming each fact at trial, it is essential to the integrity of the court system that questioning of the evidence be allowed.

Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.
Rule 4, Service of Process.
(10) Service by mail of a summons and complaint upon a defendant may be made by the plaintiff, the plaintiff's attorney or by any person authorized by statute. After the complaint is filed, the clerk shall, upon request, furnish the original summons, a certified copy thereof and a copy of the filed complaint to the plaintiff, the plaintiff's attorney or other authorized person for service by mail. Such person shall send, postage prepaid, a certified copy of the summons and a copy of the complaint by registered return receipt or certified return receipt mail to the defendant. If the defendant to be served is an individual or entity covered by subparagraph (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), or (9) of this rule, the return receipt mail shall be addressed to an individual specified in the applicable subparagraph. The original summons shall be used for return of service of process pursuant to Rule 4.03(2). Service by mail shall not be the basis for the entry of a judgment by default unless the record contains a return receipt showing personal acceptance by the defendant or by persons designated by Rule 4.04 or statute. If service by mail is unsuccessful, it may be tried again or other methods authorized by these rules or by statute may be used.

Tennessee Rules of Evidence.
Rule 602. Lack of personal knowledge.
A witness may not testify to a matter unless evidence is introduced sufficient to support a finding that the witness has personal knowledge of the matter. Evidence to prove personal knowledge may, but need not, consist of the witness's own testimony.
Advisory Commission Comments. Basic to relevancy concepts is that a witness must know about the subject matter of testimony. This is the familiar requirement of first-hand knowledge.

Tennessee Rules of Evidence.
Rule 803. Hearsay exceptions.
(6) Records of Regularly Conducted Activity.
Advisory Commission Comments. Police reports of traffic accidents are inadmissible under T.C.A. § 55-10-114(b) and T.R.Evid. 803(8).

UK Council Claims Speed Camera Photos Copyrighted to Stop Speeders from Winning in Court - "The East Sussex, UK Police are attempting to have speed camera photographs removed from websites by claiming they represent copyrighted material. In particular, the police are targeting a set of images taken in June 2008 that motorcyclist Peter Barker used to prove that a radar device that clocked him at 38 MPH must have been wrong. Based on measurements of the photographic evidence, a Brighton Magistrates Court judge agreed and threw out the case against Barker. East Sussex Police are seek to ban publication of the following photographs: photo one and photo two. "It has been brought to our attention that the photographs from the Gatso camera, produced for your recent court case, have been published on TheNewspaper.com website," Sussex Police Solicitor Alexandra Karrouze wrote to Barker in a June 28 letter. "The content of these photographs are the property of Sussex Police and publication of them is a breach of copyright. They should be removed from the website forthwith. If they are not removed further action may be contemplated." Barker also believes that the local council and police do not want motorists to know that a time-distance calculation can be performed on the images to check the vehicle's speed against the radar reading. A difference of more than ten percent between the two figures renders the machine's speed estimate "unreliable" under UK guidelines. While officials may prefer that drivers simply pay the tickets when they arrive in the mail, tens of thousands of innocent motorists have seen good reason to challenge their citations. In May, the National Prosecutors Office in The Netherlands refunded 9298 photo citations and another 2640 in February because of uncertain camera accuracy. In March, 3000 automated tickets in Lausanne, Switzerland were thrown out after a "technical problem" caused tickets to be issued to law-abiding motorists. In February, prosecutors in Nuremberg, Germany began investigating a police chief for tampering with a photo radar evidence log. A major investigation in the UK last year concluded that 2660 speed camera tickets were unlawfully issued in Lancashire. In Arizona, 589 bogus speed camera tickets were canceled after faulty speed sensors were discovered."

"The results do not support the view that red light cameras reduce crashes. Instead, we find that RLCs are associated with higher levels of many types and severity categories of crashes. The model is estimating that, had an RLC not been placed at a particular intersection, we may have seen a 42% decrease in the accident rate at that intersection. The results do not support the conventional wisdom expressed in recent literature and popular press that red light cameras reduce accidents.... Our findings are more pessimistic, finding no change in angle accidents and large increases in rear-end crashes and many other types of crashes relative to other intersections. The fact that we find no benefit from decreasing severity of accidents suggests that there has been no demonstrable benefit from the RLC program in terms of safety. In many ways, the evidence points toward the installation of RLCs as a detriment to safety."
-North Carolina Urban Transit Institute, Burkey-Obeng Red Light Camera Study, July 1, 2004

Tennessee Attorney General Opinion 08-179 - QUESTIONS: 1. Does the issuance of citations for traffic violations based on photographic evidence from cameras violate any constitutional right of citizens of Tennessee, including the right to due process and equal protection and the right to privacy? 2. Do Tennessee=s statutes, rules, or regulations prohibit private vendors from making the determination, based upon photographic evidence, that a traffic violation has occurred? OPINIONS: 1. No. The issuance of a citation for traffic violations based on photographic evidence from a camera does not violate any constitutional right of the citizens of Tennessee. 2. Yes. Tennessee law specifically requires law enforcement personnel to review photographic evidence to determine whether a traffic violation has occurred. (NO MENTION THAT ALL CAMERA TICKETS CAN BE IGNORED FOR LACKING PERSONAL SERVICE OF PROCESS BY SIGNATURE per Rule 4 of Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure)

"COMES now Plaintiff to hereby sue the above parties as a result of the unlawfully deprives or hinders her access to the courts, a civil right, on August 8, 2006, when she was sent a City of Knoxville, Tennessee, Red Light Photo Enforcement Program Notice of Violation/Citation, although innocent. That in committing the acts alleged herein, Defendants, acting in concert, committed the act of civil conspiracy, under state law and 42 U.S.C. § 1985, by agreeing to act together to harm the Plaintiff, and other members of the public, each acting for the purpose of promoting or facilitating the commission of harm against Plaintiff, agreeing that one or more will engage in these acts. Plaintiff seeks an award of $1,000,000.00 in compensatory damages. That punitive damages are appropriate in an amount to be calculated."
—David Hamilton, attorney at law, class action lawsuit to refund millions of dollars in robocop traffic tickets, JUDY WILLIAMS, plaintiff, vs REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS INC., CITY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, BILL HASLAM as MAYOR OF THE CITY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE CITY COUNCIL, REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS INC., d/b/a WWW.PHOTONOTICE.COM, MICHAEL L. SULLIVAN, and UNKNOWN, Defendants; Case No.: 3:06cv400; UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, AT KNOXVILLE, filed October 16, 2006 (lawsuit censored by Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR TV and WATE TV "News")
- Mirror Complaint -- Mirror Complaint -- Brief in Opposition to Redflex Motion to Dismiss -- Amended Complaint -- NOW ON APPEAL TO U.S. SIXTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS

"When a case is decided by memorandum opinion it shall be designated "MEMORANDUM OPINION,"shall not be published, and shall not be cited or relied on for any reason in a subsequent unrelated case. Onks appeals from an order of the Circuit Court at Putnam County directing him to pay $315.00 plus interest to the City of Cookeville for twenty-one parking violations. Jerry Burgess appealed from an order of the Circuit Court at Cookeville directing him to pay $1,815.00 plus interest for 121 parking violations. Burgess, however, failed to file an appellate brief, and, we affirm the judgment of the trial court as against him. Over a period of approximately three years Onks parked vehicles in metered spaces in the downtown area of Cookeville in violation of Cookeville City Code, Title 9, Chapter 5, Section 9-508 on twenty-one (21) occasions for which he was given citations. When Onks did not pay the citations, warrants were issued on each of the alleged parking violations. At the hearing on the warrants, Onks contended that all parking ordinances of the City of Cookeville were invalid and unconstitutional under Article 11, Section 8 of the Tennessee Constitution and under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution because the city had reserved some parking spaces on city streets to citizens, entities, and government officials [judges] while enforcing overtime parking violations against him. The factual basis of Onks' defense is that the City of Cookeville granted special parking privileges for various individuals and businesses by erecting reserved parking signs and specifying loading zones in the downtown area of Cookeville."
-Tennessee Court of Appeals, City of Cookeville v. Onks, 1993 WL 398472, Tenn.App., 1993. Oct. 1, 1993 [Pirate News Note: Onks and Burgess attorneys at law "lost" in city court, "lost" in county circuit court, "lost" in Tennessee Court of Appeals, the filed appeal with TN Supreme Court, at which point City of Cookville voluntarily dismissed all 142 parking tickets, voluntarily ripped up 200 parking meters in downtown Cookville, and voluntarily gave all citizens free parking, out of fear of setting a statewide legal precedent requiring free parking. Constitutional Equal Protection doctrine under the 14th Amendment requires that when one group of citizens gets immunity from prosecution, then everyone gets immunity from prosecution for that same "crime". The 14th Amendment freed the black slaves after the US Civil War.]

Gunfire Destroys Speed Cameras - Spanish vigilante blasts speed cameras with .22 caliber rifle. A vigilante in Alicante, Spain used a rifle to blast a set of speed cameras last week. The machines had hung from a gantry high above the Avenida Caja de Ahorros in Vistahermosa ticketing the motorists below. The vigilante fired several .22 caliber rounds into the side of the device while avoiding being filmed in the act. In total, the vigilante destroyed four ticketing machines, leaving the area with only two cameras capable of generating tickets for the local government. No witnesses have come forward to identify the vigilante and police have no leads. 7/15/2008

All Redflex robocops banned in land of Oz

Do Robocops Have Too Much Power?

Redflex Shot in New Mexico

Redflex Cameras Banned in New Mexico

Redflex Cameras Busted for Bogus Tickets

Australian Robocops Attack USA

Huge Increase In Euro Robocops

Police Arrest Euro Robocops

Media Mafia mute on
Class Action Lawsuit

to refund 150,000 bogus robotickets
in Knoxville Tennessee

Pirate News gets Knoxville court clerk and over 100 KPD contractors fired

Lawyer decides to fight his robocop ticket
in Knoxville Tennessee

Redflex Facing Federal Criminal Investigation

Redflex Facing FCC Criminal Investigation

Redflex under Postal Service Mail Fraud and Extortion Investigation

Feds launch criminal investigation of Redlfex Traffic Systems

Robocop Traffic Scamera Report
by US Congress

Police Face Criminal Charges in Fatal Speed Camera Test


ACLU vs Robocop Scameras

City Council Massacred Over Traffic Tickets

The Battle of Athens Tennessee
500 veterans and farmers make citizens arrests and fire machine guns at 300 crooked cops, deputies, THP, election commission and state rep and dynomite the jailhouse
to stop bogus traffic tickets

Unmanned Pentagon Spokesdrone

Mission Impossible WVLT: First court hearing for alleged robocop sniper

Undercover Knox deputies stage home invasion - "A man knocked at my front door 04-17-08. The man was not wearing a uniform. I later learned that he was attempting to serve an illegal and improper trespassing warrant from the University of Tennessee. Why was a no-trespassing warning issued to a student? The University refuses to give a reason, either to myself or even to the media. However, I have learned that Dean Davis, and University of Tennessee Police chief August J. Washington authorized my arrest after I was invited to the University by University staff. I have the dated email invitations. The man at my front door was not in uniform. I asked him to wait a minute. I was on the telephone with my sister. Fortunately, my sister became my witness through the entire siege. The man kicked in my front door as I was going up stairs. I retrieved a shot gun and retreated to a back room. I held this man and one other man at bay with a shot gun to protect myself from home invasion. Both men threaten to kill me. I asked, ‘Who are you, and what do you want? Neither man was in uniform. At first, the men refused to answer my questions. After the men identified themselves as police and explained why they were in my house, I laid down the shot gun. I am very fortunate to have a witness for everything I am recounting. More on this story later. Keep checking back. I apologize to my neighbors for not being able to wave while handcuffed. I call for the resignation of: University of Tennessee Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, University of Tennessee Dean of Students Maxine Davis, University of Tennessee Associate Dean of Students Ron Laffite, University of Tennessee employee Jamie Pontius-Hogan, University of Tennessee Chief of Police, August J. Washington, University of Tennessee Police officer, Lt. Dana P. McReynolds."

UPDATE: Sheriff threatens to kill Clark by home invasion for bogus summons by UT

"Cliff clark has not been convicted of shooting Redflex private property, and he never confessed, and no witness saw him do it. Clark never got a redlight ticket from Redflex. Clark's guns and ammo were 100% legal, as is his right to self defense from home invasion. No one needs to be a student to have access to UT campus, which is part of City of Knoxville. JJ Jones, isn't he the unelected-fired-unelected "sheriff", after Teflon Tim Hutchinson was fired for election fraud? Jones said Hutch stole cars at West Town Mall with convicted copkilling towtrucker Roy Lee clark, but Jones never bothered to arrest Hutch, who probably told him who the snitch cop was (so the towtrucker hired a hitman who killed his cousin). Jones refused to arrest Hutch, and rehired him to get an $85,000/year pension. The previous Knox sheriff Joe Jenkins was jailed for $1-million cartheft to feed his cocaine addiction. Knox deputies must pay $15,000 to $25,000 bribes to be promoted to Sgt or Lt. Mafia govt robocop scamera contractors were busted sabotaging their own cameras in dispute over govt contract in Washington DC, so why not Redflex, who makes a $77,000 profit off each damaged camera? The alleged "criminal trespass" on "UT campus" is an alleged ban on "an entire city", since "UT" is part of City of Knoxville. I doubt anyone can be banned from an entire city, that they live in. There was no Order of Protection or TRO signed by a judge banning clark, and UT admits it never served Clark with proper notice to "ban him from campus". Thus a charge of "criminal trespass" must be dismissed, for failure to meet the Essential Elements of the crime, which are: (1) personally told to leave a specific area, (2) refusal to immediately leave that area. Prosecutors will argue that since Clark "opened" his door, thus he "voluntarily consented" to home invasion, since deputies knew from his registered gun records that he had access to firearms. So the so-called "arrest warrant" probably did not allow arrest or search of his home, but was merely service of process of a criminal SUMMONS to appear in court at a later date, which is NOT a "warrant". There probably was NOT an "arrest warrant" nor "search warrant". This is an example of why folks install peepholes and 2-way videocams on their front doors, to prevent home invasion by police state death squads. And why smart folks ALWAYS tape record their conversations with cops, who routinely testiLIE in court. Here's undercover audio of 5 TN cops torturing a man in his home, to force him to sign a "voluntary consent to search" contract. Those 5 cops are now in prison, and a $17-million lawsuit has been filed for official oppression."
-PirateNewsdotorg, WBIR Forum, Alleged redlight shooter charged with allegedly pulling shutgun on deputies, 24 April 2008

"The deputies say they introduced themselves and knocked. Clifford Clark says they broke in without warning and threatened to shoot. Now it's up to a Knox County grand jury to decide what comes next. Clark, 47, faces charges of criminal trespass and aggravated assault. Prosecutors said he ignored an order earlier this year to stay off University of Tennessee property and then pointed a shotgun at a Knox County Sheriff's Office deputy serving a trespassing warrant April 14. General Sessions Judge Tony Stansberry sent the case to the grand jury Wednesday. Clark had faced two aggravated assault charges, but assistant prosecutor Willie Lane dropped one count, saying he pointed the gun once at a single deputy. Those charges came after Clark's arrest last year in the shooting of a red-light camera. Knoxville police said Clark used a high-powered rifle to shoot out the camera after it caught him running a red light Nov. 25, 2007, at the corner of North Broadway and Interstate 640. That case remains pending in court. Clark later set up a Web site, www.cliffspeaks.com, which pokes fun at the case, and started handing out teddy bears and T-shirts in support of his cause. UT police Lt. Dana McReynolds testified Wednesday he sent Clark, a former nursing student, an e-mail March 28 warning him to keep away. He didn't explain the ban. Clark e-mailed back to demand a reason and offer him a teddy bear. "Might I suggest a shredder for your notice?" Clark wrote. University officials said Clark showed up at least three times after getting the e-mail. Clark's lawyer, Rick Holcomb, said Clark never bothered anyone, always left when asked to and didn't understand McReynolds' warning. "This e-mail came out of the blue," Holcomb said. McReynolds said he'd included his phone and fax numbers in the e-mail, offered to meet Clark with a printed copy of the notice and never got a follow-up call. UT police charged Clark with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. Two KCSO plainclothes deputies, Bobby Lawson and Nick Carroll, testified Clark shut the door on them when they showed up at his home in Powell to serve the warrant. The officers kicked in the front door and followed him inside, where Carroll said Clark confronted him with a shotgun outside an upstairs bedroom. Clark never fired a shot and ultimately gave himself up, the deputies said. "It's not illegal to own a shotgun, is it?" Holcomb asked. "But it is illegal to point it at an officer of the law," Carroll said. A search of the house turned up shotguns, pistols and armor-piercing bullets, Carroll testified. Clark and his lawyer said the officers never showed badges or identified themselves and didn't get his consent for a search. The deputies said they did. Clark remains free on bond."
-Matt Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel, Trespass, assault charges to grand jury, August 28, 2008

"AFGHANISTANVILLE, TENN. - UT employees testified that Clark was banned from campus for posting a website, and not for any other reason, and that he was a student visiting public offices (seeking to re-enroll), who never interfered with employees, and who immediately left when asked. The UTPD chief testified that he never properly served notice on Clark of a "UT no trespass order", and that he conducted zero investigation into the trespass charge, before getting an arrest warrant. Clark's lawyers subpoenaed undercover deputies to wear the same clothes they wore on the day of the arrest - T-shirts and jeans. Deputies admitted they always "dress like criminals", do not wear badges, and park their patrol car out of sight when serving arrest warrants. Deputies admitted their arrest report stated they never identified themselves as deputies when they knocked on Clark's door. Clark's sister, a retired Air Force historian with a Top Secret clearance, testified that Clark is deaf in one ear, proven by Clark's medical records, which Judge Stansbury refused to allow into evidence. Deputies testified that Clark asked them to wait at the door until he could turn down some music and hang up the phone. Clark's sister said Clark was expecting a homeowners association to visit at that time, 7pm. After Clark closed the door, a deputy kicked down the locked door, and they ran inside, "screaming". Clark's sister testified she was on the phone the entire time, hearing unknown intruders screaming they were going to shoot Clark, who failed to identify themselves as police, and fearing "that her brother was being murdered". Clark aimed a lawful shotgun at the intruders, who had not identified themselves. A deputy testified the he was terrified and ran screaming out of the house, calling for backup, having "flashbacks of Afghanistan". Deputies testified Clark immediately surrendered when told they were deputies. Clark's sister said she heard the deputies throw Clark down the stairs. Her phone records proved the phone call, and a deputy testified that he spoke to her on that same phone call. Deputies testified Clark never signed a "consent to search" contract. Defense lawyers moved to strike all evidence seized inside the home, including testimony by deputies after they entered the home. Motion to strike is required in general sessions court before discovery regarding probable cause is allowed. Clark's lawyers argued the trespass warrant was invalid under TN Code, and the "assault" was lawful self-defense by necessity, due to home invasion by apparent criminals. Judge Standberry refused to allow defense lawyers to submit a legal memorandum of case citations. The burden of proof for probable cause in a preliminary hearing is a mere 51%. This is merely an accusation made under oath. No evidence is required. Judges admit that judges rarely dismiss charges against innocent people during probable cause hearings, since that would increase risk of lawsuits against police. The national average for finding "probable cause" at preliminary hearing is 97%. Clark won dismissal of 33% of the charges. Lawyers joke that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, since the defense is never allowed to defend itself. Yet Clark was never indicted for allegedly shooting a Redflex camera. Clark never received a Redflex traffic ticket. Redflex is a foreign military corporation in Australia that profits from up to 100% of ticket revenue, that replaces US police, replaces US courts, and replaces US government. A federal class action to refund all Redflex tickets in Knoxville is currently on appeal to the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati. Lawyers agree that the best way to win a Redflex ticket is to throw the ticket in the trash and ignore it, for lacking personal service of process, which is required in all lawsuits per Rule 4 of the TN Rules of Civil Procedure. It's alleged that the first person to shoot a Redflex camera in Knoxville was a deputy sheriff, according to Knox County deputies. That shooter was never arrested."
-John Lee, Pirate News, August 28, 2008 - Video: Preliminary hearing on probable cause

Compare to this VIP student: UT student hacks presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal email account


Mission Impossible WBIR: First court hearing for alleged robocop sniper

How to Kill Robocops - Bullets, firebombs, thermite or The Law

Sniper Kills Robocop - Who will win this court battle in Knoxville Tennessee?

How to Kill Gatso Robocops - Bullets, firebombs, thermite or The Law

Knoxville Red Light Camera Tickets Legal Turn - TN Code allows right turn on red after stop

Shoot the Gatso UK Game

"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"

How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Free Ebook download by attorney Norman G. Fernandez at BikerLawyer.net

"Here are some photo radar traffic ticket tips floating the net; don't know how much is fact and how much is myth. Feel free to add any knowledge or opinions you have about these. If you get a photo radar ticket in the mail, Don't go to any websites the ticket may tell you to visit, because you are acknowledging that you received the ticket... they have to prove that you knew you were supposed to appear in court. Don't call the courthouse asking questions about it, for the same reason. If you show up in court in person, they will match your face to the ticket and you are hosed. If you do get physically served a summons,So, here is your gameplan, in a nutshell: When they mail you a photo radar ticket, shelf it and ignore it. If you actually get served to go to court, prove that it wasn't you or your vehicle. Don't try some lame argument like, 'photo radar doesn't work!'... you will lose. Sure, you can cross examine the hired expert about the service records of the equipment, but he is going to smoke you and you will lose. Just use the Eddie Murphy Defense: 'It wasn't me'. Night time vigilantes with spray paint... tsk tsk tsk... that would be horrible."
-Qweekly Motorcycle Forums, Beat Photo Radar; Getting Out of a Photo Radar Ticket

"If you've ever been ticketed for speeding or running a red light, you already know that the fine you pay may only be the beginning of your cost. If it's your second offense, that mistake may very well drain a whopping $700 out of your pocket over the next three years. That's because, on average, a driver's insurance premiums can increase by 25 percent after a second violation. Attorneys who specialize in traffic court cases have very high dismissal rates based simply on technicalities. In many cases, with a little effort and research you can obtain the same results. Contrary to popular belief, Carroll says that camera-issued tickets are often the easiest to beat because a defendant has a constitutional right to question their accuser. Courthouses will rarely go through the trouble of bringing the video or picture to court, and even if they do, there is no human subject to question other than the officer who viewed the it. 'The minute he opens his mouth, you just object because it's hearsay and the ticket will be dropped,' Carroll says. 'Most people just don't have the courage to do this though. That's why some of these cities are making millions of dollars per camera. They know you're not going to do that.' While traffic cameras are becoming more common, their legality is being debated in courtrooms around the country."
-Craig Guillot, Bankrate.com, "How to beat that traffic ticket", March 30, 2007

Motion to Dismiss Robocop Ticket
in Knoxville Tennessee

Citizen's Rulebook and Jury Handbook - Every person on every jury has a right and responsibility to veto any law or ignore any fact in any case in order to vote for justice, contrary to the pathological lies by judges and prosecutors who are never under oath to tell the truth

"COMES now Plaintiff to hereby sue the above parties as a result of the unlawfully deprives or hinders her access to the courts, a civil right, on August 8, 2006, when she was sent a City of Knoxville, Tennessee, Red Light Photo Enforcement Program Notice of Violation/Citation, although innocent. That in committing the acts alleged herein, Defendants, acting in concert, committed the act of civil conspiracy, under state law and 42 U.S.C. § 1985, by agreeing to act together to harm the Plaintiff, and other members of the public, each acting for the purpose of promoting or facilitating the commission of harm against Plaintiff, agreeing that one or more will engage in these acts. Plaintiff seeks an award of $1,000,000.00 in compensatory damages. That punitive damages are appropriate in an amount to be calculated."
—David Hamilton, attorney at law, class action lawsuit to refund millions of dollars in robocop traffic tickets, JUDY WILLIAMS, plaintiff, vs REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS INC., CITY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, BILL HASLAM as MAYOR OF THE CITY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE CITY COUNCIL, REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS INC., d/b/a WWW.PHOTONOTICE.COM, MICHAEL L. SULLIVAN, and UNKNOWN, Defendants; Case No.: 3:06cv400; UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, AT KNOXVILLE, filed October 16, 2006 (lawsuit censored by Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR TV and WATE TV "News")
- Mirror Complaint -- Mirror Complaint -- Brief in Opposition to Redflex Motion to Dismiss -- Amended Complaint

Knoxville News Sentinel, Red light fees a mistake, city says - Federal lawsuit claims extra cost deprived woman her due process, October 26, 2007 -- Mirror (this is the one and only time KNS admitted that a fed lawsuit was filed, but censored the class action demand to refund all robocop tickets in Knoxville, and for the city govt to pay for the increase in crashes)


"You WILL pay any tax increase I tell you to pay! You CAN afford it!"
—Skull & Bones mayor/ambassador Victor "Victoria" Ashe, Knoxville city council, October 2000

"The night it all came down I could not stop shivering. It changed the way I viewed a lot of things. For the first time, sitting on Council [with mayor Ashe], I really felt I was in the presence of evil. I had disagreed with people on many occasions and felt strongly about many things, but I never ever had felt something I could describe as the presence of evil. Until that night. There was just darkness. Hopelessness. But never, until Danny's death and the appointment of someone other than his wife, and knowing the orchestration that took place to make it happen, did I realize that I could never again go back to that body without carrying with me my belief that they were capable of the worst possible actions."
—Knoxville councilmember Carlene Malone, Metro Pulse, "Malone Alone", December 13, 2001 (regarding "voter impeachment" recall in 2001 of mayor Victor Ashe, now ambassador to Poland, promoted by and romantically linked to his college roommate and fellow cheerleader George Bush Jr in homosexual Nazi Skull & Bones Senior Secret Society at all-male Yale University)

"It looks like a damn Habitrail with Rocky Top playing in the background. The people who designed it must be frigging brain dead - turning downtown into a theme park mall for Stepford Childs. Call in Disney and hoist the Mouse's Ears. The taxpayers will be paying for this fiasco for generations to come. It will never recover. Knoxville must be the most corrupt city on earth. People worry about the national government, but it's the local government people need to fear. Thanks to the debt from the mayor's downtown renovation schemes, this town will be bankrupt for generations to come. It will never recover."
—City Councilmember Carlene Malone to John Lee and Pirate News, discussing Skull & Bones mayor Victor Ashe's Billion-dollar welfare for Scripps-Howard's Universe Knoxville and arson of her 2 cars during Wrecker Commission hearings against Knoxville's Mafia-connected towing and garbage cartels, and before suing Mayor Ashe and his Wrecker-Inspected Beer Board

Robocops cause crashes

"There’s a hidden tax being levied on motorists today. In theory, this tax is only levied on those who violate the law and put others in danger. But the reality is that the game has been rigged. And we’re all at risk. We are told to accept the idea that our laws should be administered by machines—not human beings—because it is a matter of safety. We must accept this expansion of government and this Orwellian threat to our privacy because cameras are the solution to the so-called red light running crisis. But why have so many people become wanton red light runners all of a sudden? The answer seems to be that changes made to accommodate camera enforcement have produced yellow light times that, in many cases, are shortened to the point that they are inadequate. And when people come upon an intersection with inadequate yellow time, they are faced with the choice either of stopping abruptly on yellow (risking a rear end accident) or accelerating. The options for those confronting such circumstances are limited and unsafe. But each time a driver faces this dilemma, government increases its odds for hitting the jackpot. But in the year that red light cameras first started collecting millions in revenue on our shores, those entrusted with developing our traffic safety regulations dropped the requirement to fix signal timing, instructing engineers to “use enforcement” instead."
—Congressman Dick Armey, House majority leader, The Redlight Running Crisis: Is it intentional? May 2001

Redflex Robocops Busted Faking Tickets

Redflex Robocops Banned in New Mexicio

Redflex Faces Fed Criminal Investigation

Redflex City Council Highlights

"Matt Cates and Dr. Arun Chatterjee are crunching the numbers. One solution they are looking into is speed cameras, much like the red-light cameras Knoxville uses. 'We basically have a camera working with a radar gun to monitor traffic,' said Matt Cates. 'It automatically issues citations without a pull-over to the worst offenders in that area.' According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, four Tennessee communities use speed cameras. One of those communities is Chattanooga. "They do have fixed cameras that are always in place, constantly monitoring traffic," said Cates. 'The city also has mobile speed units that are staffed by officers.' UT's Center for Transportation Research is studying results across the nation. They want to see how speed cameras would work state-wide. They are currently combing out the pros and cons for TDOT. Speed cameras may or may not be the new eye in TDOT work zones. The center's results will be given to TDOT in 9 months."
-Stoney Sharp, WBIR TV, TDOT to consider speed cameras, 10 December 2007

RADAR Robocops in Tennessee

How to Kill Robocops - PNTV broadcast - Feb 10, 2007 - Illegal Robocop Spy Scameras attack Knoxville with bogus traffic tickets, resulting in a Top Secret million-dollar federal class action lawsuit. PNTV's John Lee says the word "fuck" on Citadel Communcation's 100,000-watt Neo Con mindkontrol EMP weapon, resulting in $100,000 FCC fine for WNOX 100.3? Self-appointed Knox County commissioner Sharon Caywood resigned from her double-dip job after this PNTV broadcast, a $43,000 annual pay cut for playing hookie. Cawood and entire Knox County Commission were fired AGAIN by a judge in October 2007. Intro by System of a Down (Sugar) -- PNTV's $100,000 FCC complaint vs WNOX 100.3 FM

Citadel Communications & WNOX 100.3FM File Bankruptcy, Steal $1-Billion from Shareholders

Knox Spy Scamera Locations

Media Mafia mute on
Class Action Lawsuit

to refund 150,000 bogus robotickets
in Knoxville Tennessee

Lawyers agree, the best legal defense is to throw Redflex photo tickets and parking tickets in the trash and ignore them!

Over 200,000 "criminal" lawsuits vs 160,000 residents in Knoxville every year...

"Complete freedom of the highways is so old and well established a blessing that we have forgotten the days of the Robber Barons and toll roads, and yet, under an act like this, arbitrarily administered, the highways may be completely monopolized, if, through lack of interest, the people submit, then they may look to see the most sacred of their liberties taken from them one by one, by more or less rapid encroachment."
-Justice Tolman, Supreme Court of the State of Washington, Robertson vs. Department of Public Works, 180 Wash 133, 147

"One hundred forty years ago, the Royal Society in England warned against the railroads, claiming that at speeds over 30 miles per hour, the air supply to the passenger compartment would be cut off and people would die from asphyxiation. And the college of physicians in Munich, for its part, warned that at 30 mph, travelers would suffer headaches, vertigo and possible lose their sight because of a blurring effect. Over 30 mph great catastrophies were predicted, because everyone knew that even a twig would shatter the wheels. Representative government was something thought up in the eighteenth Century when only the foolhardy few would risk the mud and the bandits to get to London or Philadelphia."
-James Burke, NASA Langley Research Center, The Impact of Science on Society, page 14, 1985

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear."
-Marcus Tullius Cicero, 42 BC

Police provocateur shoots Robocop spy scamera?

by John Lee
Pirate News TV
November 26, 2007

Note the military and police regulation haircut and calm demeanor. CLARK CLIFFORD is the name of the White House lawyer who wrote the infamous National Security Act to create the Central Intelligence Agency gestapo secret Police State death squads. CIA wrote OPERATION NORTHWOODS for homegrown False Flag sniper attacks and terror bombings in USA perped by Uncle Scam

WBIR TV: Alleged Robocop sniper seeks payback for bogus traffic ticket?

WBIR TV: First preliminary hearing for man accused of shooting redlight camera

CliffSpeaks.com - "Hi everyone. I am the man accused of shooting a red light camera. Prior to this incident, I had no opinion regarding red light cameras. I never considered myself a libertarian. I considered myself politically conservative. However, since I have been embroiled in controversy, I am force to pause and reflect. As a degreed engineer with expertise in human factors, and as a degreed psychologist, I have become intrigued with the red light camera issue."

Cliff on Myspace

Cliff playing a guitar

Clifford Clark Caught on Tape - Cliff dogfighting a plane, flying a plane, jumping out of a plane, looking at giant trees, feeding the wild animals without shooting them

KPD video proves police manufacturing evidence against Cliff

Cliff interviewed by WATE TV

Cliff on Star 102 FM?

Jury Handbook - Every person on every jury has a right and responsibility to veto any law or ignore any fact in any case in order to vote for justice

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - Today, a man was arrested in Knoxville for allegedly shooting a Redflex robocop camera, using a high-powered rifle. This 30-06 caliber firearm was described as a "deer rifle" by the Media Mafia, but it's also a "sniper rifle" used by US military and Police State death squads in USA.

This is the first sniper attack against Redflex robocops on planet Earth.

Walmart RUGER MARK 77 30-06 Robocop Sniper Rifle for $695

HUNT THE BULLET HOLES - Knoxville police arrested a man Sunday morning for allegedly shooting a traffic light camera several times at the intersection of Broadway and Interstate 640

News reports claimed the sniper fired "3 shots", but the supplied video showed many hits on the Redflex scamera, on both the glass lens and the steel side. WBIR video showed only a close up of the Redflex camera with many bullet holes in the glass lens, without uncut video zooming out to show the actual location. Thus there is no chain of custody proving this bullet-riddled camera is the same video camera in Knoxville. Newspaper photos showed no bullet holes.

HUNT THE ROBOCOP SCAMERA - How do we know this is the same Redflex camera at Broadway and Interstate 640? WBIR video did not pan or zoom to prove this camera is in Knoxville or at the location alleged

Incidentally, this "domestic terrorist attack" against private property occurred in a city run by Skull & Bones mayor/ambassador Victor "Victoria" Ashe (George W Bush's gay lover running torture death camps for CIA in Poland), Satanic homosexual Bohemian Grove Scripps Howard (Knoxville News Sentinel), and confessed terrorists in Gangsta Govt running car-theft rackets worldwide to bomb US soldiers in Iraq, who also perped the treasonous 9/11 Massacres.

This alleged sniper attack occurred when the US Supreme Court is scheduled to decide whether to scrap the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution, and ban the ownership of firearms in USA, as already banned in Britian, Australia, Canada, Chicago, NY City and Washington DC.

Questions to ask:

If this individual were truly upset with Redflex Corp, why didn't he join the current federal class action lawsuit, to set a legal precedent to kill Redflex and refund all Redflex tickets? Or file his own lawsuit? Or fight a legal battle in state courts, by appealing a Redflex ticket to Knox County Circuit Court, and set a legal precedent to kill Redflex? If he was upset about a redflex ticket, why didn't he just ignore it, as required by Tennessee Rules of Court? Why would he waste perfectly good bullets?

And why did he voluntarily consent to a search of his minivan? All he had to do is say NO, and he would not have been arrested. Or if arrested, the gun could not be used as evidence, and thus no way to convict him. By instantly confessing, he loses his rifle, probably loses his van, and has to pay $10,000s in legal bills.

Funny how this guy was pulled over at the alleged crime scene, told the cop "I shouldn't talk to you because I did something bad", then volunteered for search of his minivan, then confessed.

Funny how surveillance video from an unrelated business was located, confiscated, multiple copies made, then released by police within hours. It's been 6 years since 9/11, and dozens of videos are still censored, OK city bombing has been 12 years, and videos are still censored. Funny how Redflex immediately "fixed" the videocam WITHOUT replacing it, with its "overstocked" local inventory of spare robocops. Funny how the "fix" was immediately videotaped by TeeVee news (showing a guy on a ladder turning a screw on an undamaged robocop).

What is the background of the alleged sniper? Where was he born? Where does he work? Does he have family, and who are they? What's his employment history, military special ops, police intelligence, or Redflex? Is he a "confidential informant" salaried by a police agency, local, state or federal? Was this a covert op?

A security guard for Knoxville News Sentinel was employed by Uncle Scam to bomb "food mountains" in sports stadiums in Somalia, explode little girls into 3 chunks, and throw his supervosors out of windows. Other local covert operatives have serial killed over 50 people for Uncle Scam. NATO's Operation Gladio included dozens of terrorist bombings perped by Pentagon, CIA, MI6 (Redflex) in Europe. Pentagon's Operation Northwoods included US soldiers and CIA perping sniper attacks in USA, using agents provacateur.

Is this guy a police provocateur, like Knoxville mayor and KPD police chief Randy Tyree bragged in Metro Pulse, to his infiltrating UT "antiwar terror groups"?

Or like the "violent anarchists" employed by Police State death squads to "justify" martial law in Seattle, to crush democratic protest of WTO hostile takeover of USA? That same police chief is now a US congressman, on CSPAN this month running a comittee to kill the First Amendment to the US Constitution and arrest all Americans as "domestic terrorists", based on the Adam Gadahn Perlman, "a good Jewish kid from California" who joined AllCIAduh and is now USAma Bin Laden's official spokesman, whose parents and grandparents are directors of the Jewish Anti Defamation League for Jewish homegrown terrorists. The ADL teaches FBI and local police how to arrest "homegrown domestic terrorists" (i.e., everyone who says the word "Jew", and every Christian preacher who is not on the govt payrole). ADL officers have been arrested and convicted of domestic terrorist bombings of mosques in USA, and ADL has been forced to pay millions of dollars in court judgements for libel and slander, because the ADL routinely defames US citizens.

Infamous False Flag psyops by Uncle Scam include the US military "sniper/bomber" infiltration of Bohemian Grove Satanic human sacrifice cult and presidential homosexual nudist compound (which KNS owners and politicians are members of). And of course Pentagon/CIA's Operation Northwoods, with US govt snipers attacking USA to start a nuclear world war and assassinate President John F Kennedy, as confession to the 9/11 Massacres.

The alleged Virgina Tech sniper's sister was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley Virgia and in Iraq for the neverending war. CIA loves perping covert ops, like sniper attacks to blame innocent people.

KPD sure caught the alleged Redflex shooter quickly, when so many violent crimes go unsolved and uninvestigated in Knoxville. Including the "unsolved" murder of KPD cop Tony Williams, never mind that pesky videotaped confession, recovery of the murder gun and arrest of the previously convicted murderer the night of the copkilling.

KNS, WATE and WBIR all spun this story as "Mean old patriot picks on poor little Redflex."

Those same disinfobabes laughed as they reported on martial law in Knox County, with forced evacuation at gunpoint of 40,000 residents for a "US Army chlorine nerve gas leak train derailment", led by 6-time convicted perjurer and fired sheriff Teflon Tim Hutchinson, with photos of RISING SMOKE FROM HOPPER CARS NOT THE TANKER CARS (WARGAME PSYOP WITH SMOKE BOMBS).

ALLEGED US ARMY NERVE GAS TRAIN DERAILMENT IN KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE? - Funny how the hot smoke is rising from Hopper Cars instead of from the single black tanker car with cold acid.... Simulated smoke bombs could easily be tossed into the hopper cars by NATO military forces plotting Urban Warfare martial law takeover of Knoxville and Knox County.

VIDEO: Here's my speeches against Redflex to city council, with "judge" John Rosson admitting crashes INCREASED in Knoxville thanks to Redflex. So WNOX/Redflex trial lawyers threatened to sue me for $150,000, for daring to report the truth about Redflex.

Knoxville News Sentinel was paid a $20-million bribe by City of Knoxville Municipal Corporation to STFU about these FACTS (free new KNS HQ and free cleanup of KNS toxic waste dump on State St):


In Europe, where guns are banned, they give the robocops flaming necklaces of old tires filled with gasoline, or Thermite. But are these Euroyobs employed by the camera companies, to increase their overtime on no-bid cost-plus govt contracts?

See also:

Robocop flying drones to stalk US citizens in USA. Secret Texas police spyplane caught on videotape. Robocopy hunter killer dones shoot missiles and bombs to assassinate US citizens without arrest or probable cause.

Flying hunter killer Robocop drones to stalk US citizens and electrocute them to death by Tazer lightning bolts. 300 US citizens murdered every year by Police State death squads using Tasers.

A Nation Of Sheep? - "Or time to stand up and become a nation of wolves," says Judge Napolitano, future Supreme Court justice for President Ron Paul

Man accused of shooting red-light cam caught by other cameras?

By: Brian Holt, Photographer
By: Yvette Martinez, Reporter

A $50 citation could multiply into a penalty including jail time and thousands of dollars in fines and damages, after a Knoxville man told police he shot a red-light camera to avoid a ticket.Advertisement

Forty-seven-year-old Clifford Edward Clark III is in jail, charged with felony vandalism and reckless endangerment. Police say he shot and disabled the red light camera on Broadway near I-640 early Sunday morning.

Redflex is the company that maintains and installs Knoxville's red light cameras. They have more than a thousand cameras in 20 states, and they say they've never had one shot at with a hunting rifle.

"We had officers that were in the area. They overheard gunshots," KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk said. "They started to investigate, and that's when they found a vehicle leaving a business and trying to leave really quickly."

Surveillance video from Pittman Automotive's parking lot cameras show officers stop a silver mini-van driven by Clark shortly before 2:00 am on Sunday.

"They also found out that he had a rifle. They found 3 shell casings in the parking lot," DeBusk said. "They found a spent shell casing in the gun. They also found the red light camera had been shot four times."

According to police reports, investigators found a Ruger M77, Mack II 30-60 Rifle, and a new box of bullets with four missing. Police say one of the bullets went clear through the camera's casing.

"You've got to think about the danger that he put the public in," DeBusk said. "He was shooting a rifle at a camera with cars driving by."

When questioned, Clark told police a reason he'd shoot the camera.

"He made a statement that he was upset about getting a red light camera ticket," DeBusk said.

Investigators say they have no record of Clark ever getting a citation from a red light camera. However, records are only current up to November 20th. If Clark was caught by the cameras after the 20th, that information will not be turned over to Knoxville Police until later this week. If cited by a camera, he would have been fined $50.

"The penalty he's going to pay is going to be far greater than the $50 citation," DeBusk said.

Meanwhile, a repairman worked on the camera on Monday. A Redflex spokesperson says it should be operational Monday night.

Christina Weeks with Redflex says there are actually 3 cameras in each unit. Weeks says the damage to the unit is extensive, but she doesn't have a dollar amount yet. Redflex will pay to repair the camera, but those costs could be passed on to Clark if he is convicted.

Clark is in jail on an $8,000 bond.


Hey man... nice shot!

Hey when you get out of jail, how bout finishing the cameras off in the other parts of town. YOU ARE MY HERO!!!!
-stick it to tha man

$50 buys a lot of bullets.

I hate those cameras. Hopefully more people will shoot them out. More power to you man!
-Jo Momma Kicks Asz

What percent of the violations are for right turns on red?

-ha ha ha

I hope someone else comes and finishes the job on all of the other ones. They are a money grab only.

Way to go Clifford!! Now can you shoot the one at Clinton Highway and Merchants? You are awesome!!!
-Santa Claus

Great idea! Shoot them all and we can spend even MORE tax dollars replacing them.
-Knox Girl

Good for him! America needs more men like this one. We are sitting right back and letting liberty erode, Thanks Cliff I hope this is your first offense.
-Tennessee Jed

Way to go! One down, a bunch more to go. Just remember the silencer next time though.
-little me

Good for him!!!!!!!


Thank goodness Dick Cheney was not in this hunting party. He may have winged a few citizens.

Get your "FREE CLIFFORD" bumper sticker now.
-Cocke County Native

Kind of funny in a scary redneck way.
-Kind of funny

"Police said this is the first incident of someone shooting one of the devices installed at 15 intersections across the city. Offenders pay a $50 fine, but the violation is not entered on a person's driving record." Am I reading this right? A person can fire off a salvo of bullets at public property in the city and incur only a $50 fine and no record? That's what it says. I'm guessing that the two sentences should not have been put together. The second sentence refers to the fine for running a red light. But, hypothetically, a person reading this could be swayed to take his rifle out into the city and ping public property... or worse. "Why, it's only a $50 fine if you get caught. No big deal." C'mon News-Sentinel editors, at least TRY to look like you're doing your job.

In the very famous word of Elmer Fudd........"Be vewwwy vewwwwy quiet I.m hunting wed light twaffic cameras"

The best part about Redflex robocops is that 50 KPD cops were terminated to pay for them. Cool.

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Watch out: Red-light camera wounded, not dead

Knoxville News Sentinel
November 26, 2007

A North Knoxville red light camera struck by three rounds from a high-powered rifle during the weekend is out of commission until Tuesday, police said today.

Knoxville police arrested a man Sunday morning for allegedly shooting a traffic light camera several times at the intersection of Broadway and Interstate 640.

Authorities don't know why Clifford E. Clark III, 47, of Knoxville, allegedly put three bullet holes in the Redflex Traffic Systems camera.

The three rounds found their mark. Knoxville Police Department Capt. Gordan Catlett, who oversees the red light camera program, said the bullets damaged the two still cameras and the video component of the equipment.

Catlett said the damaged metal box hit by the rounds was removed and is being held as evidence in the charges against Clark.

New components are expected to be installed sometime Tuesday, Catlett said. In the meantime, the equipment is not functioning.

Knoxville Police Department officers first responded when they heard four shots fired at 2 a.m. Sunday while on routine patrol of the area.

They searched the area, and one officer spotted a minivan leaving a closed business "very suspiciously."

When police pulled Clark's vehicle over, they found a .30-06-caliber deer rifle on the floor of the minivan. "He stated he didn't want to say what he was doing there because he didn't want to get into trouble," said Lt. Bob Wooldridge, a KPD spokesman.

Upon further investigation, they discovered that the traffic camera had three bullet holes in its camera box.

Clark, of Wildercliff Lane, was arrested on charges of felony vandalism and reckless endangerment. The rifle was seized by police.

Clark remained this afternoon in the Knox County Sheriff's Detention Facility in lieu of $8,000 bond.

Knoxville installed its first red light camera in April 2006 at the Alcoa Highway and Kingston Pike interchange.

A year later, 15 of the city's intersections had the Redflex Traffic System cameras. The city signed a three-contract with the company in November 2005 for the cameras.

See also:

It’s back: Disabled red-light camera operational again


"This man deserves a medal of valor."

"I think dressing rooms in clothing stores should have cameras. I mean, if you arent shoplifting, you have nothing to worry about, right? I applaud this mans efforts. I have to say, I have been tempted to do the very same thing."

"My hero. Good for him."

"Anyone started a legal defense fund for this guy yet!?! Sounds like it was an illegal traffic stop since there is no evidence he was committing a traffic offense. I wonder how many around here would complain if THIS fellow managed to beat his charge on a "technicality"! L.O.L. Dang shame he got caught!"

"If people start destroying these cameras, I bet they will install cameras to guard the red-light cams. And if people start destroying the red-light guard cameras they might need to install cameras to watch them. And if people start ...... ~grin~"

"Red light/speed cameras are a far greater menace to society than STDs are! Far more people are killed each year by intersection cameras photographing their vehicle than are killed by testing for STDs. So, by that reasoning, I guess the cameras ARE an extreme danger to life and limb and should be shot at whenever possible. Knoxville could become a regular downtown Baghdad."


"no kidding.."

"'No matter how you feel about them, you cannot destroy public property.' The cameras are private property, owned by RedFlex."

"Well since the police basically have an automated system to do their job catching traffic light violators have PRIVATE property crimes dropped? If this was your house that was shot would it be in the paper? probably not! If someone broke in your car would it be in the paper? probably not! Lets lay off a few cops since we have the technology to automate enforcement of traffic light violations and speed violators. What are the cops doing with all their spare time???? Does the statistics show that crime has dropped in other areas? (or does it just show Redflex and the City of Knoxville getting a fist full of cash everyday?) It was just a matter of time that someone took a shot at the money grubbing devices..I say go back and try for more!!"

"Redflex- 1.5 Fist Full $$. City of Knoxville-1 Fist Full $$. I don't understand! Were the "Redflex Traffic Systems" out of season or was he hunting in a baited intersection? Cameras don't call in sick, have clothing allowances, stop for gas or drawl a pension. Lay off several of the humanoids!"

"First let me say, while I have thought about shooting the cameras myself, that is not something I would actually do. I feel sure this guy has some "mental issues" he needs to deal with because nobody in his right mind would take that action. Good message, bad vehicle"

"We should NOT HAVE THE CAMERAS because cameras can not use logic to make a decision. There are certain times logic is needed. You can not say everything is black and white. Next will be the tickets for driving 56 in a 55 mph, after all, 56 in a 55 is breaking the law. This makes no sense. Even that wouldnt be so terrible, if our money werent being ssent to a company owned by a foreign entity. It is all about money..."

"Can anyone tell me what it is going to cost to have a red light camera stuffed and mounted?and how many points did it have?"

"Well who has the ballz to come up with a meeting place and time and lets get a petition started to get rid of the blame things? If its that easy...I'd be willing to donate a few $$$ to the cause to get rid of the cameras rather than give my money to redflex/COK on a technicallity!!"

"Paone, nice suggestions for the legal method of public debate for camera removal, but it was already tried prior to the installation of the cameras by numerous individuals who petitioned our city council. Facts and figures were given regarding these cameras, the number of rear-end collisions caused by these cameras, and the number of cities that were not renewing their contracts with Red Flex. We had this data. The public also knew that this was a money making scheme and had nothing to do with safety. If safety were the main issue, the length of yellow light intervals would not have been shortened. This should have been our first clue because the same thing was being done in other cities and we had their data to prove it. The public also seemed to know that this system was outdated and Knoxville was being duped into believing this system would be good for its citizens, while other cities were glad to be shed of the contraptions. And they laugh at us for being on the tail end of the deal, kinda like how fashions seem to reach us after its gone out of style everywhere else."

"Etacovda. You miss the point. The yellow light was reduced to where the red light would come with no warning. Try stopping your car on a dime, even going the speed limit. It’s not that easy. The yellow light is there for a warning to slow down and stop. With no warning, people would have zero response time to the red light and run it. Therefore get charged with a $321 fine (San Diego County fine for running a red)."

"Traffic light systems are unsafe. There are safer interesection designs such as roundabouts which greatly reduce the conlflict points. Also, eliminate as many left turns across traffic and install u-turns with traffic calming devices. Punishment is not an effective tool. Think outside the box."

"Just another step in privatising the police force?? How long before Blackwater or some such outfit is doing police work? This worries me more than red light cameras. They[gov] have taken criminal law and turned it into civil law with a civilian co as an enforcing agency with out due process. Who was asked if they wanted this change? What is next? Speed cameras run by redflex? How about private cops patrolling the bars giving random breathilizer tests and issuing public drunkiness tickets with a hefty fine? Why not private cops for all police work? By contracting it out the county has no personnell cost and if something goes wrong they can always blame it on the contractor. I know this is a stretch but is it possible? With things going the way they are YOU BE THE JUDGE! Why are light with cameras set with short yellow lights? Why not standardize them all at say 5 or 6 seconds? It would make it easier to estimate stopping distance/time."

"This guy should be made grand marshall of the Knoxville Christmas parade for his heroic actions. He should not be in jail for doing what thousands of us wish we had the guts to do."

1,000 Robocop droid army killed in British Empire

By Bruce Sterling
December 22, 2007

Woah. This looks like a sport with a bright future.

"This page is probably the highlight of the entire site. To my knowledge this is the largest collection of wrecked Gatsos on the internet, and its growing rapidly. So long as these cameras are robbing motorists of their cash they will continue to be destroyed.

"Five Gatsos have just gone up in Nuneaton. One of them was completely destroyed before it had even gone live. The workmen hadn't even finished installing it...."

And check out the chest-pounding vigilante manifesto here... my goodness me.

A Summer of MADness?

"Motorists Against Detection, the vigilante anti-speed camera group have announced a summer of MADness which will see them target for destruction all speed cameras in the UK. It’s now going to be a period of zero tolerance against all speed cameras, said their campaigns director Capt Gatso. (((A remote descendant of General Ludd, I reckon.)))

"The group claims speed cameras are just money-making machines and they have given the authorities long enough to prove their worth. The first camera to fall in the summer campaign is in south east London on the A2 at the Sun in the Sands roundabout on-slip heading northbound towards the Blackwall Tunnel.

"Capt Gatso, the group's campaigns director, (((he's a multitalented guy))) said: "We have completely pulled it out of the ground, it is now lying flat. You can see some of our handiwork posted on www.speedcam.co.uk.

"He added: In many areas the cameras have not saved one life - the statistics for road deaths haven't gone down. In some areas they have actually gone up - in Essex, for instance, which has a high density of cameras there are more people being killed. We are now planning to target any and all cameras until the Government sees sense and rethinks its road safety policy. Before we had speed cameras we had the safest roads in Europe - since their introduction this is no longer true."

