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Menlo Park considers options for red-light cameras including possibly dumping them

From: domainremoved <jcwconsult_at_>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:15:12 +0000 (UTC)

RE:  https://padailypost.com/2019/03/11/menlo-park-considers-options-for-red-light-cameras-including-possibly-dumping-them/

To the Honorable Menlo Park Officials:
We believe it would be the best option for Menlo Park to become the 81st California community to end or ban red light cameras, leaving only 28 active programs in a state that once had 105 red light camera programs.
It would be particularly good for Redflex to lose another contract.  There have now been five guilty pleas or verdicts in federal Reflex-related indictments for fraud, bribery, or extortion in only two states.  A former Redflex official said there are similar issues in at least 12 states.
We hope you end your red light camera program.  Your residents and visitors will be eternally grateful to be relieved of this burden.
Respectfully submitted, 

James C. Walker 
Life Member, National Motorists Association 
2050 Camelot Road 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

BIO: Age 74, licensed for 58 years, over 1.1 million miles of driving experience in 27 major countries, a volunteer student of these issues for 50+ years.  I work closely with the safety department of the Michigan State Police and testify frequently before state legislative committees on proposed legislation that affects traffic safety and other motorists issues. 

Red light and speed cameras are illegal to use in Michigan.  When bills were introduced in 2013 to allow them, the combined opposition and testimony in hearings from the Police Officers Association of Michigan, the ACLU, the Campaign for Liberty, Abate, the Mackinac Center think tank, the judges association, the National Motorists Association, skeptical editorials in both major Detroit newspapers, and others caused the bills to be withdrawn.  Ticket cameras remain illegal to use in Michigan, and should be illegal in every location.  Ticket cameras are about profits, not safety.  Safety comes from proper roadway engineering, not enforcement. 
Received on Fri Mar 15 2019 - 07:11:02 PDT

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