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  • Judge orders Ohio village to pay back $3 million to lead-footed drivers

    02/13/2017 7:05:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | Brooke Singman
    Speed cameras became a cash cow for the small village of New Miami, Ohio. The town, with a population of about 2,200, collected over $3 million in revenue from heavy-footed motorists after it installed stand-alone speed cameras along one of its major throughways, US 127. The speed cameras in New Miami, which is less than one square mile, automatically fined motorists $95 if they drove faster than 50 miles per hour. It proved to be a lucrative venture for the village just 35 miles north of Cincinnati. Flush with cash, it raised its annual budget from roughly $1.5 million to...
  • What China’s ‘Highway Robbery’-Style Toll Roads Say About its Economy

    11/20/2016 11:02:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2016 | Cai Shenkun
    Why is China’s huge toll road system running massive losses despite billions of income from toll fees? It’s another strategy devised by the communist regime to siphon wealth from the public, says Cai Shenkun, a well-known Chinese economist and blogger.The Chinese state operates the largest toll road system in the world. Toll roads across the country collect more than 400 billion yuan (US$60 billion) each year. But strangely, this profitable monopoly industry reports huge losses year after year. According to recently released data by China’s Ministry of Transportation, revenue from toll roads was 409.78 billion yuan in 2015 while operating...
  • Ex-Chicago Official Gets 10 Years In Red-Light Camera Case

    08/29/2016 7:38:33 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    WBEZ Chicago ^ | 8/29/2016 | Susie An
    A former Chicago transportation official was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a company in Phoenix. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced John Bills, 55, in Chicago moments after he apologized for his actions. Federal prosecutors had asked the judge for at least a 10-year prison sentence. The former second-in-command at Chicago's Department of Transportation was convicted in January of bribery, conspiracy and extortion. Bills was accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash, along with gifts — including condos in two states and a Mercedes — to...
  • I-55 to see first P3 managed lane project in Illinois history

    02/08/2016 8:11:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Better Roads (Equipment World) ^ | February 8, 2016 | Chris Hill
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced with members of the state general assembly a plan allowing the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to add at least one additional lane in each direction to a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 55 near Chicago using a public-private partnership (P3) agreement. IDOT is allowed to use P3 agreements only if the general assembly adopts a resolution supporting a proposed project, a state law in place since 2011. This would be the first P3 managed lane project in the state. “By using existing resources to leverage private investment, we can build the type of infrastructure...
  • A Shop Is Charging This Guy $48,000 For Towing His Old Jeep

    11/06/2015 8:17:12 PM PST · by Cowman · 45 replies
    truck yeah ^ | 10/27/15 7:18pm | Andrew P Collins
    Joel Ramer and his girlfriend got stuck off-roading this old Jeep Cherokee on a powerline road in Walpole, Massachusetts last week. Seems egregious that he was arrested for trespassing and disturbing the peace, but the $48,000 recovery charge is downright offensive. It’s unclear whether Ramer got slapped with a trespassing charge after calling for help, or if somebody spotted and busted him while he was screwing around in the mud. And yeah, you can be jailed for that in Massachusetts. But after Walpole PD rolled up on him Fox25 says the cops called what is presumably their go-to recovery outfit,...
  • Seattle man's speed trap warning sign lands him $138 ticket

    06/26/2015 5:23:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    komonews ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Lindsay Cohen
    SEATTLE -- Panhandlers carry them. Protestors call them essential. But one Seattle man's sign -- warning of a speed trap -- has been dubbed illegal and could end up costing him $138. "I thought it was nonsense," said Daniel Gehlke, who made the handwritten sign "Cops Ahead! Stop at sign and light!" with a marker and a Rubbermaid top. "I am a believer that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights are there specifically so they can't be modified or restricted. This clearly is not a stop sign." Gehlke was holding the sign near 14th Avenue S. and S. Washington Street...
  • KAREN FINLEY, EX-CEO OF REDFLEX, PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY

    06/21/2015 2:45:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 | RAY STERN
    Karen Finley, former CEO of the Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, pleaded guilty today in federal court to an eight-year bribery-and-fraud scheme that helped the company retain photo-enforcement contracts with two Ohio cities. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp of the Southern District of Ohio to a charge of "conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery and honest services wire and mail fraud," the U.S. Department of Justice announced this morning. She resigned from the company in 2013 after the corruption scheme was alleged by a whistle-blower. Top executives in Redflex's Australian-based parent company,...
  • City Council President Andy Ginther caught up in red-light camera bribe case ( Ohio Democrats )

    06/19/2015 1:55:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 19, 2015 | Lucas Sullivan & Darrel Rowland
    A former chief executive officer of the red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus elected officials - including Council President Andrew Ginther - through the Ohio Democratic Party to install the cameras and keep them operating in the city. Karen L. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, according a press release from Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Records from the U.S. District in Columbus show that from 2005 to 2013, Finley made campaign contributions to elected public officials in...
  • In red light camera debate in U.S., opponents find legal technicalities

    03/18/2015 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-18-2015 | Zachary Fagenson
    MIAMI (Reuters) - As courts across the United States struggle to determine the legality of red-light cameras, drivers are slipping through a patchwork of often conflicting laws to avoid millions in fines. Two south Florida judges dismissed 24,000 red-light tickets worth an estimated $6.3 million earlier this week over concerns Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc (ATS), which provides the cameras, was too involved in the outcome of cases. By Florida law "the police have certain powers they cannot delegate to private vendors," said Ted Hollander, who represented the Florida drivers. "What we found in testimony is that (the company) had...
  • Man in Finland gets $60,000 speeding ticket

    03/05/2015 1:37:43 PM PST · by xp38 · 71 replies
    AOL News ^ | 2015 March 4 | AOL
    Breaking the law in Finland will cost you, but exactly how much depends on a couple of things. One is the severity of the crime committed, and the other is the lawbreaker's income. The latter factor is in place to ensure that punishments are equally felt by all be they rich or poor. Due to his millionaire status, Reima Kuisla was handed a roughly 60 thousand dollar ticket for traveling 14 miles per hour over the posted limit. Before issuing the citation, authorities looked up the man's 2013 tax return and calculated the amount accordingly.Though the ticket value is based...
  • Red Light Cameras, Government Greed, and the Libertarian Quandary

    12/28/2014 9:36:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Like the good people of Arizona, I despise speed cameras. But not because I want reckless driving. Instead, my disdain is based on the fact that governments set up cameras where speed limits are preposterously low in order to generate revenue. And I speak from personal experience.Like the good people of Houston, I also despise red-light cameras.But once again, this isn’t because I want jerks racing through red lights and endangering innocent people. Instead, my opposition is based on the fact that greedy governments – operating recklessly – use such cameras as tools to fleece drivers.Holman Jenkins has a column...
  • D.C. is the Wild West when enforcing tickets for traffic violators, audit finds

    09/10/2014 8:11:27 PM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
    washingtonpost. ^ | September 8 | Ashley Halsey III
    In Washington, D.C., where issuing traffic citations is a $179 million-a-year business, drivers get speeding tickets for violations they donÂ’t commit and for vehicles theyÂ’ve never owned. Those are among the findings in a 115-page audit of the three city agencies that issued nearly 2.5 million parking and traffic tickets in fiscal 2013, according to a withering report issued Monday by the D.C. inspector general. The report portrays the District as the Wild West of traffic enforcement when compared with neighboring jurisdictions and the states, with a shortage of regulations, a legion of ticket writers often confused about the rules,...
  • France’s speed cameras see earnings plummet