The announcement will surprise many in road safety circles since the group has publicly declared it would not attack cameras outside schools or on high streets. But Capt Gatso said: We need to focus attention on what the cameras are about. We’ve said we wouldn’t attack the ones in built up and urban areas but that’s not where most of the cameras are. There are a lot of frustrated people among our members who have seen the number of cameras increase while road safety levels have fallen. Indeed, the only thing the cameras have done successfully is to reduce the number of traffic officers patrolling our roads and lose a lot of decent people their driving licences and their livelihoods. (((Giving them lots of spare time to wander around with big jugs of petrol and huge flammable tires to be flung round the necks of videocams.)))

"MAD is the UK’s only direct action anti-speed camera group and it’s been going since summer 2000. (((!))) In that time they have taken out just over 1,000 cameras. (((Can such things be?))) Their membership who are normally law-abiding people - vary in numbers but there is a hard core of around 200 (((I'd be guessing this figure means "20," but wow, for a saboteur gang, that's a lot))) people throughout the UK who use Internet chat forums, encrypted email and pay as you go phones to keep in touch and plan campaigns.

"The group says it has perfected a new and quick way of destroying speed cameras which will enable them to destroy a roadside camera in just a few seconds...".

Arizona budget banking on speeders to pay for illegal aliens

Arizona Governor's Proposed Budget Counts on Cash From Photo Radar on State Highways

AP News
Jan 19, 2008

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano says the deployment of new photo radar or other speed enforcement technology on state highways is all about public safety. But her proposed state budget counts on the anticipated speeding fines to help erase a projected revenue shortfall.

The proposal, submitted to the Legislature late Friday, anticipates $120 million in revenue the first year, including $90 million in net income after expenses from the statewide effort. Even bigger dollar amounts are expected in future years.

The state faces a projected revenue shortfall of at least $1.2 billion in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

While some states use photo radar and similar technology on a limited basis in areas such as construction zones, experts said Arizona is in the vanguard of moving toward a widespread deployment of speed technology on highways.

"It wasn't designated primarily for revenue generation but since we have it (and) it works, we want to move statewide," Napolitano said. "We made that decision before the whole budget issue arose. Now we take advantage of it and use it for law enforcement highway safety purposes."

The governor's budget aides said Friday they could not immediately provide details on assumptions used to project the revenue estimate, including the numbers of expected violations.

Napolitano's plan needs approval by the Republican-led Legislature, and one key lawmaker expressed immediate opposition.

"I don't know whether Arizonans want to be policed by cameras," said Senate Transportation Chairman Ron Gould, adding that he plans legislation to require that voters decide the issue. "It smacks of Big Brother to me."

Proposals calling for even limited use of cameras have run into opposition in some states.

Maryland's transportation secretary on Tuesday told lawmakers that cameras in highway work zones would improve worker safety and reduce accidents, but lawmakers raised concerns on privacy, effectiveness and motive.

Arizona Automobile Association spokeswoman Linda Gorman said the 750,000-member group representing drivers supports photo radar as a way to improve traffic safety but not to help balance the state budget.

A year ago, Napolitano cited results from suburban Scottsdale's use of fixed cameras on a stretch of state freeway when she directed the state Department of Public Safety to begin researching the possible use of new speed enforcement devices.

An Arizona State University professor who studied the Scottsdale project found that it reduced speeding and accident rates. That system uses sensors embedded in the freeway to trigger cameras that snap photos of speeding vehicles. Motor vehicle records are checked to find the vehicles' owners, ultimately leading to citations for identified drivers.

New super-cameras result in two years prison for drivers who smoke, eat or use a phone

London Daily Mail
29th December 2007

Digital speed cameras which capture drivers smoking or eating at the wheel are being introduced nationwide in a new move to hammer motorists.

Drivers will also face fines, bans and even jail for infringements such as driving without a seatbelt, using a hand-held mobile phone or overtaking across double white lines.

The hi-tech DVD cameras, which have instant playback, will also be used to provide photographic evidence against those eating sandwiches or rolling-up cigarettes at the wheel.

These are now considered serious offences under new guidelines drawn up for prosecutors.

The development will massively increase the number of fines and prosecutions against normally law-abiding drivers for relatively minor offences.

As well as being fined £60 and given three points on their licences, motorists now face two years in jail if their actions are considered to have been a factor in dangerous driving.

Virtually every police force in England, Wales and Scotland is now equipped with the new digital cameras. They were given Home Office approval in April but are quietly being rolled out nationwide.

More than 100 have been sold. The manufacturers have said their order book is full until next April.

The DVD cameras can operate as conventional speed traps. But thanks to the instant playback, they also double up to photograph motorists flouting laws other than speeding.

Set up by a police officer on sites such as motorway bridges, they constantly scan the cars and can digitally record drivers behind the wheel committing a vast array of minor traffic offences.

Crucially the new technology, called Concept, allows officers to play back the footage to locate, view and capture the offence instantly.

Photographs taken using the device show how effective it is, capturing pictures such as a man apparently steering his Renault with his bare feet and the driver of an Alfa Romeo with a mobile phone clamped to his ear.

The device is made and sold by Tele-Traffic UK whose chief executive, Jon Bond, is a former police chief superintendent in charge of speed cameras in Warwickshire.

He said: "It is the first camera to record offences other than speeding and give an instant playback.

"If the camera is being used for speed enforcement, but the police officer spots another driving offence being committed - or even thinks he saw something - he can play it back in a second. The offences are easily and quickly detectable."

Mr Bond, whose Warwick-based company employs 20, added: "At present, officers can record an offence such as driving with a mobile phone clamped to their ear or without a seatbelt but would then have to look through perhaps two hours of tape in order to find it again.

"Concept means that those operating the camera can digitally log everything. They are linked to the team in the back office who can instantly find the offence, see the proof and send out a penalty charge notice to the car's registeredowner.

"This will cut down massively on the amount of time police officers have to spend on paperwork and so speed up prosecutions. The days of the police having to chase after people who are infringing the law in these ways are gone. That will make the roads a safer place."

The Concept digital DVD technology costs £17,750. But police forces who already use Tele-Traffic's existing analogue (non-digital) system, can upgrade for a fraction of that price.

Smoking at the wheel was recently included in the Highway Code as something which courts can consider as a factor when police accuse drivers of failing to have proper control of their vehicle.

More than 300,000 drivers a day are still illegally using hand-held phones at the wheel, recent government figures revealed.

The penalties for using a handheld phone while driving, which was outlawed in 2003, were increased in February this year from a £30 fine to £60, plus three penalty points.

Under new sentencing rules, motorists using hand-held mobile phones could be jailed for two years and be disqualified if this was an aggravating factor in dangerous driving.

Those who kill while using a mobile face 14 years behind bars, under a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Last October, Mr Bond and his Tele-Traffic team were under fire after admitting to undercover reporters posing as customers that speed cameras were a "scam" and that setting up cameras in new areas was the equivalent of having "a blank chequebook" that would result in "bucketfuls" of cash.

Self-styled Captain Gatso of the campaign group Motorists Against Detection said: "This is yet another example of the Big Brother surveillance society where there's no escape from the cameras."

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National Anti-Radar Front Blows Up French Speed Cameras

Charles Bremner
London Times Online
December 14, 2007

French anti-terrorist police are hunting a “guerrilla” organisation that is blowing up speed cameras and demanding a ransom from the State.

Police are taking seriously claims from the Nationalist Revolutionary Army Faction (FNAR) that it is responsible for the destruction of six radar installations on roads in the Paris region over the past six months.

The latest attempted attack was on Tuesday on a motorway close to the village of Baillet-en-France, 20 miles north of the capital. The device, consisting of a bundle of explosive and a timer, did not detonate. It was spotted by a road maintenance team and defused after police closed the motorway for five hours.

The FNAR, which also calls itself the National Anti-Radar Front, is reported to be demanding a significant sum of money to halt the attacks, as well as tax cuts and less rigorous enforcement of the law on the roads.

The group sent its demands to the Interior Ministry in October. Worded in the grandiose jargon of 1970s revolutionary groups, it complained about the oppression of “the owner State which robs its citizens”. The police said they did not know if they were dealing with one person or a group, “but either way, this is dangerous stuff”.

Dozens of France’s 1,100 roadside speed cameras have been destroyed or vandalised since they were introduced in 2003 – later than in most neighbouring countries. The devices have contributed to a sharp drop in road deaths, but many drivers still consider their presence “unFrench” and a breach of their civil rights.

Many believe they were created to fill the state coffers with tens of millions of euros in fines a year. Many motorists rejoiced last month when officials reported that speed readings could be exaggerated if the cameras in the steel-encased units were slightly misaligned with the road. The Government said that the report was wrong.

Road safety campaigners deplored the violent attacks on the cameras, which were installed after the former President, Jacques Chirac, decided to get tough on France’s high death toll on the roads. “The speed cameras are more than symbolic,” said Chantal Perrichon, president of the League Against Highway Violence. “Thanks to them, we have saved so many lives.”

Police said that the attacks, which were carried out with primitive homemade explosives connected to a timer and which appear to be linked, represented a threat to passing drivers.

The gang is being compared to a mysterious group that planted bombs on railway tracks in 2003 and demanded a €10 million (£7.2 million) ransom. The authorities made two unsuccessful attempts to pay the ransom, including a delivery by a helicopter that failed to find a rendezvous point designated by the group.

The organisation was never traced and disappeared after announcing in 2004 that it was temporarily suspending its campaign while it improved its methods. Police said that the railway group appeared to be more professional than the speed camera saboteurs, but did not rule out a possible link between the campaigns.

President Sarkozy, who was the Interior Minister at the time of the railway campaign, has ordered police to crack down hard on the vandalism of speed cameras, which each cost thousands of euros to install. Attacks on them are not amusing and are an afront to the authority of the state, he said.

Speed cameras per 1,000 sq km

Ireland 0.3
Germany 0.7
France 2
Italy 7.2
Switzerland 16.1
UK 20.9
Netherlands 37.3

Source: European Speed Camera Database

Govt-sponsored False Flag terrorism:

Operation Gladio

Operation Northwoods


"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."

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
-Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator

Endgame - Trailer for the plan of the global elite to setup a criminal world government and steal all streets and highways in USA and turn them into toll roads for foreign corporations.

Endgame - Full-length premier on Google Video, with aerial views of George Bush Jr's treasonous NAFTA Superhighway toll roads for the King of Spain to steal trillions of taxdollars in USA.

Spanish corporation pays $12.8 billion bribe to steal Pa. Turnpike - A Spanish toll-road operator won the bidding war to operate the Pennsylvania Turnpike, offering $12.8 billion for a 75-year lease, Gov. Rendell said today. The proposal by Abertis Infraestructuras, of Barcelona, must be approved by the Pennsylvania legislature, and legislative leaders in Harrisburg have said the plan faces tough sledding with lawmakers. In making the largest bid ever for the private operation of a U.S. toll road, Abertis partnered with a subsidiary of U.S. investment bank Citigroup, and Spanish investment firm Criteria CaixaCorp. Abertis operates toll roads in Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Argentina and Puerto Rico. The company also operates airports, telecommunications systems and parking garages. Under Rendell’s plan, the Abertis/Citi consortium would lease the turnpike for 75 years with the right to raise tolls 25 percent next year and 2.5 percent or the rate of inflation every year after that. Rendell called the lease plan “a very good deal for Pennsylvania crooks and foreign robber barons,” and he said it would steal $1.1 billion per year for road, bridge and transit projects for mafia contractors in the state, on average, over the next 10 years. The governor added, "Hell, I'll personally get paid millions of dollars in bribes. Suckers!"

NASCO Liars: Congressman Ron Paul Is "Confused" About NAFTA Superhighway - NASCO describes itself as a “non-profit organization dedicated to developing the world’s first international, integrated and secure, multi-modal transportation system along the International Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor to improve both the trade competitiveness and quality of life in North America.” It has received $250 million in earmarks from the U.S. Department of Transportation to adapt existing roads as part of one NAFTA trade corridor.

Consumers File Antitrust Class Action vs Comcast Cable Monopoly - Los Angeles, CA - On Thursday, September 20, 2007, consumers filed an antitrust suit in federal district court in Los Angeles against major media companies and major cable companies in the United States. The lawsuit challenges industry-wide agreements and practices that effectively mandate that consumers must purchase prepackaged tiers of bundled cable channels and cannot purchase channels or programming on an "a la carte" basis. The lawsuit alleges that the agreements and practices are unlawful restraints of trade in violations of the federal antitrust laws. The suit is brought as a class action on behalf of all consumers in the United States who, during the last 4 years, have paid for "expanded basic cable" subscriptions from the following cable or satellite companies: Time Warner Cable Inc., Comcast Corporation, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., Cox Communications, Inc., The DirectTV Group, Inc., Echostar Satellite L.L.C., and Cablevision Systems Corporation. The suit also names the following media entities due to restrictive bundling agreements and practices that are passed on to consumers: NBC Universal, Inc. ("NBC"), Viacom Inc. ("Viacom"), The Walt Disney Company ("Disney"), Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. ("Fox"), Time Warner, Inc. ("Time Warner") (collectively "the programmer defendants"). According to a recent Federal Communications Commission study, consumers are charged approximately $100,000,000 per year for channels which, if offered "a la carte," they would not purchase. The plaintiffs and class representatives are represented by Maxwell M. Blecher and David W. Kesselman of Blecher & Collins, P.C. in Los Angeles. Read the class action complaint.

Tennessee legislature and governor Bredeson declare unconstitutional law TCA 55-9-105 to ban PNTV videocams - July 1, 2007

THP police state death squad uses TCA 55-9-105 to overthrow First Amendment and arrest TV producer for shooting cops with videocams - August 2007

CTV threatens $150,000 lawsuit vs PNTV - General manager of CTV (aka WNOX FM and Redflex trial lawyers) sends cease and desist letter to John Lee, producer of Pirate News TV, for alleged "copyright infringement", for rebroadcasting John Lee's speach to city council, plus John Lee's telephone call to Knoxville city councilman Steve Hall's CTV show, and GOP congressional candidate Matt McLain's phone confrontation with self-appointed Knox County commissioner Sharon Cawood. Never mind that TV Guide Channel in NY City censored all CTV shows 2 months after PNTV first listed on TV Guide Channel - Page 2 - Never mind that WNOX FM is owned by Communist China

"Knox County Commissioner Sharon Cawood resigned from her job in the Circuit, Juvenile and Civil Sessions Court Clerk’s office. Cawood is one of five commissioners who also draw regular paychecks from Knox County. Cawood has been a commissioner since a controversial meeting Jan. 31 when commissioners selected her and seven others to replace eight commissioners tossed from office because of a state Supreme Court ruling upholding term limits. Many criticized the appointments, especially those of commission relatives. Cawood is married to Mark Cawood, one of the commissioners ousted by the term-limit ruling. The panel also appointed Frank Leuthold, a former commissioner and father of Commissioner Craig Leuthold, and Josh Jordan, son of then-Commissioner Diane Jordan. Questions about conflicts-of-interest arose regarding the five commissioners, including Sharon Cawood, who also work for the county. Cawood makes $43,260.10 annually as a supervisor in Quist’s office. Her commission salary is $19,446 a year. At the Jan. 31 commission meeting, Mark Cawood nominated his wife to be his replacement, though he abstained from voting. Sharon Cawood has worked in Quist’s office since December. All told, at least two-dozen commissioners and their relatives take home more than $1 million in county paychecks. The Knox County Ethics Committee will be looking at commissioners and family members working for the county when it researches a possible countywide nepotism policy, said Commissioner and Ethics Committee member Mike Hammond."
-Scott Barker, Knoxville News Sentinel, Cawood resigns county job, August 2, 2007

Knox County Gangsta Govt fired for 2nd time in October 2007

"COMES now Plaintiff to hereby sue the above parties as a result of the unlawfully deprives or hinders her access to the courts, a civil right, on August 8, 2006, when she was sent a City of Knoxville, Tennessee, Red Light Photo Enforcement Program Notice of Violation/Citation, although innocent. That in committing the acts alleged herein, Defendants, acting in concert, committed the act of civil conspiracy, under state law and 42 U.S.C. § 1985, by agreeing to act together to harm the Plaintiff, and other members of the public, each acting for the purpose of promoting or facilitating the commission of harm against Plaintiff, agreeing that one or more will engage in these acts. Plaintiff seeks an award of $1,000,000.00 in compensatory damages. That punitive damages are appropriate in an amount to be calculated."
—David Hamilton, attorney at law, class action lawsuit to refund millions of dollars in robocop traffic tickets, JUDY WILLIAMS, plaintiff, vs REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS INC., CITY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, BILL HASLAM as MAYOR OF THE CITY OF KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE CITY COUNCIL, REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS INC., d/b/a WWW.PHOTONOTICE.COM, MICHAEL L. SULLIVAN, and UNKNOWN, Defendants; Case No.: 3:06cv400; UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE, AT KNOXVILLE, filed October 16, 2006 (lawsuit censored by Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR TV and WATE TV "News")
- Mirror Complaint -- Mirror Complaint -- Brief in Opposition to Redflex Motion to Dismiss -- Amended Complaint

Knoxville News Sentinel, Red light fees a mistake, city says - Federal lawsuit claims extra cost deprived woman her due process, October 26, 2007 -- Mirror (this is the one and only time KNS admitted that a fed lawsuit was filed, but censored the class action demand to refund all robocop tickets in Knoxville, and for the city govt to pay for the increase in crashes)


"As Murfreesboro officials are mulling over the possibility of automated cameras to catch red-light runners, a similar system in Sumner County is facing a legal challenge. Hendersonville attorney Wayne Detring has filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Gallatin's use of its system after he received two tickets in the mail based on the camera's photographs. The system used by Gallatin features a computer that takes a picture of a vehicle as it runs a red light. The information is then processed, and the vehicle's owner is sent a ticket in the mail. Detring said the system doesn't follow proper evidentiary rules because there is nobody monitoring the cameras at the time the photograph is taken, so there is nobody to introduce it as evidence in court. In Gallatin, he said, a judge looks at a picture on a computer screen and then makes a judgment. "That's totally improper," he said. "If it's just automatically guilty, what's the point of having a court system." Fines to drivers caught by the system would be $50 and would be considered civil offenses, so as not to go on a driver's record, much like a traffic ticket."
-Turner Hutchens, Daily News Journal, Boro keeps an eye on red-light camera lawsuit, August 2, 2007

Attorney sues traffic light cameras - Akron Attorney Warner Mendenhall is challenging the legality of the traffic light cameras in Ohio. Stay tuned later this year for Ohio Supreme court ruling. CNN censors the fact these are private international corporatiosn replacing US cops and courts, using lack of personal service of process among many other Constitutional violations of due process. Note the Ohio cameras are identical to the British and European cameras

"Some 150 people who pleaded guilty to running red lights under now-illegal Minneapolis photo-cop program are asking a court to order that their fines be refunded. Their request is similar to that made by Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, who is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from his arrest in a Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport bathroom. The legal theory behind their request is that authorities shouldn’t be permitted to keep money from a prosecution that later was found unconstitutional. They’ve been offered expungement of the matter from the court records, but also want back fines that ranged as high as $142. The matter is pending in Hennepin County District court. The city earlier this year dismissed about 4,200 citations that had been issued to motorists under photo cop but hadn’t made their way into the court system. The system relied on photos of license plates to fine drivers who ran red lights at selected intersections. Meanwhile, a lawyer is seeking class-action status in a federal civil case that seeks refunds for thousands for those who paid their fines."
-Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, Motorists who paid photo-cop fines want money back, September 10, 2007

"Cleveland, Ohio has been using mobile speed cameras in violation of its own city ordinance. A hearing officer on Wednesday dismissed a pair of automated speeding tickets issued to Mike Besser after the South Euclid motorist presented evidence that the city never issued the required press release announcing its mobile cameras. "The Director of Public Safety shall cause the general public to be notified by means of a press release issued at least thirty days before any given camera is made fully-operational and is used to issue tickets to offenders," Cleveland Ordinance 413.031 states. "Before a given camera issues actual tickets, there shall be a period of at least two weeks, which may run concurrently with the 30-day public-notice period, during which only 'warning' notices shall be issued." Although the city issued a press release announcing the location of stationary cameras on October 14, 2005, it never provided a release notifying the public about its mobile speed cameras. In 2006, Cleveland raised $6 million in revenue from 85,861 automated tickets. Of this amount, $1.5 million came from mobile cameras. In 2005, the California Supreme Court upheld a ruling that found red light camera tickets issued from an unannounced camera had to be refunded."
—TheNewspaper.com, Cleveland, Ohio Issued Illegal Speed Camera Tickets - Cleveland, Ohio may be forced to refund millions in illegally collected mobile speed camera tickets, 8/17/2007

"Cleveland may have wrongfully issued thousands of tickets for traffic violations caught on mobile cameras because the city failed to follow its rules for using them. When Cleveland started using the cameras in 2005 to catch speeders, City Council required the director of public safety to notify the public by press release at least 30 days before a traffic camera was used. Mike Besser of South Euclid said he presented a hearing officer at the Justice Center with the city's ordinance and a copy of an e-mail from the Law Department that stated the city never sent out a release for its use of mobile cameras. Both of his speeding violations were dismissed Wednesday. His case raises questions about the thousands of tickets issued since the city began using mobile cameras. "These cameras are supposed to be used for public safety, not as money grabbers," Councilman Mike Polensek said. "I would question the people administering it. What were they thinking? How much would it take to send out a press release -- my guess is someone doing their job." Last year traffic cameras -- both fixed and mobile -- generated nearly $6 million for Cleveland. Of the 85, 861 tickets issued in 2006, about 25 percent were violations caught by mobile cameras. About $1.5 million of the money came by way of mobile cameras. Andrea Taylor, a spokeswoman for Mayor Frank Jackson, said Thursday she knew nothing about Besser's case and that the city ordinance only required that the mobile units be placed in clearly marked police cars. She added that she does not think the ruling in Besser's case will affect closed cases. It may affect pending cases if the appropriate court rules the city is at fault, she said. The public was notified by press release Oct. 14, 2005, that the city would start using stationary cameras. There are currently 42 stationary cameras at various intersections and six mobile ones in police patrol vehicles."
—Leah Boyd, The Plain Dealer, Got a speeding ticket in Cleveland? Mobile traffic camera may violate law, August 16, 2007

"The speed camera programme has been thrown into disarray after the Government admitted its casualty calculations could be flawed. The Department for Transport (DfT) justifies the use of more than 6,000 cameras across the country on the grounds that they cut road deaths and serious injuries. But now these figures have been called into question and critics say this could undermine the entire programme, which brings in more than £100 million in fines every year. In what speed camera critics are describing as an embarrassing about-turn, the DfT is to re-evaluate the way it works out the number of serious injuries reported on the roads. It had relied on the figures gathered by police rather than hospital admissions but the discrepancy between the two has forced officials to look again. According to the police, the number of serious injuries between 1996 and 2004 fell from 79.7 per 100,000 to 54. The corresponding figures from hospitals showed a rise from 88.8 to 90.1."
—David Millward, London Telegraph, Justification for speed cameras 'flawed', 17/09/2007

A council has slashed its funding for speed cameras after claiming they had become more about making money than saving lives. North Somerset Council has cut a third of its £300,000 contribution to the West of England Road Safety Partnership, after complaining the group had lost sight of its original purpose. It also blamed the Government for taking money generated by fines to swell central coffers, rather than ploughing it back into local safety schemes. Councillors now want to spend their budget on other road projects, and have even threatened to cut all funding for speed cameras. Speed cameras have been repeatedly attacked in the area by angry drivers. The partnership admitted earlier this year it had even installed CCTV to spy on a speed camera, after it was twice targeted by vandals."
—London Daily Mail, Council cuts speed camera budget because they are now 'more about making money than saving lives', 29 September 2007

Australian Redflex Corporation photo radar vans will illegally patrol Arizona freeways robbing US citizens and replace government police officers and government courts beginning in November 2007

"Arizona Department of Public Safety officials inked a deal with an Australian manufacturer of automated ticketing machines to begin a statewide freeway photo radar program by November. The state will allow Redflex to run a pair of speed camera vans on freeways and two-lane roads anywhere in the state where they might generate significant revenue. The cameras are merely the first installment in a more comprehensive plan by Governor Janet Napolitano (D) to set up permanent speed cameras on every major freeway in the state. Napolitano was inspired by the success of the Loop 101 photo radar program in Scottsdale, Arizona. Just six cameras there generated 110,962 tickets worth $17 million in 2006. A study documented a 54 percent increase in rear-end collisions and a 9 percent increase in injuries from rear-end collisions as a result of the cameras' use. Although Redflex initially ran the Scottsdale program, it has since lost the contract to rival vendor ATS. Nonetheless, Redflex is experiencing sharp demand for its revenue producing technology in states like Texas. Record profits allowed Redflex to announce its first-ever dividend to investors holding company shares on the Australian Stock Exchange to be paid November 2."
—TheNewspaper.com, Arizona: Statewide Freeway Speed Camera Program Contract Signed - Two photo radar vans will patrol Arizona freeways statewide beginning in November, 9/3/2007

"Arizona motorists who ignore speed limits could soon be getting pictures of themselves in the mail — along with a nasty financial surprise. The state Department of Public Safety has signed a contract with a Scottsdale firm to put two roving "photo radar" vans on state roads. DPS Lt. Bob Ticer said the vans will be operational within 60 days. DPS commanders will place the units not only along freeways but also on various two-lane roads throughout the state, he said. The contract with Redflex Traffic Systems comes seven months after Gov. Janet Napolitano directed DPS to begin using photo radar to enforce the state's speeding laws. Napolitano said she was convinced by a nine-month project along the 101 freeway — operated by Redflex for the city of Scottsdale — that photo-radar cameras cut how fast motorists were driving. Several legislators subsequently attempted to block photo radar on state roads until the plan could be reviewed by voters but were unable to gain the necessary votes for approval. But this contract is different in one key respect: Ticer said Redflex will get a flat $3,940 a month for each of the vans. By contrast, most of the other contracts that cities have negotiated, including the one Redflex had with Scottsdale, give the company a share of each citation paid. Ticer said the goal is not to raise money, either for the state or the contractor. One issue still to be decided is exactly when a citation will be issued. Individual police officers have discretion when to stop a vehicle or write a ticket. But a private company that only takes photos of speeding vehicles does not. The photo-radar cameras used in the Loop 101 experiment were set to catch motorists whose speed was at least 11 miles per hour over the posted limit. Ticer said there are advantages to having speed limits enforced by a private company. "Officers will be able to focus on violations in that particular area other than speed," Ticer said. "They can be looking at the impaired driver or the reckless driver, and the folks following too close or making unsafe lane changes," he continued. "We look at this as just another tool to assist us in traffic enforcement to reduce those crashes."
—Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, 2 radar vans to roam state roads - DPS contract will pave the way for photo enforcement, 09.01.2007

Prosecutor "Judge" Rosson in Robocop Court
Felony charges filed against "Judge" Rosson

"That is actually an interesting question. That argument has been made in a court where I am, uh, my thought on that is, it is yet to happen, but some enterprising lawyer could come along and raise that question. It would probably require probably some sort of expert testimony. I'm not advocating that. That case has yet to happen."
—Judge John Rosson, WNOX 100.3, State Your Case, January 28, 2007; Affidavit of John Lee filed in U.S. District Court to stop Rosson tampering with the federal jury pool in case 3:06-CV-v400

John Lee vs Robocop City Council - "According to attorneys, prosecutors, judges and members of Congress, these new ordinances by City Council are dangerous, illegal, will be overturned on appeal, will result in class action lawsuits, and can subject city employees to criminal prosecution. I urge Council to vote against this ordinance. Or, in the alternative, I propose my own amendment to the ordinance, and for Council to delay this vote until a Tennessee Attorney General Opinion can be written on this issue." February 1, 2005

"A federal grand jury yesterday indicted the mayor of St. Peters, Missouri for soliciting bribes from Redflex, an Australian red light camera vendor seeking to land a lucrative contract. According to the indictment, Mayor Shawn Brown, 34, told Redflex in early June that he would veto an ordinance establishing red light cameras unless the company handed him cash. Redflex quickly made out a check to Brown for $2750 and on June 16, 2006 Brown signed the ordinance into law. Redflex then called the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Shawn Brown, being an agent and employee of the City of St. Peters, did knowingly and corruptly solicit, demand accept and agree to accept something of value, to wit: a payment of $2,750 from Redflex, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with business and a transaction of the City of St. Peters involving an ordinance and a contract having a value of $5,000 or more to the city of St. Peters and Redflex," the indictment stated. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri filed the charge which carries a possible $250,000 fine and a ten year prison sentence. Redflex competitor Affiliated Computer Services is currently on trial in Edmonton, Canada for a similar offer of a bribe to police officers to land a lucrative photo enforcement contract."
-TheNewspaper.com, Mayor Indicted for Taking Red Light Camera Bribe, 8/18/2006

"At all times material to this indictment, Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. ("Redflex") is a division of an Australian holding company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona that provides digital red light and speeding enforcement systems to local governments across the United States. Between or about June 8, 2006 and June 15, 2006, Shawn Brown communicated to the agent of Redflex responsible for the company's relationship with the City of St. Peters that he would veto the ordinance authorizing the city to contract with Redflex unless a payment was made to him. The agent of Redflex agreed to make the payment Brown demanded. Shawn Brown signed ordinance 06-70 on June 16, 2006. The next week, a Redflex check in the amount of $2,750 made out to Shawn Brown was delivered to Shawn Brown's home, per his instructions, in the City of St. Peters. On or about the 15th day of June, 2006, in the Eastern District of Missouri, the defendant, Shawn Brown, being an agent and employee of the City of St. Peters, did knowingly and corruptly solicit, demand accept and agree to accept something of value, to wit: a payment of $2,750 from Redflex, intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with business and a transaction of the City of St. Peters involving an ordinance and a contract having a value of $5,000 or more to the city of St. Peters and Redflex. In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(B)."
-Thomas C. Albus, Assistant United States Attorney, United States of America v. Shawn Brown, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, Case Number 4:06CR00506HEA

Treasonous career criminal US Attorney General Alberto "I Love Torture" Gonzales proposes new crime for PNTV: 'Attempted' copyright infringement with life in prison - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual-property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including "attempts" to commit piracy. The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries, and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with prerelease piracy. Federal law currently punishes not-for-profit copyright infringement with between 1 and 10 years in prison, but there has to be actual infringement that takes place. The IPPA would eliminate that requirement. Wiretaps would be authorized for investigations of Americans who are "attempting" to infringe copyrights. Property such as a PC "intended to be used in any manner" to commit a copyright crime would be subject to forfeiture, including civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture has become popular among police agencies in drug cases as a way to gain additional revenue, and it is problematic and controversial. Criminal violations are currently punished by jail times of up to 10 years and fines of up to $1 million. The IPPA would add forfeiture penalties. Require Homeland Security to alert the Recording Industry Association of America. That would happen when CDs with "unauthorized fixations of the sounds, or sounds and images, of a live musical performance" are attempted to be imported. Neither the Motion Picture Association of America nor the Business Software Alliance (nor any other copyright holder, such as photographers, playwrights or news organizations, for that matter) would qualify for this kind of special treatment (a violation of Constitutional Equal Protection doctrine under the 14th Amendment).

"Redflex Group is based in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Redflex Holdings Limited was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in January 1997."

"You want to send $1-million a year of our tax money to fucking Australia!"
—John Lee, Pirate News TV, WNOX 100.3 FM, "State Your Case" with George Korda, time 00:16:20 on January 28, 2007 ($100,000 FCC fine for WNOX? Screenshot of PNTV's FCC Obscenity Complaint log vs WNOX -- Note that this is an excellent way to kill all Neo Con radio shows and stations in every town! Just call in and say the F-word then file an FCC complaint!)

DEATH PENALTY for Clear Channel buying 700 billboards in Lost Angeles to sell Civil War TREASON

Prosecutor "Judge" Rosson in Robocop Court
Felony charges filed against "Judge" Rosson

"You mean Redflex is located in Australia? I didn't know that. 40,000 red-light tickets were issued from May until December 2006. Rear-end crashes INCREASED at intersections with traffic cameras in Knoxville."
—Judge John Rossen, Knoxville Municipal Corporation Court, WNOX 100.3 FM, "State Your Case" with George Korda, January 28, 2007

Complaint Form versus "Judge" John Rosson - File your complaint with the Court of the Judiciary against Rosson for telling lies on WNOX and attempting to tamper with the jury pool in this robocop class action. In case Rosson's legal defense is that he is NOT a "judge", then file a complaint against "John Rosson attorney at law" with the Board of Professional Responsibility at Tennessee Supreme Court, since he still does illegally practice law "part-time" in his private practice while playing "judge" full-time in Knoxville Municipal Corporate Court. PNTV has already filed felony criminal charges against Rosson. In reality, Rosson is merely another employee of the Law Dept at Knoxville Municipal Corporation, as proven when Rosson had to ask permission to file the municipal court administrator Michael Martin, after Martin was subpoenaed by John Lee to testify about the illegal Top Secret court docket of 125,000 annual cases and zero accountability of millions of dollars on court profits, in addition to his confessed theft and extortion of court employees "bonus paychecks", same as KPD and Knox County Sheriff Dept requires from copsters as condition for promotion to Sgt, Lt or Capt.

"Indian Giver Award: City Court Administrator Michael Martin is placed on administrative leave following allegations that after he doled out year-end bonuses to employees last year, he held private meetings with some of them and 'requested' that they share with him."
-MetroPulse, City Beat, February 1, 2001

"Knoxville Court Administrator Michael Martin is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into whether he collected portions of his employees' bonus checks last year. City Law Director Michael Kelley said a City Court employee reported Martin had requested a part of her bonus a year ago. The employee ultimately consented and gave Martin half of her bonus, Kelley said in a letter to Knoxville City Court Judge John Rosson. Other employees also gave portions of their bonuses to Martin, he wrote. The bonuses usually amounted to several hundred dollars per employee. Rosson said he hired Martin two years ago after Martin had been employed about three years by the law department. He is responsible for the daily operation of City Court and its 10 employees. He makes $41,308 annually. The Knoxville Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the matter."
-Oak Ridger, Court official may have taken bonus checks, February 6, 2001

"Knoxville Court Adminstrator Michael Martin was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations he collected portions of his employees' bonus checks last year, records show. The allegations surfaced last week and Martin was placed on paid leave Thursday, records show. The Knoxville Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit is conducting a probe into the allegations. Knoxville City Court Judge John Rosson said he placed Martin on administrative leave after being informed of the alleged conduct by city Law Director Michael Kelley. In a Feb. 1 letter to Rosson, Kelley noted he had interviewed a City Court employee who raised the allegation. After years of neglect outlined by an audit of City Court, an interim court administrator has begun to impose order on a court office that was in chaos. Knoxville's City Court has been a rambling wreck with no checks or balances on tickets issued, more than $80,000 in checks, cash and money orders in an unsecured file cabinet, no record of parking tickets and few efforts to collect more than $1 million in unpaid fees. In a filing cabinet called "Roxanne" by employees at City Court lie thousands of dollars paid for traffic and parking offenses that have not been properly logged or deposited in a bank, notes a report on court operations. Knoxville City Court Administrator Michael Martin resigned Monday on the heels of allegations he collected a thousand dollars by pressuring his employees to share their annual bonuses with him. Martin's resignation came just minutes before he was scheduled to meet with City Court Judge John Rosson for a pre-disciplinary hearing. Rosson said he planned to fire Martin, but NOT because of the bonus scheme."
—Knoxville News-Sentinel, "Bonus check splitting alleged" February 6, 2001

"Strictly local municipal courts offer a separate, substandard justice and warrant a thorough review of their own. At their best, the present-day system of city courts is a convenient means for disposing of relatively minor matters, close at hand, with less formality than state courts. They become, in essence, an administrative forum of alternative dispute resolution, with the right to appeal to the state judicial system. At their worst, they are merely revenue agencies masquerading as courts. Their sole reason for being is the funds that their municipality draws from them. If the funds disappeared, few of the cities would consider the court an important civic service. Their limits and oversight are ill-defined, and their flexibility can sometimes disguise mere arbitrariness. Municipal courts are a substantial topic unto themselves. There are some 200 to 300 such courts across the state, operating so independently that even obtaining an exact count is difficult. We believe they fall much closer to the worst model than to the best one. A majority of complaints about judges that come to the Administrative Office of the Courts originate with municipal courts."
Report from The Commission on the Future of the Tennessee Judicial System, 1996. See also: Office of Research, Comptroller of the Treasury, Tennessee’s Court System: Is Reform Needed?, 2004

"These robocop traffic tickets are illegal, will be overturned on appeal, will result in an increase in crashes, and will result in class action lawsuits against the City of Knoxville Municipal Corporation."
—John Lee, Pirate News TV, speaking to Knoxville City Council on CTV, November 2005

"Have you received a traffic ticket from one of Knoxville's red light cameras? If so, we would like to talk with you. 10News reporter Stoney Sharp is working on a story about the controversial cameras. Give him a call in the WBIR newswroom at 637-1010 or e-mail him at ssharp@wbir.gannett.com if you would be willing to share your experience."
-Katie Allison Granju, WBIR TV, "TELL US YOUR STORY: Have you been ticketed by a red light camera?" 14 March 2007 (75 comments)

"State legislators are questioning Knoxville’s practice of using an automated camera system to ticket people alleged to have run a red light. The discussion centers around a bill introduced by Rep. Joe McCord, R-Maryville, that would impact Knoxville’s red light camera system in two ways. First, the bill mandates that the yellow, or caution, light be set at 5 seconds at all intersections where cameras are set up to photograph motorists. McCord said he has heard reports that the yellow lights on Knoxville’s monitored intersections are set at 3 seconds to boost ticket revenue. Another portion of the bill would forbid local governments from contracting with private companies to operate red light camera systems. Knoxville contracts with Redflex Inc. to operate its system. Figures from the Knoxville Police Department, read Tuesday to a House subcommittee by McCord, indicate that Redflex got $471,122 from its contract during 2006, while the city of Knoxville got $217,980. More than 21,000 tickets were issued as a result of the cameras during the year. House Transportation Committee Chairman Phillip Pinion, D-Union City, questioned whether it’s even legal for a city to 'privatize its police power' without a specific authorization bill being approved by the Legislature. 'Who authorized Knoxville to privatize their red lights?' asked Pinion. 'Before long, we won’t need police. We’ll just privatize all of them, too.' The bill was discussed during a subcommittee meeting, but McCord delayed a vote by the panel next week. Tony Thompson, who serves as lobbyist for the city of Knoxville, told Pinion he would have answers to questions about the city system by then."
-Tom Humphrey, Knoxville News Sentinel, "City defends Knoxville’s red-light cameras", 14 March 2007 (KNS censors the robocop class action lawsuit filed in Knoxville, and censors the fact that Redflex is located in AUSTRALIA)

WATE "YOU'LL PAY ANY TAX INCREASE I TELL YOU TO PAY" TV loves Robocops - Tennessee state representative Joe "Ton Ten" McCord in Blount County writes bill to ban Robocop scameras from shortening yellow-light timing, and to ban private corporations from profiting from robocops. WATE censors the robocop class action lawsuit filed in Knoxville, and censors the fact that Redflex is located in AUSTRALIA. 14 March 2007

(a) If a surveillance camera is installed to enforce or monitor moving traffic violations at an intersection which is controlled by a traffic-control signal pursuant to § 55-8-110, the yellow or caution light on such traffic-control signal shall be set to remain yellow before turning red at least five (5) seconds. Any traffic citation issued for a moving traffic violation at a traffic-control signal where the yellow light has been set to change to red prior to such five (5) second requirement is invalid.
(b) After the effective date of this act, no contract shall be entered into, amended, revised or extended by any local government for the installation of such surveillance cameras which shares the revenues from the traffic fines with the company installing or maintaining such cameras.
This act shall take effect July 1, 2007, the public welfare requiring it.
-Tennessee legislature, HOUSE BILL 698 (by Rep Joe McCord) -- SENATE BILL 666 (by Senator Tim Burchett), February 8, 2007

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ORDINANCE BY JOHN LEE - "Traffic lights shall display a constant amber phase of 5.50 seconds, 6 sec on extra wide cross-streets." Knoxville City Council, February 1, 2005

"Legislation imposing restrictions on the use of cameras to ticket motorists running red lights was killed by a House subcommittee Tuesday after debate between Knoxville's police chief and the bill's sponsor. Chief Sterling Owen IV told the Public Safety subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee that Knoxville's red-light cameras have reduced accidents significantly. But when questioned by Rep. Joe McCord, R-Maryville, sponsor of the bill, Owen acknowledged that at least one study indicates that a longer yellow signal reduces the number of motorists running the light. McCord said a Texas study shows that adding one second to the yellow light time reduced tickets for running red lights by 53 percent and accidents by 40 percent. Owen, while saying he did not know of that specific study, knew of a case were red-light violations were reduced by around 36 percent with increased yellow time. One part of McCord's bill would require that, if cameras are present, the yellow-light time must be at least five seconds. Current state law requires a minimum of three seconds, a maximum of six seconds. The chief said timing of the light sequence "is a traffic engineering question, not a police question." He said the city was not necessarily opposed to increasing yellow light time, especially if that can be shown to have a positive effect in reducing accidents. McCord also questioned whether rear-end crashes increase at camera-monitored intersections. Only a single case has been found in Knoxville where a motorist "slamming the brakes" to avoid a red light ticket caused a crash, the chief said. Owen also said that, contrary to an earlier assertion by McCord, the state of Virginia is using red light cameras again, though it had once forbidden the devices. Owen said the city has no plans to begin using the cameras to catch speeders. The subcommittee session also included moves by several legislators to exempt their home counties from coverage by McCord's bill. Rep. Ben West, D-Nashville, proposed first that Davidson County be exempt. After the Nashville amendment was adopted, West then proposed to exempt Knox County from coverage by the bill - over objections from McCord that the law needs to be consistent statewide. "We don't have anybody on this committee from Knoxville and they need to be protected," West said. There were loud shouts of both "aye" and "no" when the voice vote came on the Knoxville exemption. Rep. George Fraley, D-Winchester, who chairs the subcommittee, ruled the "ayes" prevailed, meaning Knoxville red light cameras would not have been affected even if the bill had passed. Tony Thompson, lobbyist for the city of Knoxville, said later that he requested West file the amendment. The final vote saw four legislators voting yes, five no. That effectively kills the bill for this year. The debate also included some light-hearted moments. McCord eyed Owen and two other armed Knoxville officers and quipped, "I don't want people with guns, cameras and badges angry with me."
-Tom Humphrey, Knoxville News Sentinel, "Bill restricting red-light cameras killed," March 21, 2007

John Lee vs Robocop City Council - "According to attorneys, prosecutors, judges and members of Congress, these new ordinances by City Council are dangerous, illegal, will be overturned on appeal, will result in class action lawsuits, and can subject city employees to criminal prosecution. I urge Council to vote against this ordinance. Or, in the alternative, I propose my own amendment to the ordinance, and for Council to delay this vote until a Tennessee Attorney General Opinion can be written on this issue." February 1, 2005

John Lee vs Robocop City Council - "On February 1st, City Council voted to raise millions of dollars in taxes with Robocop Spy Cameras. Traffic citations will be mailed to vehicle owners, with no attempt to identify the driver. This police and court function will be outsourced to a private contractor, perhaps outside of Tennessee. 125,000 annual “misdemeanor citations” are not enough profit for KPD, so government jobs will be outsourced, perhaps to a foreign nation like the IRS now does. Council alleges the Constitutions do not apply, since traffic citations are civil actions, not criminal prosecutions. But all civil trials require plaintiffs appear in court to testify, or the complaint must be dismissed for “failure to prosecute”. City Council is of the opinion that it can break the law with sovereign immunity. I remind Council that there are many exceptions to sovereign immunity, both civil and criminal. Any person sued by Robocops can countersue the City of Knoxville Corporation and its officers and agents, as allowed in all civil lawsuits under TRCP Rule 13, for all appeals from City Court. According to Tennessee attorney Ed Fowlkes, private contractors mailing out traffic citations can be a criminal offense under Tennessee Code, of Unauthorized Practice of Law. US Congressman "Dick" Armey wrote in his report titled, “Red Light Camera Scam”, that simply increasing the time delay of yellow lights can reduce crashes by 95 percent, for free, but that Red Light Cameras increase crashes by 50 percent. As this Council confessed, the Virginia Study proved that Red Light Cameras are guaranteed to increase the number of crashes, injuries and deaths. Robocop Red Light Cameras will result in a boycott of Knoxville businesses, by scaring away shoppers. Knoxville already named Interstate Highway I-140 for a convicted hit and run killer named Senator Carl Koella, that resulted in millions of tourists boycotting Knoxville and Tennessee in protest. Robocop Spy Cameras follow the 6th Plank of the Communist Manifesto (quote): "Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State." US Congressman Ron Paul called traffic citations and spy cameras the backbone of the “American Police State”. Austin Texas now has Robocop GPS toll roads on many downtown streets, costing residents $1,500 a year “wheel tax”. This resulted in massive revolt to recall all members of Austin City Council. I ask Council to repeal this Robocop ordinance. February 15, 2005

"Knoxville's red light cameras began snapping photos of drivers who break the law six months ago. But do they really help put the brakes on accidents? Officers have only seen one rear end crash caused due to a red light camera. The cameras are already installed at 10 of the city's most dangerous intersections. And there are at least five more cameras to come, with $50 tickets for those who run the light. But some drivers tell 6 News they have issues with the cameras. "I thought I was supposed to get a warning first," Betty Pierce says. "First time through, I thought they'd give you warning." "I think it's annoying, the glare, especially on dark day, brightness like a camera flash," James Needham says. Thanks to that quick flash, Knoxville police have cited more than 22,000 drivers putting the pedal to the metal when the as light turns red. The city's newest red light camera is at the intersection of Clinton Hwy. and Merchants Drive. In two months, cameras have caught more than 4000 people running red lights. Police say that breaks down to an average of 75 people breaking the law there each day. The city has collected more than $120,000 in revenue from the citations in six months. The Knoxville Police Department says the city didn't pay for the cameras or their installation. The city also doesn't pay for the camera's upkeep. A company called Redflex pays for everything. In turn, it gets half the money from each citation issued. In the last six months, 11 Knoxville police officers, 12 Knox County deputies, nine Rural/Metro ambulances and 20 KAT buses were caught running red lights. Police say none of the vehicles were responding to emergencies. The drivers were cited and had to pay the $50 fine."
-Sonu Wasu. WATE TV, "It's time to tear down the redlight cameras!" November 28, 2006 (7 pages of comments)

"Knoxville, Tennessee City Court Judge John Rosson on Wednesday acquitted an innocent man accused of running a red light by the city's new automated ticket system. Robbie Parton, 40, lost $160 in wages to fight the $50 citation he received on June 8 and became the first motorist to challenge a ticket successfully. 'We're innocent, but I've lost a day of pay for today when they were at fault,' Parton told the Knoxville News. Others are discouraged by the high cost of fighting a ticket. Those who exercise their constitutional rights face a doubling of the cost of a ticket to $117.50 if they are unable to prove their own innocence in court. Parton took the risk with a simple defense -- his car is gold, but the ticket shows a red car. Judge Rosson noted after a cursory glance at the photo that the license plate on Parton's car ends in 'M' but the photograph shows a car with a license plate ending in 'K'. Despite the obvious error, Knoxville Police Department officials maintain that a police officer personally verifies every single citation submitted by Australian camera vendor Redflex. The camera system has mailed out 11,785 tickets worth $589,250 in revenue as of August 1."
-WATE Forum, "It's time to tear down the redlight cameras!" November 3, 2006

"I sure learned a lot today."
—Judge John Rosson, City of Knoxville vs John Lee (John Lee and PNTV won - Rosson then fired his court administrator for keeping a Top Secret court docket of 125,000 annual tickets in a city of 160,000 people, but theft and extortion of court employees paychecks was okay; over 100 criminals employed or contracted with city "govt" were fired as a result of John Lee filing felony criminal charges against Mayor Victor Ashe, Judge John Rosson and KPD chief Phil Keith, et al)

"An officer who arrested a man for cursing in a public meeting violated the man's right to free speech, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision that Montrose Township police officer Stephen Robinson had probable cause to arrest Thomas Leonard in 2002 when Leonard cursed while addressing the township board. 'It cannot be seriously contended that any reasonable peace officer, or citizen, for that matter, would believe that mild profanity while peacefully advocating a political position could constitute a criminal act,' the three-judge panel wrote in Friday's decision. 'All our client did was get up at a public meeting and express himself vigorously, and he was arrested for it,' said Glen Lenhoff, Leonard's attorney. At the time, Leonard's wife, Sarah, was suing the township over a towing contract. Thomas Leonard accused the board members in the meeting of cheating his family and saying, 'That's why you're in a goddamn lawsuit.' Robinson arrested Leonard, charging him with disorderly conduct and using obscene language. He was held in jail for an hour, and the charges were dismissed a month later. Leonard sued in 2003, claiming the arrest violated his Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable seizure and, in a later motion, his First Amendment right to free speech. He sought at least $25,000 in damages. Ralph Chapa, a partner in the law firm representing Robinson, said his firm is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. A U.S. District Court judge dropped the charges against Robinson in 2005, agreeing with the officer that he had probable cause to arrest Leonard. The case will go back to the lower court, pending further appeals."
—CNN, Court Order: Irate citizens can cuss city councils, and sue them, February 3, 2007

U.S. Constitution defeats Police State USA - Sheriff Andy Griffith give Opie a lesson in due process

Bill of Rights - Music by Hungry Ghost

Bill of Rights - Music video by Ryan Sullivan and Tax Slave Records

A Visitor from the Past - I had a dream the other night, I didn't understand. A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand. His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by the bed, He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said: "We fought a revolution, to secure our liberty. We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny, For future generations, this legacy we gave, In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave. The freedom we secured for you, we hoped you'd always keep. But tyrants labored endlessly, while your parents were asleep. Your freedom gone, your courage lost, you're no more than a slave, In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave. You buy permits to travel, and permits to own a gun, Permits to start a business, or to build a place for one. On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent, Although you have no voice in choosing how the money's spent." Spoken word music by Thelen Paulk

A Visitor from the Past - Spoken word music and lyrics by Thelen Paulk

"The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has funded an expensive pay-as-you-drive research, development, and evaluation project with the thought to implementing such a program in the not-too-distant future. One can almost hear the lip smacking and see the gleeful hand rubbing of the powers-that-be at the DOT as they mentally calculate how much more in revenue they can bring in with this newly developed GPS and computer-based charge system. The DOT says the motor fuel tax presently generates upwards of $74 billion annually — apparently not enough to feed the ever-growing government appetite for other people’s money. But with about 250,000,000 registered vehicles on the road today that average 15,000 miles per year, the sky’s the limit as to what they could bring in. Responsible for the equipment that is necessary for mileage tracking are researchers at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center working in Part I of a major study funded by a consortium of federal and state transportation departments. They have developed a basic receiver that would be installed in every vehicle. This on-board equipment would, through GPS, determine the vehicle’s position while continuously applying the per-mile charge rate to the miles being traveled through various jurisdictions (counties and states), and store the data in a file. Then monthly, the vehicle would use cellular technology to upload the stored data to a billing dispersal center. The center would then bill the vehicle owner and apportion the revenue out to the various jurisdictions that were traveled through, with payment being made electronically (they’re taking no chances) through either credit or debit cards. Part II is the national evaluation portion that includes refining all aspects of this newest approach to taxation. Funded at $16.5 million filched from the taxpayers, the field-testing is presently being carried out in six states for two years time. Along with the field-testing will be a study of user acceptability and reaction. In other words they already know they’re going to need a pretty good marketing approach to present this newest intrusion on the liberties and privacy of the American public whilst keeping said public quiet and unsuspecting — and compliant. (You know they’ll have to pass laws with heavy fines to keep vehicle owners from tampering with or just plain ripping out the darn things.) Remember now, this comes from the same federal government who brought you warrantless wiretapping, illegal information gathering, a no-fly list, rendition and torture, so do you really want this equipment in your car?"
—JBS, Mileage-Based Road User Charges Coming Soon? October 1, 2007

"A person traveling in an automobile on public thoroughfares has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his movements from one place to another.” United States v. Knotts, 460 U.S. 276 (1983). The use of the GPS Device did not permit the discovery of any information that could not have obtained by following an automobile traveling on public roads, either physically or through visual surveillance (e.g. through the use of cameras or from a helicopter), conduct that neither requires a warrant nor implicates Fourth Amendment rights. “Nothing in the Fourth Amendment prohibit[s] the police from augmenting the sensory faculties bestowed upon them at birth with such enhancement as science and technology afford[s] them.” Id. at 282."
—Morton v. Nassau County Police Dep't , 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87559 (E.D.N.Y., November 27, 2007), Court Allows Unlimited Police Power to Plant GPS on Vehicles, December 2, 2007

Robocop scams Hollywood filmmaker, sparks movie about Spycams - So you're driving in your car one day, minding your own business and making a goofy face while singing to a song on the radio. No doubt you're thinking, "It's a good thing no one can see me right now." A week later an envelope arrives in the mail from your city's traffic division, with a photo capturing that goofy singing expression plastered on your face as you obliviously glided through a red light. That's the experience that prompted writer-director Adam Rifkin to make his new film "Look," which focuses on people's lives as captured through the eyes of surveillance cameras and the things they do when they think no one is watching them. The film won the Grand Jury prize at CineVegas Film Festival earlier this year and will be out in limited release in theaters in December. Add your own spycam clips at Look-TheMovie.com

How to kill Robocops - FOR REAL

by John Lee
Pirate News TV

KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE - De facto private tolls roads given away to international organized crime syndicate!


It's easy to crush this Robocop Spy Cam Scam, and this video will prove how to do it. Sure, it's fun to shoot the bastards with BB guns, spray paint the camera lens, or just plain smash them to pieces, as SuperBike magazine offered prizes for these pro se complaints. But the Media Mafia censors the best, most effective, and the only legal methods of defeating the robocopsters - simply throw the traffic citations in the trash and ignore them, since they lack "service of process", as required for all civil lawsuits. Pirate News producer John Lee lectures City of Knoxville Municipal Corporation, City Council and KPD on its racketeering and organized crimes, before its vote on a new ordinance in November 2005. This law lecture applies in every jurisdiction. Lee sued Knoxville and its Skull & Boner mayor Victor "Victoria" Ashe and his mafia terrorist towing contractors in 2 class actions, and filed criminal charges against them for felony car thefts, resulting in over 100 police employees fired for fraud, and City Court clerk fired for embezzlement, theft and extortion. Although City Council ignored the law and spit in the face of traffic safety, by passing its illegal ordinance in February, it 2 votes in November are for award of its TOP SECRET contract to export KPD jobs to the out-of-state Military Industrial Complex. It doesn't matter - just throw all those robocop citations in the trash and ignore them, advised Chattanooga lawyer Jes Beard, since they lack proper service of process, just like "parking tickets". Kick the gangster out of Gangsta Government. As seen on CTV. stormin norman fernandez attorney at law

"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"

How to Beat a Speeding Ticket - Free Ebook download by attorney Norman G. Fernandez at BikerLawyer.net

Pay No Fine - Ebook download by PayNoFine.com

Knoxville Code, Section 8-1. Issuance of process.
The city judge shall issue process on the complaint. He shall try no case until process has been regularly sued out, served and returned.

Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure.
Rule 4, Service of Process.
(10) Service by mail of a summons and complaint upon a defendant may be made by the plaintiff, the plaintiff's attorney or by any person authorized by statute. After the complaint is filed, the clerk shall, upon request, furnish the original summons, a certified copy thereof and a copy of the filed complaint to the plaintiff, the plaintiff's attorney or other authorized person for service by mail. Such person shall send, postage prepaid, a certified copy of the summons and a copy of the complaint by registered return receipt or certified return receipt mail to the defendant. If the defendant to be served is an individual or entity covered by subparagraph (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), or (9) of this rule, the return receipt mail shall be addressed to an individual specified in the applicable subparagraph. The original summons shall be used for return of service of process pursuant to Rule 4.03(2). Service by mail shall not be the basis for the entry of a judgment by default unless the record contains a return receipt showing personal acceptance by the defendant or by persons designated by Rule 4.04 or statute. If service by mail is unsuccessful, it may be tried again or other methods authorized by these rules or by statute may be used.

Tennessee Rules of Evidence.
Rule 602. Lack of personal knowledge.
A witness may not testify to a matter unless evidence is introduced sufficient to support a finding that the witness has personal knowledge of the matter. Evidence to prove personal knowledge may, but need not, consist of the witness's own testimony.
Advisory Commission Comments. Basic to relevancy concepts is that a witness must know about the subject matter of testimony. This is the familiar requirement of first-hand knowledge.

Tennessee Rules of Evidence.
Rule 803. Hearsay exceptions.
(6) Records of Regularly Conducted Activity.
Advisory Commission Comments. Police reports of traffic accidents are inadmissible under T.C.A. § 55-10-114(b) and T.R.Evid. 803(8).

18 US Code § 2381. Treason.
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

"'Enterprise' means any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, business trust, union chartered under the laws of this state, or other legal entity, or any unchartered union, association or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity, and it includes illicit as well as licit enterprises, AND GOVERNMENTAL, as well as other, entities."
—Tennessee Code 39-12-203, Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations RICO Act

Making a Federal Case
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - "A lawsuit has been filed in federal court to force the city of Knoxville to cancel its contract and end the red light camera program. Attorney David Hamilton filed the suit on behalf of client Judy Williams who was ticketed and faced a $50 fine and a fee of $67.50 to have a hearing. Instead, the suit was filed. The suit, which references Orwellian procedures, Star Chamber proceedings and the movie Demolition Man, accuses the city of trying to obtain more funds for the city 'with trappings of civil procedures.' The suit names the arresting officer, unknown persons who mailed the citation, the city and Redflex, the company that administers the cameras at intersections to record motorists running red lights. The 21-page suit alleges the city presumes guilt without trial and opportunity to be heard and asks that the contract with Redflex be canceled, the program ended and the funds returned to motorists."
-Metro Pulse, Ear to the Ground, October ??, 2006

"I took a time-coded video of the intersection and the yellow arrow lasts for about 3 seconds. because drivers think the yellow arrow will last longer, there are significant numbers of vehicles entering the intersection after the light turns red. and then, occcasionally, it doesn't turn red, it turns green, so it in effect educates drivers (randomly) that it's ok to enter the intersection on a yellow arrow. great system for making money ..."
-Michael Kaplan, KnoxViews.com, "How Redflex Works", 2006/06/26


Pastor Rick Strawcutter preaches How Any Idiot Can Beat A RADAR Speeding Ticket - What you might need to know to survive Satan's Little Hellpers. Does your church sermon include the fact that Driver Licenses and Traffic Citations are civil contracts signed against your free will which renders them void for duress? If not, you might want to fire your Govt-owned state religion 501c3 IRS whorehouse

Pastor Rick Strawcutter preaches How Any Idiot Can Beat A RADAR Speeding Ticket - Windows Media download

Warning to copsters heading to Deals Gap Dragon - Caught on disk: Blount County Sheriff deputy Josh Antros' time-stamped in-car video with GPS speed recording proves at least 5 criminal misdemeanors within 60 seconds - (1) driving at night with lights off; (2) running a stop sign; (3) speeding 61mph in a 30mph residential/school zone; (4) reckless driving at 31mph above the posted speed limit; (5) crossing a double yellow line around a blind curve signposted as "dangerous curve". Video does not show defendant's alleged "crime" (alleged breach of voluntary civil driver license contract). CASE DISMISSED with COURT COSTS PAID BY THE STATE. Blount County general sessions court held a CRIMINAL Preliminary Examination (probable cause hearing) instead of a CIVIL Bench Trial, then bound the case over to the Grand Jury. Defendant had demanded a Jury Trial. Constitutional Equal Protection doctrine requires citzens to get all the same rights as govt employees, without fear of prosecution, including the right to speed. Since BCSD and Blount County district attorney general refused to prosecute Antros for his 5 confessed crimes, this means the DA cannot prosecute ANYBODY in Blount County for those same "crimes" - including the Dragon. Requires DICV Video Player download: unzip file and double-click on dicvviewer.exe then open AVD video "Backup File".

Tortured by Copsters in USA - Full-length hidden audiotape of Lester Eugene Siler tortured by Cambell County Sheriff deputies in his home in East Tennessee. Deliverance on steroids as Cambell County Sheriff Dept gets fucked up the ass. What's so funny is how the average sheeple caves in at the tiniest hint of pressure, and signs a driver license slave contract, vehicle registration slave contract, traffic citations slave contract, Social Security slave contract, 1040 slave contract, etc, all of which waiver all Constitutional rights in exchange for "voluntary" civil slave contract. Even if it paid $19-million to refuse signing away their rights... That's a $10-million/hour paycheck to Just Say No... How long can YOU just say no? Proof of MKULTRATV brainwash by COPS, 24 and The Shield. This should be required study for all US Special Forces soldiers, high school students and Hollywood scriptwriters, in resisting interrogation by Police State Death Squads. Is this a mind game by torture without leaving marks, or serial killer mafia enforcers? Plus PNTV interview with General,er, Colonel Janis Karpinski, the commander of Abu Ghraib Death Camp. At least Abu Ghraib didn't clip electrodes to genitals like TN cops. Music by Inner Circle, Team 13 and Counter Coup. As broadcast by PNTV. PS: Siler's wife is a GENIUS!!! How many wives would allow their husbands to be tortured, for a $19-million payday?

Tortured by Copsters in USA - Short clip from hidden audiotape of Lester Siler tortured by Cambell County Sheriff deputies in his home in East Tennessee

Hidden Taperecording of Tennessee Copsters Torturing US Citizen to Sign a "Voluntary Consent" Contract Form - Mirror MP3

Officer Jack McLamb on the U.S. Constitution - Host of the Officer Jack McLamb Radio Show and editor of Police & Military Against The New World Order newsletter, at TheAmericanVoice.com and its podcast archives

SEPARATED AT BIRTH? Christian biker, aerospace engineer and legal scholar John Quade don't need no stinkin Driver License contract in Every Which Way But Loose - Bug Buster General Randy Quaid don't need no stinkin pilot license contract in Independence Day

Voluntary Driver License contracts - Vehicle registration is a voluntary donation of your vehicle to the state. Patriot lecture by rocket scientist John Quade, aka John William Saunders, aka Cholla, leader of the motorcycle gang "The Black Widows" in Mayor Clint Eastwood's hit film Every Which Way But Loose. John Quade is apparently not "John Quaid" (sic), the dead father of Hollywood superstars Dennis Quaid and Randy Quaid, tho that would explain why Randy don't look nuttin like Dennis...

"In 1937, Tennessee became the 32nd state to enact a driver license law. During the first year, 521,571 licenses were issued, while today the number of licensed drivers in Tennessee is 4.1 million."
-Tennessee Dept of Safety, Administration

Voluntary Driver License contracts - Vehicle registration is a voluntary donation of your vehicle to the state. MP3 download of lecture by John Quade

How to Beat a Speed Ticket - Kicking robocop ass in San Diego, where millions of criminal aliens invade USA with immunity from arrest and deportation. Note that TeeVee "news" censors the one defense that's 100% effective in court, which is simply throwing the ticket in the trash and ignoring it. Note that TicketAssassin.com censors this winning tactic, which is probably why it was featured by the Media Mafia

Death of a Speed Camera - Dutch robocop learns who's boss. Featuring the hit songs "I'm On Fire" and "Burn Motherfucker Burn"

"Note that Tennessee's first post Civil War governor, William Gannaway 'Parsons' Brownlow, Luciferian Masonic owner of Knoxville's Whig newspaper, was a convicted terrorist bomber on death row, for blowing up all of Knoxville's bridges... The preacher is buried with honors in Knoxville's Old Gray treasonous Union Army cemetary. Too bad the current KNS and Christian leaders lack any form of patriotism, unless you count supporting the Bush Gang's bombings on 9/11/2001, opeing the borders to 50-million illegal alien enemy combatants, and overthrowing USA by merger with Mexico and Canada in the Security & Propserity Partnership (WWW.SPP.GOV) to be 'patriotism'."
-John Lee, PNTV

Convicted terrorist bomber Parsons Brownlow gives his Satanic Masonic handsign as Governor of Tennessee which was birthplace of the Jewish Masonic Mafia's KKK leg by British cannibal homosexual traitor General Albert Pike the Jewish Luciferian pope of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

"William Gannaway Brownlow was born in Virginia, was a circuit-riding Methodist minister and became known as "Parson" Brownlow or "The Fighting Parson". In 1839, Brownlow started a newspaper, the Tennessee Whig, in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He moved it to Jonesboro, Tennessee in 1840 and then to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1849, renaming it the Knoxville Whig. The newspaper became known for its strong pro-Whig, pro-Methodist, nativist, pro-Union, pro-slavery and an anti-secession stances. Brownlow and many of his supporters were pro-slavery (he himself owned slaves used as servants at various times), but were willing to consider scrapping slavery if necessary to save the Union. Brownlow's passionately articulate stances and dramatic (if sometimes mean-spirited) writing also attracted thousands of subscribers from beyond Knoxville. At one point, the Knoxville Whig had over three times as many subscribers across the country as there were residents in Knoxville. The newspaper's two masthead slogans, "Cry Aloud and Spare Not," and "Independent in All Things, Neutral in Nothing," captured the spirit of the publication and its publisher. As the Civil War approached, Brownlow worked tirelessly to dissuade any of his readers from supporting secession. Once Tennessee seceded, Brownlow shifted to attacking the Confederate government. In October 1861 he was forced to cease publishing and flee Knoxville, hiding in Cades Cove. Offered a safe conduct pass to Union lines, he returned to Knoxville that winter only to be arrested and imprisoned. Union prisoners in Knoxville endured physical abuse and starvation for several months as part of an extortion ring involving a corrupt magistrate and jailor, and while Brownlow and many other prisoners were freed after Confederate authorities learned of the abuse, his health never fully recovered. After being escorted to Union lines in March 1862, Brownlow toured the North, stirring up support for East Tennessee Unionists and publishing books and articles. In November 1863, Brownlow returned to Knoxville after its liberation from Confederate occupation by General Ambrose Burnside and resumed publishing his newspaper under the new name of the "Knoxville Whig and Rebel Ventilator". Brownlow's election after the Civil War as governor survived his opponents' attempts to rig the vote. The Confederacy had just surrendered, and much of the state had required Union military occupation. Certain ex-Confederate officers were barred from voting, and a strong showing came from the eastern part of the state, a center of Union loyalty where there had never been much slavery practiced and secession was generally opposed. Tennessee was not officially readmitted to the union until July 2, 1866; even then it was the first ex-Confederate state to be officially readmitted. Brownlow was re-elected by a greatly expanded electorate (with the inclusion of Blacks) in 1867; he resigned in February 1869 to accept election to the United States Senate by the state legislature, the method used prior to the ratification of the Seventeenth Amendment."

CODEX MAJICA BY DR TEXE MARRS PHD - Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin and his cohorts were Satanic Jews who put 66 million to death in the indescribable Red Terror. Yet, it was a capital crime ("anti-semitism") to reveal their Jewish ethnic identity. Pictured above are four Soviet gulag camp commandants, all Jews. They are giving a Masonic hand sign

Abusing a Gatso speed camera - British patriots, yobs and Gatso repairmen attack treasonous robocop. Did they get nicked? "Course they didnt, the Police were all busy hiding in bushes catching Vicars doing 51mph in a 50 limit. Normally i wouldnt condone vandalism, but fair play to these lads for doing what most of us would love to do!!" "Flash now ya bastard!" :) Laughed my arse off!! "My mates a copper, he reckons they all hate the bloody speed cameras as well. Don't blame the cops, blame the greedy government."

The Truth About Speed Cameras - British govt proves LASER guns to be a fraud. BBC South West current affairs programme 'Inside Out', January 2007: "Thousands of motorists have been prosecuted in error. Former policeman Bill Cox was convicted, but appealed, and won. So could the camera have lied? How does it get a speed reading when the vehicle isn't moving? Wow, you get a 58mph reading from a wall, that isn't moving!" British biker kicks cops ass in traffic court. "Wow... I never knew that. Bloody speed cameras are a big fat stealth tax. Everybody knows it. If there was one outside evry school etc, then fine. But on dual carriageways?? Who the fuck am I going to run over on a fast road like that?? Its all bollox." Part 2 BBC video -- BBC LASER Speed Scam webpage

Pushing the Speed Limit - BBC South West current affairs programme 'Inside Out', January 24, 2005: "Since the government introduced speed cameras back in 1991, motorists have been up in arms about the implications for their daily journeys. But now drivers are fighting back - and not always within the law. This is the Driver's Survival Handbook - a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know to evade transport law. The author, Martin Thwaite, is an ex-traffic officer with 20 years experience, so when it comes to loopholes, he's got the scoop. But he's keeping a low profile, because his book tells drivers how to evade traffic police, avoid points on your licence and even how to wriggle out of a fine if you get caught. Since the Road Traffic Act was passed in 1991, more than 5,000 cameras have been implemented along the side of our roads, some more visible than others."

Has speed camera use fallen? - MotorcycleNews.com in United Kingdom set out to find out if the use of mobile speed camera vans has fallen by speaking to one of the speed camera partnership staff as he went about his job. NOTE THAT THIS IS A PRIVATE CONTRACT NOT A GOVT AGENCY.

Car Cloning - BBC South West current affairs programme 'Inside Out', January 24, 2005: "Have you ever been sent a parking fine from somewhere you've never been to? Or how about a speeding ticket even though your car was off the road? If so you may have become the latest victim of car cloning. Inside Out's Ashley Blake investigates this escalating crime which is proving extremely difficult to police. To buy legal registration plates for your car you need your log book, driver's licence and proof of address. Yet plates sold for show use can now be bought on the internet or over the phone and no documentation is required. With no proof needed, any registration number can be ordered meaning any car can be cloned. The car can then be used by criminals who rack up parking fines, speeding tickets and more importantly, use them to commit crimes. John Cahill became a victim of car cloning, but it wasn't a parking fine that landed on his doorstep, it was an armed police squad. John's car had supposedly been used as a getaway vehicle in an armed robbery, making John the prime suspect. With the house surrounded by armed officers, John was eventually escorted to the police station. John was released after five hours when police confirmed his alibi." In Knoxville Tennessee, bank robbers purchase REAL vehicle license tags from co-conspirators employed at car dealerships, taken from trash cans, after removal from cars traded in.

Fighting a speeding ticket on faulty speed-limit signs - Today's lesson will teach you whether the speed limit you were caught in was legal or not. US law is based on British Common Law

Speed Camera DEVastation... - "Fuckin camera" gets snow job

Robocop speeding fines up by 400 per cent

Red-light Cameras a Failure?

by Professor Glenn Reynolds
UT College of Law
April 28, 2006

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - I was on WBIR last night expressing my skepticism that the new Knoxville red-light cameras will work out.

WBIR: "I'm sure we'll see plenty of challenges," UT Law Professor Glenn Reynolds challenged the idea of "Big Brother" ticketing people in the March issue of Popular Mechanics. "My own personal opinion is it's all about the revenue, it's not about safety," Reynolds said. It's more like a parking ticket. It's a non-moving violation, so no points go on anyone's drivers license. "Photo Cops" in Minneapolis captured images of t-bone wrecks and ticketed 26,000 violators in eight months. Then the American Civil Liberties Union sued. "You're automatically guilty of a crime, and that's just wrong," MN ACLU spokesperson Chuck Samuelson said. A Minnesota judge recently shut the cameras down.

Searching the name of the contractor, Redflex, on Google just now I found an example of a city that hasn't had a very good experience -- as I noted, accidents increased, but surprisingly, it hasn't been a good deal for the city, either:

While the cameras are catching red-light violators in the act, there has been an increase in traffic collisions at two of the four intersections since video surveillance was implemented.

But it's losing money:

From July through December, the city collected $122,000 in revenue generated from red-light fines, including noncamera violations.

That's not enough to pay the $135,474 due Redflex, the Arizona-based company Modesto contracted with in June 2004 to operate the system.

What's more, there are problems with malfunctions:

At Oakdale Road and Briggsmore, the number of traffic collisions rose 81 percent, from 16 accidents in 2004 to 29 in 2005.

Steve Stratton drives through that intersection 10 to 15 times a day delivering pizzas.

The Turlock resident was glad that the cameras would help police catch red-light violators, until he spotted the camera go off 10 to 15 times while he drove through the intersection, he said.

That malfunction happened in January and it has happened since, he said, but he's still a little uneasy.

"Now I'm a little leery about them," Stratton said. "I always have a paper and pen handy, so I can write down when they went off."

Most people, of course, will just pay the tickets rather than go through the hassle of fighting them, even if they they think they're undeserved.

Me, I want to see how many city cars are running red lights, and if anyone's ticketed when they do.

Star Wars versus Evil British Empire

Jedi Ewan McGregor angered by Britain's 'insane' nanny state

October 23, 2007

Ewan McGregor said he is sick of Britain's "ludicrous nanny state" rules, which he said might force him to quit the country, in an interview to be published Tuesday.

Health and safety regulations were becoming "insane", the 36-year-old film star told the weekly Radio Times magazine.

The Scottish actor, who played the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, blasted the rise of security cameras and London's congestion charge, which forces drivers to pay to enter the city centre.

McGregor recently completed a 15,000-mile (24,000-kilometre) motorcycle adventure, riding the length of Africa with best friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman.

"Our trip opened my eyes to how insane the rules are in Britain -- CCTV cameras everywhere, congestion charge -- a ludicrous nanny state.

"If anything drives me out of the country it will be that -- not tax, I don't earn enough."

When Daniel Craig was unveiled as the new James Bond actor in October 2005, he was forced to wear a life jacket as he sped through London on a boat up the River Thames.

It was somewhat out of keeping for the daredevil fictional British spy, in a press call stunt widely acknowledged as having backfired.

"It's not his fault. He's doing what he's told," McGregor groaned.

"Today, health and safety are out of control. In Africa, garage attendants smoked as they filled the bikes. I took great pleasure in that."

McGregor has starred in "Trainspotting" (1996), "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), "Rogue Trader" (1999), "Moulin Rouge!", "Black Hawk Down" (2001), and "Miss Potter" (2006).

He made the first of three outings as Kenobi in 1999 in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace".

McGregor and Boorman rode from John O'Groats, Britain's most northerly settlement, to Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of South Africa, for a BBC television series.

The Scot said he was touched by the kindness offered to him in Africa.

"People are nice to us because we're travellers, and the most generous and happiest are often those who have the least, whereas in Britain we're devastatingly depressed, yet have so much," McGregor said.

Boorman added: "We never got fed up with each other, but sometimes I couldn't stand the smell after a few days without a shower."

Ewan McGregor And Charley Boorman Complete The Long Way Down - Three months, fifteen thousand miles, and two continents covering some of the world's most inhospitable terrains by motorcycle may have smacked of the impossible. Since those first miles in May 2007 in John O'Groats, Scotland, they have ridden through twenty countries, including Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Rwanda. They have encountered and negotiated blinding sandstorms, searing temperatures, dodgy border crossings and extreme riding conditions. Ewan and Charley have been accompanied during the trip by a camera operator and both have worn cameras fitted to their helmets to capture the trip from the rider's perspective. The pair have supported evil UNICEF, CHAS and Riders for Health on their travels.

"Motorists face the prospect of national pay-as-you drive road-pricing as Ruth Kelly "flip-flops" on the controversial scheme in a long-term transport policy report published today. The Transport Secretary sparked a new row as she announced in a major policy document that "road pricing could have the potential to be extended to include parts of out national networks". In the shorter term the Government favours a series of local pay-as-you drive schemes in pilot 10 areas including Manchester or Cambridge. Political critics are asking whether that Government - which earlier this month signalled it was backing away from a national pay-as-you drive scheme of up to £1.50 a mile with cars tracked by satellite or roadside beacon - was kicking the idea even further into the long grass, or performing another u-turn on its earlier u-turn. Earlier this year about 1.8 million people put their signatures to a Downing Street website petition opposing road charging. The Transport Secretary's report to cut pollution and congestion - called Towards a Sustainable Transport System - is in response to a Government-sponsored study by former British Airways boss Sir Rod Eddington which concluded that the case for road pricing to beat congestion was "compelling". On the positive "flip" side, Miss Kelly's report says: "Potential benefits from a well-designed, large scale road pricing scheme are unrivalled by any other single intervention. Getting the prices right on roads.... is a major prize." Ministers said the document - a response to recent Government-commissioned reviews of transport and climate change - is designed to spark a public debate on how to spend £20 billion of long-term funding."Br> -Ray Massey, London Daily Mail, Motorists face national pay-as-you-drive scheme as Ruth Kelly unveils new transport plans, 30th October 2007

Huge rise in speed cameras: Tripled in six years

By David Millward
London Daily Telegraph
01 Feb 2009

MPs were told that the national safety camera programme saw a surge in the use of cameras between 2001 and 2007.

The total number of sites rose from 1,672 to 4,737 in just six years with some dramatic rises in various parts of the country, including a twelvefold rise in Leicestershire.

The vast increase in the number of cameras and the rise in speeding fines from £40 to £60 meant that the amount of money the cameras raised rose from just over £10 million in 2001 to £120 million in 2007.

Details of the spread of speed cameras emerged as a motorist attempts to challenge the entire legality of the programme, arguing that the cameras have not received the necessary parliamentary approval.

All the money raised during the national safety camera programme was spent on buying yet more cameras, leading to accusations that they were really being used as a stealth tax on motorists.

It is believed that the income from fines has fallen since the scrapping of the national programme by the Department for Transport in an attempt to defuse the controversy the programme caused.

This meant that the 38 Camera Partnerships were also told that they had to hand the money to the Treasury and then apply for a grant from a road safety fund.

But the figures released by the Department for Transport, in a Commons written reply, has laid bare how fast the cameras spread especially as a result of new areas joining the programme.

Cumbria had no cameras in 2001, but by 2007 there were 44 on the county's roads. Humberside also was without cameras in 2001, but by 2007 it had 82.

Other areas saw spectacular increases during the same period, including Mid and South Wales, which saw the number of cameras increase from 74 to 355 during the same period.

Wiltshire, meanwhile saw a tenfold increase with only six cameras in 2001 and 63 by 2007.

It has also been at the centre of the growing political backlash against the programme, with Tory-controlled Swindon Council voting to have the cameras stripped from its streets.

Northamptonshire County Council has also said it is ready to re-evaluate its participation in the programme, which has seen the number of cameras on its roads rise from 26 in 2001 to 84 in 2007.

But the Department for Transport defended the use of the cameras, which form part of its strategy of bringing road deaths down.

"Safety cameras are there to save lives, not make money. Independent research has shown there are 1,745 fewer deaths and serious injuries at camera sites each year. The Government is clear that the best safety camera is the one which takes no fines at all, but succeeds in deterring drivers from speeding."

New robocop motorway speed limit will be 40mph during the rush hour

Ben Webster
London Times
October 26, 2007

Speed cameras are to be installed on large sections of the motorway network under a government plan to reduce congestion and vehicle emissions by cutting and strictly enforcing the speed limit at peak times.

The plan was announced as the Department for Transport published forecasts that congestion will rise by at least 28 per cent by 2025. It believes that “active traffic management” — in which the speed limit varies according to the conditions — will be a cheaper way of accommodating rising traffic levels than widening motorways.

Proposals to widen the M6 between Birmingham and Manchester and sections of the M1 may now be dropped. The department will instead build gantries at intervals across congested sections of the motorway network. The gantries will carry cameras and digital signs displaying the limit, which will be reduced to between 40mph and 60mph depending on the volume of traffic.

A trial of the variable-speed-limit system on the M42, southeast of Birmingham, has shown that more than 95 per cent of drivers comply. The limit on the 11-mile stretch of motorway is enforced by eight cameras rotated among 96 locations.

Police have tended to carry out very little speed-limit enforcement on motorways and a government survey found that more than half of cars on the motorway network exceeded the 70mph limit last year.

The M42 trial, and a similar scheme on the southwest section of the M25, found that reducing the limit resulted in faster average journeys because vehicles were less likely to brake sharply, which causes tailbacks. Overall fuel consumption fell by 4 per cent and vehicle emissions by 10 per cent.

The trial included use of the hard shoulder as a running lane in peak times and found that this reduced average journey times on the northbound carriageway by more than a quarter.

Ruth Kelly, the Transport Secretary, confirmed yesterday that the hard shoulder would be used as an extra lane on two short sections of the M6. She also said that variable speed limits would be introduced on other parts of the motorway around Birmingham and that a feasibility study would take place into introducing them across much of the motorway network.

In an interview with The Times, she said: “The trial shows there is a real culture change. People are focusing on the way they are driving and there is almost complete compliance with the limit. It’s about trying to encourage a regular flow of traffic rather than stop-start conditions. It reduces emissions and many people would prefer it to taking land to widen a road.”

She said that the study would consider introducing different speed limits for different lanes. On a four-lane motorway, the limit on the two outside lanes could be 60mph while on the two inside lanes, where traffic joins and exits, the limit could be reduced to 40mph or 50mph.

The Transport Department forecasts show that, even assuming improvements to traffic flow on motorways, journeys on roads in England will take 4 per cent, or three seconds, longer per kilometre by 2025.

Theresa Villiers, the Shadow Transport Secretary, said that Mrs Kelly was seeking to distract attention from cuts in the roadbuilding programme. “Conservatives welcome more hard-shoulder driving and we have repeatedly called for more active traffic management and efficient use of existing road space,” Ms Villiers said. “However, such schemes should not be used as an excuse to put the brakes on the much-needed improvement to the worst road bottlenecks.”

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Robocop City Council

Knox Robocop Contract

"Knoxville City Council approved the Redflex red lights cameras by a 6-3 vote last night. Only Steve Hall, Joe Bailey, and Joe Hultquist voted against the red light cameras. The closet thing to a poll on this is at the Knoxville News Sentinel online edition. The overwhelming majority of respondents are against the red light cameras. Michael Silence’s blog on the KNS has featured many stories on the red light cameras. Even Glen Reynolds has commented or what a poor idea this is for Knoxville. This morning on the Lloyd Daugherty radio program on AM 1180 caller after caller expressed their disappointment, anger, and frustration with City Council. One caller described the vote on the red light cameras as government malpractice. City Councilman Steve Hall was in the studio and was asked if the red light camera contract gave Redflex the right to control the yellow light duration. Hall said that City Engineering was still in control of the yellow light duration and that Redflex could not change the yellow light timing. Hall also said that the contract with Redflex will be reviewed in one year and there is no penalty clause if the City decides to cancel the contract. A caller asked Hall if City Engineering would increase the yellow light duration to five seconds so the Redflex red light cameras would not be so dangerous to drivers. Hall responded that he had asked City Engineering to increase the yellow light duration but they said it was too expensive to do so. Hall further said that City Engineering feels the timing of the yellow lights is correct and that there is no need to change the timing. Later in the program a caller gave out the phone numbers for City Engineering department of Traffic Engineering. Councilman Hall was asked by the caller to bring Section Chief Mark Geldmeier and Ernie Pierce of the Traffic Signal Group to City Council for a workshop to explain why the yellow light duration should not be changed to 5 seconds in light of the vote to install the red light cameras. Then Hall said something unexpected. He said that Mark Geldmeier was the person that suggested the red light cameras to the Knoxville Police Department. When asked if the red light cameras were Geldmeier’s idea Hall responded yes. Is there a problem here? The individual who is the decision maker for the length of the yellow light duration is the same person who came up with the idea for the red light cameras? If you feel an explanation is required then contact your City Council representative and request a workshop in City Council to explain how and why yellow light durations are determined and set. Why should there be any reluctance to explain this to the community? The question is simple, is this about revenue or is it about safety?"
-SayUncle.com, "Government malpractice, red light camera update", November 09, 2005 (10 comments)

"I am writing to ask you for your help. Over the years the yellow light duration has gone from 5 seconds to 3 to 4 seconds. This has created a safety hazard for intersections in Knoxville. I ask that you require City Engineering to have a full five-second yellow light and a two second hold on cross traffic. I ask that you do this regardless of what decision you make on the red light cameras. I hope you will change your previous approval and deny the red light cameras. City after city has learned that these cameras cause more accidents. Public safety is your most important responsibility. If the City must have more revenue then raise the property tax. This is one of the most important decisions ever considered by City Council. It is possible that a major lawsuit against the City could be filed charging that the City was negligent in allowing the red light cameras with a shortened yellow light duration. There is so much data available today to show red light cameras with shortened yellow light durations cause accidents. How could the City defend against such a lawsuit? The majority of the residents are against the red light cameras. Our desire is public safety. When you placed revenue over public safety you do so against our wishes. If for any reason you have not seen the information I am referring to I have listed some of it below. Please use your authority to require City Engineering to have a full five-second yellow light and a two second hold on cross traffic."
-SayUncle.com, "Open letter to Knoxville City Council", November 09, 2005 (5 comments)

"Nine people - including two attorneys - requested hearings on their alleged red-light camera infractions Wednesday, but all of them had a change of mind when court started. Since the 11 cameras have been installed between April and June at seven intersections, more than 17,000 violations have been recorded, according to Darrell DeBusk, spokesman for the Knoxville Police Department. As of last month, Knoxville has received $23,942.50 from red-light camera fines, said city public information officer Randy Kenner. City officials were ready Wednesday to defend appeals requested by nine people, with a city attorney on hand, police officers who had viewed the digital violations and recordings of the infractions to share with Municipal Judge John Rosson. But only one cited attorney and a representative for another attorney showed. Rosson ordered dismissals of the appeals for six of the nine people. That resulted in an automatic finding of guilt for those registered owners of cited vehicles. The judge's ruling also dumped an additional $67.50 in court costs on those people who failed to show to support their requested appeal. Redflex Traffic Systems, which operates the cameras under contract with the city, will notify those six people of the additional costs now associated with their violations. One person who had requested a hearing apparently reconsidered that move and sent his $50 fine to Redflex, according to Richard Wingate, city court administrator. The two attorneys who had been cited were able to elude the $67.50 in additional court costs. Attorney Wayne Kline appeared because of the July 14 violation issued to a Toyota van registered to him. The van was captured by a red-light camera at 9:01 a.m. zipping through the traffic signal at 42 mph at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Alcoa Highway, records show. Kline asked Rosson to grant him diversion on the case. Rosson declined and Kline opted to pay the $50 fine rather than contest the violation. Under Tennessee law, diversion allows a person to keep an offense off their criminal or driving record. "There's nothing to divert," Rosson said. 'There's no point in diverting it because it doesn't go on your driving record and there are no points against your license.' Kline said a friend of his daughter was driving the van when the red-light infraction occurred. That friend lives in New York City, Kline said, so he opted to pay the fine 'rather than tie up the system.' 'It's already been brought to my daughter's attention,' Kline said. Attorney Tommy Hindman had been cited when a BMW registered to him was caught making a right turn on red without coming to a complete stop. The violation occurred at 6:06 p.m. July 10 at North Cedar Bluff and North Peters roads, records show. An attorney from Hindman's office asked about the case and opted to pay the fine without contesting it after Ron Mills, with the city law department, explained the appeals process. Since the cameras have been installed, one violation has been dismissed upon appeal. In that case, Redflex employees and an officer from KPD misread a license plate letter and issued a violation to the wrong person. The case was dismissed with no costs. Under its contract with Redflex, the city gets 15 percent of the first $4,500 collected each month from each camera. The city gets 50 percent of additional money collected above the $4,500."
-Don Jacobs, Knoxville News Sentinel, "9 red-light-ticket appeals fizzle - More than 17,000 violations recorded by 11 cameras," September 7, 2006

"The closet thing to a poll on this is at the Knoxville News Sentinel online edition. The overwhelming majority of respondents are against the red light cameras. Michael Silence’s blog on the KNS has featured many stories on the red light cameras. Even Glen Reynolds has commented or what a poor idea this is for Knoxville. This morning on the Lloyd Daugherty radio program on AM 1180 caller after caller expressed their disappointment, anger, and frustration with City Council. One caller described the vote on the red light cameras as government malpractice. City Councilman Steve Hall was in the studio and was asked if the red light camera contract gave Redflex the right to control the yellow light duration. Hall said that City Engineering was still in control of the yellow light duration and that Redflex could not change the yellow light timing. Hall also said that the contract with Redflex will be reviewed in one year and there is no penalty clause if the City decides to cancel the contract. A caller asked Hall if City Engineering would increase the yellow light duration to five seconds so the Redflex red light cameras would not be so dangerous to drivers. Hall responded that he had asked City Engineering to increase the yellow light duration but they said it was too expensive to do so. Hall further said that City Engineering feels the timing of the yellow lights is correct and that there is no need to change the timing. Later in the program a caller gave out the phone numbers for City Engineering department of Traffic Engineering. Councilman Hall was asked by the caller to bring Section Chief Mark Geldmeier and Ernie Pierce of the Traffic Signal Group to City Council for a workshop to explain why the yellow light duration should not be changed to 5 seconds in light of the vote to install the red light cameras. Then Hall said something unexpected. He said that Mark Geldmeier was the person that suggested the red light cameras to the Knoxville Police Department. When asked if the red light cameras were Geldmeier’s idea Hall responded yes."
-#9, SayUncle.com, "Government malpractice, red light camera update", November 09, 2005

"The telltale white flashes began popping Monday as the city of Knoxville's first traffic-enforcement cameras came online, snapping photos of red-light-running drivers at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Alcoa Highway. The city's three-year contract with private camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems allows for up to 15 intersections to be monitored. Redflex is entitled to 85 percent of the monthly revenues collected from the fines, up to $4,500 per camera. Any revenues beyond that would be split 50-50 between the vendor and the city."
-Hayes Hickman, Knoxville News Sentinel, "First traffic-enforcement cameras taking shots at red-light runners," April 25, 2006

15 intersections at $4,500 each per month, equals $810,0000/year exported from Knoxville to Australia, MINIMUM, BEFORE City of Knoxville Municipal Corporation gets a penny... Fukkin Jews, I knew it! Bastard Geldmeier and many more are probably getting kickback bribes, which is a felony in Tennessee... Send tips to producer@piratenews.org

Attack of the Killer Pod People

by John Lee
Pirate News TV

As the Junior White House gives the Arab terrorists 21 British ports in USA, 9 factories of Weapons of Mass Destruction in USA, and security contracts defending US military bases in USA (the same Arab terrorists accused by the Bush Gang of perping the 9/11 attacks), my uncle Bob Plenge proudly claims fame as the first mayor in USA to give away 100$ of million$ of taxdollar$ to REDflex in AUSTRALIA, for Robocop Spy Cameras.

REDflex website in AUSTRALIA: REDflex.com.AU

"Over the last decade, the Redflex Holdings Group has established itself as a world leader in traffic management, road safety, defence, transport, security and communications products. Redflex Holdings consists of two distinct but complementary companies; Redflex Communications Systems and Redflex Traffic Systems. Each of the Redflex companies provides customers with technologically advanced solutions specifically tailored to meet their individual requirements. The Group is based in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, where it runs its own systems engineering operation as well as complex system integration and research and development programs. An in-house team of more than 135 professional engineers is supported by experienced managerial, financial and administrative personnel. Redflex Holdings employs more than 270 people in Australia and the USA, with offices and representatives located throughout the world. Redflex Holdings Limited was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in January 1997. Redflex Traffic Systems provides innovative public safety solutions to local and state governments in the USA and aboard. Headquartered in Scottsdale Arizona and with local offices coast-to-coast, Redflex partners with public safety officials in law enforcement, transportation and engineering to reduce traffic crashes and eliminate the resulting injuries, fatalities and loss of property. As pioneers and supporting programs since 1986, Redflex is the most recognized name in the photo enforcement business. Redflex Traffic Systems Inc has contracts in 100 cities world-wide and, with 84 cities under contract, is the largest provider of digital red light and speed enforcement services in North America. With photo speed programs in 8 states and photo red light programs across 16 states, Redflex has led the market in installed systems, installation rate and market share over the past 12 months."

CA SR91 Looks like the new Malfunction Junction in Knoxville TN

Today, reality sets in with $8.50 “value priced” toll lanes during rush hour on SR 91 in Southern California (see actual photo of SR 91 during rush hour above). Note the untolled lanes are a dangerous congested nightmare, and even those who pay, must slow down and join the congestion to exit off the highway. Did the toll roads, managed lanes or value pricing ease traffic congestion? "These lanes were built w/taxpayer money. Should have never been toll road. We are being held hostage by OC and Caltrans. Why aren't our Riverside County reps standing up for us?” “They are making almost a million dollars every week, and still cannot do anything to relieve the congestion on the 91. Even the yellow "cones" along the FasTrak lanes are old and often times missing. Where is all the money going?” “"Congestion-pricing" is French for fleecing consumers. Oct.'s plan is about making money, not reducing congestion.” “When the Orange County Transportation Authority announced they were going to purchase the toll lanes, they said that the prices were going to drop not go up. Once again, the government lies to get what they want.” -SalCostello.Blogspot.com

"A proposal to create a toll road authority in Tennessee is on its way for the governor's signature after being approved by both chambers of the Legislature on Monday. The measure was approved on a 19-11 vote in the Senate and 72-21 in the House. The bill would limit the number of pilot toll projects to two: one bridge and one road. For the bridge project, officials are considering a six-mile stretch of road and bridge near the suburbs northeast of Nashville. States are being urged to consider toll roads to make up for decreased federal funding for road projects, sponsors said. Tennessee will have to make do without $153 million worth of federal funds in the next budget year. Some lawmakers were concerned that the legislation would allow immediate construction of toll roads. But Black said the bill would prevent toll road from being constructed until after public hearings, feasibility studies and legislative approval. "We're not trying to create toll roads all over the state," said Sen. Tommy Kilby, D-Wartburg."
-Knoxville News Sentinel, TDOT given OK to discuss toll roads, June 12, 2007

Truth Be Tolled - All Texas streets and highways have been given free to the King of Spain as private toll roads. DVD by TruthBeTolled.com

"The monarchy will insure that social peace and stability are maintained under the principles of democracy, and the orderly access to power of the distinct alternatives of government will be according to the will of the people."
-King Juan Carlos, monarch of Fascist Spain, Future of Constitutional Monarchy - North American Model 2030: North American Constitution

How the Government Will Toll Existing Roads - No need to slow down, you will be billed by automatic deduction from your bank account, or murdered by police state death squad

TruthBeTolled.com - All Texas streets and highways have been given free to the King of Spain as private toll roads. DVD trailers

"Critics charge that the Macquarie purchase of American Consolidated Media is designed to silence critics of a Texas toll road project. Australian toll road giant Macquarie agreed Wednesday to purchase forty local newspapers, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, for $80 million. Macquarie Bank is Australia's largest capital raising firm and has invested billions in purchasing roads in the US, Canada and UK. Most recently the company joined with Cintra Concesiones of Spain in a controversial 75-year lease of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road. Sal Costello, the leading opponent of toll road projects as head of the Texas Toll Party, says the move is directly related to a 4000-mile toll road project known as the Trans-Texas Corridor. It will cost between $145 and $183 billion to construct the road, expected to be up to 1200 feet wide, requiring the acquisition of 9000 square miles of land in the areas through which it will pass. "The newspapers are the main communication tool for many of the rural Texan communities, with many citizens at risk of losing their homes and farms through eminent domain," Costello wrote. Many of the small papers purchased, most have a circulation of 5000 or less, have been critical of the Trans-Texas Corridor. An article in the Bonham Journal for example, states, "The toll roads will be under control of foreign investors, which more than frustrates Texans."
-TheNewspaper.com, Australian Toll Road Giant Buys U.S. Newspapers to Silence Critics, January 26, 2007

"Government has figured out a way to make money on public infrastructure. The plan is to convert existing Texas roadways into toll ways and hand them over to foreign interests without a public vote. Many citizens are crying highway robbery. Elected officials have passed laws unnoticed simply to pave the way. The political establishment is not listening to the people-- but their voices will be heard. This feature documentary follows the process as citizens exercise their most important power as members of a democracy: freedom of speech. From mayors of small cities, political representatives and grass roots organizers to working-class Texans, all unite to state their loud opposition. The strongest voices rise from small rural communities whose farms, homes, schools, businesses and churches face the largest forcible eminent domain acquisition in U.S. history. The Trans-Texas Corridor, the first leg of the proposed NAFTA superhighway, will not only rip the heart out of Texas-- it will kill a way of life that has been in the Lone Star State forever."
- TruthBeTolled.com, winner Houston Film Festival 2007

RED DAWN FOR REAL: Communist China Wins NAFTA Super-Highway Battle - Red China is investing heavily in developing deep-water ports in Mexico to bring an unprecedented volume of containers into the U.S. along the emerging NAFTA Super Highway. This move signals China's emergence as the unexpected economic winner in the North American Union free market. Hutchinson Ports is a wholly owned subsidiary of China's giant Hutchinson Whampoa Limited (HWL). According to Judicial Watch, "Hutchinson, Whampoa, Ltd. is the holding company of billionaire Li Ka-shing, a well-known businessman, whose companies make up 15 percent of the market capitalization of the Hong Kong Stock Market." A Judicial Watch complaint filed in 2002, at the time HWL was purchasing the then-bankrupt Global Crossing, notes that Li Ka-Shing's holdings includes ports, telecom, and energy assets around the world. According to a declassified U.S. government intelligence report that Judicial Watch obtained in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, "Li is directly connected to Beijing and is willing to use his business influence to further the aims of the Chinese Government." Judicial Watch had objected that "Li Ka-shing's agency relationship to the Communist Chinese should disqualify him from owning Global Crossing's network, which controls a significant percent of all the fiber optics currently leaving the United States." Global Crossing was a Clinton Administration darling, noted for turning former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe's $100,000 investment into an $18 million personal fortune. Li Ka-shing's Hutchinson Ports also operates both ends of the Panama Canal, which we have previously documented was returned to Panama under the Carter administration by National Security Council advisor, Robert Pastor, whom we have called the "Father of the North American Union." HWL also has business dealings with the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), China's largest shipping line, which is owned by the Chinese People's Liberation Army. In 1998, Congress blocked on national security grounds an attempt by the Clinton administration to allow COSCO to lease the abandoned Long Beach Naval Station. Still, HWL has established a North American beachhead, despite the continuing security concerns. The Standard in China reports that today COSCO has established a little-known presence in U.S. ports, co-managing a terminal with Seattle-based SSA Marine at the mouth of Long Beach's port. Remarkably, in the aftermath of the Dubai Ports World blow-up in Congress, the Bush administration hired HWL to operate in the Bahamas sophisticated equipment designed to detect nuclear material inside TEUs headed for the U.S., without requiring U.S. customs agents to be present.

Robocops KILL people, according to Virginia legislature, which banned them in 2005.

"Virginia's red light camera program will officially end on July 1. On Wednesday, the Virginia legislature adjourned for the year without taking action to reauthorize the state's red light camera program. The General Assembly's veto session was the last opportunity for camera supporters to convince Governor Mark Warner to amend budget legislation to save them at the last moment. Accordingly, the legal authority for the seven cities currently using the technology expires July 1. In overwhelming votes this week, two other state Houses turned down efforts to introduce camera enforcement. On Thursday, New Hampshire voted 2-1 against legislation that would have allowed red light cameras. On Wednesday, Indiana voted nearly 4-1 against them. Virginia's decision was prompted in large measure by a state Department of Transportation study showing an overall increase in injury accidents where red light cameras were used. Similar findings have appeared in studies from North Carolina; Ontario, Canada and Australia."
-TheNewspaper.com, "Virginia Officially Cancels Red Light Camera Program," 4/8/2005

Robocops STEAL from people, according to North Carolina Supreme Court, which banned them in 2007.

Charlotte NC kills Robocops dead, after Gangsta Govt, copsters and mafia contractors stole $4.5-Million from govt school brainwashing programs - Knoxville Muni corp and Australian Redflex Corp fail to even post these mandatory warning signs

"CHARLOTTE N.C. - For nearly a decade cameras across Charlotte captured pictures of speeders and red light runners, and the threat of a ticket because of those pictures reduced speeding and crashes on some of the city's most dangerous streets. Now those suspended programs, the SafeSpeed and SafeLight programs, will be going away forever. Officials say it's an issue of who benefits from fines those tickets dole out, and if there's enough of a safety benefit for residents for the city to fight for the programs. The city is terminating its contract with the company that runs the programs. They were put on hold in June 2006 after the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled they were unconstitutional. Judges said not enough revenue was going to local schools. That decision is being appealed, but Councilman James Mitchell says there’s no telling how long that will take. 'It was costing the city and taxpayers $8,000 a day to keep a suspended program in operation,' he said. So the city is paying $500,000 to get out of the contract."
-WSOC TV, "Charlotte Canceling Contract For Camera Programs," January 19, 2007

Now the Pod People are running Knoxville. The GOPods illegally hired REDflex to spy on USA for the British Empire, mailing bogus traffic citations without service of process, and no eyewitness of drivers' identity. 75% of all revenues go to AUSTRALIA.

Of course the Pod People are pathological liars, conmen and whores, who fraudulently allege REDflex is from Scotsdale Arizona (Knox News Sentinel, WBIR, WATE, Mayor Billionaire Haslam, City Council, Law Dept, KPD). My aunt, Dr Cathy Plenge, claimed to "know" their Robocops were "legal", then asked me what the words "pro se" meant... She feined ignorance that REDflex is from OZ not AZ. As a stockbroker playing Ponzi Poker with CAFR govt pension funds, I'm sure her insider husband Bob knew REDflex stocks would rise (temporarily) on the OZ stock exchange before the sellout of USA. When statistics later proved Robocops KILL by INCREASING crashes, he could profit from the resultant stock crash by selling short. What would you expect from a family whose Jewish daughter-in-law was a proud guest at Bohemian Grove?

REDflexTOLLS also specializes in turning ordinary highways into toll roads, as currently perped in Texas...

"Government has figured out a way to make money on public infrastructure. The plan is to convert existing Texas roadways into toll ways and hand them over to foreign interests without a public vote."
- TruthBeTolled.com, winner Houston Film Festival 2007

Thanks to UN Corporation, WTO Corporation, IMF Corporation, NAFTA, CAFTA, SHAFTA contracts, USA has now merged with the 55-nation British Empire. USA finally lost the Revolutionary War.

Don't let the Pod People get YOU.