    08/13/2014 8:29:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 13 Aug 2014 12:32 GMT+02:00
    France’s army of roadside speed cameras may be more numerous than ever, but the revenue they pulled in through fines was almost €70 million less than the government expected last year. […] French newspaper Les Echos reported that the 4,150 speed cameras that litter the country’s roads yielded €579,300 last year. While that sounds a healthy amount to be taking out of the pockets of speeding motorists, it was less than in 2012, when rogue drivers boosted state coffers to the tune of €620 million. […] What makes it worse for the government, whose finances seem to be Europe’s biggest...
  • Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways

    04/30/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/30/14
    Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls? If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way. In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.
  • Lawmakers seeks to ban red light cameras, photo radar vans in Colorado

    04/06/2014 9:16:02 AM PDT · by cutty · 22 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Apr 4, 2014 | Lance Hernandez
    Scott Renfroe's proposal has bipartisan support. Red light cameras and photo radar vans are hot button issues in Colorado. Police say they make intersections and roadways safer, but many motorists insist that the cameras and radar vans are used mainly to generate revenue. Today, Republican Senator Scott Refroe, of Greeley, introduced a bill to ban red light cameras and photo radar vans in Colorado. It’s his second attempt. The first one in 2012 went nowhere. This time, he has the backing of several prominent Democratic lawmakers ... Refroe’s bill will be heard next week in the Senate State, Veterans and...
  • 'Slow-poke’ bill aims to stop left lane lingerers

    02/26/2014 11:06:56 AM PST · by Kennesaw · 314 replies
    Those who lollygag in the left lane of highways and interstates could be ticketed under legislation approved in the state House on Wednesday. House Bill 459, by Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, was approved 162-9. The bill makes it a misdemeanor for any driver on a divided highway who does not move to the right when a car going faster approaches from behind.
  • Man arrested for DWI after testing negative on breath, blood tests

    02/25/2014 6:53:55 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    KVUE.com ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | TONY PLOHETSKI
    One man endured a night in jail and a criminal case hanging over his head for year, only to have prosecutors say they don’t think he was even guilty of a crime... A voluntary breath test showed he hadn't had too much to drink. He blew a 0.00 on the breath test. "I told them I would take a blood sample as well, just to prove that I didn't have anything in my system," Davis said. That test looked for seven types of drugs in his system, and Davis tested negative for all of them.
  • Gov. Cuomo proposing to reduce speed limit on interstates in New York

    01/07/2014 12:09:38 PM PST · by Ouderkirk · 86 replies
    1-7-2014 | Self
    Despite 65MPH being popular among many motorists and the trucking industry, the proposal to lower speed limits along major highways in NY may move in the legislature because of ardent support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and key members of the State Senate.
  • In a Car-Culture Clash, It’s the Los Angeles Police vs. Pedestrians

    12/26/2013 11:36:57 AM PST · by DariusBane · 68 replies
    New York Times ^ | 25 December 2013 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    LOS ANGELES — In a city of seemingly endless highways — with its daily parade of car accidents, frustrating traffic jams and aggressive drivers — the Los Angeles Police Department these days is training its sights on a different road menace: jaywalkers. It is not quite “Dragnet,” but the Police Department in recent weeks has issued dozens of tickets to workers, shoppers and tourists for illegally crossing the street in downtown Los Angeles. And the crackdown is raising questions about whether the authorities are taking sides with the long-dominant automobile here at the very time when a pedestrian culture is...
  • LAPD to pay $10 million in traffic ticket quota controversy

    12/11/2013 4:43:51 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 11, 2013 | Joel Rubin and Catherine Saillant
    The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay nearly $6 million to a group of police officers who accused their superiors of imposing a secret traffic ticket quota system on the Westside. The settlement, approved unanimously, brings to more than $10 million the amount of taxpayer money spent on payouts and legal fees from the ticket quota cases. But that number could grow because one more officer's case is still pending. The ticket controversy has been a black eye for the Los Angeles Police Department. Ticket quotas are against state law. After the officers’ allegations were made public,...