"The Knoxville Police Department's newest officer, HAL 9000, has reported for duty. He won't be issued a ticket book, however, until his heuristic circuits have been tested and de-bugged. It's so good to see such efforts being made in the quest for greater ticket revenues traffic safety."
Tam Doe

"Let the sheep-shearing begin."
Semi Pundit

"The intersection of Alcoa Highway and Kingston Pike was the first spot to receive the cameras along with North Peters Road and Cedar Bluff. Henley Street has two intersections with cameras including the light at Summit Hill and Cumberland Avenue. Once a picture is taken, the information will be sent to Knoxville Police Department for specific officers to review before issuing a ticket to each driver.The other intersections: Northbound and Southbound Lovell Road at Westbound I-40/75 exit. Northbound and Cedar Bluff Road at Westbound I-40/75 exit. Eastbound Kingston Pike at Papermill Drive. Northbound and Southbound Clinton Highway at Tillery Drive."
—WBIR TV, "Nine sites chosen for traffic cameras," April 5, 2006

"Opening arguments are scheduled to start Wednesday in the case of a Loudon County deputy charged with assaulting a prisoner. Tuesday afternoon the judge heard arguments related to a key piece of evidence in the case, a videotape of the alleged incident, that is missing. Because of that, the prosecution was going to call witnesses who say they saw part of the alleged incident over surveillance cameras at the jail. Tuesday the judge ruled those witnesses could not testify about that because, since they did not see what happened in person, the judge says it is hearsay and inadmissible. The defense was happy with that ruling. 'I think the judge was correct in his ruling not allowing in hearsay testimony. It's a fundamental principal of law, and I think the judge followed the law. And I think that makes our case much much stronger,' said defense attorney Tommy Hindman. The prosecuting attorney said he could not comment on the case."
—Herryn Riendeau, WBIR TV, "Trial underway in case of Loudon Sheriff's Deputy accused of assaulting inmate," , 2006

"A Wales, UK speed camera claims a cab driver exceeded the speed limit by 390 MPH. A speed camera in Wales mailed a ticket to a cab driver claiming his 1995 Vauxhall Cavalier was speeding in a 30 MPH zone at 420 MPH. Tom Matthews, 34, had been driving a woman home at 2:20 in the morning on November 17 when his car was photographed. "If they insist I was going that fast I should be a Grand Prix driver," Matthews told The Sun. "I'm wasted in taxis." Matthews, however, does not hold the speed camera record. In Australia last year a speed camera claimed an automobile reached 690 MPH. In 2005, a Manchester, UK speed camera issued a ticket to a man for driving 800 MPH in a 30 zone."
—Sun, "Robocop Speed Camera Issues 420 MPH Ticket," January 4, 2007

"Yes, don't just moan, do something about it. Short of turning yourself into a IED and giving the home secretary John Reid a fright in his bullet-proof and bomb-proof car, read this and then consider your options. The government's proposal to introduce road pricing will mean you having to purchase a tracking device for your car and pay a monthly bill to use it. The tracking device will cost about £200 ($400) and in a recent study by the BBC, the lowest monthly bill was £28 ($60) for a rural florist and £194 for a delivery driver. A non-working Mum who used the car to take the kids to school paid £86 ($170) in one month. On top of this massive increase in tax, you will be tracked. Somebody will know where you are at all times. They will also know how fast you have been going, so even if you accidentally creep over a speed limit you can expect a NIP with your monthly bill. If you care about our freedom from intrustion and surveillance, please sign the petition on No 10 Downing street's new website. Non-British residents use this address: 17 Avon Crescent, Bicester, Oxon, OX68LZ.
—SUPERBIKE Magazine, "Fuck the Man, etc," January 10, 2007

"I got this letter last week from a BTST Member who felt that they had been wrongly accused of Speeding. SAFETY CAMERA UNIT, MICHELLE DAVIES, DECISONMAKER, ON BEHALF OF CENTRAL TICKET OFFICE MANAGER: 'There will be no further action taken in this matter.' The way they got their speeding fine cancelled was by using Ian O’Grady’s Template Solicitors Letters, and below is the response that they received back from the 'Safety' Camera Partnership. Notice how the letter is both confrontational, mis-leading, and makes a blatant threat, using language that suggests the BTST Member in question has been lucky this time, but if they dare to use the same perfectly legitimate legal loophole again, they’ll have the book thrown at them...! Who do they seriously think is going to fall for that?"
—Adam Blair, BeatTheSpeedTrap.co.UK, Speeding Fine Cancelled, April 10, 2007

"The trial of a Loudon County lawman accused of striking a handcuffed prisoner in 2004 is under way - without a key piece of evidence or the testimony of a witness who saw at least part of the alleged incident on a closed circuit TV monitor. The missing evidence is a videotape of an encounter between Sgt. Billy Hall of the Loudon County Sheriff's Office and the prisoner he is accused of striking, Gregory Berry. It was the subject of a pre-trial hearing that lasted most of Tuesday afternoon, out of the presence of the jury. One of the witnesses that Special Prosecutor Chal Thompson expected to call was a Loudon County Sheriff's Office deputy who witnessed an encounter on a video monitor between Hall and Berry as it happened. Simultaneously, it was being taped. At the time, Berry was being held on several charges, including possession of marijuana for resale. Hall is a 12-year veteran and is on the Sheriff's Office's narcotics squad. Hall's lawyer, Tommy Hindman, said the tape could just as easily have cleared Hall as been used against him. Without the tape, he said, he could not effectively cross-examine the witness about her account of what she saw on the monitor. Special Judge James B. 'Buddy' Scott ruled that testimony about something seen on a monitor is not the same as something witnessed in person, and would not be admitted. 'I do not believe the confrontation clause can be met with this,' he said, referring to the right of a defendant to see and cross-examine all witnesses against him. The whereabouts of the tape and how it came to disappear remain unknown. Hindman said it is the state's responsibility to preserve all evidence. Thompson said that the Loudon County Sheriff's Office conducted no real investigation of the episode. By the time TBI was called in, the tape 'was long gone no one knows where it is or what happened to it,' Thompson said. Last year, Sheriff Tim Guider told the News Sentinel an effort to preserve the tape probably was not made because the incident was deemed to be minor and no investigation was anticipated. Guider said he had viewed the tape and that it showed no assault but only a "shoving match" between Hall and Berry after Berry had made an obscene gesture to Hall. Hall was indicted on charges of assault and official misconduct. The case is one of several recently that have heightened political tensions between Guider and 9th Judicial District Attorney General Scott McCluen. Prosecutor Thompson is from the 10th District and was appointed to handle the case. Jurors were selected by 11 a.m. Tuesday and told to report back at 9 a.m. today to begin hearing the case."
—Jim Balloch, Knoxville News Sentinel, "Tape of encounter vanishes; judge tosses witness testimony," May 31, 2006

"A resolution authorizing the Mayor to to execute and agreement with REDflex Traffic Systems Inc. for an automated red-light enforcement system to monitor, identify AND ENFORCE red light violations for certain intersections within the City of Knoxville. (Requested by Police Department.)"
City Council Agenda, First Reading, Resolution 11 E, November 8, 2005

"Over the last decade, the Redflex Holdings Group has established itself as a world leader in traffic management, road safety, defence, transport, security and communications products. Redflex Holdings consists of two distinct but complementary companies; Redflex Communications Systems and Redflex Traffic Systems. Each of the Redflex companies provides customers with technologically advanced solutions specifically tailored to meet their individual requirements. The Group is based in South Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA, where it runs its own systems engineering operation as well as complex system integration and research and development programs. An in-house team of more than 135 professional engineers is supported by experienced managerial, financial and administrative personnel. Redflex Holdings employs more than 270 people in Australia and the USA, with offices and representatives located throughout the world. Redflex Holdings Ltd was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in January 1997. Redflex Traffic Systems provides innovative public safety solutions to local and state governments in the USA and aboard. Headquartered in Scottsdale Arizona and with local offices coast-to-coast, Redflex partners with public safety officials in law enforcement, transportation and engineering to reduce traffic crashes and eliminate the resulting injuries, fatalities and loss of property. As pioneers and supporting programs since 1986, Redflex is the most recognized name in the photo enforcement business. Redflex Traffic Systems support contracts in over 70 cities world-wide, in ten countries and is the largest provider of digital photo enforcement programs in North America, supporting over 60 cities across thirteen states."
-www.redflex.com.au, REDflex Holdings Group, AUSTRALIA

"Using highly accurate in-ground or radar speed measurement technologies, REDFLEXred and REDFLEXspeed fixed site systems provide enforcement of both red light and speed violations during the red signal phase. During the amber and green signal phases, the systems act as 24 hour unmanned speed cameras, capturing speed violations, with evidentially supportive video clips. REDFLEXspeed camera systems provide 24hr fixed site speed enforcement or can be installed as mobile systems in law enforcement vehicles or on a tripod at the roadside. REDflexTOLL photo enforcement systems for toll violation enforcement applications are designed to integrate with Redflex processing systems or the customer's own systems. SMARTCAm's leading edge technology, combined with sophisticated image caching and OCR technologies, ensures that REDflexTOLL meets all the requirements of free-flow toll operations."
-RoadTraffic-Technology.com, REDflex Traffic Systems

"Government has figured out a way to make money on public infrastructure. The plan is to convert existing Texas roadways into toll ways and hand them over to foreign interests without a public vote."
- TruthBeTolled.com, winner Houston Film Festival 2007

The Red Light Running Crisis: Is it Intentional? There’s a hidden tax being levied on motorists today. In theory, this tax is only levied on those who violate the law and put others in danger. But the reality is that the game has been rigged. And we’re all at risk. We are told to accept the idea that our laws should be administered by machines—not human beings—because it is a matter of safety. We must accept this expansion of government and this Orwellian threat to our privacy because cameras are the solution to the so-called red light running crisis. The answer seems to be that changes made to accommodate camera enforcement have produced yellow light times that, in many cases, are shortened to the point that they are inadequate. And when people come upon an intersection with inadequate yellow time, they are faced with the choice either of stopping abruptly on yellow (risking a rear end accident) or accelerating. The options for those confronting such circumstances are limited and unsafe. But each time a driver faces this dilemma, government increases its odds for hitting the jackpot. This report suggests there is something that can be done to address this hazard. It cites examples of problem intersections where yellow times have been raised by about 30 percent and the number of people entering on red fell dramatically. By Congressman Dick Armey, House Majority Leader

"You will be happy to learn that the former head of the KGB (the secret police of the former Soviet Union), General Yevgeni Primakov, has been hired as a consultant by the US Department of Homeland Security."
-Al Martin, AlMartinRaw.com, Behind the Scenes in the Beltway, Get Ready for the USSA (The United Soviet States of America), March 17, 2003

"Government control of Communications and Transportation."
-Communist Manifesto, 6th Plank, written by Karl Marx in London, England

"My message to America this morning, then, is this: If YOU fit this definition of a 'terrorist', fear the United States, for YOU WILL lose your liberty! We have engaged in a deliberate campaign of arrest and detention of law breakers."
—John Ashcroft, US attorney general, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 6, 2001 (transcript by US Department of Justice)

"The term `domestic terrorism' means activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State."
—Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 - U.S.A.P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, 18 US Code 2331 (passed by Congress without Congress being allowed to read it!)

"After my car broke down on the Interstate highway in Nashville, Tennessee, Metro police towed and impounded my car and issued me a parking citation for 'violating the Homeland Security Act'."
—Disgruntled Driver, WLAC.com 1510AM, Legally Speaking talk radio show, May 8, 2004

"SUMMARY: Creates crime of terrorism. Punishes by life imprisonment.
     (1) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the person knowingly plans, participates in or carries out any act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to disrupt:
     (a) The free and orderly assembly of the inhabitants of the State of Oregon;
     (b) Commerce or the transportation systems of the State of Oregon; or
     (c) The educational or governmental institutions of the State of Oregon or its inhabitants.
     (2) A person commits the crime of terrorism if the person conspires to do any of the activities described in subsection (1) of this section.
     (4) (a) A person convicted of terrorism shall be punished by imprisonment for life. (b) When a person is convicted of terrorism under this section, the court shall order that the person be confined for a minimum of 25 years without possibility of parole, release to post-prison supervision, release on work release or any form of temporary leave or employment at a forest or work camp."
     Section 19, chapter 666, Oregon Laws 2001, as amended by section 5, chapter 696, Oregon Laws 2001, is amended to read:
     The crimes to which section 1 (11)(b), chapter 666, Oregon Laws 2001, applies are:

(1) Bribe giving
(7) Official misconduct in the first degree
(16) Possession of materials depicting sexually explicit conduct
(17) Theft
(24) Unauthorized use of a vehicle
(26) Laundering a monetary instrument
(27) Engaging in a financial transaction in property derived from unlawful activity
(28) Burglary
(31) Unlawful entry into a motor vehicle
(34) Computer crime
(39) Unlawful recording of a live performance
(40) Unlawful labeling of a videotape recording
(50) Fraudulently obtaining a signature
(51) Fraudulent use of a credit card
(52) Negotiating a bad check
(55) Falsifying business records
(56) Sports bribery
(59) Issuing a false financial statement
(69) Unlawful possession of a firearm
(80) Improperly transferring a handgun
(89) Prostitution
(93) Unlawful gambling
(99) Cheating
(103) Animal abuse
(105) Animal neglect
(110) Unauthorized use of a livestock animal
(117) Unlawful delivery of an imitation controlled substance
(123) Misuse of an identification card
(129) Criminal driving while suspended or revoked
(130) Driving while under the influence of intoxicants
(132) Terrorism, as defined in section 1 of this 2003 Act

—72nd OREGON LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY--2003 Regular Session, Senate Bill 742, amendment to Chapter 666, Oregon Laws 2001, Rense.com, Oregon Bill Gives Protestors LIFE In Prison In Forest Work Camp - Reclassifies ALL Crimes as 'Terrorism'

"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is FASCISM - ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power."
-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

"Fascism is one of the three forms of Communism. First there's Communism, then there's Socialism, then there's Fascism, which is the marriage of government and corporate interests."
-Bob Chapman, International Forecaster

"You don't need a totalitarian dictatorship like Hitler's to get by with murder... you can do it in a democracy as long as the Congress and the people Congress is supposed to represent don't give a damn."
-William Shirer, author of Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (National SOCIALIST Workers Party in Nazi Germany)

WARNING: Jew Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto while living in London, England, for the Jewish banksters who now own the mortgages on every bankrupt "government" on Earth, including USA. Australia, a former prison colony of white slaves, is part of the British Commonwealth of over 50 nations, which is owned by the German Queen of England. "REDflex" Robocops is synonymous with RED Communism! And the British government confessed in court and in Parliament that its own employees were ordered to perp terrorist bombings in Britiain to murder British citizens, to blame IRA and "justify" martial law in Ireland, Police State in England, Scotland and Wales, and invasion of Afghanistan poppy farming (heroin production increased 10,000% since a Knight of the British Empire was promoted to Afghan president), Iraq, etc. The Britian Empire burned down Washington DC and the White House, and burned many other cities, and perped genocidal terrorism across USA, during the Revolutionary British-American Civil War and War of 1812....

"From 2006 Britain will be the first country where every journey by every car will be monitored. Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years. Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years. The network will incorporate thousands of existing CCTV cameras which are being converted to read number plates automatically night and day to provide 24/7 coverage of all motorways and main roads, as well as towns, cities, ports and petrol-station forecourts. By next March a central database installed alongside the Police National Computer in Hendon, north London, will store the details of 35 million number-plate "reads" per day. These will include time, date and precise location, with camera sites monitored by global positioning satellites. Already there are plans to extend the database by increasing the storage period to five years and by linking thousands of additional cameras so that details of up to 100 million number plates can be fed each day into the central databank. The scheme is being orchestrated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) and has the full backing of ministers who have sanctioned the spending of £24m this year on equipment."
-Steve Connor, London Independent, "Britain will be first country to monitor every car journey," 22 December 2005

"By the end of this year, police officials say, more than 100 cameras will have begun monitoring cars moving through Lower Manhattan, the beginning phase of a London-style surveillance system that would be the first in the United States. The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, as the plan is called, will resemble London's so-called Ring of Steel, an extensive web of cameras and roadblocks designed to detect, track and deter terrorists. If the program is fully financed, it will include not only license plate readers but also 3,000 public and private security cameras below Canal Street, as well as a center staffed by the police and private security officers, and movable roadblocks. But critics question the plan's efficacy and cost, as well as the implications of having such heavy surveillance over such a broad swath of the city. For a while, it appeared that New York could not even afford such a system. Last summer, Mr. Kelly said that the program was in peril after the city's share of Homeland Security urban grant money was cut by nearly 40 percent. But Mr. Kelly said last week that the department had since obtained $25 million toward the estimated $90 million cost of the plan. Fifteen million dollars came from Homeland Security grants, he said, while another $10 million came from the city, more than enough to install 116 license plate readers in fixed and mobile locations, including cars and helicopters, in the coming months. The license plate readers would check the plates' numbers and send out alerts if suspect vehicles were detected. The city is already seeking state approval to charge drivers a fee to enter Manhattan below 86th Street, which would require the use of license plate readers. If the plan is approved, the police will most likely collect information from those readers too, Mr. Kelly said. Pivoting gates would be installed at critical intersections; they would swing out to block traffic or a suspect car at the push of a button. The operation will cost an estimated $8 million to run the first year, Mr. Kelly said. The plan does not need City Council approval, he said. The Police Department is still considering whether to use face-recognition technology, an inexact science that matches images against those in an electronic database, or biohazard detectors in its Lower Manhattan network, Mr. Browne said. The entire operation is forecast to be in place and running by 2010. Civil liberties advocates said they were worried about misuse of technology that tracks the movement of thousands of cars and people. “This program marks a whole new level of police monitoring of New Yorkers and is being done without any public input, outside oversight, or privacy protections for the hundreds of thousands of people who will end up in N.Y.P.D. computers," Christopher Dunn, a lawyer with the New York Civil Liberties Union. For all its comprehensiveness, London's Ring of Steel, which was built in the early 1990s to deter Irish Republican Army attacks, did not prevent the July 7, 2005, subway bombings or the attempted car bombings in London last month."
-Cara Buckley, New York Times, "New York City Plans Surveillance Veil for Downtown," July 9, 2007

"The Government is considering installing X-ray cameras on lampposts to spot armed terrorists and other criminals. According to a leaked memo seen by The Sun, "detection of weapons and explosives will become easier" if the scheme drawn up by Home Office officials is adopted. However, officials acknowledged that it would be highly controversial as the cameras can "see" through clothing. "The social acceptability of routine intrusive detection measures and the operational response required in the event of an alarm are likely to be limiting factors," the memo warned. " Privacy is an issue because the machines see through clothing." The Sun reported that the memo, dated January 17, was drawn up by the Home Office for the Prime Minister's working group on security crime and justice. It noted that some technologies used for airport security had already been used in police operations searching for drugs and weapons in nightclubs. "These and other could be developed for a much more widespread use in public places ," it said. "Street furniture could routinely house detection systems that would indicate the likely presence of a gun for example." A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We don't comment on leaked documents".
-AFP, "Perverted Big Brother X-ray cameras on lampposts see you nekked," January 29, 2007

Robocop Contract


Driver Law 101

Towcrime Mafia Terrorists

What to Do When Your Vehicle Is Towed/Stolen

American Autobahn - As seen on History Channel TV at a LEGAL 212mph on a public highway. Discussion of the Montana Autobahn in USA. Interview with Mark Rask, author of American Autobahn at AmericanAutobahn.com. Legal commentary on voluntary driver license contracts. Soundtrack includes Kraftwork's "Autobahn", DJ Visage's "Formula" (The Michael Schumacher Song) and Bottle Rockets' "R.A.D.A.R. Gun".

California City to Transform Red Light Cameras Into Spy Cameras

Oakland, California to lobby legislature to allow 24-hour video surveillance with red light camera system.


Privacy advocates have long viewed red light cameras with the suspicion that the devices were the first step down a path of increased surveillance. Those fears may come true as the city of Oakland, California has revealed that it is working with the state legislature to secure a change in the law that will allow red light cameras to become full-scale surveillance cameras. In a memo from the Oakland Police Department dated June 26, Police Chief Wayne G. Tucker recommended that the city's lobbyist be ordered to advocate a new law in Sacramento.

"The legislation would also allow the use of those (red light camera) images for evidentiary purposes other than the enforcement of red light violations, such as reckless driving, assaults, public nuisance activity, drug dealing, etc."

The request came in conjunction with a plan to allow camera vendor Redflex to operate 20 video cameras at intersections 24-hours a day. The city council unanimously approved this ticketing contract with the Australian company on July 17 which is expected to generate several million in new revenue.

Because California law currently forbids the use of red light cameras for spying, the proposed ordinance urged deletion of the following passage from the Vehicle Code Section 21455.5: "Confidential information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles for the administration or enforcement of this article shall be held confidential, and may not be used for any other purpose."

Oakland recommends this passage be replaced with, "Photographic records may be used by law enforcement agencies for any law enforcement purpose." One observer suggested Oakland's red light program may be a Trojan Horse.

"While certain municipalities have installed surveillance cameras in high crime areas on the theory that the public has no expectation of privacy on public property, it has also been recognized that these cameras can be directed at targets located on private property for the 'private and pleasurable' purposes of camera operators," OneCitizenSpeaking wrote. "There does not appear to be any apparent safeguards or penalties associated with this unauthorized spying on private citizens which is totally unrelated to public necessity and which is unlikely to be discovered by abused and aggrieved members of the public."

A full copy of the memo is available in a 660k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Agenda Report (City of Oakland, 7/17/2007)

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King of Spain seizes all Texas streets and highways for GPS toll road taxation-by-the-mile


AUSTIN, TEXAS - Austin residents face $4,000/year wheel tax for driving across town! The first freeway tolling authority in Texas now estimates 44 to 64 cents per mile after they promised 12 cents per mile in early 2004! "Double Tax Tolls" are public freeways funded with our tax dollars to create a revenue-generating machine that will shift ALL our freeways to tollways. Privatizing and tolling our freeways will cause more traffic congestion on frontage roads with stop lights for those that can't or won't pay the $5 to $15 toll tax to go anywhere. Perry says it's a local decision, while local officials say the Gov. made them do it. The blame game is over. All the looters must go. Not one freeway has never been tolled in the history of our country. The toll authorities throughout Texas, otherwise known as Regional Mobility Authorities (RMA), are a new bureaucracy created to administer a whole NEW TAX on Texas families as they drive to work, school and shop. Unelected, unaccountable RMA's will set the toll rates for freeways we've already paid for. This is a clear case of taxation without representation.

Texas Independence March versus King of Spain's Toll Roads - "Governor Rick Perry is a whore!" As seen on CNN and Fox, March 2, 2007

Austin Toll Party's Tunes not Tolls Benefit Concert, including the legendary Jimmy Vaughn. Alex Jones of Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com and WBCR 1470am in Alcoa Tennessee introduces Jimmy who then performs a special 'No Tolls' blues tune for an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd of supporters.

Texas candidate for attorney general plans arrest of all govt leaders - David Van Os attorney at law signed and filed sworn affidavits in every Texas county, promised to arrest the former governor and all other persons involved in the illegal Trans Texas Corridor toll road takeover by a foreign nation. Alex Jones Report on Channel 10 in Austin, Texas

"When I get elected Texas attorney general, I'll indict every one of these gangsters behind this fraud of the Texas Corridor super-highway land grab! I'm filing in every courthouse in every county, an affidavit of my intentions. The first part of my sworn affidavit, I solumnly promise to use every legal means available to me, to put an end to the unconstitutional and illegal actions of the Texas Corridor project! I'm also going to sue them and get injunctions, which are enforced through contempt of court powers, via incarceration. W'll fight 'em till Hell freezes over, then fight 'em on the ice!"
—David Van Os, Democrat attorney at law, VanOsForTexasAG.com, Infowars.com Radio and WBCR 1470am in Alcoa, Tennessee, October 20, 2006

"It opens the door to open-ended new taxation that will amount to the largest tax increase in Texas History."
—Lyle Larson, Bexar County Commissioner

"Government control of Communications and Transportation."
-Communist Manifesto, 6th Plank, written by Karl Marx in London, England

"You will be happy to learn that the former head of the KGB (the secret police of the former Soviet Union), General Yevgeni Primakov, has been hired as a consultant by the US Department of Homeland Security."
—Al Martin, AlMartinRaw.com, Behind the Sceenes in the Beltway, "Get Ready for the USSA (The United Soviet States of America)," March 17, 2003

"I don't trust government. And neither should our citizens."
—US Senator Larry Craig, United States Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, "DOJ Oversight: Terrorism and Other Topics", testimony by US Attorney General John Ashcroft re President George Bush Jr.'s Executive Orders to "legalize torture" of US citizens for ALL "crimes" including "victimless 'crimes'", and refusal to release that memo (felony Contempt of Congress), C-SPAN2, June 8, 2004

"Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you."
—Benjamin Franklin

"For instance, regarding criminal history disqualifiers, some jurisdictions made denials only if the records showed a felony conviction or pending indictment, but other jurisdictions also denied on the basis of outstanding misdemeanor warrants, including warrants for unpaid traffic tickets. GAO found that all of the denials were for unpaid parking tickets and other traffic offenses. According to a Bossier Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson, the misdemeanor offenses for which these warrants were issued ranged from disturbing the peace to traffic tickets. The Department spokesperson told us that there is no state or local law prohibiting persons from purchasing a handgun if they have been found guilty of a misdemeanor offense;"
—General Accounting Office of US Congress, Gun Control - Implementation of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (never mind that John Hinkley Jr was a CIA family friend of Sir George Bush Sr Knight of the British Empire, who was arrested for shooting President Ronald Reagan and Jim Brady), January 25, 1996

"A Rockford police officer has been charged with a vehicular homicide in the death of a Knoxville man killed in a motorcycle crash on March 10, 2001. The charge against Sgt. James Ray "J.R." Johnson, 33, of Maryville, came in an indictment returned Aug. 28 by a Blount County Grand Jury sitting in special session. Johnson is accused of using his police cruiser to force Phillip Mickey Laton's motorcycle into a guardrail on the Stock Creek Bridge at the Blount and Knox County line on the Old Knoxville Highway. Laton, 27, apparently died upon impact with the guardrail. Laton was employed as a Corrections Officer at the Knox County Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Knoxville. The accident report made at the scene by Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Ronald McDonald, stated that Laton lost control of his 1997 Honda CR900 as he tried to pass Johnson's cruiser, hit the guardrail and skidded into Johnson's patrol car. Johnson had been dispatched by a Blount County officer to assist in stopping a motorcycle traveling toward him at a high rate of speed. Laton was allegedly eluding the police by not pulling over after the Blount County officer had spotted him exceeding the speed limit. McDonald said that two witnesses came forward two days after the accident and said Johnson swerved his cruiser into the path of the motorcycle, sending it careening into the guardrail. Thc witnesses are reportedly Tennessee state highway troopers. McDonald said thc video from Johnson's car appeared to confirm the statements given by the witnesses. The videotape shows Laton's motorcycle passing the patrol car without a rider. Since the accident, Johnson's friends claim he has been labeled as a 'motorcyclist hater,' although Johnson owns a motorcycle and has ridden for over a decade. In addition to the criminal charges, he is named as a defendant in a $3 million lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Laton's ex-wife on behalf of her three minor children, ages 7, 8 and 9. Named in the same lawsuit are Rockford Police Chief Robert Simerly, City of Rockford, Blount County Sheriff James L. Berrong and Blount County. Johnson was released after posting a $25,000 surety bond. A surety bond is a document signed by a responsible third party, usually a relative or friend, guaranteeing the accused will appear in court as scheduled and will comply with any other terms of release. Johnson has been on paid administrative leave since March 12."
—Teresa Helton-Garrett, Knoxville Journal, "Rockford police officer charged with vehicular homicide," September 6, 2001 (Rockford Police Department was summarily executed by Rockford City Council)


By Bob Dacy
New American magazine
June 29, 2006

On July 29, 2005, President Bush signed a bill which permits and promotes the charging of tolls on existing and planned interstate highways, bridges, and tunnels. Before the passage of the bill, known as SAFETEA-LU, or “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users”, it was generally illegal to charge tolls on roads built with Federal funds. What’s more, the tolls collected will be automatic, requiring universally compatible toll transponder tags on every vehicle. SAFETEA-LU makes possible a variety of programs, all aimed at forcing Americans to pay to travel. To wit:

  • “Interstate System Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Pilot Program” allows the tolling of existing interstate highways, bridges, and tunnels to fund repair of existing highways.
  • “Interstate System Construction Toll Pilot Program” authorizes tolling existing facilities on the interstate system to fund new interstate highways.
  • “Value Pricing Pilot (VPP) Program” allows new tolls on existing toll free facilities such as high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, tolls on new lanes added to existing highways, and electronically collected variable tolls on existing and new toll facilities.
  • “Express Lanes Demonstration Program” allows tolling to finance new lanes. Automatic toll collection is REQUIRED and revenue collected may be used to provide a reasonable rate of return on PRIVATE financing, operation, and maintenance costs.
  • “High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Facilities, SAFETEA-LU Section 1121 (23 USC 166)” authorizes states to build high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes on interstate and non-interstate facilities.
Although most of these programs are experimental, the mindset they demonstrate and the precedents they intend to set will have devastating consequences on all Americans. The mindset is that Americans are lab rats in a maze, who must be tagged and tracked everywhere they go. Cockroaches control the maze. The consequences to the heretofore taken for granted freedom to travel and to individual pocketbooks are ominous. Imagine for a moment what must have been going through the minds of the six-legged elites when they thought up this diabolical scheme. The question is “How do you destroy the national sovereignty of the United States, merge it with the rest of the western hemisphere, build the infrastructure system needed to link up the entire landmass, confiscate private property on a wholesale level, spy on everyone’s comings and goings, and trick American suckers into paying for their own demise all in one fell swoop? The answer: TOLL EVERYTHING!

Missouri to Spy on Drivers Through Cell Phones

Denise Royal
All Headline News
October 8, 2005

"The Missouri Department of Transportation will spend $3-million annually on a program to monitor the movements of individuals on highways via their cell phones -- without their knowledge or consent. The technology doesn't use GPS, instead, it takes the signals that wireless phones send to towers and follows the movement of the phones from one tower to another. That information is laid over highway maps to draw a grid of where phones are and how fast they're moving. In what would be the largest project of its kind, the Missouri Department of Transportation is negotiating with private contractors to monitor thousands of cell phones, using their movements to produce real-time traffic conditions on 5,500 miles of roads statewide. Privacy advocates are concerned about a technology that can track people. But transportation and technology leaders say the data gathered will remain anonymous. A pilot program in Baltimore only tracks Cingular cell phones on 1,000 miles of road. AirSage Inc. has contracted with Sprint to spy on motorists in Norfolk, Virginia and Atlanta and Macon, Georgia. But the Missouri project is by far the most aggressive - tracking wireless phones across a whole state, including in rural areas with lower traffic counts, and doing so for the explicit purpose of relaying the information to other travelers."

RoboSpy under bonnet could stop speeding

London Evening Standard
September 23, 2004

"Speed limiters could be fitted to cars in London under radical plans backed by the Mayor. The electronic under-bonnet 'spy' would make it impossible to exceed legal limits over the entire capital. The satellite-controlled black box would "know" the maximum permitted speed at all points along a car's journey and prevent motorists from going too fast by limiting the response from the accelerator. The tough new measure, in Transport for London's Draft Road Safety Action Plan, was unveiled at the Pan-London Road Safety Forum today. The plan calls for speed limiters be fitted initially to public service vehicles such as buses and taxis. This would dramatically reduce average speeds across the capital by forcing other vehicles to fall in line. However, experts at Transport for London's Road Safety Unit also want motorists to be encouraged to fit the limiters through incentive schemes. Motorists can take their cars to a garage to have the limiter fitted for less than £150 [$250]. In return, they would be offered cheaper insurance because they would be deemed a lower risk. But experts believe the scheme could become mandatory and all motorists would have to pay to have their cars fitted with the device. In a statement today, Mayor Ken Livingstone confirmed his support for the scheme. He said: 'The use of speed limiters could save many lives in London. We must, however, ensure it is safe and the right solution for London.' Speed limiters are already fitted to some new cars voluntarily by manufacturers but must be set by the driver. Today the AA warned that motorists would resist losing control over their cars. 'Drivers do not want to lose control taken altogether,' said the AA's Paul Watters, head of roads and transport policy. However, Jenny Jones, London Assembly Green Party spokeswoman, said: 'We have to find a way of stopping speed-related injuries and deaths in London. If this technology works as well as we think it will, we have a duty to act quickly to stop the destruction of people's lives.' The Mayor and Transport for London will now consider the proposals in detail. Ministers are also looking for experts to compile a powerful digital 'map' containing details of every speed limit in Britain."

Martial Law Police State deploys killer robots that shoot to kill

OBJECTS IN PHOTO ARE LARGER THAN THEY APPEAR - Foster-Miller manufactures robotic Death Squads to replace copster Death Squads - In Knoxville Tennessee police Death Squads already summarily execute speeders on sight even when they are police officers driving to work at the police station - Police Death Squads summarily execute over 500 Amerikans every year in USA, including 1/3rd innocent bystanders, mainly for alleged breach of civil driver license contract, while Medical Doctors summarily execute over 7,000 Amerikans EVERY DAY in Death Camps in USA

By Michael Kanellos
CNET News.com
December 1, 2004

U.S. Army will give robots machine guns, although humans will firmly be in control of them. The Army next March will begin to deploy Talon robots from Waltham, Mass.-based Foster-Miller. The robots will be mounted with M240 or M249 machine guns, said a Foster-Miller spokesman. The units also can be mounted with a rocket launcher. Defense agencies have been testing an armed version of the Talon since 2003. Several robots, including the Talon and the PackBot from iRobot, have been used to conduct surveillance missions. A robot coming next year from John Deere and iRobot will ferry supplies to and from the front, navigating its travels with little human input. The Talon weighs about 80 pounds, travels at 5.2 miles per hour and can go about 20 miles on a battery charge. In "wake up" mode, in which the unit conducts surveillance but remains mostly dormant, a battery charge can last about a week. The Talon was used in Bosnia to dispose of grenades and during the cleanup of the World Trade Center.

Police call for remote button to stop cars - Motorists face new 'Big Brother' technology

Juliette Jowit, transport editor
The Observer
December 21, 2003

After speed cameras, road humps and mobile phone bans, there could be more bad news for Britain's motorists. Police are urging Ministers to give them the power to stop vehicles by remote control. In what will be seen as yet another example of the in-creasing power of Big Brother, drivers face the prospect of their cars being halted by somebody pushing a button. The police lobby is being led by Superintendent Jim Hammond of Sussex police, who chairs an Association of Chief Police Officers technology working group which is examining the idea. However, Bert Morris, deputy director of the AA Motoring Trust said: 'People don't like the idea of Big Brother taking over their driving.' Stopping cars remotely sounds futuristic, but the basic technology is already available and used in lorries to limit the top speed to 56mph and in new systems to immobilise stolen cars. The key is the electronics box in most new cars which, when the driver presses the accelerator or brake, sends a message to the engine to speed up or slow down. It can be programmed to limit the speed generally or according to the position of the car, established via a GPS satellite. For remote operation, a modem, which works like a mobile phone, can be used tell the car to slow down or stop. Similar radio telemetry was used by Formula One pit crews to adjust the engines of racing cars at up to 200mph.

The self-driving VW Golf that would give Herbie a run for its money

Robocars to replace humans so Big Brother can drive

Daily Mail
30th June 2006

Watch video footage of the self drive car here

It has proved one of the most endearing of cinematic legends - a loveable car with a mind of its own that can drive itself.

And for 40 years Herbie - or the 'Love Bug' - as the Volkswagen Beetle was dubbed in its first movie outing - has enthralled millions of families in a series of Hollywood sequels.

But now German car giant Volkswagen has turned fiction into reality by unveiling a fully automatic car which really can drive itself - and at speeds of up to 150mph.

It can weave with tyres screeching around tricky bends and chicanes, and through tightly coned off tracks - without any help or intervention from a human.

The remarkable car is the VW Golf GTi '53 plus 1' codenamed after the number '53' which Herbie carried when racing in his big screen adventures.

The GTi has electronic 'eyes' that use radar and laser sensors in the grille to 'read' the road and send the details back to its computer brain. A sat-nav system tracks its exact position with pin-point precision to within an inch.

The car can then work out the twists and turns it has to negotiate - before setting off at break-neck speed through a laid out course on a test track.

On a race circuit, it drove itself faster and more precisely than the VW engineers could manage - and can accelerate independently up to its top speed of 150mph.

To prove it is no trick, guests were invited to design for themselves a variety of different courses - using road cones - and then watch the car fly around them on its own at a test track near their world headquarters in Wolfsburg in northern Germany.


The astonishing prototype was developed initially to help Volkswagen engineers test their vehicles.

But in an age when rapidly advancing technology and the Big Brother State is increasingly taking responsibility away from the driver - with the onward march of electronic speed limiters, collision avoidance systems, cruise control, satellite navigation, and pay-as-you-drive road tolling - the self-driving robot car is not such a distant prospect.

And many of the elements which make up its engine will be making their way into showroom cars within just a few years - just as sat-nav, collision avoidance sensors and anti-lock brakes have done in recent years.

A Volkswagen spokesman said: 'It really is a self-driving Golf. It steers, brakes and accelerates. And it races through handling courses independently. It can accomplish this at full performance and at the limits of its capabilities.'

'We called it '53' because it is reminiscent of the cinematic Volkswagen bug Herbie, which made history as the first self-driving Volkswagen. This time we've done it for real.'

'The computer calculates where and at what speed the GTi has clearance between the cones. The GPS satellite enables navigation to within less than an inch.'

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The time will be coming when it will not be lawful for a human to even drive a car. On the highway, that is. -Cleveland Mann, United States

"The roads would be much safer if computers controlled all cars." Because of course, no computer has ever malfunctioned, crashed, or failed.
Give me strength. -Userone, UK

Isn't Volkswagon the company with the slogan "Drivers Wanted"?
-Michael Lane, Watauga, USA

"Now when your car has a computer crash, you die."
-John Lee, PirateNews.org

Letter bombs 'target road-fine groups'

CNN News
February 7, 2007

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A letter bomb that exploded Wednesday injuring a woman was one of seven sent in the last three weeks that have hurt six people, police say.

At least three of the devices appear to have targeted organizations dealing motoring fines, the Association of Chief Police Officers said, according to the UK Press Association.

Wednesday's bomb detonated at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea, south Wales. (See Map)

"One female has been taken to hospital with injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening," a police statement said.

"A cordon has been put in place and nearby residents are being evacuated as a precautionary measure." The DVLA said the injured woman dealt with the company's mail.

On Tuesday, two people were injured when a similar device exploded at a business center in Wokingham, southwest of London, police.

The bomb targeted Vantis, a company involved in processing speeding fines.

On Monday, a padded envelope exploded at an office belonging to Capita Group, which administers the $16 daily fee meant to cut down on traffic in central London.

Police on Wednesday also confirmed that a letter bomb was sent to a private address in Folkestone last Saturday.

The person who opened it received minor injuries when it exploded.

Thames Valley police said two of the seven letter bombs targeted Abingdon, Oxfordshire and another the West Midlands areas of Britain in January. The police said these could be linked to animal rights activists.

The Folkestone bomb appeared unrelated, they added.

Britain's Home Secretary John Reid expressed concern over the incidents.

"Naturally, these incidents are worrying. It is important that we allow police to get on with their investigation without undue speculation," he said.

Prime Minister Tony Blair told parliament that authorities were "investigating very closely," describing injuries suffered by the bomb victims as "very traumatic."

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper quoted police saying the bombs could be the work of a "militant motorist."

Motoring journalist Quentin Willson warned that further incidents could follow amid growing anger at growing use of speed cameras and fixed penalties in the UK.

"This is a rather worrying sign and we could be looking at other forms of social unrest as a result of Britain's car camera culture," he told CNN.

An anti-speed camera campaigner identified as "Captain Gatso" said his Motorists Against Detection organization was not responsible for the bombs, the Daily Mail said.

Nigel Humphries, from the Association of British Drivers, said he was appalled by the attacks.

"I can't believe anyone would be so stupid. We're law-abiding people, we do not condone this at all," he said.

"Damaging equipment is one thing -- and we wouldn't even do that -- but to maim people, it's outrageous.

"We would have nothing to do with that sort of behavior in any shape or form."

See also:

Gatso Got Game

"The first suspect was an anonymous vigilante, who will only be identified as Captain Gatso. The 'Captain' runs a group that advises drivers on avoiding speeding fines, called Motorists Against Detection. It claims to have damaged 1,000 speed cameras in the past six years. However, it has has never used violence against a person and Captain Gatso insisted: 'It’s not me or my group. I condemn it completely. We only damage speed cameras, we don’t damage people. I think it’s a loner, I think it’s a grudge.'”
-David Brown, David Sanderson and Simon de Bruxelles, London Times, "Motorist with a grudge is prime letter bomb suspect," February 08, 2007

  • “We are fed up with lining the pockets of police forces and councils as a stealth tax revenue-raising scheme.” -Captain Gatso
  • “Speed cameras along the length of the M4 between Bristol and Swindon . . . where the hell is the logic in that?” -DJ Mysterious
  • “I have one wish: to be the passenger in a Ferrari mooning at the speed cameras doing 170” -Dunc 4
  • “Drove 160 miles to my brother’s today. Saw about 25 speed cameras. How many police cars did I see? NONE!” Tunno
  • “Speed cameras are alright, it's the fines are the problem” -Silverfox
  • “Every time photo radar is put to a direct popular vote, it loses. Big time” -Richard Diamond
  • “Speed cameras are unfair — they detect technical, not safety, violations” -Bigger Birdie
  • “Sod it! If speed kills, I think we need to put safety cameras on each of the following: the East Coast Main Line, -Heathrow airport, Eurostar, all RAF runways, Silverstone, Brand’s Hatch” Big Richard

TERRORSTORM - British Gangsta Govt employs all terrorist bombers in Britian and Iraq

Fury as 90,000 police officers caught speeding are 'let off'

James Slack
UK Daily Mail
May 28, 2007

Only 354 of 90,000 police caught on camera speeding or jumping red lights last year were punished.

Last night forces were accused of double standards after it emerged that only one in 200 officers was fined or given points, compared with 84 per cent of ordinary drivers.

Managers have the discretion to cancel tickets if an officer can persuade them they had a good reason for speeding, such as pursuing a suspect or trying to find a witness.

But critics point out motorists enjoy no such rights and that if they want to challenge a fixed penalty notice they must go to court.

They also say the disparity between the figures raises the suspicion that thousands of officers are being let off even if they do not have a valid excuse for speeding.

Dianne Ferreira, spokesman for road safety charity Brake, said: "Police officers should not be speeding in the first place.

"They should be setting an example and they should have to face the force of the law like everybody else when they break the rules."

Edmund King, of the RAC Foundation, said that even if more than a quarter of the cases were emergencies, the figures still appeared "excessive".

He added: "Speed cameras are there for a reason and they should apply to all motorists."

Paul Smith, founder of the Safespeed campaign, said: "These figures will add considerably to the public suspicion that 'It's one rule for them and another for the rest of us'."

The figures, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, cover 28 police forces in England and Wales.

Police said there were 90,480 incidents of speed or traffic cameras being "activated" by their vehicles. The number of officers actually served with a fixed penalty notice was 354.

But in Thames Valley, more than 4,000 police cars were captured speeding or jumping red lights - and not one officer was issued with a ticket.

The largest totals related to the Metropolitan Police where 48,222 police cars activated cameras and 57 officers ended up with £60 fines and having three points on their licence - a mere 0.1 per cent.

The figures will heighten concern that officers routinely drive too fast.

There are around 20,000 accidents involving police cars, vans or motorcycles each year. A quarter occur while the vehicles are involved in an emergency call or in pursuit, rather than on routine duties.

Last year, there were 48 deaths in accidents involving police cars.


No doubt soon we'll be able to see the details of the 89,646 arrests which resulted from these offences?? And the justification for the loss of 5,378,760 pounds in 60 pound penalties which were not enforced?? And details of the deaths and injuries that occurred as a direct consequence?? After all speed and traffic light cameras are a matter of road safety aren't they??
-Pu Li, Guangxi, China

Hummmm, I think I'll join the police, this is not the only thing they get away with.
-Mel, Essex

This boils down to one thing. All these made up, no tolerance "Offences" have got to be stopped. We've got a nonsense "Government" spewing out Alice in Wonderland type offences left right and centre.
-John Presley, Morden, Surrey

Of course us serfs know our place and it's only right that there should be one rule for the chosen ones (politicians, police, billionaires) and one for the rest of us. Roll on the revolution!
-Stephanie, London, England

I've come to believe that you cannot trust the senior ranks of the police. They want us tagged, micro chipped and subservient whilst they, the elite, do as they please with no supervision by the politicians. A failed society.
-Stephen, Reading

Well... Rumour has it that if a police officer is caught speeding; it does count towards their "Nicks per shift" quota!
-Better Be Anon, Sussex UK

If they are trying to sell these cameras to us as safety cameras the rules must also apply to the police. It's as has always been - the police protect their own. I was once with an off-duty police friend who was stopped by a marked police car for a traffic violation. The first thing he did was to show his warrant card resulting in nothing more than a smile and a wave on.
-Kenneth, London

Do these Senior Police officers really believe we are that stupid as to believe this garbage. This is blatant interferance with the rule of law and as such, exposes these top cops for what they are. They are career climbers and will do any thing and every thing other than the job they are paid to do ,in order to reach the top. Speeding cops are bad for their image, bad for public confidence and bad for the 48 people they managed to kill last year in speed related accidents.Do we now need a Police Force to protect us from the Police. My God, where will this corruption end.
-Mel Hodkinson, st lucia

I'll say it again. The one sure way to stop this stealth tax is by en masse civil disobedience. Flood the courts, then flood the jails by refusing to pay the tax imposed on you for the heinous crime of driving according to your capabilities, taking road conditions and environment into account. And as for the cops, well, we're all aware by now that they can test drive cars on public roads at speeds you and I would reserve for a race track. So long as we continue to elect self-perpetuating generations of silver spooned Public Schoolboys as our political masters, with less than one third of the electorate's vote when they get in on false promises, well, we're asking for it. Start learning that Tories, Liberals and new or old Labour politicians all the same! A revolution is long overdue.
-Edward Beckett, Belfast, N.Ireland

Disturbing. This is an obvious abuse of position. If on an emergency, with blue lights on, then I see no argument; quash the ticket. But if not.....then face the courts like the rest of us.
-Mark R, Coventry UK

Dont do as we do, just do as we say! Hipocrites every last sleazy one of them.
-Dave (Expat), Houston USA

Is anyone really surprised by this? I would like to see the stats for off-duty police as well.
-Gordon Macdonald, Saskatchewan, Canada

One law for them, one for everyone else. Many years ago when I lived in Birmingham I was driving home from Church one Sunday lunchtime when two police cars decided to have a race along the Pershore Road - a serious race about 60mph - waving and shouting to each other out of their windows. And they suggest we respect them? They are, like the rest of Britain, a joke.
-Peter Smith, Montreal, Canada

Simple way to solve this one. Get them out of the cars and back on the beat where they may do some good and catch a few criminals.
-Eddie, Selby, Selby N. Yorks.

Fits in nicely with our soon to be Stasi modelled Police State. Is anyone in public service accountable for crimes against the public interest?
-Mike, Plymouth. UK

Anyone can win these tickets, by throwing them in the trash, since they lack mandatory personal service of process, as required for all civil lawsuits. That's not civil disobedience, that's The Law. The Law also declares that when govt employees get to do something, then everyone gets to do it. That's called Constitutional Equal Protection doctrine in USA, which is based on British Common Law.

See also:

"A chief constable has been caught speeding by one of his own cameras, it was revealed today. Northern Constabulary boss Ian Latimer help up his hands after he was filmed driving at 72mph in a 60mph zone in Easter Ross, in the north Scotland Highland, by a camera van earlier this month. The police chief, who was reportedly driving his force Range Rover when he was caught, is now facing a £60 fine and three points on his licence after being given notice of prosecution yesterday. He said: 'I made a mistake. On July 1 this year, in daylight on a clear open stretch of road on the A9, I miscalculated my speed, which was seen to be a maximum of 72mph within a 60mph limit. It can be seen quite rightly that the chief constable, in his own force area, is as accountable and subject to the law as any other individual.' His present contract is due to end in September 2011."
-London Daily Mail, Police chief caught speeding by own cameras, 31st July 2007

Spooks on the trail of 'Captain Gatso'

London Evening Standard
Sep 12, 2005

HE IS, he says, a professional, a higher-rate taxpayer, a company- car driver, and the owner of a number of properties in north London. He is also one of the more shadowy activists behind the protests which, the day after tomorrow, aim to block the nation's petrol supply.

We meet late at night in a car just off the A13, guided by a series of cryptic mobile phone conversations. I park in a certain side-street. After a few minutes a figure appears, the back door cracks open and he gets in. He has just come from a meeting with "owner-operators", self-employed truck-drivers, at a service area on the M25. "They are definitely going for it," he says.

The faint air of le Carre, or at least Freddie Forsyth, which hangs over the proceedings is caused by two things. The man is a controversial figure, the campaigns director of an organisation called Motorists Against Detection that attacks speed cameras with hammers, shotguns and even explosives.

But for "Captain Gatso", as he calls himself, the struggle has broadened.

He is now one of the "London and South East liaison officers" planning this week's protests at the BP refinery at Coryton, on the Thames Estuary.

He may also be involved in a threatened blockade of the port of Dover.

"We want a 10 per cent reduction in duty," he says. "We are on the edge of a cliff. It's crippling for businesses and people."

But he and the other demonstrators know that after they humiliated Whitehall in 2000, this time the Government is ready. They are up against a sophisticated machine that has had five years to plan for a rematch.

New laws have given the police significantly more powers to prevent disruption at oil terminals. Petrol stockpiles have been increased, and soldiers trained to drive tankers. And, most fascinating, the activists claim that something a bit like a domestic intelligence operation is being mounted to spy on and undermine them - hence all the cloak-anddagger stuff.

"We noticed it when we were trying to organise protests around the time of the election," says Gatso. "I went to a couple of meetings [of drivers] in Ellesmere Port and Blackburn where some new guys turned up and they just didn't sound right.

"They just seemed to come from nowhere and they didn't know anyone. They had rigs [lorries] but they were very clean and they didn't look as if they'd been used."

The new recruits spent a lot of time arguing against taking any action and spreading doubts about the need for it. "They were saying things like: 'Think of the hospitals, what happens if it goes like 2000?'" says Gatso.

GATSO suspects someone has been in his house. "My computer disks in my study at home have been gone through. They are in a different order from the way I left them," he says. "My paperwork is in the same drawers but not in the same order. One of the locks feels like it has been interfered with."

Members of the group have complained that they are being followed by the same cars for long periods. Gatso says he was stopped by two men in an Audi on the A1 near Hatfield. They told him they knew what he was up to.

If these claims are true, the work is likely to have been done by local Special Branches and a secretive, Scotland Yard-based police taskforce called the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU). Few have heard of it, but its role in controlling dissent is central.

Established by the Blair Government in 1998 to monitor " politicallymotivated disorder", in the words of the Inspectorate of Constabulary, the NPOIU, says the Home Office, " provides critical support to forces across the UK in maintaining a strategic overview of public order issues".

MI5's website describes the unit as dealing with "Right and Leftwing extremists, animal rights extremists and other militant single-issue protesters". In its seven-year history, according to the Metropolitan Police Authority accounts, its budget has steadily grown.

Police sources would not confirm or deny last night that there was an intelligence operation against the truckers, but the Inspectorate of Constabulary report makes clear that the unit does gather intelligence through surveillance and the "management of human sources", a euphemism for infiltrators or informers.

And many of the fuel protesters are operating on the assumption that the NPOIU is on their case.

"We have all just changed our mobiles," Gatso tells me, showing me the three phones he's using. "We use pay-as-you go phones registered with incorrect details and we are in constant and regular contact through encrypted emails.

"We change our cars, and we look over our shoulders."

They also face classic New Labour news management. Doom-laden reports of possible "fuel rationing on the forecourt" leaked to Sunday newspapers yesterday are seen by some as an attempt to scare away support.

Also, the political climate is not quite the same as 2000. People may be even more fed up with the Government, but the attacks of 7 July cast enough of a shadow to peel away some who supported the protests last time.

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Man denies speed camera stunt

Jim Kelly and Nicole Cox
May 14, 2007

AUSTRALIA - A MAN accused of kneeling on a motorcycle's fuel tank and making obscene gestures for a speed camera has denied he was the rider pictured.

Christian Marchesani, 28, of Samson, was arrested last night after a member of the public, prompted by reports in this weekend's The Sunday Times and an offer of a reward from police, phoned CrimeStoppers.

A speed camera placed on South St captured the image of a rider doing 130km/h in a 60km/h zone with his legs dangling over the front of a 900cc Honda FireBlade motorcycle.

Just 23 minutes later the rider returned again - this time kneeling on fuel tank while giving one-fingered salutes to the camera.

The court was told a motorcycle ``identical'' to the one snapped by the speed camera was found at Mr Marchesani's home, along with gloves and a helmet matching those the pictured rider was wearing.

Tattoos on both Mr Marchesani's forearms also appeared similar to those displayed by the rider photographed.

But Mr Marchesani, who charged with dangerous driving, reckless driving and two charges of driving without a licence, denied he was the rider when he appeared today in Fremantle Magistrate's Court.

Defence duty lawyer David McKenzie said his client admitted the bike in the picture was similar but said he was not riding it.

He said several friends, who had matching tattoos, borrowed the motorcycle from time to time.

Prosecutor Sergeant Steve Thompson opposed bail, saying the case against Mr Marchesani was strong and he would almost certainly be jailed if convicted.

He said Mr Marchesani was on parole in January when the offences were committed and he was also on a court-ordered intensive supervision programme.

In support of the prosecution case, the court heard evidence that Mr Marchesani had sent a text message to a friend on Sunday morning saying:``Go out and get The Sunday Times, Bro - have a look at the front page."

Magistrate Peter Michelides agreed similarities between the seized motorcycle, the gloves, helmet and the tattoos added up to a strong case.

Irate police offered a reward to anyone who could identify the pair, whose brazen behaviour, they said, showed contempt for the law.

Speeding motorist tried to blow up camera

London Daily Mail
9th August 2006

A desperate motorist tried to escape a speeding fine by blowing up the roadside camera which snapped him, a court heard on Wednesday.

Engineer Craig Moore, 28, took the drastic action because he feared he would lose his job as a result of the ticket.

He returned to the roadside camera in the Manchester area and used explosive material, once used to make bombs and now common in the welding industry, to destroy the device.

But the motorist didn't realise his actions were recorded by the camera itself.

It is understood that pictures recovered from the camera hard disk show Moore's van pulling up and later 'sparks flying' as it burns.

Moore himself is not seen on camera.


Video: The moment a motorist blew up a speed camera

Yesterday Moore, of Grampian Way, Doncaster, appeared at Manchester Crown Court and pleaded guilty to destroying the £8,700 traffic management camera belonging to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on 14 August last year.

He destroyed the device using Thermite, a mixture of powdered aluminium metal and iron oxide which reacts explosively and causes intense heat when ignited. The material is commonly used in welding metal. [And was used by US and British Gangsta Govts to melt the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.]

Moore, who has no previous convictions in the last 10 years, was released on bail. The case was adjourned for reports and he will be sentenced for the offence next month.

Details of the offence were not revealed in court and Moore left without commenting.

Nationally speed cameras are expected to earn £130 million in £60 fines this year.

Last month a driver was jailed for 56 days and ordered to pay almost £3,000 costs at Manchester Crown Court for trying to dodge a £60 fine by moving a road sign.

Care assistant John Hopwood, 42, was caught on camera in Rochdale doing 41mph in a 30mph zone.

He took a 40mph sign from another street, put it on a lamp post in the area where he was caught then sent a picture of it to the fixed penalty office to argue that he was obeying the sign.


"The camera was probably wrong anyway. Good luck to him."
—Sue Delaney, Worthing, West Sussex

"A pity he was not more successful."
—Ryk, London

"I'm tempted to say good for him but unfortunately we all know that this 'money grabber' will be replaced immediately and probably even set to wrest even more money from the overtaxed motorist."
—Freddie, Northants

"Shame he got caught."
—M Harrington, Hitchin, Herts

"If EVERYONE took direct action against these cash cows then the authorities would have to take notice. In France they escaped having wheelclamping by making sure that every time they saw a wheelclamp they squirted superglu into the lock."
—John, Spain

"Bless you Mr Moore."
—William Owen, Cardiff Wales

"Great to see some spirit left - well done and a pity he didn't plan it better and got caught. Had he got away with it he could have gone into business and taken out a few more of these obscene devices."
—Brian, Surrey

"I guess if there weren't so many cameras used for money making then people wouldn't be so drastic. I hope his job is safe. He doesn’t have to worry about prison at least. No room at the Inn!"
—Paul, Hampshire

"He should have blown up more. These things have been proven by statistics as USELESS to prevent traffic deaths. Most motorists know where they are and brake before. There is no suprise. What the UK needs to do is IMPROVE THE ROAD INFRASTUCTURE to speed traffic up, not figure out neurotic stick-in-the-mud ways of slowing it down. A LOT MORE MOTORWAYS NEED TO BE BUILT, (instead of roads like the M6 getting daily 3 mile road repairs for the smallest dent in the surface just to give those people a job). CAN YOU NOT SEE THE UK ROADS SYSTEM IS A FAILURE ? UK roads are rickety winding things designed for horse carts. The UK needs a lot more roads made faster then innocent people would not have to resort to extreme measures to save their jobs. If the UK wants to have a strong economic pace and help the environment then the system needs changing. End traffic lights make circles. Widen roads. Bike lanes. Destroy city terraced houses and get people into the countryside with larger faster roads."
—Qop, Holland Park, London

"I say blow them all up they are just another tax on people trying to get from point A to point B. Spend the camera money on a speed bump if it is so necessary!!"
—Robert Young, Washington DC

"There are so many traffic laws isn't it nearly impossible to keep from breaking some law every time we drive? I am sure even the judge breaks at least one traffic law just getting to court every day. So instead of setting up cameras to catch us, shouldn't they just automate the process so everyone pays one low "I broke the law" fee every month?"
—Kurtis Kurzmann, St. Louis, Missouri USA

"I think using technology to catch speeders is extremely unfair. Let the cops catch you fair and square. I'm not sure anyone in the Midwest, USA would tolerate these fine traps. They are in use for people running through red traffic lights at dangerous intersections, this I can understand. But when it comes to speeding these devices can be abused by the goverment."
—Mike, Michigan, USA

"In the Tampa Bay Area there are no traffic cameras that I know of and if there were they would not last long. Cameras would be seen as big brother and would quickly become a target to shoot at. Heck, people already shoot at the speed limit signs and a camera is nothing more than an invitation with a bulls eye. Our elected officials work for us, not the other way around. The people have the right and responsibility to get that message across regardless of how it is delivered. NO CAMERAS!!! Good Day."
—Eric P, Spring Hill, Florida

"There are cameras EVERYWHERE. Apparently you missed the memo. The new crosstown has speed cameras and so does 60. There are red light cameras too. The crosstown also has cameras to catch toll violators!"
—Jim, Tampa, Florida

"While I don't condone his actions, at least someone has a bit of spirit. We have all turned into timid sheep accepting anything & everything that is thrown at us by the "government" & all their various jobsworths! Can't imagine any other populace putting up with it all. Certainly the French wouldn't, nor probably the Italians! There would have been riots ages ago! But I suppose it’s long suffering “middle England” who bears the brunt & it takes something pretty seismic to spur them to action."
—Pete, Harrow Middlesex

"Too bad he didn't blow up more of those infernal devices."
—Chris, Texas, USA

"California is a sea of red light cameras, I count 12 in my commute of 40 miles and you bet there are more. A judge in San Deigo threw out the cams but somehow they still are here. I need to check it out. Another weird thing is they are privatly owned and operated."
—Ron Conrad, Chino Hills, California

"AUSTRALIAN military contractor REDflex now owns Robocop Spy Scameras in USSA, replacing US traffic courts and US copsters, and stealing hundreds of millions of taxdollars from Gangsta Govt. The attorneys at JesBeard.com say the best legal defense to Robocops is to throw the tickets in the trash, since they lack personal service of process, which is mandatory in all civil lawsuits. In 2005, the Virginia legislature outlawed Robocops BECAUSE THEY CAUSE MORE CRASHES AND KILL PEOPLE. US Govt reports prove that SPEEDING IS SIX TIMES SAFER THAN DRIVING THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT, as proven on the German Autobahn, and reported by Ralph Nader. Constitutional Equal Protection doctrine legalizes Thermite against Robocops in USSA, since Uncle Scam refuses to arrest the Bush Gang for bombing the World Trade Center with Thermite on 9/11/2001. Bush ancestor Thomas Percy perped the Gunpowder Plot to bomb British Parliament in 1605, and his head is still on stick in Parliament today."
—John Lee, Pirate News TV

Video: Nick's 10 Ways To Immobilize Speed Cameras

US citizens promise armed revolt to kill crooked politicians perping treason to overthrow USA - The North American Union NAFTA Super-Highway, which is taking form first through the Trans-Texas Corridor, is a massive land-grab, with plans to seize over 1 million acres in Texas alone through eminent domaign. This has candidates like Texas Democrats Hank Gilbert (running for Commissioner of Agriculture) and David Van Os (running for Attorney General in Texas) up in arms and discussing the possibility of an armed populist revolution in response to the North American Union's sovereignty-seizing actions.

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Persecuted Public, Tomorrow's Terrorists? Larry Miller Wonders If Letter Bombs In Britain May Signal The Terrorism Of Tomorrow

Larry Miller Wonders If Letter Bombs In Britain May Signal The Terrorism Of Tomorrow

CBS News
Feb. 9, 2007

FAKE TERRORISM BY GANGSTA GOVT - A forensic expert goes inside the Vantis building in Wokingham, England, where a suspected letter bomb exploded Tuesday Feb. 6, 2007 injuring two members of their staff. It is the second letter bomb explosion in two days following a similar incident in the Capita building in London yesterday. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)

LONDON - In the 1976 film 'Network,' the TV anchorman says, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Before long, people across the country are opening their windows and shouting the same thing. These are the people who have had enough, finally finding their voice.

I'm reminded of this because here in Britain, motorists have been taking it on the chin and they're beginning to say something similar. They are over-charged to park and caught by roadside semi-hidden speed- cameras at every turn. Put a wheel into a bus lane and that's $200… Drive into downtown London and that's a $16 toll, which goes up to $200 if you get home, get distracted, and forget to pay the $16.

You can even get a ticket when you buy a pay-and-display sticker because it came from a machine on the wrong side of the street.

The latest gadget to catch speeders is a reflector embedded in the road with a computer controlled self-cleaning camera.

Hugely unpopular is the government plan for road-pricing. That's when you are charged for every mile you drive. Much would be determined by when you travel and on which roads you chose; more for the fast lane, less for the slow back roads. When hundreds of thousand of motorists sent their objections to the Prime Minster's office, the response was, "tough".

Officials insist these measures are necessary to both cut accidents and discourage people from driving for ecological reasons, but a growing number see them as an abuse of power designed to take their money by stealth.

Even the staid Royal Automobile Club says drivers are justifiably angry.

The leader of the lobbying group "Motorists Voice" complains that every time he gets in his car, "I feel targeted, I feel victimized, and I feel picked on by the government. Everywhere I go there is a camera pointing at me."

The roadside speed cameras are called Gatsos. Dedicated to their destruction is an underground group led by someone only known as Captain Gatso. His group, Motorists Against Detection, or MAD, admits pulling down and blowing up $40 million worth of driver-catching cameras.

The Captain says: "What we are looking at now is a war on the motorist, and the motorist is fighting back," adding, "It's payback time."

It is against this backdrop that this week three letter bombs were sent to those linked to the perceived persecution of car drivers.

The first went to the company collecting the London toll, or congestion charge, the second to a firm involved in selling speed cameras to the police, and the third to the British motor vehicle department. All three exploded when opened and a number of people suffered minor injuries. The National Coordinator for Domestic Extremism is investigating, but says the letters were not designed to kill. Inside were pyrotechnics. In this case, fireworks are the intended medium and the message.

The letter bombs are widely condemned as a sick and dangerous form of protest. Even Captain Gatso isn't condoning this new level of domestic extremism. We've had it before. Animal rights people attacking scientists, bombing labs, even digging up a grave and stealing the bones of a woman whose son owns a research facility.

It's against this backdrop, that we consider a report this week from the EastWest institute. This think tank warns: "The threat of terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons is real and the first nuclear terrorist may be American or European, reflecting a likely evolution away from al Qaeda-style Islamic militancy toward eco-terrorism."

A big leap you might say from letter bombs to nuclear bombs, but one that's now being taken seriously. While focusing on international Islamic terrorism, the eye is perhaps being taken off something a bit more homegrown. Simmering not that far under the surface, there are those shouting, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

See also:

"Since it's launch less than two days ago the Safe Speed official petition to scrap speed cameras has gathered over 2,000 signatures to become a 'rising star' on the Downing Street web site. It's already ranked 50 out of 2,869 Downing Street petitions, having overtaken over 2,800 other petitions in less than two days. In the 'Transport and Infrastructure' group, amazingly, it is ranked 8 out of 421. Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign said: 'Drivers know that speed cameras are the wrong policy and don't make the roads safer. If fact we even know that speed cameras make us into worse drivers. Why the DfT doesn't know this is anyone's guess, but this is our chance to tell them.' 'We earned ourselves he safest roads in the world long before we had speed cameras. Since cameras, we're falling back fast. We have to get back to the policies that gave us the safest roads in the world in the first place; policies that value skills and attitudes.' 'I urge every driver to sign the petition. We have to force Department for Transport to treat us with respect and value our skills.'"
-SafeSpeed.org.uk, "Scrap Speed Cameras petition is rising star," 12th February 2007

"piratenews wrote: Jes Beard attorney at law: '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.' All very good, but: The safety camera partnerships hold themselves above the law. It has long been held (I think this is right) that posting a summons is taken by a court as proof of service. Identifying yourself may, or may not (it has not been decided yet by the euro court of human rights) be a legal requirement.....to date, you are required to identify WHO THE DRIVER WAS by law. If it was yourself, you may have a case to fight with, but if anyone else, you don't. In the US you are in conflict with a system based on the citizens rights being held above those of the state. We have a system (now) that holds that the SUBJECTS rights are subservient to the requirements of the state. You can take your pick here...we are either subjects of the monarch, or european citizens. The state picks whichever suits it at the time."

"It has long been held (I think this is right) that posting a summons is taken by a court as proof of service. How on earth can that be legal? I've had 'dealings' with the local council and when they said they sent me a letter have had to back down as they have no proof of receipt. The post office won't give a 100% guarantee on delivery of normal mail - every few years a rogue posty seems to turn up with a house full of undelivered mail. It would be interesting in a courtcase to call the local Royal Mail manager to confirm that delivery is 99% (or whatever the figure is). I can't see where that would leave the court go in relation to proof. If the company charged with delivery can't say 100% they delivered how can proof of service stand? This way madness lies."

ENGLISH LAW: Service of summons, requisition etc.
(1) Service of a summons issued by a justice of the peace or service of a requisition by a public prosecutor on a person other than a corporation may be effected –
(a) by delivering it to the person to whom it is directed;
(b) by leaving it for him with some person at his last known or usual place of abode; or
(c) by sending it by post in a letter addressed to him at his last known or usual place of abode.

"I used to work as a clerk in the magistrates' court and this was not as uncommon as you might suspect (assuming all those who it supposedly happened to were being honest ). There is a mechanism for ensuring justice is achieved in these cases. When someone does not answer a summons due to no knowledge of it, and as such is found guilty in their absence, to then later become aware of the case (when bailiffs show up for the telly for example) then they can attend the court and sign a 'Statutory Declaration' (StatDec). This is testimony that they were genuinely unaware of the proceedings against them, and results in the default judgment against them being set aside, without prejudice. It is then down to the CPS to decide whether to bring the case before the courts again. In my experience they often don't for more trivial offences, due to the additional costs against their budget. Falsely completing a StatDec in an attempt to evade justice constitutes perjury, and quite possibly perverting the course of justice as well! If discovered it will almost certainly result in a custodial sentence! I found piratenews's comments about the 'sixth amendment' quite amusing. I believe he is referring to the US Constitutional Amendments, of which the fifth (not sixth) protects against being compelled to self-incriminate. Of course we have no such protection as deeply enshrined over here, though PACE should offer some degree (hence the theoretical validity of the 'PACE Statement')."

"'piratenews' was a spammer. Now deleted."

"A NORTH Wales driver was unaware last night he had escaped a motoring ban, after a legal loophole was discovered by a court clerk. Police fear it could open the floodgates to thousands of motorists across the UK, caught by speed cameras and laser guns, also escaping driving bans. Last night North Wales police admitted that a change in the law is needed to plug the loophole. It was discovered by a magistrates' clerk dealing with speeding charges against Phillip Dennis, of Whitford, near Holywell, in his absence. Magistrates said that they had no option but to find the case against him not proved. The loophole involves a form sent by police to the registered owner of a car caught on speed cameras. The form asks who the driver was at the time. It is an offence not to fill in the form and name the driver - but significantly there is no requirement to sign it. However, for it to be used as evidence in court, the form has to be signed, otherwise a court cannot take any notice of it. Flintshire magistrates' clerk Paul Conlon realised Mr Dennis's form was filled in but not signed, and so could not be used as evidence. It was, said Mr Conlon, a loophole in the law. Magistrates said they were not happy but had no option but to find Dennis, 34, [address withheld] Whitford, not guilty. Chairman John Beard suggested police should go back to defendants and ask them to sign the form. But he was advised that as the law now stood, the only requirement was to stipulate the name of the driver and that there was no legal requirement to sign it even if police did go back and request a signature. One legal expert said later: 'Yes, I can confirm that vehicle owners asked to confirm the name of the driver must complete the form but there is no legal requirement to sign the document. On the other hand it is true that it cannot be admitted as evidence unless it is signed. This will need a change in the law. Some people simply pay the fixed penalty and that is the end of it. This only affects those people whose cases go to court and where the prosecution are asked to prove their case. If the form is not signed then they cannot do so. It would be unfair for the police to go back and ask people to sign the form without first cautioning them that the law does not require them to sign it.' A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said later that there was no one available to comment at present. But one police source said that the loophole had been known about for some time and there was concern that once it became known 'it could open the flood gates. The police generally have been waiting for someone to appeal against a conviction on this point but no one had yet. We have basically been keeping our heads down. Some of my colleagues say we should just make sure people sign the forms but others are a bit concerned that to do that is tricking people into something they do not have to do. The trouble is when this is highlighted they will all be sending the forms back unsigned.'"
-Daily Post, (reposted by SafeSpeed.org.uk), "Clerk finds speed gun legal loophole," 28th Feb 2003

"Workers were warned yesterday that they face disciplinary action if they use office computers to sign the Downing Street petition calling for the scrapping of road pricing proposals. The curbs faced by individuals wanting to protest emerged as Dorset Police launched an internal investigation into the circulation of an email which urged staff to back the campaign. An inquiry has been launched by the force's Professional Standards Department and those who endorsed the protest could face disciplinary action. While the Association of Chief Police Officers insisted that this was a matter for individual forces, the Dorset stance is likely to be adopted elsewhere. Forces will be anxious to maintain political neutrality. It also highlighted the restriction on political activity in both national and local government, which could leave many in the public sector vulnerable if they add their names to the list while at work. Peter Roberts, 46, an account manager from Telford, Shropshire, began the campaign against road charging and the "sinister idea of tracking every vehicle" by placing the petition on the Downing Street website. Last night it was approaching 1.5 million signatures. If the number of people signing continues at the same rate, the two million mark should be reached by Tuesday. The petition, which at one point crashed the Downing Street website, will be taken down on Feb 20, much to the relief of some ministers, who believe the exercise in bringing democracy to people's computer screens has been a massive public relations own goal. Downing Street said that it will respond to the petition - probably by sending individual emails to those who signed it - once the consultation process is complete."
-David Millward, London Telegraph, "Gangsta Govt threatens Govt staff who sign anti-Govt road petition in Govt office," February 16, 2007

ROBOCOPS KILL - British Gatso on the A4041 Newton Road in Great Barr was damaged today after being struck by a BMW which was being driven by a 16 year old. The youth died as a result of the collision

"Jackbooted thugs given stop and search powers for people suspected of removing tracking tags, arguing with officials merits 6 month jail sentence. Tony Blair's toll road surveillance and taxation grid is to be enforced by a new cadre of jackbooted inspectors who will be given powers to stop and search vehicles where owners are suspected to have removed their tracking tags. Arguing with the officials will be punishable by a 6 month prison sentence, according to a leaked government memo. The British government's mandate for local authorities to institute pilot schemes for a tax by the mile system by 2009, a highly unpopular measure which was recently opposed by over a million signatories to an online Downing Street petition, includes several elements that have been hidden from the population all along. These include; Centralizing local schemes into a national and ultimately pan-European tracking and taxation matrix; No discounts for motorists who live within road pricing areas; A rhetorical backing away from promises that the measures would not be a new stealth tax and that separate road tax and fuel duty would be abolished; A 6 month jail sentence and a large fine for tampering with "spy in the car" tracking devices, consisting of mandatory RFID tracking tags; Checkpoints staffed by road toll officials who will be given powers to stop and search any suspicious vehicle or one that they suspect has had its tracking tag tampered with; Simply remonstrating or obstructing such an official will also be punishable by a 6 month jail sentence. After 1.3 million people signed a petition on the government's website opposing the scheme, senior ministers vowed to shut down the e-petition feature altogether, fearing that it had become a public relations disaster. Overwhelming public opposition to road tolls has not stopped the government rapidly accelerating the program, despite predictions from some quarters that the move could lead to poll tax style riots that took place in the 80's and early 90's following the Conservative government's attempt to flat tax each individual person, a move which was ultimately abandoned after over 30% of the country refused to pay it in an act of mass civil disobedience that was accompanied by numerous protests and riots. Americans should recoil at such plans in light of the fact that the NAFTA Superhighway and the North American Union are going to be responsible for the imposition of similar toll toad schemes, underpinned by mandatory RFID tracking, snaking across the country from border to border. Brits and especially Londoners are normally the first segment of the global population that such Orwellian control measures are foisted upon. In the last few months pilot schemes for a fresh array of nightmare surveillance technologies have been implemented, including x-ray scanners in light poles, shouting telescreens, brain scanners and microphones that can record conversations for suspicious keywords."
-Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com, "Toll Road Checkpoints to Deal With Dissenters," February 14, 2007

"Hundreds of speed cameras should be put up to enforce a reduced urban limit of 20mph, says an influential road safety group. 'One significant impediment to lowering speed limits and expanding the 20mph network is that, at present, standard cameras are not type-approved to enforce limits below 30mph,' it says. 'Time-over-distance cameras offer an effective alternative enforcement tool,' it concludes. The report, called Beyond 2010 - a holistic approach to road safety in Great Britain, says all new residential developments must pass a 'pint of milk test' - whether a resident can reach a shop to buy a pint of milk in under ten minutes without using a vehicle. The AA Motoring Trust said: 'The question drivers have to ask themselves is this - are they prepared to meet some pretty draconian measures and loss of freedom to achieve these extremely tough road safety targets.'"
-Ray Massey, London Daily Mail, A speed camera on every corner to enforce new 20mph limit, 16th October 2007

"Government control of Communications and Transportation."
-Communist Manifesto, 6th Plank, written by Karl Marx in London, England (the British Labour Party was formerly named the British Communist Party)

Communist PM Tony BLiar denies road toll 'stealth tax'

Big Brother Corporation (BBC)
February 21, 2007

Road pricing is not a "stealth tax" on drivers, Tony Blair has said after 1.8m people signed an anti-toll petition.

In an e-mailed reply to the signatories he wrote that no decision had yet been made on pricing, but the aim of a scheme would be tackling congestion.

Funds raised by pilot projects would be spent on local transport, he added.

The prime minister's reply will be sent to all the 1,792,116 people who signed the petition on the Downing Street website - which closed at midnight.

It was set up by Peter Roberts, a 46-year-old account manager from Telford, Shropshire, who says tolls are "sinister and wrong" and unfair to poorer people. Mr Roberts said he welcomed Mr Blair's response but would have preferred a moratorium on road pricing while alternatives are considered.

The petition appears on a section of Downing Street's website set up in November to allow anyone to address and deliver a petition directly to the prime minister and calls for the scrapping of "planned vehicle tracking and road-pricing policy".

'Bad for business'

In his e-mail response, the prime minister said: "Congestion is a major problem to which there is a no easy answer.

"Let me be clear straight away: we have not made any decision about national road pricing. Indeed we are simply not yet in a position to do so."

But he said that allowing congestion to grow unchecked "would be bad for businesses, individuals and the environment", costing an extra £22bn in wasted time in England by 2025.

He goes on to say: "I know many people's biggest worry about road pricing is that it will be a 'stealth tax' on motorists. It won't. Road pricing is about tackling congestion."

He said local schemes would "teach us more about how road pricing would work and inform decisions on a national scheme", adding that "funds raised from these local schemes will be used to improve transport in those areas".

On Tuesday, Mr Blair's spokesman said the government would press ahead with 10 road-pricing pilot schemes in 10 locations around the country.

Plans to introduce a nationwide "pay-as-you-drive" system were unveiled by former Transport Secretary Alistair Darling in 2005.

His successor, Douglas Alexander, has since suggested that road pricing could be brought in within a decade. "We've got two policies, the first in terms of a national system of road pricing is that we have a debate ahead of a decision which lies some years away," Mr Alexander said.

"What we are planning on taking forward in the mean time, however, is a number of local pilots of congestion charging and we've already made clear that every penny of the money raised by those local congestion charges would be used to improve transport within those communities."

The e-mail comes after 74% of the 1,006 people questioned for a BBC-commissioned survey said they were opposed to charging motorists by the mile.

But 55% of those spoken to said they would change their minds and support such a scheme if the money raised was used to improve public transport.

More than 25% said nothing would make the policy acceptable to them.

Those most in favour of a charging system were 18 to 24-year-olds with 28% of those asked saying the government should introduce one.

Mr Roberts said the poll was more evidence that people were wary of road charges.

He also said investment should be made in the transport network without a road-charging scheme.

"Road pricing as an idea has got some merit," he said.

"But the cost of the technology and the infrastructure would be far better spent on improving the railways and the public transport system".

See also:

The original petition said: "The idea of tracking every vehicle at all times is sinister and wrong. Road pricing is already here with the high level of taxation on fuel. The more you travel - the more tax you pay. It will be an unfair tax on those who live apart from families and poorer people who will not be able to afford the high monthly costs. Please Mr Blair - forget about road pricing and concentrate on improving our roads to reduce congestion." Submitted by Peter Roberts – Deadline to sign up by: 20 February 2007 – Signatures: 1,802,691

The Prime Minister's ghostwriter has responded to the petition. You can read his response and other views here. Because there are so many signatories, only the most recent 500 are shown on this page.

Shouting Big Brother Cameras To Use Child Voices - In an incredibly Orwellian move, loudspeakers are to be fitted to surveillance cameras throughout major cities, allowing CCTV operators to bark commands at people who drop litter, act in an aggressive manner or loiter. In a bizarre psychological move the cameras will speak in a child's voice. Communities are being coerced into adapting existing cameras with the offer of nearly £500,000 in grants. The shouting cameras have been on the table for a long time and were spotted in London, along with large black megaphone apendages.

North Hollywood Installs Talking Cameras - North Hollywood is going the way of Baltimore, Martin County, and Middlesbrough, England. It has installed “talking cameras,” ostensibly to ward off taggers and people who dump trash. “Los Angeles police are using motion-activated cameras to warn vandals that they’re being watched,” reports WOAI for NBC News. “The motion triggers a recorded voice that states, ‘This is the Los Angeles Police Department. It is illegal to spray graffiti or dump trash here.’ The voice warns vandals that they are being recorded and will be prosecuted. The camera provides a high-resolution image of the tagger and the vehicle. It can capture an image of a license plate from 250 feet.” once the public accepts this technology government will as a matter of course begin installing thousands of them at taxpayer expense. Recall the 70 year old woman arrested for not watering her lawn, or the man arrested because his lawn was brown. Police and city governments find all sorts of reasons to fine, arrest, and even imprison people. Consider Britain, where the plebs are monitored by trash bin police. In a recent case, a woman was fined £265 for taking her trash bin out to the curb 24 hours early. As Orwell’s Winston Smith knew, the telescreens watched the citizens constantly. “He sat as still as he could on the narrow bench, with his hands crossed on his knee. He had already learned to sit still. If you made unexpected movements they yelled at you from the telescreen,” writes Orwell.

"Government control of Communications and Transportation."
-Communist Manifesto, 6th Plank, written by Karl Marx in London, England (the British Labour Party was formerly named the British Communist Party)

"The Government was accused of bringing in road charges by stealth last night as it emerged that technology capable of running the system is already being introduced. Ministers have repeatedly insisted that no final decision has been made on pay-as-you-go road charges, proposals for which led 1.8 million people to sign a petition on the 10 Downing Street website against the idea. But it has emerged that nearly £500 million is being spent by the Highways Agency to install communications equipment needed to make road pricing a reality. The scheme, known as the National Roads Telecommunications Services project (NRTS), is being promoted as an initiative both to provide drivers with information via variable message signs and enable the agency to monitor and control traffic using CCTV cameras. However, one of the companies involved in the 10-year project says the network is equipped with technology which could be adapted to track and charge motorists. "NRTS will also be capable of supporting future initiatives currently being considered by the Government and industry, including roadside-to-vehicle communications and electronic road-user charging," said David Threlfall, the project manager with Hyder Consulting. Opponents of road charges claimed that the Highways Agency project was in reality a "Trojan Horse" for pay-as-you-drive charges. "I am positive they have already made up their mind," said Paul Biggs of the Association of British Drivers. "It is undemocratic to do this. Half-a-billion pounds is an awful lot to spend just for signs saying that motorways are closed and that you should not drink and drive." The Highways Agency spokesman said, "We want to see local road pricing schemes in practice first, targeting local congestion with local solutions. Therefore we are working with 10 areas to develop these local schemes and are committed to using this evidence to guide policy decisions in the future." The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has been experimenting with putting radio transmitters in tax discs which could be read by roadside gantries. The devices - known as Radio Frequency Identification (or RFID) tags - could also be embedded in number plates. Such technologies were canvassed in the DfT's road pricing feasibility studies. The 10-year span of the NRTS project would enable the work to be completed in time for any roll-out of a national road pricing scheme. This would fit with the timescale suggested by Alistair Darling, the former transport secretary, when he first floated the idea of pay-as-you-drive charging two years ago. It would also be in line with the road pricing proposals of Sir Rod Eddington, the Government's transport adviser, who has called for any scheme to be limited to congestion hotspots - such as routes into and between cities. With all major parties committed to the principle of road pricing, the technology would not become redundant if the Conservatives won the next general election. The Tories' version of road charging is likely to involve an array of local schemes with motorists having to pay for driving at peak times on the most congested highways. Options include fitting a black box into every car and tracking its progress by satellite. This has proved to be the most controversial option both because of the privacy implications and the potential £600 cost to each motorist for installing the unit. There are still doubts about how robust this technology will be. The NRTS system could easily be adapted to fit the Tories' preferred version of road pricing. Earlier this year Stephen Ladyman, the roads minister, sought to take the heat out of the privacy side of the debate, by suggesting that motorists would not be tracked wherever they went." Bullshit.
-David Millward, London Telegraph, "Robocop road charges equipment introduced by stealth," April 7, 2007

Parking bay spy cameras will trap drivers - with no traffic wardens required

by Ray Massey
London Daily Mail
25th July 2007

Millions of motorists face being sent automated tickets through the post if they are caught on cameras trained on parking bays, the Government revealed today.

Thousands of spies in the sky will remove the need for traffic wardens or parking attendants to physically slap a ticket on a windscreen.

Instead, drivers who overstay will simply have their car photographed and will receive their fine through the post - in the same way as getting a speed camera endorsement.

At present, only drivers in London can be penalised in this way if they are caught on camera - or even spotted "driving away" by a parking attendant.

But new regulations placed before Parliament yesterday mean that from next March councils across England and Wales will be allowed to follow suit.

Motoring groups fear the policy could lead to tickets being issued unfairly.

Paul Watters, head of roads and transport policy for the AA, said: "The overriding principle to date is that tickets issued by attendants have to be given to the driver or fixed to the vehicle to be valid.

"We fear that these guidelines may be relaxed to allow tickets to become active if the attendant is merely thinking about writing one or simply saw an illegally-parked vehicle.

"If the Department for Transport wants to change the rules on ticket issue, it must bear in mind the trust factor between attendants and drivers. Removing the physical criteria for making a ticket active increases the chance of disputes and challenges."

The new regulations laid before MPs yesterday under the Traffic Management Act 2004, mean:

Fines can be sent by post after camera evidence or a parking attendant spotting a drive-away number plate.

Drivers will see the time-scale for getting 'discount' on their fine increased from 14 to 21 days.

Parking attendants will be renamed 'Civil Enforcement Officers'.

Attack of the Killer Robocars


In theory, traffic safety devices such as red light cameras and speeding cameras seemed to be innovative solutions to many a city's traffic maladies.

In practice, they have created more problems than they solve.

Widespread reports of increased incidence of collisions at red light camera intersections have surfaced around the world. Drivers are frequently being denied certain legal rights including the right to question their accuser (the camera). The durations of yellow light cycles have been found to be set significantly below established safety standards (a.k.a. "short lighting" or "short timing") at numerous red light camera intersections in order to maximize citation revenue.

Another tactic that cities have resorted to are "snitch tickets" which appear to have originated in California. If the photo is blurry or if the driver in the picture is obviously a different gender than the registered owner of the car, a fake ticket is sent imploring the recipient to "nominate" the individual photographed by the speeding camera or affirm that they were the driver. Unlike the real citations these notices do not instruct you to contact the court or pay a fine. If these conditions are present you can ignore the communication as the city lacks the necessary evidence to cite you.

Class Action Lawsuits

6/12/07 New Mexico: Class action lawsuit aims to shutter city's red-light cameras
Attorney Richard Sandoval of the Branch Law Firm initiated a lawsuit against the city on behalf of five people who were fined under the program. It has now been certified class action status by a judge and will be tried on behalf of all Albuquerque citizens who have been fined.

6/12/07 South Dakota: Red Light Camera Case In Court
I.L. Wiedermann has filed a lawsuit against the city of Sioux City and Redflex, their red light camera equipment manufacturer, and is seeking class action status on behalf of all Sioux City residents who have paid red-light camera ticket fines. They argue that the city has set up an unconstitutional system whereby the owners of the photographed vehicles are presumed guilty rather than innocent.

New Developments

6/16/07 New Mexico: Albuquerque yellow light cycles found to be 3 seconds in duration
Albuquerque talk show host Jim Villanucci and a listener with a certified chronograph found a yellow light cycle to be 3.125 seconds in length. Listeners reported similar timings at a variety of intersections in the city. The next morning city technicians were observed by numerous residents adjusting the traffic lights, presumably to the 4 second duration city traffic engineer Kevin Broderick maintained the yellow lights were set at.

2/1/07 Texas: Are Yellow Traffic Light Times Safe in Lubbock?
The Lubbock city council delayed installation of red light cameras after this local TV station investigation exposed the city's short timing of yellow lights at eight intersections where the devices were to be installed. One intersection was even found to have a 2.9 second yellow which is illegal under federal regulations.

9/25/05 California: Union City Caught Trapping Motorists With Short Yellow
Union City, California trapped motorists with a yellow signal cycle that was 1.3 seconds less than the minimum set forth by state law. The city was then forced to refund red light camera fines amounting to more than $1 million.

New Shutdowns

5/22/07 Texas: Speed cameras banned statewide
The speed camera ban, sponsored by representative Vicki Truitt, is set to end the speeding camera ticketing programs in Rhome and Marble Falls. All other cities in Texas are to be prohibited from issuing automated speeding tickets under the ban.

4/10/07 Iowa: Senate Votes to Ban Red Light Cameras
The red light camera ban, introduced by senator Pat Ward, is set to prevent all Iowa cities from adopting programs in the future. Courts have ruled such programs illegal in the cities of Clive and Davenport. Council Bluffs is the remaining automated speed ticketing program to be shuttered.

New Camera Types

5/9/07 Stop Sign Ticket Cameras Developed
Redflex has invented the first stop sign camera that will photograph and ticket drivers who make a "California Stop". Ironically, the first U.S. deployment of the system is slated to be in Los Angeles.

4/5/06 New Camera Mails Automated Tickets to Noisy Cars
Motorists with loud ssubwoofers or modified, high-performance exhausts may soon be finding citations in their mailbox. Acoustic Research Laboratories, a New South Wales company, has developed a ticketing system using acoustic detection equipment comprised of a sound level meter, camera, computer, and WiFi connection.

12/20/05 Parking Meter Reads Plates, Calls Your Cell
If you give the PhotoViolationMeter parking meter from Photo Violation Technologies Corp. your phone number it will call you when you run out of time. On the other hand, if someone parks and leaves without sufficiently feeding the meter the camera takes a picture of the offending car's license plate and sends it to a central computer in order to generate a citation.

We link to the Robo-Cops community below so that you may ask questions, share your experiences with traffic camera tickets and voice your opinions on the legality and efficacy of these citations!

Class action lawsuit aims to shutter city's red-light cameras

By Michael Gisick
Albuquerque Tribune
June 12, 2007

A lawsuit pending in state District Court could force the city to shut down its red-light camera program and pay back millions of dollars in fines imposed by the cameras.

An Albuquerque judge last week gave the OK for a lawsuit, originally brought on behalf of five people fined under the program, to proceed as a class action. If the lawsuit succeeds, that means everyone fined under the program could get their money back.

"Everyone who has been fined is represented here," said Rick Sandoval, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the case.

Sandoval said District Judge Valerie Huling's decision to certify the case as a class action was a significant step forward for a lawsuit that could end one of the more controversial initiatives in recent city history.

The lawsuit argues that the camera program conflicts with established state traffic law and sets up an illegitimate, quasi-legal hearing process for people who challenge their tickets.

"They've essentially set up a parallel court that has no legal standing," Sandoval said.

But similar arguments have already failed to convince one District Court judge. In January, District Judge Geraldine Rivera ruled that the camera program is allowed under the state's home rule provisions.

Rivera also ruled that the administrative hearing process was fair, rejecting a woman's claim the system violates the New Mexico Constitution.

In February, Huling - who is presiding over the class action case - denied a motion for a temporary restraining order halting the program.

City Attorney Bob White said he was confident the court would again uphold the camera program.

"We'll defend it the same way we have the other cases where the courts ruled we have the jurisdiction to do this program," he said.

Unlike typical traffic citations, tickets written under the camera program fall under a city nuisance ordinance and are civil in nature.

The fines are also higher, leading many critics to deride the program as a cash-cow.

The city says the fines are used to maintain the program, which officials credit with cutting down on accidents at major intersections. The cameras are leased from a private company.

As of March, the city had collected more than $6 million in fines since the program began in May 2005.

White said the city didn't oppose the motion to certify the latest lawsuit as a class action because it wanted to "bring all the issues into one forum."

Sandoval predicted the case would eventually find its way to the state Supreme Court.

Redflex red light camera class action in South Dakota

Lou Raguse

Redflex robocop class action

It's a lawsuit that could potentially affect more than 18,000 people in the Sioux Falls area. At issue: whether red light cameras violate the constitution.

The city sent I.L. Wiedermann a ticket in his name. But he claims an employee was driving a vehicle he owns and supposedly ran the red light.

Tuesday, the class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of everyone who's received a red-light camera ticket in Sioux Falls went to court.

The central arguments in court were whether this can can be a class-action lawsuit, and whether Redflex, the company that provides the city of Sioux Falls with the cameras and equipment, can also be sued.

Drivers in Sioux Falls have paid about $1.5 million to the city thanks to something you might call a "robo-cop."

Lou Raguse: Do you feel like you're fighting for more than yourself here? I.L. Wiederman: Yes I do.

Wiedermann doesn't believe the city's red light camera system is fair, and he's fighting the fight not worth many people's time.

"Doctors don't want a blip on their credit report. Nurses don't want a blip on their credit report," Wiedermann says. "So when you're given the choice to either do this or do that..."

"Well it doesn't make much sense to pay $125 an hour to an attorney to beat an $86 ticket," says Wiedermann's lawyer Aaron Eiesland.

Wiedermann and his lawyer believe their lawsuit should involve everyone who's paid money because of what they call an unconstitutional system. Instead of the driver being presumed innocent until proven guilty, the owner of the photographed vehicle is presumed guilty.

The city's lawyer argues that since everyone else voluntarily paid their tickets, they gave up their right to fight it. Wiedermann's lawyer disagrees, and says the company providing the red light camera equipment is just as at fault. He stops just short of calling it a conspiracy between Redflex and the city to set up laws to catch people.

"Redflex is ending up with the money in the end," Eiesland says. "They've got their hands all over this."

Redflex's lawyer argues the company doesn't belong in the lawsuit.

"We're providing a tool for the city to use to help protect the public and save lives," says Redflex lawyer Richard Casey. "That's what we're doing."

But Wiedermann's team says this case is actually about money, and it has strength in numbers.

"Steal a dollar from a million people, and it won't be noticed. But steal a million dollars from somebody, and you'll notice it," Wiedermann says.

Judge Kathleen Caldwell will decide in the next two weeks, whether Redflex will stay involved in the lawsuit, and whether it will remain a class-action lawsuit.

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A lawsuit has been filed and is seeking class action status against the city of Sioux Falls, SD and the firm who provides traffic cameras. The lawsuit claims the city's traffic cameras violate South Dakota state code and are only a moneymaker for the city. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 17,000 motorists who were ticketed based on photos taken by traffic cameras in downtown Sioux Falls. Motorists have paid more than $1.2 million in fines because of the Sioux Falls cameras; about $750,000 of that has gone to Redflex.

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Redflex Judge: City violates state law

Sioux Falls can't offer appeal, then argue against that right, Srstka says

By Josh Verges
January 29, 2007

Reposted by JAIL4judges.com

In a ruling that will affect everything from red-light camera tickets to messy lawns, a circuit judge said this month that the city of Sioux Falls is violating the state constitution by denying residents their right to appeal.

Judge Bill Srstka's ruling came out of a dispute involving Daniels Construction, which is fighting an $8,100 city fine for its late completion of the Falls Overlook Cafe renovation project.

After company officials were told of the penalty, they went before Peter Gregory, a city hearing officer, to challenge the ruling.

As he ruled for the city, the hearing officer told Daniels they had a right to appeal his decision. But when Daniels went to circuit court, the city argued that under state law, circuit courts have no jurisdiction over charter cities' decisions.

Srstka agreed.

When Daniels tried again in another circuit court hearing, Srstka began to see the inconsistencies between South Dakota and Sioux Falls laws and the city's promises.

"At the hearing, I learned that the city consistently takes the position that a party does not have a right to appeal, even though the city provides a right to appeal under (its ordinance). The city advises of the right to appeal, and then shows up in court to oppose that right," Srstka wrote in a seven-page ruling.

"The city is guaranteeing a right to appeal that does not exist."

The ruling goes into effect July 1. In the meantime, Srstka provided four options for the city to come into compliance:

  • Change the ordinance.
  • Go to the Legislature to lobby for a change in the constitution.
  • Create a board of directors.
  • Change the ordinance to clearly define the public's options.

Interim plan

Not every one is in agreement about what the best option would be.

The July 1 effective date would give the Legislature time to rewrite its statute to give the circuit court jurisdiction to hear administrative appeals, if they so choose.

In the interim, the city has stopped advising of the right to circuit court appeals and is acting as though the ordinance has been changed to guarantee not an appeal, but the more limited "judicial review."

City Attorney R. Shawn Tornow said the issue is "a matter of semantics."

The 1996 ordinance in question states, "The decision of the board or hearing examiner may be appealed to circuit court as provided by law."

Tornow said simply replacing "circuit court" with "judicial review" will fix the problem. He will recommend the City Council make that change in the coming weeks.

Paul Linde, lawyer for Daniels Construction, said such a change would not give people an appeal as meaningful as the existing ordinance apparently attempts to do.

Under a true appeal in circuit court, a judge re-examines the facts of the dispute and might overturn a city decision.

Options under Tornow's preferred "judicial review" give the judge only a narrow look at the decision to make sure the city followed the law in making its decision.

"I don't agree with that if that's the fix. I think it's way bigger than that," Linde said.

The hearing officer system helps keep city decisions out of court. Linde said it would be better for the public to change either the constitution or state law to clearly route appeals to circuit court, where residents would get an impartial appeal.

"They (the city) hire the hearing examiner, they pay the hearing examiner, and the hearing examiner typically rules in their favor," Linde said. "What they want is all the administrative appeals to go to the hearing examiners, and then you get a rubber stamp on their ruling."

Tornow, the city attorney, said that last year, hearing examiners ruled on 120 cases. They involved nuisance property conditions, building condemnations, red-light camera tickets and Board of Adjustment rulings on variances such as too-tall fences, among others.

About a dozen of those were taken to circuit court and subsequently dismissed at the city's request because there is no jurisdiction.

Examiners questioned

A less common method for contested decisions is a hearing before a board of directors from city departments. Tornow said that to avoid the appearance of bias, the city prefers to hire hearing examiners - they are typically private practice lawyers, though Gregory, who ruled against Daniels, is a retired judge.

"It's an opportunity for the city as a governmental body to have a decision reviewed by an independent officer," he said.

Keeping those decisions out of the courts is good for the judges who "are not overly anxious" to take on the extra work, Tornow said.

Linde dismissed that claim, saying, "The judges don't consider that a burden at all."

The validity of the hearing examiners has come up before.

In I.L. Wiedermann's class-action lawsuit against Sioux Falls regarding the red-light camera citations, one of the arguments is that the hearing officers are partial. His lawyers maintain that statistics have shown those who rule against the city get less work.

Aaron Eiesland, a lawyer representing Wiedermann, argued that if the court rules the city has violated the due process right to appeal, every ticket issued is invalid.

"Any change the city makes now is going to be too late for anyone who has been found in violation of this," he said.

Linde, the Daniels Construction lawyer, echoed that point.

"I don't think those guys (hearing examiners) can act because I don't think their ordinance is constitutional. How can you act when there is no right to appeal?" he said.

Tornow said no date has been set for the council to actually make that or some other change.

"The city has acknowledged the judge's ruling, and we're taking steps to address it," Tornow said. "We're hopeful that people understand what their rights are when their hearing is over."

Linde questions why the change wasn't made long ago. The disputed ordinance is 10 years old, and the same concerns were made well-known in 2004 when Circuit Judge Joseph Neiles refused to hear an appeal of the city's decision to take away the massage parlor license from the Hong Kong Massage owner charged with prostitution.

"I think they've known about this problem for a while," Linde said.

Red-light running fight to go on

David Damron
Orlando Sentinel
Jun 22, 2007

Orange County Commissioner Linda Stewart refuses to give up on making red-light runners pay for their driving violations.

Stewart said this week that Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty is going to allow "further discussion" soon on the issue of using cameras to catch drivers who blow red lights and make them pay local fines.

It is not clear how far she will get, given that Crotty's top lawyer, County Attorney Tom Drage, earlier this month issued a seven-page legal opinion that basically said Orange can't legally do such a thing.

"To attempt to monitor traffic within certain intersections and issue the owner of a vehicle a local citation for running a red light," Drage wrote, "has no basis in the local regulatory authority that is currently allowed under state law."

Drage's legal opinion was issued three days after Orlando leaders agreed to make it the largest city in Florida to give such tactics the green light.

City attorneys say Orlando could issue a ticket similar to a parking or code-enforcement infraction.

It would carry a monetary fine, but no points on the violator's license or jail time.

The city of Gulf Breeze has a similar process, and Apopka began issuing $125 fines this month.

Orlando City Attorney Mayanne Downs said there's a small chance that the city's action could be found unconstitutional.

Stewart said it is worth the legal risk.

"We have a right to protect our citizens on the streets," Stewart said.

Attack of the Killer Robocars

Days of the idiot behind the wheel are numbered

Mark Henderson in San Francisco
Times of London
February 19, 2007

Cars are not the most dangerous things on the road; drivers are, a group of scientists says.

They believe that there are so many idiots behind the wheel that we would all be safer if cars were driven by robots.

Artificial intelligence, they claim, is safer than no intelligence at all — a trait which the average motorist is apt to detect in many other road users. Technology will have advanced so much in the next 25 years that by 2030 cars controlled by artificial intelligence will be a desirable reality and a great improvement on those guided by humans, Sebastian Thrun, of Stanford University in California, told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

His speculation is already familiar from fictional robotic vehicles such as Kitt, the star of the Knight Rider television series, to the 1997 horror film Trucks, in which driverless lorries descend on a small American town and frightens the wits out of the inhabitants.

Dr Thrun led the team that designed Stanley, a modified Volkswagen Touareg that won a $2 million (£1.02 million) prize for self-driving vehicles organised by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) of the US Government.

The same group yesterday unveiled Junior, a VW Passat that will compete for the next Darpa challenge for cars that can steer themselves in an urban environment.

“Today, we are in a state where a car can drive 100 miles, plus or minus, before human assistance is necessary,” Dr Thrun explained. “By 2010 we expect this to go to about 1,000 miles, and by 2020 to a million miles before any kind of incident would occur.

“By 2030, roughly, we should be able to deploy this technology on highways, where we would improve human reliability by orders of magnitude.”

Junior is designed to be capable of making many more decisions than Stanley, as the new robot will have to handle traffic and manoeuvres. The Darpa contest will be staged in November at an airfield in California. The robot cars will be expected to cover sixty miles in six hours. In the previous challenge, the robot vehicles had only to be able to sense static objects and steer around them on a desert course of more than 130 miles.

The task facing Junior will be much tougher: it must be aware of all moving objects and complete journeys in a simulated city environment in which other cars must be negotiated and traffic laws obeyed.

“In the last challenge, it didn’t really matter whether an obstacle was a rock or a bush because either way you’d just drive around it,” Dr Thrun said. “The current challenge is to move from just sensing the environment to understanding the environment.”

Mike Montemerlo, another member of the Stanford team, said: “This has a component of prediction. There are other intelligent robot drivers out in the world. They are all making decisions. Predicting what they are going to do in the future is a hard problem that is important to driving. Is it my turn at the intersection? Do I have time to get across the intersection before somebody hits me?

“Controlling the entire vehicle, you have to be able to deal with an unpredictable environment — 99 per cent of driving is easy, but getting robots to do that last 1 per cent safely is the issue.”

Dr Thrun said that the technology was almost certain to have military applications, and could be used by the US Army as soon as 2015 — perhaps 15 years before self-driven cars become available to civilians.

Kitt cars

  • In 1995 two US researchers drove 3,000 miles from Pittsburgh to San Diego in a Pontiac minivan that steered itself for 98.2% of the way
  • In 1997 Ernst Dickmanns won the Philip Morris Research Prize for his Mercedes S-Class which completed a 1,000mile test run from Munich to Denmark 95% automatically
  • In 2005 tests of an S-Class Mercedes with a radar-based brake system ended in a three-car pile-up, televised by a German broadcaster. It was later reported that the accident had been faked
  • Kitt, the fictional robotic vehicle of the Knight Rider TV series popularised the robo-car idea

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"The most stunning statistic, however, is that the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year. Using Leape's 1997 medical and drug error rate would add another 216,000 deaths, for a total of 999,936 deaths annually. It is now evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the US."
—Gary Null, PhD; Carolyn Dean MD, ND; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; Dorothy Smith, PhD, Life Extension Magazine, "Death by Medicine", March 2004 (plus 1.5-Million annual aborticides in USA)

"Government control of Communications and Transportation."
-Communist Manifesto, 6th Plank, written by Karl Marx in London, England (the British Labour Party was formerly named the British Communist Party)

"Traffic congestion and devastating pollution are among the "inconvenient truths" of our age and could be eased by imposing pay-to-drive fees on Manhattan motorists, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a legislative panel Friday. Bloomberg, who normally takes the subway to work, told the lawmakers he got stuck in traffic three times on his way to the special hearing. His remarks were greeted by a roaring ovation from supporters who included environmentalists in bright green T-shirts handing out fresh green apples before the hearing. Under Bloomberg's proposal, cars entering Manhattan south of 86th Street would be charged $8 per day, and trucks $21. Under a three-year pilot program, the fees would be collected only during the worst traffic hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two major roadways flanking the east and west sides of Manhattan, FDR Drive and the West Side Highway, would be exempt. Some lawmakers in the city's outer boroughs and bedroom communities do not support the so-called "congestion pricing," saying it would punish many drivers. "This is a tax on middle-class people," said state Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Westchester Democrat who chairs one of the committees that held the joint hearing. "This will stop the Chevrolets from coming in, not the BMWs." The mayor's plan got a boost Thursday from Gov. Eliot Spitzer and U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who announced that New York is one of nine semifinalists to receive federal funds to fight traffic jams. The city would become the first in the nation to adopt a congestion pricing plan of this magnitude. The proposal is similar to a system that London has used since 2003, and government officials there say it has significantly reduced congestion. Bloomberg said the plan has the support of more than 80 civic, labor and political groups. The plan also appears to be gaining momentum from influential state leaders in Albany. Spitzer said he would urge lawmakers to support the plan so that New York would qualify for the federal funds outlined by Peters on Thursday. The other cities competing for a total of $1.1 billion in federal funds are Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Peters said that up to five cities will split the money, and the winners will be announced by mid-August. Spitzer said New York would ask for $500 million -- almost half the federal money that will be available under the Department of Transportation's Urban Partnership program. Under the plan, a network of cameras would capture license plate numbers and either charge a driver's existing commuter account or generate a bill to be paid each time. Commuters who already pay a toll to come into Manhattan via tunnels and bridges could apply that against the new fee. For example, a person already paying a $6 toll to go through the Lincoln Tunnel would be charged an extra $2 under the plan. Senior citizens who oppose the plan held a news conference at a Manhattan hospital, one of the places they said they must sometimes drive to. "I had a friend I had to take in for radiation every day," said Robert Goldberg, of Brooklyn. "There was no way he could take the subway.""
-Verena Dobnik, Associated Press, All NYC streets turned into toll roads by Gangsta Govt that bombed World Trade Center on 9/11 - NYC Mayor Pushes Traffic Fee Proposal, June 9, 2007

Star Wars versus Evil British Empire

Ewan McGregor angered by Britain's 'insane' nanny state

October 23, 2007

Ewan McGregor said he is sick of Britain's "ludicrous nanny state" rules, which he said might force him to quit the country, in an interview to be published Tuesday.

Health and safety regulations were becoming "insane", the 36-year-old film star told the weekly Radio Times magazine.

The Scottish actor, who played the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, blasted the rise of security cameras and London's congestion charge, which forces drivers to pay to enter the city centre.

McGregor recently completed a 15,000-mile (24,000-kilometre) motorcycle adventure, riding the length of Africa with best friend and fellow actor Charley Boorman.

"Our trip opened my eyes to how insane the rules are in Britain -- CCTV cameras everywhere, congestion charge -- a ludicrous nanny state.

"If anything drives me out of the country it will be that -- not tax, I don't earn enough."

When Daniel Craig was unveiled as the new James Bond actor in October 2005, he was forced to wear a life jacket as he sped through London on a boat up the River Thames.

It was somewhat out of keeping for the daredevil fictional British spy, in a press call stunt widely acknowledged as having backfired.

"It's not his fault. He's doing what he's told," McGregor groaned.

"Today, health and safety are out of control. In Africa, garage attendants smoked as they filled the bikes. I took great pleasure in that."

McGregor has starred in "Trainspotting" (1996), "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997), "Rogue Trader" (1999), "Moulin Rouge!", "Black Hawk Down" (2001), and "Miss Potter" (2006).

He made the first of three outings as Kenobi in 1999 in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace".

McGregor and Boorman rode from John O'Groats, Britain's most northerly settlement, to Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of South Africa, for a BBC television series.

The Scot said he was touched by the kindness offered to him in Africa.

"People are nice to us because we're travellers, and the most generous and happiest are often those who have the least, whereas in Britain we're devastatingly depressed, yet have so much," McGregor said.

Boorman added: "We never got fed up with each other, but sometimes I couldn't stand the smell after a few days without a shower."

BBC Speed Camera Crash Video Uncovered


A British Broadcasting Corporation News broadcast that showing speed camera traps causing crashes has now been made public. The April 21 BBC report was meant to highlight government efforts as part of a European "crackdown on speeding" using video excerpts from the Norfolk Speed Camera Partnership. The excerpts unintentionally showcased the panic reaction some motorists have when surprised by police operating from a freeway overpass.

"He jams on his brakes when he sees the speed truck," BBC News reporter Mike Cartwright said in describing an October 3, 2005 incident. "He smacks into the barrier and amazingly slides in between those two cars there and nobody was hurt -- a very lucky escape indeed for all the drivers involved in that."

A second video taken June 18, 2007 showed a vehicle surprised by a speed camera on a wet road.

"And the same thing here," Cartwright said. "The guy jams on his brakes and he goes up the embankment."

Shortly after the news program aired, the BBC removed all copies of the footage from its website. Motorist Keith Jones had seen the video and enlisted the help of the Association of British Drivers to urge the BBC, the Norfolk Speed Camera Partnership and the UK Information Commissioner to release the publicly funded tapes under open records laws. The government authorities refused to do so, citing "technical difficulties."

In frustration, Jones created a humorous cartoon mocking the BBC for hiding its own news broadcast.

View cartoon:

The animation succeeded in raising awareness of the incident and an individual who had taped the news program came forward with a copy of the censored video.

A UK Department for Transport-funded report suggests that the panic braking seen in the Norfolk footage may not be an uncommon response. A study of speed camera usage in 29 highway construction zone projects over 450 miles of road from November 2001 to July 2003 showed that accidents increased by 55 percent in the locations where speed camera vans were used. The DfT unsuccessfully attempted to prevent publication of the report (read report).

Speed cameras face the end of the road: Towns join rush to ditch money-making machines

By Matthew Drake and Ray Massey
London Daily Mail
24th October 2008

Towns all over the country are joining the rush to get rid of fixed speed cameras.

Portsmouth, Walsall and Birmingham may copy Swindon in ripping out the hated cameras, and others are expected to follow suit.

Tory-run Swindon Borough Council became the first to ditch the yellow boxes after councillor Peter Greenhalgh objected to central Government receiving all the cash from fines while Swindon council pays £320,000 a year for the cameras' upkeep.

Mr Greenhalgh said the fact that 70 people were killed on Swindon's streets in 2007-08 was proof that speed cameras were not making roads safer.

He suggested that cash should be spent on other safety measures, including training for motorists, better street lighting and reduced speed limits in problem areas.

On Thursday the Liberal Democrat leader of Portsmouth City Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said speed cameras could be scrapped there too.

He said: 'We pay £380,000 a year of public money for six fixed speed cameras. I don't think that is good value for money. It costs £40,000 to provide an extra copper. I could buy an awful lot of coppers for £380,000.

'There is a feeling around the country that speed cameras are not great value for money. I have had informal discussions about this with colleagues on other councils, mainly Liberal Democrat. But this is not a party political issue. This is just common sense.'

Anthony Harris, Walsall Council's transport chief, said all 47 speed cameras in the district could be pulled down.

He said: 'It's about establishing respect with the motorist. These cameras have no impact on speeding and drivers understandably view them as traps to siphon off money for the Government.

'In most cases the motorist has no idea he has been caught for at least two weeks. Who is that helping?' David Sparks of the Local Government Association, which represents all councils in England and Wales, confirmed that other councils were investigating scrapping cameras and predicted a move towards electronic speed warning signs.

He said: 'There's a reluctance to deploy speed cameras because of the cost.' Meanwhile, the AA highlighted figures in answer to a Tory question showing a decline of 20 per cent in the number of traffic police in England and Wales over the last decade. There are now 1,507 fewer patrolling the roads.

Until recently, speed camera 'partnerships' - comprising councils, police, courts, and road safety groups - kept the revenue from the cameras to invest in road safety, principally more cameras.

After massive criticism, the Government decided that the millions generated from the cameras would go directly into Treasury coffers in return for road safety grants to councils.

California: Another City Dumps Red Light Cameras


El Monte, California votes to eliminate red light cameras after study shows they did not reduce accidents.

Following San Jose, California's recent decision to reject red light cameras, the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte yesterday decided to put an end to photo ticketing after five years of use proved disappointing.

With a unanimous vote, the city council declined to renew its contract with Australian camera vendor Redflex because, according to police, the cameras failed to produce any reduction in the number of intersection accidents. More importantly, however, the devices failed to produce revenue.

"We're spending a lot of staff time on this just to gain $2000 a month," City Manager James W. Mussenden explained. "It doesn't reduce accidents -- that's what our studies and results have come back."

Data obtained by www.highwayrobbery.net suggest the loss in revenue could be related to changes in intersection signal timing. On April 12, 2004 the city increased the yellow warning time to 3.5 seconds for the left turn movements at the intersection of Peck Road and Ramona Boulevard. The results were immediately felt. In March 2004, before the increase, Redflex mailed 665 tickets. In May, the first full month after the increase, citations dropped to 265. This small engineering improvement cut the photo enforcement system's total profit by $1.4 million.

This result is also consistent with the Texas Transportation Institute finding that increasing the yellow signal time beyond the bare minimum amount can decrease violations by 53 percent (view report).

The disappointing lack of violations gave the police department a green light to announce that the program had failed to save lives.

"A comparison of traffic collisions at Redflex monitored intersections vs. non-Redflex monitored intersections revealed that there is no statistical difference in the number of traffic collisions because of Redflex monitoring," Police Chief Ken Weldon wrote in a memo to the council.

As a result of the council's action, the city's two red light cameras will be disconnected by November 30. A copy of the police memo is available in a 43k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Redflex Update, City of El Monte, California, 10/22/2008

Greek privacy watchdog resigns over police use of traffic cameras to spy on citizens

Associated Press
November 19, 2007

ATHENS, Greece: The head of Greece’s privacy watchdog resigned Monday over the government’s use of traffic cameras to monitor demonstrations, raising the stakes in a heated dispute over civil liberties.

Dimitris Gourgourakis said police “directly breached” his powerful Data Protection Authority’s regulations by using closed-circuit cameras for surveillance at a central Athens protest Saturday, despite a ban.

“I believe this constitutes a blow to the authority’s independence,” said Gourgourakis, a former senior judge. The authority’s deputy head and another two members also stepped down in protest.

Opposition parties accused the conservative government of trying to weaken the authority.

The resignations follow a long-running dispute between the government and the authority over police use of surveillance cameras installed in 2004 for the Athens Olympic Games, which has sparked a broad debate on privacy rights in Greece.

About 350 cameras positioned on busy thoroughfares and public squares as part of a €1 billion (US$1.47 billion) Olympic security umbrella are used for traffic monitoring, and the DPA has turned down police requests for their broader use.

A final decision is pending from the Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court.

Last month, a senior prosecutor ruled that police could position cameras at public gatherings and then use any incriminating videotape to identify and prosecute those caught on film committing crimes

But Gourgourakis said the DPA was the only authority competent to rule on the matter, under its constitutional mandate.

Justice Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis accepted the resignations. “Even independent authorities are not above the Constitution,” he said.

The main opposition Socialists backed the DPA. “(The government) has achieved its aim to degrade … an independent authority,” party spokesman Yiannis Ragoussis said. “This is a severe blow to our justice system and the protection of human rights.”

The government, re-elected in September, has long supported the police in their bid for full access to the camera system, saying it would help them do their jobs more effectively — particularly in monitoring demonstrations, which often degenerate into violence.

Privacy and human rights groups say such camera use encourages snooping and curtails the civil liberties of Greece’s 11 million people. The cameras have been a frequent target for arson attack by anarchist groups.

Under DPA regulations, surveillance cameras can only be used for the protection of people or goods, or to monitor traffic.

Nanny State to Use Speed Cameras on Skiers

Bojan Pancevski
Times Online
January 5, 2008

Skiers and snowboarders who love the unrestricted thrill of hurtling down alpine pistes on a sunny winter’s day are about to be stopped in their tracks.

Switzerland is introducing speed cameras on the slopes to try to reduce the increasing number of accidents. The first such nationwide controls will treat skiers like cars on the motorway. Speeders will be caught with hand-held radar devices carried by hidden personnel.

Persistent offenders could be fined or have ski passes confiscated.

The scheme is being introduced after figures revealed a drastic increase in serious ski-related accidents in Switzerland. The booming winter tourism trade has led to overcrowding at the most popular resorts and a sharp rise in accidents. Impeccable pistes and new skiing equipment also encourages skiers and snowboarders of all levels to go ever faster.

Last year there were more than 70,000 accidents on Swiss ski slopes, many resulting in serious injuries and deaths. Swiss helicopter rescue teams were called out for serious accidents 300 times in December alone, and the total cost of rescue operations is expected to exceed £100 million.The state-controlled Swiss Accident Insurance (Suva), the country’s biggest provider of compulsory cover, has responded by introducing the speed controls as part of a safety campaign.

Angela Zobrist, a spokeswoman, said: “This is not another fun-spoiling campaign of the health and safety brigade and we don’t intend to raise a warning finger to all snow sport lovers. It is a genuine safety concern. You do not realise how fast you go, which can prove to be really dangerous if you impact with another skier or have any other incident.”

The monitoring will start today in the resort of Andermatt, and will be extended to the rest of the country, including resorts such as St Moritz, Zermatt and Davos. Similar experiments have been conducted on a small scale but this is the first campaign to include all the top resorts in Switzerland.

Studies using crash test dummies on skis, similar to those conducted with cars, have suggested that going faster than 30km/h (19mph) is not safe, and that going faster than 50km/h is potentially fatal.


Mike on January 7th, 2008
My snowboard doesnt come with a speedometer…

alpineboarder on January 6th, 2008
Er, everybody goes faster than 30 kph. On some trails, that’s the only safe speed to go since you have to clear a cliff or cannot control yourself at a lower speed. And duh, skiing is a risky sport. Plus, there is no accurate way to judge your speed on skis when you, the skier, are descending a slope. So it’s another way to make money off of us common folk. What they should concentrate on is teaching skiing etiquette, such as not stopping in the middle of a trail, not stopping right underneath a roll in the terrain where people can’t see you from above, and staying off of trails you are not experienced enough to go on. Oh, and maybe instead of spending more money on portable radar, they should spend it on mountain guides to show people where they ought not to ski. After all, lots of rescues are made for people who got in over their heads and skied terrain they had no business getting near in the first place. A guide would keep people away from terrain unsuitable to skiing, and act as an example on how to ski.

Pentagon Robots vs Non-Cooperative Humans

Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Develop a software/hardware suit that would enable a multi-robot team, together with a human operator, to search for and detect a non-cooperative human subject.

The main research task will involve determining the movements of the robot team through the environment to maximize the opportunity to find the subject, while minimizing the chances of missing the subject. If the operator is an active member of the search team, the software should minimize the chance that the operator may encounter the subject.

The software should maintain awareness of line-of-sight, as well as communication and sensor limits. It will be necessary to determine an appropriate sensor suite that can reliably detect human presence and is suitable for implementation on small robotic platforms.

The New Scientist - "How long before we see packs of droids hunting down pesky demonstrators with paralysing weapons? Or could the packs even be lethally armed?”

Leeds Metropolitan University: "The giveaway here is the phrase ‘a non-cooperative human subject’. What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and become armed."

“If you have an autonomous robot then it’s going to make decisions who to kill, when to kill and where to kill them. The scary thing is that the reason this has to happen is because of mission complexity and also so that when there’s a problem with communications you can send a robot in with no communication and it will decide who to kill, and that is really worrying to me.” -Dr Noel Sharkey PhD, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield

Just like Pentagon robots hunted down and massacred 10,000 sheeple in the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11/2001 in Operation Northwoods.

Senator Kennedy 'deeply concerned' about remote control safety

Senator Kennedy is a terrorist on No Fly List

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers

CLEVELAND, March 13 -- U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy said he is "deeply concerned about the growing threat to worker and public safety from the use of remote control technology" in a March 11 letter to Allan Rutter, Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

The Senator was critical of the FRA's inaction and its refusal to meet with BLE leaders regarding the petition for a rulemaking on the remote control issue.

"It is time for the Federal Railroad Administration to act," he wrote. "The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers petitioned for rulemaking on the use of remote control devices on November 17, 2000, and has yet to receive a response. An FRA safety advisory in February 2001 contained only recommended guidelines, which are not enforceable."

The Senator also pointed to growing public concern over the use of remote control trains. He noted that a number of cities and towns across the United States have passed resolutions calling for a ban and/or improved safety regulations remote control trains.

"In Massachusetts, the Boston City Council passed a resolution on February 13, 2003, demanding that railroads halt the operation of remote control locomotives until safety considerations are met," Senator Kennedy wrote.

"The resolution cites numerous safety concerns, including terrorism, public safety, passenger rail safety, and the lack of training by remote control operators."

Senator Kennedy ended his letter by urging Administrator Rutter to act quickly on the remote control issue before further accidents causes more injuries to additional railroad workers.

"We cannot continue to allow preventable accidents to threaten the lives of workers and the public," Senator Kennedy concluded. "I urge you to address these issues as quickly as possible, and make every effort to ensure that FRA follows through on its mission."

A copy of the letter is available here as a PDF:

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Loco Remote Control Info
Leaders of the nation's major freight railroads and the United Transportation Union entered into an agreement to operate locomotives by remote control late last year, and began the implementation of 'pilot projects' using the new technology in the Spring of 2002. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, which represents the craft of employees federally licensed to move and operate locomotives in the United States, protested the agreement as a violation of its collective bargaining agreements and long-standing established practices. The BLE also threatened to strike over this issue. An August 10 remote control accident at a Kansas City Southern yard in Baton Rouge, La. left a tanker car derailed.

Bakersfield, Calif., passes remote control resolution
Thursday, March 13, 2003
Bakersfield, Calif., became the 10th American city to pass a resolution calling for improved safety of remote control locomotives.

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers vs Robotrains

See also:

KNOXVILLE ATTACKED BY US ARMY ROBOT TRAIN ARMED WITH POISON GAS? - 30,000 EVACUATED BY MARTIAL LAW PSYOP - Funny how the hot smoke looks like it's rising from Hopper Cars instead of from the single black tanker car with cold acid.... Simulated smoke bombs could easily be tossed into the hopper cars by NATO military forces plotting Urban Warfare martial law takeover of Knoxville and Knox County


"Government control of Communications and Transportation."
-Communist Manifesto, 6th Plank, written by Karl Marx in London, England (the British Labour Party was formerly named the British Communist Party)

George Orwell's 1984 - British Military Intelligence agent Eric Blair's documentary on the British Empire's nightmarish New World Order dictatorship: A love story

Big Brother's Death-Ray Spy Van - Van that can produce real time X-ray scans of naked sheeple in cars and naked sheeple inside buildings. Besides the pedophile privacy concerns this brings up I can't help but think that despite what this company claims this process is not without it's health hazards.... X-ray death rays are now used on naked sheeple at airports, in addition to baggage. The Company: www.as-e.com

TERRORSTORM - British Gangsta Govt employs all terrorist bombers in Britian and Iraq

Knoxville preacher, newspaper owner and convicted terrorist bomber William "Parson" Brownlow was appointed as Tennessee's first governor, after his parole from Death Row during the US Civil War

Bush Crime Family values: Constable Thomas Percy's head is still on a stick in British Parliament in 2007 to celebrate his summary execution and beheading for his attempt to bomb British Parliament in 1605

Bush family's terrorism in Gunpowder Plot to bomb British Parliament celebrated on 400th aniversary by Hollywood's V for Vendetta

Kicking the Gangster Out of Gangster Government


Charges Dismissed Against Accused Shooter of Redlight Camera

By John Lee
Pirate News TV
3 August 2009

KNOXVILLE, TENN. -- On Friday, Clifford Clark got a phone call from his lawyer. That is usually not a good way to start a weekend. But attorney Ron Newcomb was in a celebratory mood. It sounded more like an office party.

Newcomb declared that charges were dismissed against Clark in the redlight camera shooting case. Judge Mary Beth Liebowitz had signed the Order herself.

The jury trial had been scheduled to start on August 10th.

Some might call this a technical knockout by the defense. Others might say the United States Constitution is the law that keeps Big Brother in check. And that's exactly what Judge Liebowitz enforced in her order, along with a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Arizona v. Gant.

"Even though these charges have been dismissed, I'm still going to grieve over this situation for awhile," Clark said. "It's quite a relief to have these charges dismissed. I hope that my exoneration will be as highly publicized as my arrest."

Charges of alleged criminal trespass and aggravated assault are still pending in two other trials for Mr. Clark. It is unknown how this dismissal will affect those cases.

Video interview of Mr Clark after dismissal of his redlight case

John Lee is a freelance investigative journalist in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hi-Res video DVD and licensing available at 865-332-5715

Video Transcript:

John Lee: How does it feel to win dismissal of this redlight case?

Clifford Clark: Of course it's a tremendous relief for me to have this particular aspect over with. I hope that my good name and reputation will be restored. I suppose time will tell if that's the case.

JL: How did your lawyer break the news to you?

CC: I received a phone call late Friday afternoon that the judge had dismissed all charges related to the redlight camera incident. Of course I couldn't hardly believe the news. It took awhile for it to sink in. My attorney, Ron Newcomb, did a superlative job, and I'd recommend his services to anyone.

JL: Did you shoot the redlight camera?

CC: No. I'd been asked this time and time again. I did not shoot the redlight camera. And I'm not quite certain if the redlight camera was shot. I never got to see the camera after this incident, or after these allegations. I got to see photos of pieces of equipment. So I'm not convinced that the incident took place as it was alleged.

JL: Did the camera housing disappear?

CC: Yes, many parts of the camera disappeared from evidence. The outside cover of the camera disappeared. That, of course, if the camera had been shot, that would have given ballistics evidence of trajectory, azimuth, et cetera, and that's gone. There are no bullets or bullet fragments amongst the evidence, which to me indicates that there was no shooting. Even if the bullets had disintegrated then the parts of the bullets would be within the camera housing. The official police report says three bullets entered the camera, and one bullet passed through, so there should still be fragments from three bullets. But no fragments exist, no bullets or bullet fragments exist. So I'm reluctant to believe that either the camera was shot, or very certainly, I did not shoot that camera or any other camera.

JL: Who do you believe actually shot the camera?

CC: I think it was the police. If that camera was shot, I can only believe it was the police who shot that camera.

JL: Why do you believe that?

CC: Every time a camera is damaged, the City of Knoxville pays the camera operators reimbursment for that damage. Which means destroying those cameras is profitable for the camera company itself. Another story in Washington, D.C. had the camera operators commissioning people to steal their cameras, so they could bill back the cost to the city as the leasee who is responsible for the cost of those cameras.

JL: Did you subpoena anybody who had evidence that a police officer had shot the cameras?

CC: Absolutely. I don't want to use his name on camera. But there was a witness, actually more than one witness, that has said publicly that deputies were responsible for other redlight cameras being shot. Of course, now the trial and charges have been dismissed. So at least for the moment we're not going to hear that testimony.

JL: You did subpoena one of those witnesses?

CC: Absolutely. The subpoena was issued for a witness who has said that a deputy had shot that camera, or had shot a redlight camera.

JL: Can we see your Happy Dance for Victory?

CC: No. I'm very grateful that this episode is over. But I'm not one to gloat. I've suffered a lot during the past two years. Some people have been very supportive and I'm grateful for their support. But there's also been a minority of people who have been very cruel to me for the past two years.

Copyright John Lee


Order of Dismissal - Signed 30 July 2009, with Mr Clark's attorney and Knoxville News Sentinel put on notice of dismissal on Friday 31 July. Knoxville News Sentineal refused to run a story on it, until Pirate News TV broke the story on 3 August, then it was immediately reported by all news corporations in Knoxville. The corporate news cartel censored the following video interview and transcript that was personally delivered to them, and failed to report that a Knox County deputy sheriff has confessed to shooting at least one Redflex redlight camera. The case against Mr Clark was dismissed immediately upon Mr Clark's subpoena of that eyewitness to the confession by a deputy, using a pretext of a motion to suppress and dismiss that Judge Liebowitz had previously overruled. Coincidence? Why don't the corporate media cartel investigate the fact that a Knox deputy confessed to shooting redlight cameras?

Why don't the corporate media report that Pirate News TV was banned by Judge Liebowitz from the Clark trials, after four prior judges in Mr Clark's trials ordered that Pirate News TV is allowed to videotape and broadcast all hearings and trials? What is the State trying to hide from the People? Why did WBIR testify against Pirate News TV in this trial, seeking to bar Pirate News from broadcasting all hearings and trials on public access TV and the internet, uncut and uncensored?

Knoxville News Sentinel: Charges dismissed in red-light camera case - Pirate News TV quoted on Page 1 without attribution. Contrary to what KNS says, the Constitution is not a mere "technicality" - it's THE LAW!

WBIR TV - Case dismissed: Search of accused redlight shooter's car unlawful

WATE TV - Judge drops case against accused Knoxville red light shooter

WVLT TV - Case against accused red light camera shooter dismissed

Knoxville News Sentinel - Judge Dismisses Charges in Redlight Camera Shooting

Knoxville Journal - Accused camera shooter says cops did it

Pirate News email, ISP and phone blocked and suspended during Cliff Clark Victory - This censorship occurred after mysterious "complaints" beginning on the same day as the court order dismissing Mr Clark's redlight shooter case. The particular email sent by Pirate News was to the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press, regarding Judge Liebowitz order banning Pirate News TV from Mr Clark's trial. This required delivering news the old fashioned way by car, and proves Big Brother is reading your email and ready to censor it in real time...

Mr. Clark's website

All other charges dismissed against Cliff Clark

29 April 2011

Clifford Clark, the Knoxville man once accused of firing a rifle at a red-light camera, today was declared mentally incompetent to face prosecution on a subsequent assault charge.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz issued the order this morning after a brief hearing.

Leibowitz then dismissed the assault charge, which arose out of an incident in which authorities said Clark pointed a shotgun at a Knox County deputy who was serving a warrant on him for a trespassing charge unrelated to the red light allegation.

Clark's legal woes began in 2007, when he was 47. He was accused of using a high-powered hunting rifle to shoot out a red-light camera that had captured an image of him driving through an intersection at Interstate 640 and Broadway in North Knoxville.

Leibowitz dismissed that case in 2009, ruling police conducted a faulty search of Clark's vehicle.

Reality Check

Mr Clark was a normal healthy retired millionaire engineer businessman with multiple patents and copyrights on software and computer design. He was an aerobatic pilot who owned his own plane. He is a military veteran and member of the NRA National Rifle Association. He is divorced.

Mr Clark had a massive stroke 1 month after winning dismissal of the redlight camera vandalism charge. That charge was dismissed 1 week after Mr Clark subpoenaed a Knox County deputy sheriff to testify that a Knox County deputy sheriff confessed to shooting "a" redlight camera. Was it the same camera...?

KPD, prosecutors and Redflex had destroyed all ballistic and audio evidence in that case. KPD cops testified they were literally standing under the redlight camera as Mr Clark allegedly shot at it 4 times, yet they made a routine traffic stop for a car that was not violating any law. KPD destroyed its audiotapes of the alleged shooting and traffic stop, which would have recorded the sounds of gunshots. No citizens ever heard any gunshots... Not since the Grassy Knoll in Dealey Plaza have police been so quick to destroy audio and video evidence.

During Mr Clark's trial, Redflex was fired for suspected bribery and contract fraud, and Redflex refused to return from its HQ in Australia to testify against Mr Clark...

Prosecutors and the judge continued to prosecute Mr Clark for 2 years after the stroke, when it's illegal to prosecute someone disabled by brain damage. This cost Mr Clark $500 in lawyer fees every time he appeared in court to hear the prosecutor say "I haven't had time to read this file I'm holding in my hand." Mr Clark had private medical insurance when he had his stroke, which refused to pay the $400,000 bill claiming the stroke was "pre-existing". Medicare refuses to pay any medical bills until 2 years after loss of insurance, so Mr Clark got zero rehabilitation ofr his stroke.

The aggrevated assault charge was for undercover Knox County deputies in Metallica t-shirts breaking into Mr Clark's home without a search warrant, to serve an alleged trespass warrant from UT campus. Mr Clark was a former Knox County teacher and a student at UT with 2 degrees from UT who was invited on campus by a professor, which was used as "proof" of trespass in the warrant. The trespass warrant was based of purjury and forgery, according to testimony in court by the UT employee the trespass warrant was fraudulently based on. While holding a shotgun, Mr Clark had greeted the unidentified KCSO burgler, and the deputy testified he "ran screaming from the house having flashbacks to Afghanistan". Mr Clark did not shoot the burgler, "because he didn't want to hurt anybody."

Why was Mr Clark banned from UT campus without the mandatory hearing in Student Court? Because he posted a personal website about his redlight camera case. Ever hear of the First Amendment? UT's psychologist gave Mr Clark a 100% official seal of approval, that he was no threat to anyone.

Mr Clark never got a redlight camera ticket, and was never prosecuted nor sued for that. As a millionaire, he probably would have paid a $50 camera ticket -- had he gotten one. Instead, he invested $40,000 on attorneys to enforce his Not Guilty plea. Had the case not been dismissed before trial, Mr Clark would have spent more than double that. Had he not had a stroke, he was planning to sue for false arrest and malicious prosecution, to recover his investment.

Lawyers, prosecutors, judges, politicians and 85% of We The People agree, there is no legal requirement for anyone to ever pay a redlight camera ticket, and the best legal defense to simply ignore it and never appear in court.


"Any prosecutor can convict a guilty man; it takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent man." - Dallas DA Henry Wade, in charge of prosecuting and protecting Lee Harvey Oswald

"I'm just a patsy! I didn't shoot nobody no Sir!" - Lee Harvey Oswald, US Marine Corps Naval Intelligence, before he was gunned down by jewish mobster Jacob Rubenstein inside the Dallas Police Station, the same police station President JFK Sr was gunned down in front of, and the same police station Jack Ruby died of "sudden cancer" 1 week after winning a new trial

After Dallas DA’s death 19 convictions undone - "As district attorney of Dallas for an unprecedented 36 years, Henry Wade was the embodiment of Texas justice. Nineteen convictions — three for murder and the rest involving rape or burglary — won by Wade and two successors who trained under him have been overturned after DNA evidence exonerated the defendants. About 250 more cases are under review. No other county in America — and almost no state, for that matter — has freed more innocent people from prison in recent years than Dallas County, where Wade was DA from 1951 through 1986. John Stickels, a University of Texas at Arlington criminology professor and a director of the Innocence Project of Texas, blames a culture of 'win at all costs.' 'When someone was arrested, it was assumed they were guilty,' he said. 'I think prosecutors and investigators basically ignored all evidence to the contrary and decided they were going to convict these guys.' In his last 20 years as district attorney, his office won 165,000 convictions, the Dallas Morning News reported when he retired. In the 1960s, Wade secured a murder conviction against Ruby, the Dallas nightclub owner who shot Lee Harvey Oswald after Oswald's arrest in the assassination of President Kennedy. Ruby's conviction was overturned on appeal, and he died before Wade could retry him." MSNBC, 7/29/2008

Tennessee Traffic Camera Kill Bill Approved

22 May 2011

NASHVILLE – The state House and Senate on Saturday both approved and sent to the governor legislation that will overhaul the state’s law on traffic cameras.

The bill, SB1684, cleared the Senate unanimously and passed the House 83-3. It now goes to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration. Haslam has voiced no position on the measure, but legislators say he is expected to sign it.

The bill won’t immediately affect traffic cameras already in operation, but will apply to them when contracts for their operation are renewed, according to sponsors Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, and Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville.

“It doesn’t do all the things that a lot people wanted, but it does do a lot of things that everybody can agree on,” Dean said.

Multiple bills dealing with traffic cameras were proposed this year, ranging from measures that would flatly ban them to proposals that all revenue collected be turned over to education.

Key provisions of the bill that passed – the result of hours of debate in the House and Senate Transportation committees – include:

Requiring that a traffic study be conducted before a camera is put in place and the study show it is needed on a public safety basis.

Prohibiting tickets for turning right on red unless the intersection is clearly posted with a sign stating right turns on red are banned.

Limiting ticket fines to a flat $50 maximum if paid on time with no added handling fees or court costs.

Disallowing speed enforcement cameras within a mile of a decrease in the speed limit of 10 mph or more.

See also:

Governor Got a Traffic Camera Ticket; Will Sign Bill to Regulate Them - The governor can draw on personal experience -- as an enforcer and as a violator -- in deciding to enact the legislation that passed both chambers overwhelmingly. In his previous job as Knoxville mayor, Haslam oversaw the installation of red light cameras at city intersections. And while running for governor last year, he was ticketed when he was caught speeding by a camera in Bluff City that critics deride as a speed trap.

Another $10-million class-action lawsuit targets Knoxville red-light camera scam

27 April 2010

Four Knoxvillians are suing the city of Knoxville and Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., a former operator of the city's red-light camera system, contending that the program from 2005 to 2008 was contrary to the Tennessee Constitution.

Jason Patrick Davis, Lisa B. Cox, Mitchell Stooksbury and Melissa Sue Hill have filed the lawsuit in Knox County Chancery Court as a class action for all people charged with a violation from the time the city adopted the ordinance Feb. 1, 2005, until the city passed another ordinance in 2008 to mirror a state law effective July 1, 2008, making it a traffic violation to run a red light under red-light camera programs.

Knoxville actually put in place its red-light camera program in February 2006 when the cameras were installed, the lawsuit says.

Robert Pryor, attorney for the plaintiffs, argues violations charged under Knoxville's red-light camera ordinance from Feb. 1, 2005, to July 1, 2008 are invalid because such charges did not conform with any existing state law, making them unconstitutional.

Pryor says it's a legal claim that has not been made before in Tennessee.

The law passed by the Legislature for the first time allowed municipalities to have red-light camera programs.

"In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Knoxville was prosecuting people that was in conflict with state law without permission from the state of Tennessee," Pryor said.

The lawsuit demands that the plaintiffs, including the thousands affected as a class, be awarded a refund for all sums paid to the city.

The fine is $50, but another $68 can be added for late fees and court costs.

Read the Class-Action Complaint

Knoxville News Sentinel Editorial Board on the payroll of Redflex in Australia and Lasercraft in Communist China

Impotent Lyin TN House panel: No new red-light cameras for two years

12 Jan 2010

A House committee recommended today a major rewrite of state laws on traffic surveillance cameras, including a reduction in penalties that can be assessed and a two-year moratorium on putting new cameras in place.

The House Transportation Committee, which has been conducting hearings for months on the use of cameras to ticket motorists for running red lights or speeding, took a series of votes on multiple proposals.

Those that were approved will now be compiled into an “omnibus” bill to be sponsored in the House by committee Chairman Bill Harmon, D-Dunlap, who said he is optimistic about prospects for final enactment of the measure in the regular legislative session.

Key components of the legislation include:

Mandating that the maximum penalty that can be imposed against a motorists for first offense when caught on a camera will be $10. For second offense, the civil penalty would be $25 and for third and subsequent offenses, $50. Currently, fines vary from place to place but typically are $50 on first offense, as is the case in Knoxville.

Also under the proposal, there could be no court costs assessed against those who mail in their fine payments and a maximum of $10 in court costs could be added to the fine for those who contest a ticket.

A two-year moratorium on new contracts for installation of traffic surveillance cameras or on the renewal of existing contracts as they expire. The provision was included on an 8-4 vote after lengthy discussion.

Some legislators noted that the move could prompt many cities to renew contracts quickly, before the bill is finally enacted into law. Also, cameras used to catch speeders along a curvy stretch of Hixson Pike in Hamilton County were specifically exempted from the moratorium on renewing contracts in response to a pleas from Reps. Vince Dean, East Ridge, and Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga. They said there were 10 fatalities in a 30-month period on the highway prior to installation of cameras, but none since.

Private firms that install and oversee operation of the cameras could be paid only on a “services rendered” basis and not a percentage of all fines collected, as now the case in Knoxville and most other cities using the cameras.

Rep. Joe McCord, R-Maryville, a leader in the push for new restrictions on the cameras, said the current percentage contracts give companies an incentive to maximize the number of tickets written to boost profits.

The Department of Transportation and the Department of Safety will develop uniform statewide rules for installation and operation of surveillance cameras, which presumably will be in place before the moratorium ends.

The House and Senate Transportation Committees must approve the rules once they are drafted by the departments. The two departments would have to certify that each city or county camera installation follows the rules and the state comptroller would review contracts.

McCord also pushed for inclusion of a provision that would have declared any money left over from traffic camera revenue, after the cost of operation is paid, would go to fund the state’s trauma centers at hospitals. He and others contended that would block cities and counties from using the cameras to produce revenue for general government purposes.

“I don’t think taxpayers are willing to balance the local budget out of traffic fines,” contended Rep. Chad Faulkner, R-Luttrell, at one point.

But others opposed the provision, some contending that it amounted state government unfairly dictating to local governments and others disputing the selection of trauma centers to receive the money. The provision was ultimately rejected, five members supporting it with seven voting against it.

Sen. Tim Burchett, R-Knoxville, said he will sponsor the resulting bill in the Senate.


tim burchett has carried the water again for the rinos, and introduced the original legislation for speed and red light cameras (senate bill 3258) and it passed and took effect on July 1, 2008. He also voted yes on 2009 House Bill 70 and it became law on May 13, 2009, which prohibits the use of deadly force in defending one's property. He denies voting to increase the cost to small business in Tn.(unemployment fund increase of$186,000,000) but tim has a problem with telling the truth about what he has done in Nasville. I would suggest http://tennesseevotes.org (147 bills tim introduced) votesmart.org and followthemoney.org if you want to know who tim has represented all these years, certainly not the taxpayers.BTW the city judge spoke at ftn city republican club and said the city took in $12,000,000. a year off these cameras. Look at tim's record real good before you even think about where Knox County will be if he is mayor (hint :if you like mike you'll love timmy)

Tennessee laws for traffic cameras debated

Lyin lawmakers criticize devices; corrupt cops lie they help save lives

By Tom Humphrey
Knoxville News Sentinel
October 15, 2009

Several legislators criticized the use of cameras to issue traffic tickets Wednesday during a hearing on whether state laws should be revised to put more restrictions on the practice.

Representatives of police departments in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Gallatin told the House Transportation Committee that traffic cameras are reducing accidents and saving lives. But they faced sometimes critical questioning and comments from the lawmakers.

Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, said private companies operating the systems are "making money hand over fist" while "intimidating the daylights out of our citizens - particularly the elderly."

Rep. Joe McCord, R-Maryville, said after Wednesday's meeting that he opposes "privatizing fines for profit" and suggested consideration of a law to require that companies only receive payment for services rather than splitting revenue with cities, as is now the case in Knoxville and other municipalities.

Other proposed changes came from Ron Brown of Oak Ridge and Tona Monroe-Ball of Greenback, who both have challenged tickets they received for running red lights at cameras in Knoxville.

Monroe-Ball, who said she was a "state activist" for the National Motorists Association, was successful.

Brown was not, telling lawmakers that he was appealing to them after a court fight that cost $5,000 and ended with the state Court of Appeals upholding the $50 fine against him. Brown said he has lost faith in the judicial system but that "I have a little more faith now" in the Legislature after hearing lawmaker comments.

Among the proposed changes in state law:

Requiring that the yellow color remain for at least four seconds before changing from green to red at intersections with cameras monitoring red lights. Longer periods of yellow would be allowed in accord with national standards in areas with higher speed limits.

Giving motorists one second of leeway after the light changes to red. Monroe-Ball said many tickets are now based on a half-second of red time, while research shows the worst accidents occur after nine seconds of red time - indicating the motorist is deliberately ignoring the signal.

Prohibiting tickets when a motorist turns right on red after appropriately slowing and yielding to any oncoming vehicles, rather than using the current rule of issuing a ticket if the motorist fails to come to a complete stop.

Requiring that at least a portion of revenue generated by camera tickets be spent on public safety, driver education or law enforcement.

Chattanooga, where cameras are used to enforce speed limits as well as red lights, previously required that all its revenue go toward traffic enforcement or driver education, but the city council recently changed its ordinance and took $400,000 for other purposes.

After some legislators criticized the move, Chattanooga Police Chief Freeman Cooper told the legislators that he cannot control the council's decisions.

"Maybe we can help you," responded Rep. Bill Harmon, D-Dunlap, chairman of the committee.

The revenue that Knoxville receives from red light cameras goes into the city's general fund with no restriction on how it can be used.

Police Capt. Gordon Catlett, who oversees Knoxville's red light camera system, said the system has brought the city more than $2 million since it began operating in 2006.

State Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, said the current system "comes dangerously close to convicting someone by fiat," and Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, said many citizens will pay the fine in an "admission of guilt for convenience," even if innocent.

Shipley and other legislators questioned whether the system was unconstitutional. Catlett said the state attorney general and the courts have declared it constitutional.

Catlett presented statistics showing that motorists, in the first half of 2009, were running red lights at a lower rate at 15 intersections with red light cameras and that there have been fewer accidents - strong indicators that the system is working.

Traffic scameras are about one group of elite lawbreakers, speeders and redlight runners stealing from other citizens who drive exactly the same way, then exporting 90% of the loot to foreign nations. Brilliant!

Amerikans are retarded illiterate cowards. Sheeple for the shearing. Some sheep are superior to others.

See also:

Ron Brown's wife wins in court, TN Supreme Court orders that all speed limits are illegal

Tona Ball wins appeal of traffic ticket and apology from judge in Knox city court

Police officer Jack McLamb says you have a constitutional right to travel without driver license or traffic tickets - 75% of judges lack a license to practice law

Constitutional right to travel by Natural Treasure Radio Show - Tona Monroe, the host of the Natural Treasure Hour, began a series of weekly constitutional law and history lectures with guest constitutional scholar Jon Roland, of the Constitution Society. Call in live on Thursdays from 2-3 PM EST with your constitution questions at (865) 483-2325. WATO 101.1 FM and 1290 AM in Oak Ridge TN.

Bring the Scameras Down! Safety not Revenue for Tennessee - Blog newswire by Tona Monroe.

Knoxville streets converted to toll roads for Communist China

City's red-light revenues to rise

By Hayes Hickman
Knoxville News Sentinel
January 29, 2009

The city of Knoxville stands to receive a higher percentage of future revenues from fines collected by red-light traffic enforcement cameras, according to the terms of a contract approved this week with new camera operator Lasercraft Inc.

City Council members approved the five-year contract Tuesday in a 7-2 vote, with members Joe Bailey and Steve Hall dissenting.

Under the new contract, the city will receive 20 percent of the monthly revenues generated by each individual camera, up to $4,500. Any monthly per-camera revenues beyond that will be split 50-50 with Norcross, Ga.-based Lasercraft.

The revenue breakdown is nearly identical to the city's current agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems, which allots the city 15 percent of the per-camera monthly revenues up to $4,500. Citations are $50 each.

Redflex, which won the initial three-year contract in 2005 when the city first began employing the cameras, lost its chance for a renewal last year after its competitive bid was received a day after the city's deadline.

For now, however, Redflex will continue to operate its system, which covers 15 Knoxville intersections, until its cameras can be replaced with Lasercraft's hardware.

The new Lasercraft contract also calls for the enforcement program to be expanded to include 10 more city intersections. Those sites have yet to be chosen by the Knoxville Police Department.

Hayes Hickman may be reached at 865-342-6323.

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

City of Knoxville's contract with new red-light camera vendor Lasercraft Inc

Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for the increase in crashes

Tennessee lawyers agree the best defense against redlight tickets is to throw them in the trash and ignore them - "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."

Rule 4, Service of Process - Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure

Knoxville Code, Section 8-1, Issuance of process - The city judge shall issue process on the complaint. He shall try no case until process has been regularly sued out, served and returned.

Rule 602. Lack of personal knowledge - Tennessee Rules of Evidence. A witness may NOT testify to a matter unless evidence is introduced sufficient to support a finding that the witness has personal knowledge of the matter. Evidence to prove personal knowledge may, but need not, consist of the witness's own testimony. This rule is subject to the provisions of Rule 703 relating to opinion testimony by expert witnesses.

Non-eyewitness cops may NOT testify as expert witnesses

Non-eyewitness cops may NOT testify as expert witnesses

Non-eyewitness cops may NOT testify as expert witnesses

Subpoena of traffic engineers as expert witness - Timing of yellow lights is shortened to increase ticket revenue

When are Expert Witnesses Liable for their Malpractice?

Jury instructions versus police officers and police chief in Livingston Tennessee

Knoxville dumps Australian Redflex red light cameras

Clarksville Online
September 9, 2008

Clarksville wants to install red-light cameras at four to six Clarksville intersections in what is basically a dangerous revenue generating scheme. These cameras result in more accidents not less. The damage rear end accidents cause often costs more to repair. There is also an increased likelihood of injuries and even death to those who are involved in these red-light camera triggered rear-end accidents. Let’s not even talk about the fact that city-wide insurance rates will likely end up going through the roof even if you never get one of these tickets.

The company our city is currently favoring is Redflex, an Australian company. They have been the vendor in charge of the City of Knoxville’s red-light camera system that is until August 1st. Redflex missed a filing deadline to renew their contract. Reflex lays the blame for the missed deadline on the Federal Express package courier company.

The City of Knoxville has had mixed results with their experience with Redflex and could have opted to allow Redflex to file their bid late but chose specifically not to do so. This is a clear indication of their dissatisfaction with the company.

Clarksville frequently holds the city of Knoxville as an example the city of Clarksville should aspire to. So perhaps we should delay awarding a red-light camera enforcement contract to a company that they are in the process of dumping.

Comment by Pirate News: The Redflex contract was cancelled "for suspected bribery and contract fraud" less than one week after Cliff Clark's lawyer Ron Newcomb confirmed that Knox County deputy sheriffs were shooting redlight cameras in Knoxville...

Tennessee: Redflex Misses Camera Contract Deadline

Sept 4, 2008

An Australian red light camera operator lost the ability to issue tickets in Knoxville, Tennessee because it failed to send the required documents to the city on time. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that officials have flatly refused to consider renewing a multi-million dollar contract with Redflex because the company did not properly file paperwork by July 31. “They busted the deadline,” city purchasing agent Boyce Evans told the Knoxville News. “I was very surprised. … Redflex knew that was going to be due before anybody.”

In May 2006 the Melbourne-based company first installed the red light camera network that now covers fifteen Knoxville intersections. The devices last year generated $2,599,732 in revenue, with Redflex pocketing over sixty percent of the annual take. Because the original contract will expire on November 8, the city gave Redflex until July 31 to submit a proposal for a three-year extension that included a few revisions that the city wanted to make.

Redflex blamed FedEx for delivering the package on August 1, while FedEx apologized for an unexpected problem in getting the package delivered. “Unfortunately, the FedEx vehicle transporting the shipment from our facility to our Los Angeles sort facility arrived later than scheduled and missed the outbound flight,” a FedEx customer relations employee wrote to Redflex. “Regrettably, efforts to expedite the shipment have been unsuccessful.” FedEx will refund the shipping cost of just over $30, which is scant consolation to the Australian company that lost the opportunity to take $5 million from Tennessee drivers.

Some of these drivers themselves have claimed to be unfairly treated by the Redflex cameras. In 2006, a judge tossed out a red light camera ticket issued to an innocent man because the Redflex camera misread his license plate. Although victorious, the motorist was not compensated after losing $160 in wages to defend himself against the $50 citation. An even more blatant error was uncovered when a man was ticketed for stopping at a red light by the camera in February 2007. Another ticket in May 2007 accused the owner of a BMW convertible of running a red light in a pickup truck that she had never seen in her life. Georgia-based Lasercraft and Germany’s Traffipax both succeeded in ensuring their bids arrived on time and the city will choose which of the two it prefers to take over the program.

Comment by Pirate News: The Redflex contract was cancelled "for suspected bribery and contract fraud" less than one week after Cliff Clark's lawyer Ron Newcomb confirmed that Knox County deputy sheriffs were shooting redlight cameras in Knoxville...

Late delivery stops Redflex - Knoxville won't renew contract with company due to FedEx error or contract fraud

Hayes Hickman
Knoxville News Sentinel
September 4, 2008

Maybe FedEx should have run the red lights.

City of Knoxville officials say they will not consider renewing a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., which operates the city's automated red-light enforcement cameras, after the company's new proposal belatedly arrived a day after the deadline for submissions.

The Phoenix-based company's lucrative three-year contract with the city is due to expire Nov. 8. In preparation for awarding a new contract, the city issued a standard request for proposals from qualified vendors June 30. The deadline was 11 a.m. July 31.

Redflex's paperwork was received mid-morning Aug. 1, said the city's purchasing agent, Boyce Evans, who returned the package unopened.

"They busted the deadline," Evans said. "I was very surprised. … Redflex knew that was going to be due before anybody."

And it was an extended deadline at that, he added. The city issued an addendum July 22 to revise some specifics of the original RFP, and, in turn, pushed back the original July 28 deadline by another three days.

A Redflex representative in Phoenix did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

Evans said the company, which has earned more than $3 million from Knoxville citations since its first automated camera was installed in April 2006, blamed the late arrival on a FedEx shipping error.

An apology letter from FedEx, which was forwarded by Redflex to the city, acknowledges that the overnight package from Redflex's Culver City, Calif., offices was due to arrive in Knoxville no later than 8 a.m. July 31.

"Unfortunately, the FedEx vehicle transporting the shipment from our facility to our Los Angeles sort facility arrived later than scheduled and missed the outbound flight," the letter states. "Also, arrangements have been made to remove the shipping charges."

Evans, however, said the city's procurement policies don't suffer excuses so easily.

"It really doesn't matter why," he explained. "And there's a really good reason for that - it protects the integrity of the procurement process. If it's not here, it's not here. The fact of the matter is, you don't accept late proposals … once you start doing that, where does it end?"

In a worst-case scenario, Evans said a potential vendor could work in collusion with a courier service to intentionally deliver a submission late, in an effort to revise its proposal after others' bids had been announced.

"The cost of a contract is absolutely key," he said. "It's so fundamental. If Redflex had gotten their (proposal) in on time, and another bidder who was late was chosen instead, (Redflex) would be livid."

An eight-member evaluation committee now will chose between two other proposals received, one from LaserCraft Inc. of Norcross, Ga., and another from Traffipax Safety Systems, with headquarters in Linthicum, Md.

Under the terms of Redflex's current contract, the company - not the city - still owns all of the cameras and related equipment installed among 15 city intersections. The firm also collects 85 percent of monthly revenues generated, up to $4,500 per camera. Any monthly per-camera revenues beyond that are split 50-50 with the city.

Last year, Redflex earned $1,644,718.90 in Knoxville, and another $955,013.70 was generated for the city's general fund.

Knoxville Police Department Capt. Gordon Catlett, who oversees the program, said he's not concerned about the prospect of switching to a new camera vendor. Nor is he worried about any lapse in coverage while Redflex's cameras are removed and a new contractor's cameras are installed.

Catlett said the lapse between Redflex's contract approval in November 2005 and the cameras' installations in April 2006 was because of the time needed to determine which sites had the greatest need.

This time, "It's not like we have to go back and recreate that work data," he said. "It just doesn't take that long to get this equipment in place."

The new request for proposal specified that all cameras must be operational within 60 days of the next contract's approval.

"If there is a delay, it will be minimal," Catlett said.

There could, however, be more cameras to install. While Redflex's contract is limited to 15 intersections, the new RFP contemplates camera enforcement at 20 to 25 locations.

"But I do not have 10 (more) intersections identified right now," Catlett said.

FedEx apology letter for contract fraud?

Comment by Pirate News: The Redflex contract was cancelled "for suspected bribery and contract fraud" less than one week after Cliff Clark's lawyer Ron Newcomb confirmed that Knox County deputy sheriffs were shooting redlight cameras in Knoxville...

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Another pathological lie by KNS, KPD and city council.

KNS: "LaserCraft Inc. of Norcross, Ga., and another from Traffipax Safety Systems, with headquarters in Linthicum, Md."


"Georgia-based Lasercraft and Germany's Traffipax both succeeded in ensuring their bids arrived on time and the city will choose which of the two it prefers to take over the program." - TheNewspaper.com

"TraffiPax, Inc. is the United States Subsidiary of Robot Visual Systems, based in Monheim, Germany. Robot, a leading developer of traffic safety engineering products is wholly owned by Jenoptik, AG, a publicly traded corporation with its stock traded on all German stock exchanges. Robot is part of the Jenoptik Photonics Division."

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

So fascist Knox city council wants to trade an Austrailian military contractor with a military contractor in Nazi Germany, or a British military contractor in Communist China, to replace KPD. Heil Bill Haslam!

No wonder Knoxville cops are shooting Redflex scameras.

PR Spin: More redlight cameras possible for Knoxville? - The city of Knoxville is looking into installing more redlight cameras. A request for proposals brought bids from LaserCraft, Inc. and Traffipax, Inc. It also brought a proposal from current operator RedFlex--but it arrived too late to make the deadline. The percentage of the revenue taken by the operator and the amount going to the city coffers was not outlined in the RFP. Purchasing agent Boyce Evans said the revenue split would be part of the companies' proposals. An evaluation committee will look at proposals over the next two to three weeks. The committee will make a recommendation, and the Knoxville City Council will ultimately decide on an operator.

PR Damage Control: Oak Ridge not speeding toward red light camera installation - RedFlex Traffic Systems is the redlight camera company Oak Ridge selected to install cameras. It is the same company that recently missed a bid deadline, so it will not continue to run redlight cameras in Knoxville. The road to implementation in Oak Ridge faces no more speed bumps. The Oak Ridge City Council gave the greenlight to redlight cameras last month. But the city will proceed with caution before installing the automated traffic enforcement devices. Not everyone supports redlight cameras. Opponents say they can actually increase accidents as drivers slam on their brakes and get rear-ended. "Somebody running a redlight because they're distracted or because they are in some way impaired, which are the two reasons most people run red lights causing accidents, redlight cameras can't stop that, and those accidents will continue," said Fred Childress, with the Tennessee Liberty Alliance. So the RedFlex cameras in Knoxville could end up in Oak Ridge or could be sold to the company taking over Knoxville's contract.

Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for the increase in crashes

Lawyers agree the best defense against redlight tickets is to throw them in the trash and ignore them - 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.

Oak Ridge lawyer battles red-light cameras - Calls for city to halt photo surveillance of Knox citizens

By Jamie Satterfield

A Knoxville lawyer known for his flowing locks and liberal leanings is taking aim at the city's red-light camera enforcement program, contending it has marshaled in a "nightmare age" of government spying on its citizens.

It was notice number 66835 that raised the ire of defense attorney Roland E. Cowden and drew a sharply worded legal treatise against the program, which uses cameras to capture images of motorists at various Knoxville intersections.

The name on that notice? Cowden.

If court records are any indication, the notice - one of a slew inked by the Knoxville Police Department since it sealed a deal with a private firm to monitor intersections for alleged red-light scofflaws - could prove to be the most litigious.

That's because Cowden is known not merely as a lawyer but as a crusader with a penchant for fiery courtroom speeches that paint prosecutors as government henchmen and the Constitution as the unerring, holy Bible of freedom.

And in his view, the city's red-light enforcement program is no traffic safety tool but a diabolical threat to the civil liberties of every citizen who passes through Knoxville.

"The City of Knoxville has commenced systematic and widespread photographic and video surveillance of the everyday activities and comings and goings of people," Cowden wrote in an appeal filed this week in Knox County Circuit Court. "This is being done without warrant and without any showing of probable cause.

"Such widespread and systematic surveillance (is) evidence that the nightmare age envisioned by George Orwell is now upon us in full force (and) cannot but have a chilling effect upon our freedoms of speech and peaceable assembly guaranteed by the First Amendment," Cowden wrote.

The red-light traffic enforcement program has drawn fire since its inception. One woman has filed a federal lawsuit over it. One man allegedly opened fire on one of the devices after being surveilled.

KPD, however, has defended it as an objective and cost-effective tool to cut down on intersection accidents caused by red-light violators. The cameras record alleged violations. Redflex, the firm that operates the program, reports offenses to KPD. Officers review the images and issue citations to the registered vehicle owners.

Vehicle owners can either pay the $50 fine or demand a hearing, which puts the motorist at risk for an additional $68 fee.

The notice against Cowden was issued Aug. 7, three days after his 2006 Dodge pickup was videoed at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Young High Pike. Cowden's truck was turning right on red, a legal move in Tennessee. However, KPD alleged the video proved Cowden's truck did not first stop before making the turn, something the law requires.

During a hearing on the notice held in Municipal Court Jan. 9, Cowden refused to speak, citing his constitutional right against self-incrimination. City Court Judge John Rosson found him guilty. Cowden appealed.

Not only does Cowden want the ticket against him dismissed, but he also is demanding an injunction to stop the city from "continuing its photo enforcement program."

No hearing date has been set.

Roland Cowden attorney at law in Maryville

Motion to Dismiss Appeal in Knox County Circuit Court

January 19, 2008

Red light fees a mistake, city says - Federal lawsuit claims extra cost deprived woman her due process

By Jamie Satterfield

KNOXVILLE, TENN - For months, citizens accused of running camera-monitored red lights in Knoxville were told they'd have to pay $67.50 just to have a hearing to contest the charge.

"The city acknowledges that was a mistake, having that incorrect language in the notice," attorney Michael S. Kelley told U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips at a hearing Thursday.

Neither Deputy City Law Director Ron Mills nor Municipal Court Administrator Rick Wingate could say how long it took city officials to discover that error.

"It was pretty early on," Wingate recalled.

Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., a private company tapped to administrate the camera-based enforcement program, was responsible for fashioning those citation forms. Redflex earns a cut of whatever monies the city collects from red light violators, according to the contract approved by Knoxville City Council in 2005.

Both men insist no one was actually forced to pay the fee merely to hold a hearing.

"If you win, you pay nothing," Wingate said.

Lose, however, and cough up the $50 fine and the $67.50 fee, which actually is supposed to represent court costs, according to Wingate.

That would not be all that different from the way a speeding ticket is handled - with one big exception. It typically does not cost more to fight a speeding ticket in court than to pay it in advance. In fact, it could wind up costing less, since a judge might well cut an offender a break for having an otherwise clean record.

But there is big incentive under the city's Red Light Photo Enforcement Program to go down without a fight. Pay the ticket, and it will cost you $50. Go to court and lose and the tab jumps to more than $117.

According to Wingate, there have been 367 hearings to contest a red light violation citation. He does not know how many citations have been issued. Redflex keeps up with that tally. Prior reports have put the figure at well more than 11,000.

Knoxville resident Judy Williams contends that extra "fee" for fighting a losing court battle is one more example of how the city's contract with Redflex is an unholy alliance designed to empty motorists' pockets while stripping them of their due process rights.

Williams, cited in August 2006, has filed a federal lawsuit over the enforcement program. She alleges it violates a wide range of laws and constitutional guarantees.

"The Knoxville Red Light Photo Enforcement Program intentionally trashes the Constitutions of the United States and the state of Tennessee," her attorney, David Hamilton, wrote in the lawsuit.

Hamilton's chief argument is that the city has taken a misdemeanor criminal offense, which carries a slew of constitutional protections, and turned it into a civil offense, skirting the rights guaranteed to someone charged with a crime.

Under state law, running a red light is a class C misdemeanor. Under Knoxville's ordinance that laid the groundwork for the bargain with Redflex, it is deemed a civil offense.

"They call them civil," Hamilton argued Thursday. "They are not. There is not a single case in which a criminal defendant has to pay to have a hearing. No one has ever threatened to charge a defendant to schedule a hearing to defend himself. It shocks the conscience of the court. It shocks the constitution. They have turned an attack on our constitutional rights into a business."

Kelley, who represents Redflex, counters that even though Redflex incorrectly stated on the notice that a person must pay to schedule a hearing, it is not illegal to require someone to post money on the front end of a civil case.

Kelley is asking Phillips to toss out the lawsuit before it ever reaches a jury.

He argues that Williams had plenty of options to fight her citation without jumping into federal court.

"The crux of the argument is that there was established an appropriate process for (Williams) to challenge the issuance of this ticket and challenge the entire red light enforcement system," Kelley said. "(Williams) chose not to do that. A plaintiff can't sit back and refuse to use that procedure and then file a federal lawsuit and say I've been deprived of my due process rights."

Phillips said he would issue a written ruling, likely within the next month.

Class Action Complaint

October 26, 2007

Appeals court upholds red-light cameras against pro se

By Hayes Hickman
Knoxville News Sentinel
July 30, 2008

The city of Knoxville's use of red-light traffic cameras is valid, according to the state Court of Appeals, which upheld a lower court's ruling today.

Defendant Ronald G. Brown, who received a $50 citation by mail after his Chevrolet was photographed running a red light at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Alcoa Highway in September 2006, appealed the city's citation rather than paying the civil fine.

Brown argued that the practice violates due process rights and offers greater protection to a guilty driver, versus a vehicle owner who may or may not have been behind the wheel.

Writing for the appellate court, Judge D. Michael Swiney ruled that the city ordinance does not, in fact, presume the guilt of the vehicle's owner, nor violate a person's due process rights.

"At all times the city has the burden of proving every element of its case," Swiney writes. "This is so, regardless of who was driving the vehicle. The City Code merely permits the responsible vehicle owner to shift the responsibility for the violation to the actual driver of the vehicle in certain circumstances."

Brown also argued that such procedure violates his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by forcing him to point the finger at someone else.

"Again, this misses the point," Swiney writes. "The city must prove its case regardless of whether the defendant testifies or files an affidavit, etc. Simply because vehicle owners are permitted to shift liability by establishing someone else was in control of their vehicle at the time … does not amount to a Fifth Amendment violation."

Similarly, the court also rebuffed Brown's contention of an equal protection violation.

Under the ruling, Brown is liable for all court costs, as well as the original $50 fine.


See also:

CITY OF OAK RIDGE v. DIANA RUTH BROWN, IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF TENNESSEE AT KNOXVILLE, No. E2004-01574-COA-R3-CV, FILED AUGUST 19, 2005. Mrs Ron Brown wins speeding ticket trial. TN Court of Appeals orders that 30 mph speed limits are invalid without a traffic Engineering Survey to measure the average speed of 85% of traffic.

OUT OF DATE: Pay up: Four-year speeding-ticket battle ends

OUT OF DATE: Four-year feud over speeding citation ends

NMA: How Should Speed Limits Be Set?

NMA: A Recommended Speed Zoning Practice

It looks like those Rip-Off Red Light Photo Tickets Might Not be Enforceable After All

Some of you out there may have received a notice in the mail that you ran through a red light, and that the evidence or proof was obtained through a photograph.

Some of you may have simply heard of red light photo tickets.

Along with the notice, you probably also received notice of a hefty fine of between $400 and $500 dollars for the infraction.

Welcome to the automated world of governmental entities ripping you off to pay off their budget deficits, under the guise of public safety.

These Red Light Photo tickets have been controversial in California for a few reasons, including but not limited to; (a) most attorney’s have always known that this type of evidence of violative of our hearsay rules of evidence here in California; (b) studies have found that red light cameras actually create more accidents; and (c) with the budget crisis here in California, State and local governments have tacked on so many surcharges onto these types of infractions, that the fine is between $420 and $480 which is absolutely outrageous under the circumstances.

Basically government is using these fines to offset their deficits, rather than making the fine fit the infraction. This is a dirty underhanded method of taxing the public by ticket so to say. This issue is more about governmental entities filling their coffers than public safety.

Anyway, getting back on topic, guess what, the Appellate Court Division of the Orange County Superior Court has ruled in the case of People v. Khaled, 30-2009-304893 (Orange Super. Ct., Ap. Div., filed May 25, 2010) that a Court Commissioner was wrong to admit photos and a declaration seeming to show that Tarek Khaled ran a red light in Santa Ana on August 2, 2008. Without those pieces of evidence, Khaled should not have been convicted of violating the Vehicle Code, the Court said.

In its opinion, the Court added; the case “involves an issue far too often presented in this Court, namely the admissibility of evidence and the statutory compliance with the procedures employed by several municipalities in the County in what have come to be known as “photo enforcement” citations.”

The Court threw out the automated photo evidence because it is hearsay and violates that California Evidence Code.

If this opinion stays on the books or is upheld by the State Appeals Court, Red Light Tickets will not be enforceable in the State of California.

The attorney who fought these tickets stated that he became very frustrated that the Courts were not applying the California Evidence Code to these types of tickets.

Of course the City Attorney Joseph W. Fletcher believes that the ruling is wrong, intends to ask the 4th District Court of Appeal to take up the decision and to order it depublised.

My opinion is such; Photo Tickets are inadmissible hearsay if the California Evidence Code is applied thereto. Pursuant to California Rules of Evidence with respect to photo evidence, it has long been established that to admit photo’s into evidence, that the person taking the photo must testify that the photograph is a reasonable representation of what it is alleged to portray, otherwise it is hearsay.

With red light tickets, there is no one to testify that the actual photographs reasonably depict that which is being shown; they lack foundation and are hearsay.

The California Evidence Code has long established the principal that photographs must be supported by adequate foundational testimony.

Now with the advent of digital photography and programs that allow photographs to be easily altered with the click of a mouse, it is even more important that an adequate foundation be established for photographs that are admitted into evidence, and that the person testifying to the same be available for cross examination.

It has simply been too easy for the government to set up red light cameras and introduce their photographs without following the rules of evidence.

In my opinion, maybe it is time to initiate a voter ballot initiative to take this issue out of the legislative hands, and ban red light cameras in California because they cause more harm than benefit, and the potential for abuse does not justify their use in society.

I would go even further; I would limit the amount of fines that can be imposed for infractions. It does not make sense that general damages have been limited in medical malpractice cases to $250k since the 1970’s yet the government has without justification raised the cost of infractions a few hundred percent since the 1970’s.

It is time we make the government work for us and not against us.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney and Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

Redflex red-light cameras saving lives, police testilie

Don Jacobs
Knoxville News Sentinel

Knoxville police say red-light cameras in 2007 saved lives, reduced crashes by 18 percent and motorists are paying more attention at the 15 intersections outfitted with the devices.

"We had two fatalities at camera intersections before the cameras were installed," said Knoxville Police Department Capt. Gordon Catlett. "Since the cameras have been installed, we've had no fatalities at those intersections."

Catlett said one person was killed in an April 2006 crash at the intersection of Clinton Highway and Merchants Drive. Since cameras were installed in September 2007, there have been no deadly crashes.

Another person was killed in July 2006 in a wreck at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Greene Road, the captain said. There have been no fatalities recorded at that intersection since cameras were installed in February 2007.

"I have to think it's had some impact," Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said of the cameras.

Owen noted the city's traffic deaths decreased from 36 in 2006 to 22 last year. He said the cameras had an impact on those statistics.

"Anything we can do to make people more aware of the traffic laws is going to be beneficial to the community," the chief said.

Knoxville in April 2006 installed its first red-light camera after entering a three-year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. Under the arrangement, motorists caught running a red light pay a $50 fine but the infraction is treated as a civil offense, such as a parking ticket, and does not go on the offender's driving record.

The city gets 15 percent of all revenues up to $4,500 per camera per month. Revenues beyond $4,500 a month per camera are split 50-50 with Redflex.

That arrangement last year generated $955,013.70 for the city's general fund, Catlett said, while Redflex got $1,644,718.90. In 2006, the city got $217,980.49 and Redflex collected $471,122.07, according to Catlett.

Redflex owns and maintains the equipment and sends recordings of offenses to KPD. Knoxville officers trained on the system review the recordings and decide if the evidence warrants a notice of violation. KPD then issues the violation notice.

Catlett said overall crashes at the 15 intersections with cameras dropped from 528 in 2006 to 429 last year - an 18 percent decrease.

The reduction in angle crashes was 42 percent, Catlett said. Those wrecks decreased from 132 in 2006 to 76 last year, he said.

Even rear-end crashes, which critics of the system predicted would skyrocket with installation of the red-light cameras, showed a decrease. Catlett said rear-end wrecks at camera intersections dropped from 315 in 2006 to 263 last year - a 16 percent decrease.

Catlett, who is tasked by Owen to personally review every accident report involving intersections in the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program, said there have been three instances in which drivers blamed the cameras for their wrecks. The drivers said they stopped because of the cameras and were struck from behind by another driver who expected them to proceed.

Catlett, however, rejects that contention.

"There's no difference in a driver slowing down because of a pedestrian stepping off the curb or seeing a dog dart into the road," he said.

"If you're paying attention to the vehicle in front of you, you should not have a rear-end crash unless your brakes fail."

Catlett said 2007 statistics revealed that drivers are committing fewer violations at the intersections with cameras. At Clinton Highway and Merchants Drive, violations recorded by cameras dropped 51 percent from 2006 to 2007. At Western Avenue and Henley Street and Summit Hill Drive, the cameras caught 48 percent less violations in 2007 than in 2006. At Kingston Pike and Papermill Drive, red-light incidents dropped 42 percent.

"That's a success story," the captain said. "We're changing driver behavior and that was the goal of the program, to reduce crashes and change driver behavior."

Two intersections showed an increase in the number of incidents recorded by the cameras, but Catlett noted that Redflex added cameras at those intersections to catch violators from another approach.

Catlett emphasized the average daily incidents are instances where the camera was activated by an apparent violator and does not reflect the number of violations approved by police officers who reviewed the evidence.

Owen said crash reduction was a mandated goal of the cameras

"I said before we got the cameras, if they increase crashes, I'd have them taken out," the chief said.

Reducing crashes is a win-win situation for the city, he said, because police officers don't have to devote time to investigating wrecks and drivers aren't faced with the headaches of dealing with the consequences of mishaps.

"If we can divert resources from working traffic crashes to other priorities, the community benefits," Owen said.

February 15, 2008

Class Action Complaint

Red light scameras prompt federal lawsuit in Knox County

By Kristyn Hentscel
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE TENN - Knoxville's red-light cameras have resulted in the first federal lawsuit. Not because of the cameras themselves but because of an extra fee that seemed to be tacked on for drivers who want to fight the tickets.

Red light cameras are keeping an eye on 15 intersections throughout Knox County.

"It's educating the public and it's making for safer traffic in Knoxville," says Knoxville police Capt. Gordon Catlett.

But, in a federal lawsuit filed by Knoxville resident Judy Williams, she alleges her constitutional rights were violated by the red light program.

Still photos show William's car at the intersection of Summit Hill and Henley. She claims she made a lawful stop and turn and was still mailed a violation notice. That notice also says to schedule a hearing, you'll be assessed $67.50 in court fees.

Deputy City Law Director Ron Mills says it should've read, you'll be assessed $67.50 if you request a hearing and lose.

Mills says it was a mistake and it has been changed.

Meanwhile, despite the lawsuit, Capt. Catlett says the red light cameras are a good thing. Of the 40,000 plus red light notices mailed out, and some were warnings, only 300 were appealed to city court.

"That indicates to me we've got less than one percent of the total notices mailed out are ultimately being contested in city court," Catlett says.

A trial date hasn't been set yet for Judy Williams' lawsuit.

6 News spoke with attorneys for Williams on Friday. They say they're unable to comment on a pending lawsuit.

October 26, 2007

Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for the increase in crashes

Red-light citations leave some seeing red

Don Jacobs
Knoxville News Sentinel

Daniel Humphreys knew he should have removed the license plate from his old Mazda when he sold it for $200.

And he got a harsh reminder a few weeks later when he received a notice that his green-and-primer-painted car had been captured running a red light at Clinton Highway and Merchants Drive.

For the 39-year-old Humphreys, that was the beginning of a six-month nightmare that didn't end until Wednesday, when he stood before City Court Judge John Rosson.

"I am guilty of leaving the tag on the vehicle," said Humprhey, who has invested two vacation days toward battling the $50 citation for running a red light.

"It probably wasn't worth the time and effort to fight a $50 fine, but it was the principle of it," he said.

Humphreys said he sold the 1995 Mazda 626 on April 6. On April 19 a red-light camera nabbed that Mazda running a traffic light. Humphreys' expired license tag was still on the vehicle.

When Humphreys received the violation notice in the mail, he signed the proper affidavit designating the new owner of the vehicle as responsible for the fine. He thought that was the end of it until he got another notice in September about the violation.

The man Humphreys sold the car to had not responded to requests for payment, and state records showed Humphrey still owned the vehicle when the infraction occurred. So Humphreys started gathering documents and preparing for a showdown in City Court.

When Humphreys tried to contact the man who bought the Mazda 626, the man wouldn't return telephone calls. Humphreys went to the man's listed residence only to learn the man had been evicted.

When Humphreys got a copy of the car title to take to court, he said he learned the buyer had applied for a new title and had forged Humphreys' name to the documents. The title that should have shown a sale date of April 6 instead bore the date April 24.

"I'm contending I did not own the car, your honor," Humphreys told Rosson in court.

Senior City Attorney Ron Mills argued that absent a criminal prosecution of forgery, all the court had was Humphreys' word about the alleged bogus car title.

"I will admit Mr. Humphreys has more documentation here than anyone I've seen before," Mills conceded.

Mills then suggested a possible resolution to untangle the conflicting documents. When, Mills asked, did Humphreys cancel the insurance for the Mazda?

A check with Humphreys insurance company verified coverage for the Mazda had been dropped eight days before the sale date recorded on the duplicate title.

With that detail, Rosson agreed to dismiss the case.

"I feel like justice has prevailed," Humphreys said after the ruling. Now he's considering a forgery charge against the man who bought the Mazda.

While Humphreys' case was complicated, it's not rare. Rosson on Wednesday also dismissed a red-light citation against a woman who had sold her car to someone who then ran a red light. Because of the time lag in filing data in Nashville, the former owner of the car got a citation that was garnered by the new owner.

When court began Wednesday, 26 people had opted to appeal red-light camera citations. Of those, six appeared in court.

"We pull everybody out before court and give them an opportunity to review their video," said Knoxville Police Department Officer Walter Ricketts. "Then they can either decide to pay the fine or appeal it to the court."

The difference can be about $60. The fine for violating the red-light camera ordinance is $50, but filing an appeal hikes that cost to $58. If a person goes to court and loses, the total fine and court costs are $118, according to Rick Wingate, City Court supervisor.

Ricketts said more than half of the people who view the video of the violation opt to pay the $58 and skip the appeal.

Of the six people ready Wednesday to appeal their red-light camera citations, four decided to pay the $58. One argued her license plate had been stolen and placed on another vehicle and one person requested a postponement in order to obtain hospital records proving they were seeking emergency care when the traffic light was disregarded.

"All you have to do is call us and show us the paperwork from the hospital and we'll dismiss it before it even gets to court," said Diane Lewis, a secretary in KPD's red-light office.

Michelle Winston was happy Wednesday she was afforded the opportunity to review her alleged violation.

"I made a right-hand turn," the 27-year-old University of Tennessee student said. "But they explained you have to come to a complete stop first."

Armed with that information, Winston opted to pay the $50 fine and $8 subpoena cost and avoid the extra $60 in court costs. It was her fourth red-light camera violation, she said.

November 8, 2007

Class Action Complaint

Cop-killing Drunken Terrorist Traitor George W Bush Calls for New Highway Tolls, More Private Funding of Roads

The Bush administration unveiled a plan to impose new tolls on freeways and encourage more private investment to finance road and mass-transit projects, a move aimed at stirring debate as lawmakers prepare for a major overhaul of transportation policy.

"The Constitution is just a god-damned piece of paper, and I'm the dictator. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones we focus on, hehehe." announced Bush, as a crowd of Neocon Nazis screamed in maniacal desperation.

Kingsport's Finest Robocops... or how I got a ticket 2400 miles away


I received a notice today that I was nabbed for a red light violation in Kingsport Tennessee on July 18nd. The photo enforcement camera pictures were attached... the office signed his declaration that it is me riding through the intersection... the closeup sorta looks like the plate that WAS on my V-Strom. Only problem is, the bike in the picture looks amazingly like a Harley bagger; and the plate number they claim to read from the fuzzy picture has been resting comfortably in the Bonneville County Landfill since April when I threw it away. The plate expired last September and obviously I didn't renew it as the bike is licensed in Idaho. I'm pretty sure I was in Idaho that day... actually we did take a drive over to the booming megalopolis that is Victor (population maybe 200?) and visited the Teton Brewery to sample some of their Mountainberry Ale and then over to Driggs to see Dawn Wells' theater (MaryAnne from Gilligan's Island fame... she got busted a couple months back for pot and she's like 70 now). I thought only the Idaho troopers were inept, I guess it's universal.

Kingsport's are $100 a pop, too. Just down the road a piece is Mount Carmel with their lovely speed cameras...of the 176 mph motorcyclist fame. Big Brother is alive and well up here. Dangit!

Just curious, when did we get to vote on these new adoptions that are there to 'benefit the people'??? And more to the point, where is the money trail?

300% more rear-end wrecks at Kingsport TN red light camera intersections

By Kacie Dingus Breeding

There were more rear-end crashes in 2007 than 2006 at the first six Kingsport intersections with red light cameras, but Kingsport police say what’s important is there were only half as many T-bone crashes, which often cause more serious injuries.

"To me, the program is a success and it’s doing exactly what we hoped it would do when we started this process," says KPD Deputy Chief David Quillin.

T-bone or right angle crashes are caused when drivers run red lights, Quillin said. Reducing these potentially deadly crashes at some of the city's more accident-prone intersections were the department's first priority when they signed a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems.

Video report

An initial rise in rear-end crashes was a somewhat expected, though unwanted, side effect of the program, according to Quillin. "We felt like that there was a chance that they may go up for a period of time," he said, adding that the problem goes back to modifying drivers' behaviors.

"I think it's important for people to realize that driving a vehicle is a privilege; it's not a right," he said, "and with that privilege comes certain responsibilities and certain obligations." Some of those responsibilities include always allowing enough stopping distance between your vehicle and the next, paying attention to how long an upcoming traffic light has been green and keeping an eye on traffic waiting to cross at an intersection, he said.

"We wish we didn't have any crashes at all, but the chances of somebody being seriously hurt or killed are so much greater when you have a right angle or T-bone collision than when you have a rear-end collision," Quillin added.

Accident data from the past three years indicates T-bone or right angle crashes may soon be a thing of the past at the original six intersections where the Redflex cameras are installed.

Those intersections are: Stone Drive and Eastman Road, Stone Drive and Clinchfield Street, Stone Drive and Union Street, Fort Henry Drive and Lebanon Road, John B. Dennis Highway and Wilcox Drive, and Lynn Garden Drive and Carters Valley Road.

T-bone and right angle crashes dropped at five of the intersections from 2006 to 2007:

* Stone Drive and Union dropped from five to zero.

* Fort Henry and Lebanon dropped from one to zero.

* John B. Dennis and Wilcox dropped from four to one.

* Stone and Eastman and Stone and Clinchfield both dropped from five to three.

The greatest improvement between 2005 to 2007 occurred at Stone and Union, which dropped from nine to none.

* Stone and Clinchfield has dropped from 10 to three since 2005.

Quillin said an unexplainable exception to the program's overall success occurred at the intersection of Lynn Garden and Carters Valley. It experienced an increase in the deadly crashes the department sought to eliminate. There were four T-bone or right angle crashes there last year, which was twice as many as 2006, though only one more than the 2005 tally of three. The department is looking into the cause, he said.

On the flipside, Lynn Garden at Carters Valley was the only intersection where rear-end collisions fell steadily over the past three years, dropping from four in 2005 to two in 2007.

Stone and Clinchfield's tally of rear-end collisions was unchanged, remaining at 17 for the past two years, up two from 2005:

At Stone and Union, rear-end collisions tripled from seven in 2006 to 21 last year.

Fort Henry and Lebanon nearly doubled, with seven in 2006 and 12 in 2007 - although 12 were reported in 2005 as well.

The Stone and Eastman intersection's numbers bounced over the three-year period, with 26 in 2005 falling to 17 in 2006 before jumping back to 24 last year.

At John B. Dennis and Wilcox, rear-end crashes rose from 11 in 2006 to 13 in 2007, matching the 2005 tally for that location.

Meanwhile, Redflex data shows the number of citations per month at all six intersections fell from 4,041 in April to just 1,623 in November before bouncing up to 1,828 in December.

CLICK HERE for a previous video report on how police monitor red light violations caught on camera.

Stone and Eastman maintained the highest count of red light runners snapped by Redflex cameras. Recorded incidents dropped from 1,029 incidents in April to a final count of 645 in December, while November yielded a slightly lower count at 546. The only other month-to-month jump happened from June to July, going from 805 in June to 908 in July.

Redflex consistently captured a significantly lower number of red light runners at the Clinchfield intersection. Each month's tally indicated there were always at least 58 fewer violations.

The broadest differences between the two intersections happened in July and December. In July, Eastman's citation tally rose marginally, while the Clinchfield intersection continued its steady decline. That put the stretch between it and Eastman at 231. In December, Clinchfield's number went up a bit, but there were still 229 fewer violators caught on camera there.

Quillin attributed the difference, at least in part, to the fact that Stone and Eastman has cameras set up to catch violators in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Other factors include the development projects in that area that have increased traffic. It's also possible that seasonal holiday traffic might explain the occasional jump in the overall number of citations each month, he said.

The location with the fewest Redflex incidents recorded last year was John B. Dennis and Wilcox Drive with 777 for the year. There were more than 700 violations recorded each month at the Eastman and Clinchfield intersections on Stone through the end of June.

By December, however, redlight incidents at all six intersections had dropped significantly. There were 645 at Stone and Eastman, 416 at Stone and Clinchfield, 335 at Fort Henry and Lebanon, 199 at Stone and Union, 186 at Lynn Garden and Carters Valley and just 47 at John B. Dennis and Wilcox.

According to Quillin, the 2008 numbers are looking even more promising. This year, citations have dropped to as low as about 300 in a week's time.

Redflex cameras were installed to encourage drivers to practice safer driving habits and make the roads safer for all, Quillin said, and based on his personal observations in driving around town, he believes the program is working.

"It seems as though most people are slowing down and becoming more aware of their surroundings and trying to really develop good driving habits - and not only at the intersections where we have the photo enforcement," he concluded.



Williams vs Redflex and City of Knoxville Municipal Corp - Class action to refund all robocop tickets and pay for the increase in crashes

Redflex Busted Falsifying Documents

Documents show Redflex may have used a falsely sworn document to convict motorists with speed camera tickets.

The Arizona Secretary of State's office is looking at allegations made yesterday that a photo enforcement vendor falsified the documents used to certify speeding convictions. Lafayette, Louisiana motorists Mark and Phil Abshire had requested written records from Redflex, the Australian company in charge of the city's automated ticketing program, to help beat a pair of speed camera citations each separately received on October 10, 2007. One document happened to be the official, notarized deployment form for the speed camera van that issued the tickets.

"I, first being duly sworn, depose and say... using the correct procedure, [I] operated the traffic camera to monitor traffic," Redflex employee Scott Michael Bernard swore under oath before Redflex's notary public, Cheryl A Krough. "I certify that upon reasonable grounds I believe that each of the defendants complained against on this date upon the basis of this traffic camera committed the act described contrary to law and I have caused a notice with a copy of the complaint to be mailed to each defendant."

Bernard also certified on the form that he performed "tuning fork tests" at the "beginning of deployment" and at the "end of deployment." Krough, who works in the Redflex Traffic Systems office in Scottsdale, Arizona, notarized the document with a seal indicating the document was "sworn to before me" in Maricopa County, Arizona, on October 10, 2007.

Mark Abshire confirmed with Krough that Scott Michael Bernard never actually made the 1400 mile trip to Scottsdale. Instead, Krough claimed to haven notarized the document after she recognized Bernard's signature. According to Arizona law, whenever the phrase "subscribed and sworn to before me" is used on a notarized document, "the notary certifies that a signer, whose identity is proven by satisfactory evidence, has made in the notary's presence a voluntary signature and has taken an oath or affirmation vouching for the truthfulness of the signed document." (Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 41-311)

Moreover, the Lafayette van program uses a Swiss-made Multanova 9F DRS-3 Ka-band radar unit which is not calibrated with a tuning fork. "No tuning forks are available" for the device, according to a document provided by the manufacturer. In a separate case, a Redflex official testified that speed camera operators, in fact, do nothing other than drive the van to its location and turn on the system. The operators have no knowledge whether any motorists have committed any acts contrary to law.

"Affiant has personal knowledge that the 'Redflex Photo Speed System' is fully automated requiring no intervention by the driver after the system is operational and that the drivers of the vans are not a part of the process of detecting and videotaping speeders," Redflex Regional Sales Manager Charles Buckles, swore in a Louisiana deposition taken under oath in East Baton Rouge on October 31, 2007. "Affiant does further depose that the van drivers merely drive to the designated location and turn on the fully automated Redflex equipment contained therein."

View the documents described above in a 175k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Deployment Form Smartcam Speed Photo Radar Vehicle


Improperly Issued Redflex Speeding Tickets Tossed Out

Lafayette, Louisiana speed camera hearing confirms that tickets were improperly issued over a three month period.

Identical twins gave the speed camera program in Lafayette, Louisiana a double-punch last Friday by proving tickets were improperly issued over a three month period last year. Mark and Phil Abshire each received photo tickets for speeding on October 10, although neither had been behind the wheel at the times of the alleged offenses. The Abshires succeeded in proving that Redflex, the Australian company in charge of the city's program, printed tickets that cited a city ordinance that, at the time, did not have the force of law.

"The ordinance that is stated on this document appears to be a different number than the ordinance that would be in effect on the date of this violation," adjudicator Fred Davis said. "Based on that, the notice of violation is deficient."

With those words Davis, an attorney hired to decide the guilt of ticket recipients, dismissed charges against Phil Abshire. Redflex had attempted to get away with the improper notice by handing Davis freshly printed citations that cited a different ordinance. The reason for the switch is clear.

The twins had been prepared to argue that the ordinance on their ticket did not authorize the use of speed cameras at the side of the road. The legislative language allowed only "speed on green" cameras located at intersections to operate lawfully. The vehicle belonging to Mark Abshire had been accused by a camera van at the side of a road -- not at an intersection -- of driving 32 MPH in a 25 zone. Mark Abshire's ticket was tossed for the same reason as his brother's.

The photo ticket hearings took place in the non-descript Lafayette offices of Redflex around a conference room table while Lafayette City Traffic and Transportation Director Tony Tramel and City Councilman Keith Patin stood in the back of the room to monitor the adjudicator's rulings. Davis refused to answer questions about whether the city or Redflex paid his salary as a contractor to run the hearings. Both Davis and Tramel also refused to hand copies of the reprinted citations over to the Abshires.

"They would not give me a copy without consulting an attorney," Phil Abshire said. "Their documentation is different and they refuse to give me a copy. What they provided to us is not what they provided to the adjudicator."

Likely hundreds of motorists received citations for claimed violations that took place between August 22, 2007 and November 21, 2007 that are equally "deficient," but Lafayette has chosen not notify them or issue refunds.

TheNewspaper has also learned that although these well-prepared defendants won their case, forthcoming evidence may cast new doubt on the independence of the Lafayette hearing process.

Watch an uncut video, 38 minutes in length, showing the Abshire hearings in their entirety.

City Hearing Officer and Redflex Caught on Tape Laughing at Motorists

A Lafayette, Louisiana city official was caught on tape last week laughing at motorists behind closed doors with an independent hearing officer and a representative from a speed camera vendor. The conversation followed an adjudicatory hearing where Mark and Phil Abshire successfully beat a pair of photo radar tickets by showing the city cited the wrong ordinance on the citations issued.

View story and video of the hearing.

Lafayette City Traffic and Transportation Director Tony Tramel joined independent adjudicator Fred Davis and an unidentified employee, likely of Redflex, in discussing the twins' case.

"That sort of came out of nowhere," Davis said on tape, referring to the Abshires' discovery of the discrepancy with the ordinance.

"Hey, it happens," an unidentified employee, likely of Redflex, said. "I'm telling you this. In this particular case, you did what you had to do."

The tape was inadvertently made by licensed private investigator Stephanie Ware who had placed an audio tape recorder in plain view on the table while she videotaped the proceeding. When she followed the twins out of the room after the hearing, the recorder was left running on the table the whole time -- ironically leaving the photo ticketing officials with no expectation of privacy.

"By the way, I thought you did exceedingly well," the employee stated to the hearing officer.

"Me too," Tramel added.

Tramel, a public official, went on and joked about Ware behind the closed doors.

"I love the way she said 'Are you an attorney?' and you said 'You cannot speak' and then you said 'No,' Tramel said. "Bottom line is she is going to report that you are not an attorney. You wait and see."

When Ware went to retrieve her tape recorder, she found Tramel tampering with it in an attempt to erase the evidence. Ware does not know exactly how much or what was erased, but she estimates the tape has no more than a five minute gap. She also found it incredible that a city official would hold such a conversation with a hearing officer who is expected to maintain independence.

"This ex-parte communication behind closed doors, between Tramel, a public official, a supposedly independent adjudicator and a Redflex employee at the end of a public hearing, mocking the citizens of Lafayette, is a disgrace and a slap in the face to us all," Ware told TheNewspaper. "We need to get Lafayette back to normal, moving in the right direction, starting with a new Director of Transportation."

Listen to an MP3 recording of the tape (2.4mb download). A written transcript appears below.

Article Excerpt: Conversation after conclusion of RedFlex Hearing in Lafayette, Louisiana 1/18/08

TONY: How to solve this problem...just to let you know...that, that, the ordinance that says In accordance with Section 86 -- such and such... the records are ___ because we changed it three times.

FRED: Uh, uh...if his would have said that...

TONY: Oh, I know.

FRED: It would have gone...All of these past acts

TONY: Okay, now.

FRED: Close the door, please.

FEMALE: Give them the copy, correct?

FRED: Mmmm, hmmm

FEMALE: Keep the original?

FRED: That sort of came out of nowhere

MALE: Hey, it happens. I'm telling you this. In this particular case, you did what you had to do.

FRED: But, I mean like when we have parking tickets and they indicate the incorrect ordinance like what happened here, it doesn't matter if they are blocking a mile of traffic...

MALE: I mean, the answer is, there is not two sets of documents here...there is one set of documents yet the number changed but with the right amount of time...

FRED: Well, then we need to keep that generic thing...

TONY: We have solved the problem already because we went to just "Traffic Code 86 - such and such...whatever it is

FRED: Which is typical verbiage

TONY: The thing is, we thought we had one ordinance...we had one ordinance but we amended it twice and so that solved the problem.

MALE: I guess the question I have is...I still didn't understand the issue that he has an ordinance that said "X" and by that we are looking at something else here?

FRED: Well, that's the latest M.O. with them...

MALE: Is there a difference?

FRED: Well, the numbers are different. The only thing different is that my copy of his shows that (obviously pointing at the document).

TONY: Ahhhh, I got it now. I got it now.

MALE: The paper trail issue

TONY: Ahhhh, Absolutely!

FRED: I had to do that. I'm not even going to touch that.

TONY: I'm gonna tell you right now...if they...you might walk in and you better check that and be done with it every time and say "This is an apparent legal notification error or whatever you want to call it, and you can..."

MALE: By the way, I thought you did exceedingly well...

TONY: Me too

MALE: These guys are just aching to fightin' somebody...oh, they were just lookin' for anything.

FRED: Truth be told -- haha -- I trained before I came here.


MALE: And I stood back here because these guys were just looking for something.

FRED: Well, I mean...they want to bait you.

MALE: Yeh, and you never win there. Never win there.

TONY: I love the one..."Can you give me a copy of this fraudulent...what did he say?...

FRED: Falsified

TONY: Falsified! I'm like where did that come from?

MALE: Two sets of documents? I'm like "No."

FRED: Okay, now who were all of those people? Is that Todd Elliott, one of those people?

TONY: The one in the sunglasses, I think is Todd Elliott. The other one is Steph...Stephanie Ware

FRED: Okay

TONY: Okay. I love the way she said "Are you an attorney?" and you said "You cannot speak" and then you said "No."

Bottom line is she is going to report that you are not an attorney. You wait and see.


TONY: I'm tellin' ya...that's what going to happen.

MALE: So, when all else fails you just make it up. Is that the deal?


TONY: She's the first one to that.


FRED: I did for their benefit, and I am going to continue to do it for everyone else...is go through the process.

MALE: Oh, I think that's perfect...I think that's absolutely perfect.

FRED: And, you know if there's a jump off point where...okay...you are going to end up seeing people so dissatisfied without any victory.

TONY: Here's one of my questions before you even get into that point...because you have these two experiences already...they showed you a citation that had an ordinance -- so and so -- but what happened is the ordinance number for that citation is from the wrong time period.

FRED: That is correct.

TONY: Let me also say one more thing. Check on this. The time when it's effective ___ the citation is issued, based on past thought is when we authorize it not when the citation was actually taken. I just want to let you know that.

FRED: Well...

TONY: I don't know if that's the case or not.

FRED: Well...

TONY: I started...I...I...I...started and I don't know how close it was.

FRED: Well, this is November 22

TONY: ______ time on this...Oh, when I did it? We thought about that too.

FRED: ...which is without it. So, even if that's sent out and says November 22nd, I don't know...I don't have [inaudible]

TONY: We just had this discussion yesterday or a couple of days ago about this because we are just capturing data on a certain time but until the person says "I believe you are, that's when the act took place."

FRED: Where is it on Abshire?...Is it October 7th? Phewwww


TONY: But the point is, we got this one right here and it's right on the money, uh...

FRED: Uh, I don't have a time, 9:07 -- time of....

TONY: It doesn't say on there and let me tell you right now...that's the 21st...it could be on either side...Here's the other question: "The ordinance is identical, except for about 10 words..."

FRED: I know.



behind the scenes audio of the independent hearing officer mocking them.

UK: Top Speed Camera Trap Caught Tricking Motorists at Night Results in $26-Million Refund

The UK's most profitable speed camera that has been sending £60 (US $120) tickets to vehicle owners at the rate of 2000 per day may now be forced to issue refunds. The device, located on the southbound M11 at Woodford, Essex is situated at the point where the speed limit suddenly drops from 70 MPH to 50 MPH. Last month motorist Simon Grills forced the Crown Prosecution Service to drop his speed camera ticket after he proved the signs warning of the speed change were effectively invisible at night. Grills produced evidence showing the lights meant to illuminate the signs had been burned out since November 18, 2005. Grills had spent months fighting the ticket he received in September 2006.

"When I got flashed I couldn't work out how I'd missed the sign," Grills told the Sunday Mirror newspaper. "Then it clicked -- it's simply not visible at night."

The Mirror estimated that since the bulbs burned out at least 214,000 drivers had been trapped by the camera at night, generating £13 million (US $26 million) in revenue.

The speed camera in question has been the center of controversy since it was first installed, inspiring one group to take its disagreement outside the courtroom. Captain Gatso, the leader of the anti-photo enforcement vigilante organization known as Motorists Against Detection (MAD), cited the M11 camera as evidence that officials were engaging in "fleecing, not policing" and proceeded to use a heavy truck to yank the device off of its mounting in late 2002.

"We have spoken to numerous police officers and emergency service personnel countrywide and they agree that the majority of speed cameras are sited for revenue, not safety, and in a lot of cases they just impede general progress," Captain Gatso said in a statement at the time.

Source: Over 200,000 could get speed camera refund, Sunday Mirror, 3/30/2008

Special license plates shield govt employees from traffic tickets

Jennifer Muir of The Orange County Register reports on the California Department of Motor Vehicles' "Confidential Records Program," which was created 30 years ago to keep DMV records of police officers private from criminals. The program has since expanded to cover "hundreds of thousands of public employees – from police dispatchers to museum guards – who face little threat from the public. Their spouses and children can get the plates, too." Muir discovered that drivers covered under the Confidential Records Program abuse the system by evading toll road charges, running red lights at intersections with red light cameras, parking illegally, and breaking other traffic laws with impunity.


Some patrol officers let drivers with protected plates off with a warning because the plates signal that the drivers are "one of their own" or related to someone who is. The Register used public records laws to obtain OCTA computer logs for the 91 Express Lanes and found 14,535 unpaid trips by motorists with confidential plates in the past five years. A Register analysis showed that was 3,722 separate vehicles, some running the toll road hundreds of times.

Among the top violators on OCTA's list were Dwight and Michell Storay (he's a parole agent with the Department of Corrections), with 622 violations and Lenai and Arnold Carraway (she's an Orange County social worker), with 239 violations.

Some police officers confess that when they pull over someone with a confidential license plate they're more likely to let them off with a warning. In most cases, one said, if an officer realizes a motorist has a confidential plate, the car won't be pulled over at all.

"It's an unwritten rule that we would extend professional courtesy," said Ron Smith, a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer who worked patrol for 23 years. "Nine out of 10 times I would."

Many police departments that run red light camera programs systematically dismiss citations issued to confidential plates.

"It's a courtesy, law enforcement to law enforcement," San Francisco Police Sgt. Tom Lee said. "We let it go."

List of toll road violators with protected plates

April 7, 2008

IBM Patents Congestion Pricing for Private Toll Road Tax on Taxpayer Funded Highway

IBM ran the death camp database for Nazi Germany, using computers to decide who would be worked to death in white slave labor, and who would be murdered immediately, based on cost benefit analysis.

Motorists driving on toll roads that use congestion pricing methods may soon pay an extra fee to IBM. The computing giant on January 22 secured a patent covering "variable rate toll systems" that charge more or less depending upon factors such as the speed of traffic.

"The present invention relates... to a system and methodology for enabling automatic adjusting of a toll amount in response to detected vehicle traffic," US Patent Number 7,320,430 states.

Essentially, the system described monitors the average speed of every vehicle traveling the length of a tolled segment of the road. When that speed falls below a predetermined level, say 50 MPH, a computerized system increases the toll until the rate is so high that fewer motorists feel it is worth taking the pay lanes, reducing congestion in the toll lanes and increasing it in the untolled lanes. Only when the pay lane average travel speed rises above the predetermined level are tolls reduced to encourage more drivers to use the pay lanes. The system would also take into account speed on non-tolled lanes.

Armed with this patent, the computing giant has legal standing to force existing and future toll roads to either make royalty payments, or mount an expensive courtroom battle. IBM has made no announcement of any intention to enforce its legal right under the new patent.

TollRoadsNews editor Peter Samuel, who first reported on the issue, pointed out that variable pricing had been used on toll roads long before IBM applied for this patent in 2006. The first variable rate toll system went online in 1998 on Interstate 15 in San Diego, and the concept of variable pricing itself goes back to the 1959 work of Nobel Prize winning economist William Vickrey.

"It may be a new market for IBM, but it's not new for America or for a bunch of companies who pioneered its implementation from the mid-1990s," Samuel wrote. "This sweepingly worded patent makes IBM look like a big mouth, bullying Johnny-Come-Lately."

View a full copy of the tolling patent in a 590k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: Patent Number 7,320,430, US Patent and Trademark Office, 4/7/2008

Top traffic cop gets 6 week ban for speeding

Britain's top traffic cop faces a third fine for speeding

Med Hughes, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police has been fined £300 and given a 6 week driving ban, after being charged for speeding.

The former chief of road policing at the Association of Chief Police Officers was caught speeding at 90mph in a 60mph zone on the A5, Wrexham, North Wales.

This slap on the wrists is a major embarrassment to the dibble and Med Hughes, a long time campaigner and advocate of anti-speeding.

Although he pleaded guilty, Hughes defended his actions. Stating that the when he committed the offence, weather was good, the road was dry and there was little traffic.

Ah, well that’s alright then. So if the weathers good, your alright to speed aye?

This hypocrisy is typical of South Yorkshires top cop. Hypocrisy that has even been caught on DVD, on ‘How to Avoid Speeding Fines and Points Legally’. (To see the clip CLICK HERE.)

In this footage, Med Hughes states “In a democracy speed limits are set for a purpose, and we are expected to abide by the law and you can’t pick and choose which laws you want to abide by.” And how right he was.

There are now calls for Hughes to step down from his position as Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, but this is yet to comment. Fingers crossed aye?

For more info on the ‘How to Avoid Speeding Fines & Points Legally” DVD check out www.speedingdvd.com


glenda@fastcar - What a cock! Serves him right, he can have a taste of his own medicine now! Ha ha!

deanoclio - as he is a pig . he gets 6 weeks . were the likes of you and me get a year . .... the law . thay have they own laws. ps i hope he reads this . sack the ....

glenda@fastcar - Here, here fella! Its amazing they get away with it!

Judgement day for speeding Chief Constable

Scrap speed cameras now

London Telegraph

They might be good for the organisers of track days but speed cameras are killing ordinary road users, says Paul Smith, of the Safe Speed Campaign

British road safety is in trouble. The number of road deaths isn't falling as expected and recent figures from Europe put our rate of road safety improvement behind 20 other European nations. We used to have the safest roads in the world but we have been overtaken.

Although it appears that Department for Transport (DfT) targets are being met, it's only the trend in serious injuries that provides this positive result. Unfortunately for the DfT, and for the rest of us, the numbers being hospitalised following road crashes haven't fallen for a decade. The only reasonable conclusion is that serious injuries are not falling either, but DfT statistics suffer an increasing degree of under-reporting.

When asked to investigate why road deaths were not falling as expected, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) deduced that "some drivers must be getting worse".

I have spent the last six years looking at road safety as a system and I'm pretty sure I know what's going wrong. Modern traffic policies are making drivers worse. This has been allowed to happen because the DfT has no working definition of what it means to be a good driver or even a proper understanding of what drivers really do. Yet driver behaviour, specifically the quality of driver behaviour, is the hidden fundamental on which all road safety depends. Unfortunately, the DfT has been taking driver quality for granted or possibly ignoring it altogether, an issue that Sir John Whitmore addressed in his most recent Telegraph Motoring column (June 2).

The process of driving is one of real-time risk management. Drivers who manage risk well stay out of trouble. They recognise risky situations and wait, hang back or steer clear.

Of course the potential risks involved in driving are enormous. Shutting your eyes for 20 seconds would probably cause a crash, possibly ending or ruining several lives. And while driving blind would certainly be daft, this actually tells us something important. It's not so much what we see that matters, but what we do with what we see. We use it to manage risk.

Sadly, most people haven't been taught to drive as risk managers. We are taught manual skills (steering, clutch control, gear changing) and rules (go this way or that, stop here, don't stop here, don't speed, don't drink and drive).

The necessary risk management skills are acquired gradually with experience (at least as far as that experience goes in everyday driving) and they are easy to overlook because they are mostly subconscious. We learn where to look, how to recognise danger and how to respond to danger when we see it, making all sorts of subtle, semi-automatic judgements.

In particular, we learn to adjust our speed in order to remain safe in the prevailing road, weather and traffic conditions. The speed at which you choose to drive is an output from your own internal risk management system. Yet the DfT regards speed as an "input".

Road safety policy should have one overarching purpose - to make our roads safer. And the critical measure of success is the way road deaths are changing. If the number of road deaths isn't falling as expected in Britain, but it is falling as expected in other countries with similar economic conditions, then we know that something is wrong with our policies.

And there is something wrong with our policies. Not only do they neglect driver quality, but they are actively making us worse. We are prioritising and concentrating on the wrong things. At the heart of our policies are speed cameras, which have largely replaced comprehensive traffic policing. The dream is that cameras reduce risk, but the reality is that they are reducing the quality of our risk management.

Cameras give us legal compliance targets, not safety targets. And the divergence between the two is now very marked. We now have a nation of drivers concentrating on compliance rather than safety. The whole concept of speed cameras denies that we are capable of managing risk, yet road safety absolutely depends on individual risk management in real time. So the DfT has not only failed to understand what driver quality is but has given us policies that undermine it. Worse, it has fed us a false dogma to justify its policies. That false dogma has infected our road safety industry, with millions now believing that the only way to safer roads is slower traffic.

Yet our roads are not becoming safer. After falling for decades in spite of vastly increasing traffic, the number of fatal crashes has remained fairly static since the DfT replaced traffic police with speed cameras. If it had announced that all those traffic officers would be issued with blinkers and stopwatches and would sit on a chair at the side of the road looking neither left nor right, we would have thought it madness.

The only possible route forward is for the DfT to admit its fatal mistake and pull the plug on the failed speed camera programme. This would certainly be a dramatic step, but it is an essential one, as a mere change of emphasis would leave the false dogma intact.

We really need a fundamental change of attitude. We need to lead the world again and show the way.

Speed cameras and the official propaganda that justifies them are the cause of our current problems, not the solution. They have to go and they have to go now.

That's why the Safe Speed campaign is launching "Scrap Speed Cameras Week" tomorrow (see www.safespeed.org.uk/sscw.html), and why more than 25,000 people have already called on Downing Street to scrap speed cameras. To add your name to the online petition, which closes at midnight on Tuesday, June 26, go to petitions.pm.gov.uk/scrapcam.

Paul Smith is founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign.

For more information, go to Safespeed.org.UK.

23 June 2007

US toll road cameras charge $93,000 traffic tickets, steal cars

Toll road officials in San Francisco, California want the authority to seize any vehicle accused of "cheating" on toll payments. A Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) presentation yesterday called for new powers that would ensure that the agency collected the maximum amount of revenue each year. BATA will ask the state legislature to adopt legislation granting BATA the authority to locate and tow away any vehicle it says has not paid up. It also would like the authority to revoke the driver's license of a vehicle owner accused of not paying a notice of violation. Despite the tough talk, however, the tolling agency grudgingly admits some violations are not actually the fault of the motorist.

"These violations mainly result from the toll lane equipment not reading the tag of a FasTrak customer," BATA Deputy Executive Director Andrew B. Fremier wrote in a memo to committee members. "There are a number of reasons that the lane equipment may not read a tag of a FasTrak customer, including the tag reader in the lane becomes misaligned... or the toll tag malfunctions."

In 2005, FasTrak system overcharged at least 600 motorists crossing the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland because ACS, the company in charge of the program, allowed its laser scanning devices to become dirty. In most cases, when the toll transponders fail, customers have their credit card on file billed based on a photographic scan of their vehicle's license plate. This usually is not a problem unless the credit card expiration date arrives and the automatic billing function fails, or the scanner misreads the plate. When such problems occur, the tolling authority can impose as several Orange County FasTrak users learned.

BATA also is seeking legislation that will force automobile dealers to issue license plates to customers when they purchase a new vehicle. It also wants the authority to take money out of the paycheck of anyone accused of not paying a fine.

FasTrak is not unique in having difficulties with the accuracy of its toll system. Similar issues have been reported with toll roads throughout the country, including the imposition of substantial fines. A complete copy of the BATA memo is available in a 38k PDF file at the source link below.

Toll Violations Update - Bay Area Toll Authority, 1/2/2008

California lawsuit over bogus $93,000 Toll Road camera fines

Motorists sue California toll road authority after it imposes fees of up to $93,000 for toll transponder errors.

Sixteen California motorists are challenging excessive fees imposed by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) on those who either fail to pay a toll or experience an electronic payment transponder malfunction. The authority insists the group must pay $335,000 in individual amounts up to $93,000. OCTA will hear the group's appeal today. A class action lawsuit is possible.

"I'm hoping they reassess the process and do the right thing," Anat Levy, the lawyer for the motorists, told the Orange County Register.

Stephanie and Brian Young are part of the lawsuit. They racked up $580 in unpaid tolls in 2003 after the credit card linked to their toll transponder account expired. OCTA demanded that they pay $53,550 in fines.

In another case in 2005, the toll road charged David and Elizabeth Casillas $43,638 in fines. The couple incurred just $140.68 in unpaid tolls while driving their daughter to receive cancer treatment at the hospital with an outdated toll transponder account.

The 91 Express Lanes toll road generated $26.9 million in revenue in 2005.

Source: OCTA to examine toll road penalties - Orange County Register CA, 2/26/2007

Toll Road cameras impose $15,000 traffic tickets, revoke 8,000 driver licenses, no appeal allowed

Motorists wrongly accused of skipping payments on Illinois toll roads face thousands of dollars without a realistic opportunity to challenge the charges before an impartial hearing. In a multi-part expose, the suburban Chicago Daily Herald newspaper detailed the plight of motorists accused by state agencies of cheating the system. Last year, 26,282 vehicle registrations and 8055 driver's licenses were suspended over toll skipping allegations. Toll skipping is big business, generating $46 million in violation bills since July 2006.

Innocent motorists often receive these bills as tollway violation cameras are unable to distinguish various specialty license plates available in the state. There is no penalty for a violation contractor when it guesses the wrong plate number. This same problem has led to false accusations of cheating in other parts of the country as well.

Whether or not the initial accusation is accurate, the system often sends violation notifications to the wrong address because it uses the vehicle registration database instead of the driver's license registry which is considered more up-to-date. A motorist who would have paid up immediately if informed of the problem has no recourse if the notification was never sent or never received.

Leslie Boudreau found this out the hard way. She told the Daily Herald that she was a regular I-PASS user for several years. When her credit card failed to replenish her I-PASS account last year, she unknowingly failed to pay $179.50 for dozens of trips to work. She never knew about the credit card problem because the tollway failed to send notice to any motorists between July 2006 and August 2007 as it switched toll collection contractors. This delay allowed late fees and penalties to grow.

On September 25, the tollway demanded Boudreau make payment in full of $4619.50 within 14 days. Boudreau refused, filing an appeal to the circuit court. The tollway quickly reversed its position and offered a settlement -- she could get off the hook if she paid just $679.50. Had she refused this deal and lost the appeal, the agency could have forced her to pay $15,739.50.

Failure to pay the fines within defined time periods -- regardless of notice -- escalates both the financial penalties and results in license and vehicle registration suspensions. The tollway's appeals process is designed to prevent the overturning of its decisions. The hearings are conducted by an attorney paid $50 an hour by the tollway to decide whether it is "more likely than not" that a motorist is guilty. Under this civil procedure, the tollway prohibits the hearing officer from considering whether the motorist ever received notification of the alleged offense or whether the toll road's violation detection may have malfunctioned.

The only realistic defenses allowed are: "respondent was not the registered owner of the vehicle in question at the time of the violations; or respondent has already paid all of the fines and penalties in full."

Appealing the ruling of a tollway hearing to a circuit court costs $247 in "fees" that are not refunded even if the motorist is found innocent.

Source: Critics call for reform of toll collection system (Daily Herald (IL), 1/7/2008)

NJ Toll Cameras Ticket Innocent Nebraska Motorists

Hundreds of innocent Nebraska motorists have been receiving tickets for running toll booths in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, even though they have never made the 1200 mile journey to those states. The problem has continued for a year and a half, despite the well-known cause.

Like New Hampshire, Nebraska allows a commercial vehicle license and other specialty plates to use the same number as used on a regular automobile license plate. This means an 18-wheeler can be photographed passing through a toll booth without paying and the cameras issue a ticket to a small sedan. Despite claims to the contrary, no human oversight verifies the accuracy of the tickets before they are issued, despite the effect they may have on the credit records of the recipient.

Innocent Nebraskans who have tried to have their records cleared claim the New Jersey Turnpike Authority has been unresponsive. To help ease the problem, Nebraska's Department of Motor Vehicles has given New Jersey a complete database of license plates, including commercial vehicles.

Article Excerpt:

On some of the tickets was a picture of a Nebraska license plate with the number 61380. Mildred Stava said the vehicle pictured was obviously a tractor-trailer. The license plate number on the Stava's 1994 Ford pickup is 61-380. "We haven't been on the New Jersey Turnpike in 40 years," Stava said. "I don't think I want to go back."

Source: Mix-up nets Nebraskans unwarranted tickets from other states, Associated Press, 11/15/2005

Redflex Robocop Cameras Ticket Cars Running Green Light

Red light camera in Warana, Australia generates tickets for cars that ran a green light. Officials promise to cancel citations.

A red light camera in the Queensland, Australia suburb of Warana generated tickets today for cars that ran through green lights. A malfunctioning traffic signal at the intersection of Main Road and Nicklin Way skipped the red cycle and only displayed lights that were green and yellow, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported. The confused ticket camera, however, continued flashing motorists proceeding through the intersection legally on the green.

Crews were dispatched to repair the signal and direct traffic as soon as the problem was reported. The Queensland Department of Main Roads claims that it will cancel any ticket generated while the signal malfunctioned.

Source: Drivers see red over faulty traffic lights, Sunshine Coast Daily, Australia, 1/2/2008

5300 Bogus Robocop Photo Tickets Refunded

Inaccurate speed cameras and lack of warning force UK and Australian authorities to refund 5300 speed camera tickets.

Officials are being forced to refund and compensate nearly 5300 motorists wrongly ticketed by speed cameras in the UK and Australia. The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) opened an investigation late last year into "irregularities" in the Lancashire speed camera program.

As a result, around 300 motorists in the Fylde have had license demerit points wiped off their record and had fines refunded. These car owners had been trapped by a speed camera that had not been properly calibrated. In addition, four Lancashire staff members did not follow procedures when handling court documents related to the citations. The Blackpool Gazette newspaper identified Blackpool resident Stephen Hunter as a recipient of a £185 (US $370) refund for a ticket wrongly issued on July 18.

"If people think they weren't speeding, they need to check instead of just taking it for granted when you get a letter through saying you were speeding," Hunter said.

In Australia, the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority was forced to hand refunds to 4915 motorists wrongly convicted of speeding. This represents the number driving on King Georges Road in August during school hours at what they thought was the 60km/h (37 MPH) speed limit. Because the road lacked signs warning motorists of the reduced speeds, the tickets never should have been issued, the Saint George & Sutherland Shire Leader reported.

Supreme Court to Hear Robocop Speed Camera Case

The Supreme Court of Norway is expected to rule on whether the accuracy of a speed camera can be questioned.

A dispute about the accuracy of a speed camera citation is to be heard by Norway's supreme court. The case revolves around a ticket issued on May 14, 2006 by an "Automatic Traffic Control" (ATK) system accusing a BMW driver of traveling at 199km/h (124 MPH) in Troms Fisk. Under examination, police admitted that the system was not designed to measure higher velocities and that they had greater confidence that the speed was "at least" 187km/h (116 MPH). The motorist testified that he was driving no more than 100km/h (62 MPH).

The BMW driver also offered a technical explanation why the embedded pavement sensors could not have measured his speed at the velocity claimed by the ticket camera operators. Both the trial and appeals courts agreed that the testimony raised significant doubts, but accepted the prosecution had shown the vehicle was traveling at least 140km/h (87 MPH). The courts agreed that the offense merited a lighter sentence of just twenty-one days in prison and a two-year license ban.

To prevent any doubt about the cameras' accuracy being set by the court precedent, prosecutors appealed the lenient sentence to the high court. If it agrees that the machine's judgment should not be questioned, the court could impose much more significant jail time.

Source: Rakjoring til Hoyesterett, Nordlys, Norway, 12/31/2007

Military Jeep Owner Sent Impossible Speeding Ticket

A photo radar ticket accused a military Jeep from the 1950s of exceeding its top speed in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Crown Point, New York resident received a speed camera ticket claiming his Korean War-era Blue Willy Jeep had been driving at a speed it is not capable of reaching. The city of Cleveland, Ohio insisted that Christopher Johnson's 56-year-old military machine blasted past East 71st Street and Chester Avenue at 48 MPH on September 1, even though the vehicle's top speed is well below 35 MPH.

"It's not a candidate for a speeding ticket," Johnson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

The Cleveland Parking Violations Bureau demanded $140 from Johnson who first learned about the infraction in October from a delinquency notice. Johnson was not interested in paying a ticket from a city he had not visited in more than a year-and-a-half. A copy of the speed camera photograph showed a red minivan and a silver SUV with unreadable license plates -- not a Jeep. Despite the city's claim that a human police officer personally reviews every photo after ticket vendor Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) issues the citation, it is clear no such review took place in Johnson's case.

When Johnson tried to resolve the problem through letters and phone calls, he was ignored. There is no financial penalty for either the city or ACS for issuing a bogus ticket, but there is a significant likelihood that many motorists will simply pay the ticket to avoid the hassle of a fight. When the Plain Dealer called the Cleveland Municipal Court, Johnson's ticket was quickly dismissed.

Source: New York driver disputes Ohio speeding ticket issued after blurry traffic camera photo, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 12/27/2007

Robocop Red Light Camera Goes Wild with $400 Tickets

More than half of the citations generated by a Capitola, California red light camera are bogus.

A red light camera in Capitola, California is generating $381 tickets for motorists who did nothing wrong. The out-of-control camera is located at 41st Avenue and Clares Street and was designed to ticket motorists headed to the Capitola Mall. Now between 50 and 60 percent of the tickets it generates are bogus.

"It's going nuts," Capitola Police Chief Richard Ehle told the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.

In addition to other problems, the camera is generating tickets for shoppers making legal right turns on red and ticketing motorists who roll forward before the light turns green. Capitola police claim they are "catching" the tickets before they are mailed by ATS, the vendor in charge of the camera program.

Last year, the Santa Cruz Superior Court brought Capitola's review process into question. Police failed to notice that red light camera vendor ATS issueed $9525 worth of duplicate citations to be issued.

"With a new program there's a lot of trial and error," Capitola Police Chief Richard Ehle told the Sentinel at the time.

In the meantime, motorists are cutting through nearby parking lots to avoid the haywire ticket camera. Mall workers fear being forced to go to court to defend themselves against a bogus ticket. Police promise to drop charges against anyone wrongly cited.

Rogue robocop red light camera worries drivers with $400 tickets

Drivers looking for a little flash in their holiday shopping might not have had this in mind.

A camera installed last month to catch drivers running red lights on southbound 41st Avenue at Clares Street near Capitola Mall is on the skids, flashing sporadically, startling innocent drivers and sending many into a panic that a $300-$400 ticket might be in the mail.

"It's going nuts," confirmed Capitola Police Chief Richard Ehle on Monday.

The camera was installed early last month and is the first of two red light cameras on the southbound lanes of 41st Avenue. The other is south of Clares Street at the Capitola Mall's main entrance, and was installed in 2005.

But the new camera, which was moved from its previous location in the northbound lanes of 41st Avenue at the mall entrance, is hypersensitive to traffic flowing down the county's second-busiest surface street, Ehle said.

As a result, the camera is snapping photos of holiday shoppers that turn right on red -- a legal move at that intersection -- or gently roll forward before the light turns green, among other scenarios, Ehle said.

That's forcing Capitola police to comb through video footage to figure out who really broke the law, and who was victim of a rogue camera. Fifty to 60 percent of the photos, Ehle said, are of drivers who did nothing illegal.

Still, many drivers find the flashes unnerving.

At Mervyns in the Capitola Mall, customer service representative Diana Tapia said employees on their way to work cut through the Burger King parking lot to dodge the stoplight and a possible ticket.

The flashing "is happening to everybody," Tapia said.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA, 12/11/2007

Sonic youth deterrent should be banned

LONDON - A device used to disperse congregating teenagers with a high-pitched whine only audible to the under-25s should be banned, according to children's campaigners.

Telegraph TV: Listen to the Mosquito alarm and see how it works

The £495 Mosquito, an ultrasonic deterrent, has proved popular with councils, shop keepers and police who use them to banish groups of youths engaged in anti-social behaviour.

There are estimated to be 3,500 of the devices in use across the country, but critics claim they penalise innocent children and are an infringement of their human rights.

A new campaign called "Buzz Off", led by the Children's Commissioner and backed by groups including Liberty, is calling for them to be scrapped.

The organisations want to highlight the "increasingly negative" way society views and deals with children and young people.

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Children's Commissioner for England, said he had spoken to many young people who had been "deeply affected" by the deterrents.

He said: "These devices are indiscriminate and target all children and young people, including babies, regardless of whether they are behaving or misbehaving.

"The use of measures such as these are simply demonising children and young people, creating a dangerous and widening divide between the young and the old."

The Mosquito's high-pitched sound causes discomfort to young ears - but their frequency is above the normal hearing range of people over 25.

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said the device had no place in a country which values its children.

"What type of society uses a low-level sonic weapon on its children? Imagine the outcry if a device was introduced that caused blanket discomfort to people of one race or gender, rather than to our kids," she said.

But the Mosquito's creator, Howard Stapleton, said he wants a test case in the courts to firmly establish the legality of his invention.

He said: "People talk about infringing human rights but what about the human rights of the shopkeeper who is seeing his business collapse because groups of unruly teenagers are driving away his customers?

"The noise is only emitted over a 15 metre radius and no one is taking away the rights of teenagers to walk away."

Rob Gough, who owns a convenience shop in Barry, Wales, said crime around his premises had fallen by 75 per cent since he installed the device.

He said: "People used to hang around in our doorway taunting customers, fighting amongst themselves, and shortly before we bought the Mosquito a customer was mugged.

"Having it taken away would be horrible and would again make life difficult for my staff."


See also:

UK’s Big Brother Barking Cameras

Anti-Teen “Mosquito” Comes to New York

The New York Post
March 3, 2008

The Mosquito has landed - and the city’s teens and 20-somethings are about to get bitten.

A pesky new security device aims to clear out young troublemakers from their hangouts in apartment-building lobbies and foyers by emitting an irritating high-frequency screech that can only be heard by young ears.

The message: Buzz off.

The British-made Mosquito, used in 3,500 locations in the UK, costs $1,400, weighs five pounds and looks like an innocuous wall-mounted speaker. But its obnoxious 85-decibel drone ranges as far as 60 feet and registers as a constant screech to most people between the ages of 13 and 25.

New Jersey E-ZPass Tracks Drivers Not on Toll Roads

Drivers who use E-ZPass toll transponders are having their movements recorded even when driving on free public roads. New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine confirmed that the state’s department of transportation uses E-ZPass scanners to know when, for example, a motorist drives to the mall on Route 24 in the Short Hills area.

“This isn’t some kind of surveillance,” New Jersey DOT spokesman Erin Phalon told the Star-Ledger.

Instead, the official purpose of the program is counting traffic volume. The www.njcommuter.com website keeps track of traffic volume and accidents on important routes statewide. It is not clear whether the state has access to the identity of the motorists involved, because the New Jersey E-ZPass terms and conditions fail to disclose even the public tracking program.

“Nor are we liable for any third party act taken by reason of your use or display of the E-ZPass tag,” the terms and conditions state.

Toll transponder companies frequently hand over sensitive personal information regarding the movements of individual motorists in cases involving divorce and similar proceedings.

February 12, 2008

Stop them before they scan again

West Virginia Bill Turns Traffic Cameras into Spy Cameras

Cameras once proposed solely for the purpose of monitoring the level of traffic on freeways may soon have a new mission in West Virginia following unanimous state House passage of the “Guardian Angel Video Monitoring Act” last Wednesday. Introduced by state House Majority Leader Joe DeLong (D), the bill authorizes the state’s secretary of military affairs and public safety to take control of video recording devices whenever an Amber Alert is declared. These alerts were originally designed to enlist the help of the public in finding vehicles bearing the license plate of a suspected child kidnapper.

“Tools allowing rapid response and identification of the movements of persons suspected in a child abduction require the use all forms of developing technologies to assist law enforcement in rapid response to these alerts,” the legislation states. “The use of traffic video recording and monitoring devices for the purpose of surveillance of a suspect vehicle adds yet another set of eyes to assist law enforcement.”

The text of the HB 4075 requires that state police and transportation officials use “all available video recording and monitoring devices” to track motorists during an alert. It requires “at a minimum” that all state and local governments coordinate their equipment under a state-controlled surveillance program. It also authorizes negotiations with neighboring states to expand the program’s reach. If approved by the state Senate and signed by the governor, an action plan would be developed by December that would describe the cost of the new equipment required. Federal funds are already being used to deploy a set of high-resolution cameras throughout the state’s freeway network.

Despite its endorsement of spy cameras, the West Virginia legislature voted in 2006 to ban both red light cameras and speed cameras.

February 11, 2008

Amber Alert Video Surveillance Bill

British Commuter Arrested, Jailed, DNA Swabbed for Listening to MP3 Player

A commuter was arrested at gunpoint and had his DNA and fingerprints taken simply for listening to his MP3 player while waiting for a bus.

Darren Nixon was surrounded by armed police after his music player was mistaken for a gun.

When a passer-by saw the 28-year-old get out his black Philips machine to change tracks, she panicked and dialled 999.

Police tracked Mr Nixon using CCTV. As he got off the bus home from work he was surrounded by a firearms unit, who bundled him into a van.

He was then put in a cell and his fingerprints, DNA and mugshot were taken before he was released.

February 12, 2008

Strip search: camera that sees through clothes from 80ft away

by Jonathan Leake
Sunday Times of London
March 9, 2008 A CAMERA that can see through people’s clothing at distances of up to 80ft has been developed to help detect weapons, drugs and explosives.

The camera could be deployed in railway stations, shopping centres and other public spaces.

Although it can see objects under clothes, its designers say the images do not show anatomical details. However, it is likely to increase fears that Britain has become a surveillance society.

The new technology, known as the T5000 system, has attracted interest from police forces, train companies and airport operators as well as government agencies.

It has been developed by ThruVision, an Oxfordshire-based company spun out from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, one of the government’s leading physics research centres.

It was designed for use in spacecraft and astronomy but researchers soon realised that cameras capable of seeing through clouds of cosmic dust could also see through clothing. This week the camera will be displayed at the Home Office scientific development branch’s annual exhibition, Britain’s premier showcase for security equipment, to be held on an RAF airbase in Buckinghamshire.

ThruVision already offers a smaller system designed for office foyers that can scan through clothing at a range of 30ft-40ft.

This has been used at the Canary Wharf complex in east London, which is home to several global banks and is regarded as a target for terrorists. The Dubai Mercantile Exchange has a similar installation.

The system can be linked to a computer so that it can automatically scan anyone passing and alert its human operator to anything suspicious. Clive Beattie, ThruVision’s chief executive, said: “Acts of terrorism have shaken the world in recent years and security precautions have been tightened globally. The T5000 dramatically extends the range over which we can scan people.”

Bill Foster, the president of Thermal Matrix, an American defence contractor specialising in imaging systems for the US military, is one customer. He said: “This could be deployed at major sporting events, concerts and rail stations as well as for military use.”

The technology works by detecting and measuring terahertz waves, or T-waves for short. These are a form of electromagnetic radiation, emitted by all people and objects that lie between the infrared and microwave parts of the spectrum.

The waves from any given material also carry a distinctive signature, offering the potential to distinguish Semtex from modelling clay and cocaine from sugar.

Washington DC cops use 5,000 videocams to spy on disarmed slaves

Washington Times

D.C. officials are giving police access to more than 5,000 closed-circuit TV cameras citywide that monitor traffic, schools and public housing — a move that will give the District one of the largest surveillance networks in the country.

“The primary benefit of what we’re doing is for public health and safety,” said Darrell Darnell, director of the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, who announced the initiative along with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty yesterday. But the announcement left some civil liberties advocates and a key D.C. Council member concerned.

“We’ve been sort of sounding the alarm on this stuff for a long time, saying these little pieces — they grow,” said Art Spitzer, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area. “You put a camera here, it’s not so bad, you put a camera there, it’s not so bad. But then it turns out all the sudden, we find out there are 5,200 cameras. That’s a big number.”

Council member Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, said that the proposed move was “breathtaking” and that the initiative “has not been thought through.”

“There is a huge civil liberty implication because they’re talking about a fully [interoperable] system,” said Mr. Mendelson, at-large Democrat. “If it is as big as they are suggesting, this is a major change.”

The Video Interoperability for Public Safety (VIPS) program will consolidate the more than 5,200 cameras operated by D.C. agencies — including D.C. Public Schools and the D.C. Housing Authority — into one network managed by the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. The program will allow agencies to share camera video feeds and provide the city with a network that is actively monitored and that Mr. Darnell said will operate “24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

Mr. Fenty, a Democrat, said the initiative will enhance the District’s countersurveillance and public-safety capabilities by increasing the number of cameras available for authorities to monitor.

For example, the mayor said the Metropolitan Police Department currently monitors 92 surveillance cameras in high-crime neighborhoods. The number of cameras available for the department’s use in those neighborhoods will increase to 225 under the initiative, although Mr. Fenty said police and other agencies also will have access to 1,388 outside cameras and 3,874 cameras inside buildings throughout the city.

Nearly 3,500 of the cameras are operated by D.C. Public Schools. The city’s transportation department operates 131 of the devices, which are normally trained on streets but can swivel.

“It is important to note, however, that there are many more cameras that are not in high-crime areas that MPD can also use in either the prevention or fighting of crime,” Mr. Fenty said.

Surveillance camera networks have been used throughout the country and around the world by advocates who say the devices are effective tools for crime prevention.

Chicago, widely seen as the U.S. city that has made the most aggressive use of surveillance technology, has installed more than 2,000 cameras and began linking the devices into a single network in 2004.

The camera network in London, referred to as the “Ring of Steel,” is thought to be the most extensive in the world, employing about 500,000 cameras.

The British royal family was on trial in 2008 for the mass assassination of Princess Diana, aided and abetted by French police claiming that dozens of highway videocams failed at the examct moment of her murder. Durign that inquest the judge illegally ordered the jury to disregard all facts and testimony and to find the genocidal royal family innocent of murder.

April 9th, 2008

Armed Robots Turn Their Weapons On US Soldiers


Has the Killer Robot Revolution already begun?

Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades.

The revelations were made by Kevin Fahey, US Army program executive officer for ground forces, at the recent RoboBusiness conference in America.

Speaking to Popular Mechanics, Fahey said there had been chilling incidents in which the SWORDS combat bot had swivelled round and apparently attempted to train its 5.56mm M249 light machine-gun on its human comrades.

"The gun started moving when it was not intended to move," he said.

Note the words "chilling incidents". So the killbots haven’t mistakenly targeted their "human comrades" just the once, but multiple times. Imagine what havoc and destruction a killbot could unleash inside the Green Zone if enemy hackers managed to seize control of it?

If military robots did kill American soldiers in Iraq, or have already done so, would we be told?

If the death of a US soldier resulted from a mistake by a military robot, who would be held responsible? Probably nobody. No doubt there would be internal investigations, but the Humvee isn’t held responsible when it accidentally slips into gear and rolls back over its driver while he’s changing a tyre.

If heavily armed war robots cannot be trusted to not target American soldiers now, how will they trusted to kill only the enemy when they are granted the ability to make autonomous (that is independent) decisions about who to kill, who to only wound, and who to ignore?

The solution is simple : DON’T GIVE GUNS TO ROBOTS

April 14, 2008

Previous coverage on all this from Your New Reality :

When Machines Decide Its Time To Kill

For Our Future’s Sake, Don’t Give This Thing A Gun!

January 2006 - Robots Don’t Cry - US Army Has Big Plans For Its Robot Soldiers

Car clampers sent to prison

BBC News
22 May 2008

A woman who ran a car clamping firm which took thousands of pounds from drivers has been jailed for four years.

Rebecca Meakin, of Millers Vale, Heath Hayes, Staffordshire, was convicted of blackmail by charging motorists up to £300 to retrieve their vehicles.

Her company, Rowencroft Immobilisers, worked at car parks in Cannock and Worcester, Stafford Crown Court heard.

Judge Simon Tonking said regulation of the UK clamping industry was "far from rigorous".

He said: "The boundaries between what is lawful and unlawful are unclear.

"It is a most unsatisfactory state of affairs."

Her co-defendant Cameron Khan was jailed for four-and-a-half years for a number of charges, including conspiracy to blackmail.

Finally, a wheel clamper is imprisoned

By Adam Blair
Beat The Speed Trap
June 2008

Last month the owners of a wheel-clamping firm went to prison.

Rebecca Meakin and Cameron Khan were both convicted by Judge Simon Tonking to Four and a half years on charges of Blackmail and Conspiracy to Blackmail.

If you’ve ever been wheel clamped you’ll probably know how it feels.

I’m glad that this prison sentence has happened because the majority of wheel clamping firms use, frankly, extortionate tactics to get their hands on your money and are generally regarded as a major public nuisance, seemingly able to commit crime -- only with the law on their side.

Hopefully a few of the more prudent clampers will quit while they are ahead, or at least stop using the worst of their tactics.

The Judge said regulation of the UK Clamping industry was “far from rigorous”, and added “the boundaries between what is lawful and unlawful are un-clear”.

If you’ve ever been clamped or had any clamping “company” trying to extort money from you, I am sure you will join me in commending this sentence.

My associate Ian O’Grady does have some template letters that are designed to recover your money if you ever get clamped.

I’ve not actually tested them myself yet on a wheel clamping firm (I must get around to doing that!), but I understand that they are very effective.

You can also adapt them to any circumstance where you feel that money that has been taken from you using extortionate tactics, to get your money refunded.

If you would like the link, it is:

How would you like to find out how to never pay a wheel clamping fine ever again, and even get the clampers to pay YOU compensation profit the next time you get wheel clamped?

Carthieving copkilling towtruckers now using illegal boot locks in Knoxville, after Pirate News kicks their ass in courts and city council

Hayes Hickman
Knoxville News Sentinel
May 23, 2008

Private companies that put boots on cars in Knoxville could be put out of business if the city enacts a proposed $40 cap on their charges, owners told Knoxville Wrecker Commission members Thursday.

The firms now charge vehicle owners more than twice that much if they want to free their cars from a boot, which act as a sort of handcuff when it's attached to the wheel, rendering a vehicle inoperable.

Boots are growing in popularity locally and can offer a "friendly alternative" to traditional towing for private pay parking lots and apartment complexes that contract with the firms, an attorney for the businesses argued.

But "booting requires at least two trips," said attorney Mike McGovern, who represents three firms working in Knoxville. "It's very labor-intensive, unlike towing, where you just get the car and go."

Among his clients, current rates run between $75 and $100.

Doug Stagner, owner of Rutherford County-based United Parking Enforcement Service, said he already pays his employees - who work as independent contractors - $40 per booted vehicle. His charge to a vehicle's owner is $95 cash or $100 to pay by credit card.

"There's not that much profit," said Stagner, who's been in business locally for about three years. "You will put us out of business at $40."

When asked what the cap should be, McGovern said, "They think they're charging a reasonable rate now."

City Council members booted the proposed price capping ordinance back to the wrecker commission after hearing from McGovern at the May 6 council meeting, where he offered a list of rates allowed in other cities nationally, including $300 in Milwaukee.

City Attorney Alyson Eberting, however, said McGovern's list was flawed - many upper-end prices are in cities that don't regulate the practice. In those that do, the maximum allowed charges for booting by a private company typically are much lower, she said.

Using that strictly apples-to-apples comparison, she offered her own list in which the prices ranged from $25, as set by state law in Virginia, to $100 in Chicago.

Knoxville is ahead of the curve in its attempt to regulate the practice, while other Tennessee cities now are waiting to see what Knoxville enacts, she said.

"We've talked about the rates before; it's come up at previous meetings," Eberting said. "And that's what we based the $40 on that we sent to council the first time."

Eberting, who recommended against any change to the proposed $40 cap, also offered the wrecker commission members a revised draft ordinance that was expanded to include requiring such companies to first obtain a permit from the Knoxville Police Department, pay a $25 annual permit fee and carry at least $25,000 in liability insurance coverage.

Feeling no closer to a compromise after the meeting passed the two-hour mark, the wrecker commission decided to continue the discussion at its next meeting, tentatively set for July 7.

Until an ordinance is approved by City Council, local booters remain free to charge what they like.

Video - Superhero Angle Grinder Man rescues booted cars - He gets all the chicks

"If EVERYONE took direct action against these cash cows then the authorities would have to take notice. In France they escaped having wheelclamping by making sure that every time they saw a wheelclamp they squirted superglu into the lock."
—John, Spain

The max fee allowed by towing contract was $ZERO to $25, yet wreckers stole up to $1,000s per tow more than that in Knoxville, with immunity from prosecution, thanks to blatent bribery of KPD, politicians and Knox DA.

According to the Top Secret Motorists Bill of Rights, you have the right to call KPD and demand the arrest of all tow truckers. And thus arrest all boot lickers. Locking a wheel is just like illegal towing, ie felony car theft and fraud, and great for class actions.

The only way to treat mafia is to treat them as the criminals that they are, including those slimeball McGoverns, co-owners of notorius Cedar Bluff Towing.

When I used boltcutters to remove my stolen car from the bogus Groovy Garden chopshop parking lot (next to notorius Jim's Towing), KPD drove 3 times, past 5 feet away on Northshore. I got my car out of the locked chopshop, and put my own padlock on the gate, along with my lawyer's biz card. They had to call to ask permission from me to go to work the next day.

So just carry an electric grinder and 600 watt AC/DC inverter or maybe a cordless rechargeable grinder or oxytorch if you park downtown in NOxVile, and be prepared to make a citizen's arrest if any crook tries to boot your car. Carrying a handgun has proven useful to recoving towed cars for free in Knoxville (with 15 minutes left on the parking meter).

Installing a boot lock on someone else's car is the same as installing any other part on a car. That's a voluntary donation of that new part. In legal terms, that's defined as "abandonment". So the boot lock now belongs to whoever owns the car. It's your boot lock, so you can cut it off and throw it way, whenver you want to. If KPD gets in the way, which they won't, just make a citizen's arrest of the cop.

That's why God made firearms. Remember the Battle of Athens Tennessee in 1948, 500 citizens fired 1,000s of bullets and dynomite at 300 crooked cops and arrested all of the cops and put them in their own jail, then were rewared by Congress and the White House, and promoted to sheriff.

TN Code is very clear on the legal requirements before a vehicle can be towed. The car must be BLOCKING an "entrance" to a parking lot, blocking a road, or abandoned for 30 days. Any other towing, or boot locking, is illegal, and is prosecuted as felony cartheft. Each tow on private property must be personally approved by the property owner, with no blanket authorization allowed.

Are the citizens of Knoxville really that spineless and illiterate?

Note that McGovern's Cedar Bluff Towing was co-owned with Loudon County's Miller Industries, which owned 20,000 towtrucks and garbage trucks (owner of BFI and it's "competitor" Waste Management). Dozens of employees of BFI & WM was convicted under the RICO Act in NY City, for membership in the Gambino and Genovese Mafias, according to A&E TV's Modern Mobs. That's why the Mob sends their kids to law school, aka Sir Rudy "Julie" Giuliani Knight of the British Empire. Does Michael McGovern wear a dress, like Giuliani, GW Bush and his lover Victor "Victoria" Ashe (arrested twice in drag)? Is that why Victor and GW's dominatrix was murdered last year, after she published her tell-all book, at LustfulUtterances.com...

Remember Killdozer, who wiped out an entire downtown, flattening every crooked city councilmember's business address? HA.

California Attorney General reports that it is ILLEGAL to put wheel boot locks on any car

California Attorney General Opinion No. 03-1204, August 12, 2004

THE HONORABLE GREGORY D. TOTTEN, DISTRICT ATTORNEY,COUNTY OF VENTURA, has requested an opinion on the following question:May a private security firm, pursuant to a contract with a property owner,immobilize a vehicle that is impermissibly parked in a private parking lot by affixing a“boot” device to the vehicle?CONCLUSION A private security firm, acting pursuant to a contract with a property owner,may not immobilize a vehicle that is impermissibly parked in a private parking lot byaffixing a “boot” device to the vehicle.

Vehicle Code section 10852 provides: “No person shall either individually or in association with one or moreother persons, wilfully injure or tamper with any vehicle or the contentsthereof or break or remove any part of a vehicle without the consent of theowner.” We believe that placing a “boot” on a vehicle’s wheel in order to immobilize the vehicle would constitute “tampering” for purposes of section 10852.

In People v. Anderson (1975) 15 Cal.3d 806, 810, the Supreme Court interpreted the scope of section 10852 as follows: “An accepted definition of ‘tamper’ is to ‘interfere with.’ (Webster’s New World Dict. (2d College ed. 1974).) Interference includesconduct which is broader in scope than merely damaging a vehicle, for it encompasses any act inconsistent with the ownership thereof.”

Although “the consent of the owner” prevents the application of section 10852’s prohibition, wedo not believe that a sign placed at the entrance to a parking lot describing the consequences of placing a “boot” on an impermissibly parked vehicle would constitute a vehicle owner’s “consent” to immobilizing hisor her vehicle as described on the sign.

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Video - Angle Grinder Man rescues booted cars - No shit

How We Beat the Boot

The Thistle
December 8, 1993

Parking boots are public property.

The parking-control officers who attach them to your wheels intend for them to stay there until you've paid off your fines. Removing the boot without authorization, or damaging it in any way, is a crime.

Nevertheless, in cities like Denver and Boston, where the boot has been a part of life for years, the contraptions occasionally disappear. In some cities, more than 10 percent of the boot stock has vanished or been rendered inoperable.

That came as no surprise to the mechanical experts who examined our boot. The boot, they say, is nowhere near as tough as it looks. Anyone with less than $30 worth of basic hand tools and enough dexterity to screw in a light bulb can probably break the boot's grip on a car wheel in about ten minutes.

The boot is designed to intimidate, our experts say; its toughest parts are the ones that would be the most obvious targets for boot-busting vandals -- the lock mechanism, for example. With a special tamper-resistant padlock surrounded by a box made of quarter-inch carbon steel plates, the lock will stand up to just about anything short of a low-yield nuclear device. So our bootbusters ignored the lock and looked for other less-obvious places where the boot could be attacked. It took them no time to discover several major weak points in the boot's protective armor.

Deflating the tire.

If the boot is going to work properly, it must be properly installed, and that's not an easy process -- especially in the dark, when you have a long night of boot-installing ahead. If the installation is even a bit sloppy (that is, if the jaws that attach the boot to the wheel are a little bit loose), it's often possible to remove the boot by letting the air out of the tire and simply sliding the whole thing off.

This is by far the simplest strategy. It doesn't always work -- conscientious installer can prevent it almost every time, and some car wheels don't leave enough room for the process anyway. But veterans of boot-happy cities have told us they've removed dozens of boots this way, quickly, quietly, and easily.

The hubcap plate.

A key element to the boot's effectiveness is its ability to prevent car-owners from getting access to the lug nuts on the booted wheel. Once the lug nuts are accessible, the wheel can be removed and replaced with a spare tire, and the car can be driven away.

If the boot is properly installed, the plate will be tightly secured over the hubcaps, making it impossible event to imagine loosening the lug nuts. But the plate is one of the more flimsy parts of the boot; it's attached by a half-inch swivel pin that is spot-welded to the frame. As our boot-busting experts explained, spot welds that hold together two pieces of metal of different thicknesses are inherently weak. There are several such welds on the boot, and this one is especially vulnerable.

With a common battery-powered drill and a 15-cent grinding wheel or "cut-off tool", one of our experts was able to grind away most of the weld on the pin in about two minutes. With a five-dollar cold chisel and a standard hammer, he did the same job even faster.

Once the weld is broken, a quick blow with a hammer forced the pin out, releasing the plate from the boot frame and making it easy to change the tire and drive away, leaving the old, boot-laden tire behind (or safely stowed in the trunk as a souvenir).

The jaw-to-frame pins.

The main frame of the boot -- the "arm" -- fit into a pair of metal pins on the wheel-clamp, or "jaw". The pins are a central element of the boot's structure. They're also one of its weakest links.

The pins are only about an inch long. when the boot is installed, they appear to be connected to each other through some sort of thick, central rod. In fact, they're just stuck into holes drilled in the frame, and spot-welded at the bottom.

Even when the boot is assembled, there's plenty of free play between the arm and the pins. A few strong, sharp blows with a hammer on the top of the pins quickly breaks them free and makes them easy to remove. With those pins gone, the boot comes apart immediately.

The welds holding the lock-box to the frame. For all the effort that the bootmakers put into developing an impregnable locking mechanism, it's amazing how loosely the lock-box is attached to the rest of the boot. Four flimsy spot-welds hold the entire padlock-and-cover-plate assembly to the main boot frame. It took an expert just a few seconds to chip away one of the welds with a chisel and hammer; when one of our spastic, incompetent, weak-wristed editors tried it on a second weld a few days later, it took less than a minute.

Once the lock-box is liberated from the frame, the entire boot can be dismantled and removed quickly with a ratchet and standard (16-inch) spark-plug socket.

The arm itself.

If all else fails, our experts discovered that they could actually cut through the tough-looking steel of the main arm with a battery-powered drill and a cut-off tool. forget the oxyacetylene torches and the nitric acid -- the boot arm cuts like butter with a cheap hobbyist's tool. By our calculations, a standard drill-and-cut-off tool set-up can cut through the main arm in less than ten minutes.

The padlock keys.

When the parking-control officers come to remove a boot, the first thing they have to do is unlock the padlock. Since the city is buying about 100 of the monsters, it seems highly unlikely that every boot will have a different key. In other cities, like Denver, a single master key unlocks them all.

That means, of course, that an anarchist thug with a penchant for trouble-making (or a wily hustler with an eye for a quick profit) could easily dismantle and remove the boot from some poor innocent scofflaw's illegally parked car, take the thing home, bust the lock off and pay a less-than-scrupulous locksmith to make up a new key -- a key that would instantly unlock every boot in the city.

Of course, the city can always change all the padlocks on a regular basis (although they don't come cheap). But if we know this city, the pirates will soon be making and selling the keys faster than the cops can replace the locks, forcing the taxpayers to pour ever-increasing sums of money into a parking-law-enforcement mechanism that is neither appropriate nor effective for San Francisco.

Video - Superhero Angle Grinder Man rescues booted cars - He gets all the chicks

"If EVERYONE took direct action against these cash cows then the authorities would have to take notice. In France they escaped having wheelclamping by making sure that every time they saw a wheelclamp they squirted superglu into the lock."
—John, Spain

New York: Cop Beats and Arrests Meter Maid, Crowd Applauds


New York City, New York police officer greeted with applause for beating up a meter maid who gave his girlfriend a ticket.

A crowd in New York City, New York expressed support for an off-duty police officer who took his anger out on a meter maid on April 16. New York Police Department Officer Eladro Mata got into an argument with meter maid Eric Celemi, 29, after Celemi ticketed Mata's girlfriend for double-parking on Webster Avenue in the Bronx.

"I had been writing tickets and people standing on the street were applauding when I got arrested," Celemi told the New York Daily News.

Mata displayed his badge and began shoving Celemi when he refused to withdraw the ticket. Celemi held his ground and Mata allegedly threw a few punches at Celemi, who required three stitches in his left ear. A NYPD lieutenant called to the scene ordered Celemi to be arrested and taken in handcuffs to the local precinct, pleasing those who had gathered to watch.

Although Mata has been suspended, NYPD has ignored Celemi's requests to press charges against the officer.

Source: Traffic enforcer says officer beat him bloody for parking summons (New York Daily News, 5/16/2008)

Note that the police administration and district attorney general agree that it's okay to beat up and arrest all traffic cops for suing parking tickets.

Milwaukee man faces foreclosure because he didn’t pay parking fine

The ticket went unpaid for four years, eventually amounting to $2,600 in fines

Journal Sentinel
Aug. 2, 2008

Peter Tubic ignored a $50 parking fine in 2004, and on Monday, it cost him his $245,000 house.

Among other health issues he's dealing with, Peter Tubic has had headaches dealing with his van, which is parked in his driveway without a license plates. He faces foreclosure on his home and is in a dispute with the city over citations he received for the van's lack of plates.

Nitty Gritty

A Milwaukee man received a $50 fine for parking a van with no license plates in his driveway. He ignored the ticket for more than four years, and last week the city foreclosed on his house.

In what city officials believe is the first case of its kind, the city foreclosed on Tubic's house on W. Verona Court after repeated attempts to collect the fine - which over the years had escalated to $2,600 - had failed.

"Our goal isn't to acquire parcels," said Jim Klajbor, special deputy city treasurer. "Our goal is to just collect taxes. . . . It is only as a last resort that we would pursue . . . foreclosure."

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz technically stayed the judgment to give Tubic one last chance to explain why he hasn't paid or even responded, but Sankovitz ruled in favor of the city's foreclosure.

"The city was entitled to a judgment," Sankovitz told Public Investigator on Thursday. "There hadn't been an answer to the complaint."

Tubic takes the blame for disregarding the 15 or more notices he received seeking payment and warning of the pending foreclosure on the house, which was fully paid off, but says he had good reason.

He was physically and psychologically unable to handle the situation, he says.

According to the Social Security Administration, Tubic, 62, has been disabled since 2001. He has been diagnosed with psychological disorders that limit his "ability to understand, remember and carry out detailed instructions," according to documents from the administration.

In addition he suffers from chronic pain caused by degenerative diseases of the knees and spine, as well as chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and obesity, among other ailments.

In several lengthy conversations with the P.I. Team spanning two weeks, Tubic frequently grunted in pain and broke down in tears.

"They're trying to take my house away for a parking violation," Tubic said. "I know it was my own fault for letting it drag on, I've been under mental duress. I haven't been able to handle this."

Janine Geske, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and law professor at Marquette University, called the case a human tragedy and an example of how people can fall through the cracks in the system.

"It seems like a drastic remedy," Geske said of the city's foreclosure. "But on the other hand the city has to enforce its zoning laws. I don't fault the city for that.

"It's a shame someone didn't intervene to help him. . . . It would be nice if someone who worked for government would take the time and say 'let's look at this and see if we're doing the right thing.' . . . It would be nice if they would remember the human factor here."

Tubic first got the fine for parking his Ford E150 with no license plates in the driveway of the home, which belonged to his parents at the time . The radiator had broken and Tubic couldn't get his plates renewed unless the van passed an emissions test. He didn't have the money to make the repair and had more pressing worries, he said.

His father was suffering from dementia. His mother was battling cancer, and he was their live-in caretaker. He needed to shop, cook, clean, maintain the house and tend to his parents' needs.

The van repair could wait, he thought.

Then a man from the city showed up and told him otherwise. It was February 2004. Tubic would have to move the van or get license plates for it within 30 days, per city zoning codes, the man said. Somebody had complained.

Several days later Tubic's dad died. Tubic was overwhelmed, he said.

"It was a combination of things financial and emotional, my caregiving role, all heaped themselves on me at the wrong time," he said. "I still don't function well."

Month after month the city Department of Neighborhood Services sent an inspector to the house to see if the van had moved or had license plates. Each time a new fee was assessed. And a letter was sent to Tubic's home.

At no time did Tubic call or write to object or explain his circumstances, city officials said. So the bureaucratic cog kept turning.

Tubic's $50 fine escalated to $1,475, and after it was clear he wasn't going to respond, the city filed a tax lien. While Tubic paid the property taxes, he never paid the $1,475 for the zoning violation. With interest and penalties, he owed $2,645 before the city foreclosed on Monday.

Ronald Roberts, a code enforcement manager with the Department of Neighborhood Services, said the zoning code that prohibits people from parking unlicensed vehicles in their driveways is aimed at keeping residential properties from looking like junkyards.

The city issues about 1,500 fines for such "nuisance" violations - which also include illegally placed trash - every year. Many are for repeat inspections.

"Put yourself in the position of the neighbors," Roberts said.

Turns out in this case the neighbors weren't the ones to complain. Tubic had not been getting along with his brother, and his brother made the call. His brother, Jovon Tubic, said he called at the request of their mother, according to a letter from Jovon to Peter Tubic.

"One day in a very bad mood, Mom told me to get rid of the cars in the driveway right away," he wrote.

Peter Tubic, who ran unsuccessfully for the 97th District state assembly seat in 1996 and again in 1998, said he tried to explain to city inspectors that this was an internal family dispute but that inspectors "didn't want to hear it."

"If a violation exists, a violation exists," Roberts said. "We're going to enforce a violation.

"If someone says, 'I'm dealing with a death,' we're going to be reasonable and give them a 30-day extension," he said. "But $1,475, that's a lot of months mourning - not to be insensitive."

Roberts noted that every notice sent to Tubic had clearly written instructions on how to contest the fines.

Roberts said inspectors were not aware of Tubic's mental health issues. When contacted by the P.I. Team before the foreclosure, city officials appeared split over how to handle the case.

"If you're telling me we had a mentally anguished individual and that inspectors made no attempts to get at that, that can be considered," Roberts told P.I. "There will have to be some serious evidence. But if we were . . . deaf to that point, I would be willing to reconsider some of those fees."

Not much left to do

Don Schaewe, supervisor of the city's nuisance section, said he recently spoke with Tubic and that Tubic "provided a whole lot of excuses as to why he didn't comply."

"At this point," Schaewe said. "There's really not too much that would allow us to reverse those charges."

A court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11. If the city retains ownership of the house, Tubic can remain there as a renter until the house is sold, said Andrea Rowe Richards, spokeswoman for the Department of City Development. After that, the new homeowners can decide if they want to continue renting out the house.

Tubic said he set aside $2,600 in an escrow account "to protect the estate in case I die" but didn't want to use it to pay for the parking violation.

Judge Sankovitz called the case a shame and said it demonstrates the need for judges to have authority to appoint attorneys for people involved in civil litigation.

"If you were a criminal, we'd take care of the whole problem for you, get you an attorney," he said. "But if you're involved in civil litigation - in jeopardy of losing your house or your family . . . what we do is make you go out and find your own attorney.

"If we gave people the help they needed near the beginning of their problem, their problems wouldn't snowball the way they do."

Pirate News Archive: How to sue cops, towtruckers and "municipal governments" (fascist oxymoron) in civil class actions and file felony charges for cartheft by bogus parking tickets on your own private property.

Fascist Florida County to Seize Homes with Mafia Red Light Cameras

The Sarasota County, Florida Board of Commissioners unanimously voted on Tuesday to move forward on a proposed ordinance authorizing the seizure of the home belonging to anyone accused of not paying a red light camera ticket. The commissioners must now hold another public hearing and vote on the issue before beginning the process of installing the cameras.

"Failure to pay any amounts provided for under this article may result in the filing of a lien against the property of the registered owner," the proposed red light camera ordinance states. "Such lien shall be subject to foreclosure as provided by law."

In discussing the plan Tuesday, county officials made clear that ignoring a single ticket dropped in the mail by a for-profit contractor could trigger the lien. A "special master," not a judge, would then use code enforcement powers to foreclose on the home belonging to the registered owner of the vehicle if no response is received after a notice is mailed to his last known address. The foreclosure would take place regardless of whether the homeowner was even behind the wheel when the alleged offense occurred. Some of the commissioners expressed reservations about this aspect of the plan.

"So the city of Sarasota, and I guess a lot of other cities, if you get a bunch of parking tickets, they lock up your car -- they don't put a lien on your home," Commissioner Nora Patterson said. "This is pretty drastic."

Patterson ultimately voted for the ordinance but wanted clarification from Assistant County Attorney Karl Senkow as to how those who do not own their residence might be treated under the proposal.

"If there's no real property to put a lien on, there's the potential of personal property," Senkow said with a shrug. "I think there's a cost-benefit analysis as to how much effort you put into that."

Like several other Florida communities, Sarasota County intends to install red light cameras even though the state legislature has refused to authorize their use. Without the ability to suspend drivers' licenses and registrations -- which would require state support -- county officials saw home seizure as the only realistic means of convincing residents to pay up. With $2.25 million in annual revenue expected from 18,000 citations, the county wanted to take no chances with non-payment.

But the county is risking legal challenge. Both the state attorney general (view ruling) and Florida Department of Transportation (view ruling) have ruled that photo ticketing is illegal in Florida. The largest photo enforcement vendor in the US even took a swipe at its competitor, American Traffic Systems, for operating cameras in violation of the law.

"Legal opinions indicate that automated enforcement in the state of Florida remains illegal," Redflex said in a statement to Australian investors this week (view statement). "Some competitors have proceeded at risk with early programs."

Although drastic, similar ordinances have been considered in Florida and other states. The city of Brooksville, for example, attempted to implement an ordinance that would have authorized home foreclosures over $5 parking tickets. Earlier this month, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin foreclosed on the $245,000 home of resident Peter Tubic, 62, because the man, who suffers mental limitations, failed to pay a $50 ticket he received for parking his own run-down van in his own driveway. Only after the story became national news did a top city official claim he would put a stop to the seizure.

Source: Ordinance No. 2008-081 Sarasota County, Florida, 8/26/2008

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Australian Redflex Photo Ticket Vendor Announces Massive Profit Growth Not Counting Class Actions Demanding Refunds, Confesses Redlight Tickets Are Illegal

An Australian photo enforcement company today announced a period of record profits followed a fifty percent increase in the number of red light camera and speed camera tickets issued in the United States. In a report on results for the first half of the year, Melbourne-based Redflex informed investors on the Australian Securities Exchange that the company's after-tax annual profits soared 44 percent as US jurisdictions scrambled to jump on the lucrative photo ticketing bandwagon.

US drivers paid $71 million out of the total of $88 million in annual revenue at Redflex -- an increase of 26 percent over the previous year. The growth has been consistent since 2003 when the company operated fewer than 200 cameras across the US. That number has since ballooned to 1305 cameras operated on behalf of 210 jurisdictions. By the end of next year, Redflex plans to operate a total of 1745 cameras, with no end in sight to the growth of this "multi-billion dollar" business. With the cash flowing, Redflex moved its US office to a luxurious 76,500 square foot facility at the Pinnacle Peak Commerce Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Despite the positive outlook presented by the report, Redflex faces a number of serious legal troubles. Around five percent of the Redflex cameras have been idled by court decisions declaring red light cameras illegal, including a 2007 ruling of the Minnesota Supreme Court (view ruling). For that reason, Redflex has shown an uncharacteristic caution in avoiding the temptation of installing red light cameras in the Florida market, admitting that photo ticketing in the state is illegal (view Florida DOT ruling).

"Despite numerous competitive vendors' efforts, enabling legislation in Florida has not yet been enacted," the Redflex filing stated. "Legal opinions indicate that automated enforcement in the State of Florida remains illegal. Some competitors have proceeded at risk with early programs."

The Redflex report to investors boasted that the company's­ "mobile Speed product gained approval in the Netherlands" even after admitting that the company did not bother obtaining similar certification in the United States. This oversight constituted a serious breach of Federal Communications Commission regulations, for which the company now faces the prospect of federal sanction. In July, the Arizona Secretary of State found that the notary public employed by Redflex falsified documents used to certify speed camera deployments in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Source: Redflex Group Profit Announcement, Australian Securities Exchange, 8/26/2008

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Albuquerque's Contract With Redflex Outrages Councilors

City Councilors have learned that the contract negotiated with Redflex to manage the City’s Safe Traffic Operations Program was grossly inconsistent with the Recommendation of Award that the Council approved in 2005.

“While it is not appropriate for the Council to approve a Recommendation of Award and not see the final contract, it is inappropriate when the final contract bears no relationship to the Recommendation of Award Approved by the Council,” stated Council President Winter and Councilor O’Malley in their correspondence to the Mayor requesting records that might explain why such a disparity exists between the Recommendation and the actual Redflex contract.

Council staff requests for communications between the City and Redflex which could explain how the terms of the contract were so drastically different were not produced. Other requests for information were also not produced on the basis that certain information was outside the scope of the charge of the Mayor’s Automated Enforcement Study Group. The council staff member subsequently resigned from the group.

“I have a real problem with some of the changes from the Recommendation of Award we approved and the terms of the final contract,” stated Councilor O’Malley. The final contract with Redflex has no provision for termination before the end of 2009, whereas the Draft Agreement had a provision that the City could terminate the agreement with fifteen days notice (a provision which is not uncommon in many City Contracts). Further, the Draft Agreement stated t