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  • Red Light Cameras, Government Greed, and the Libertarian Quandary

    12/28/2014 9:36:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | 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 don’t commit and for vehicles they’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,...
  • Frances speed cameras see earnings plummet

    08/13/2014 8:29:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies ^ | 13 Aug 2014 12:32 GMT+02:00
    Frances 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 countrys 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 Europes 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 ^ | 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. Its his second attempt. The first one in 2012 went nowhere. This time, he has the backing of several prominent Democratic lawmakers ... Refroes 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 ^ | 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 dont 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, Its 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,...
  • EPIC FAIL: UN climate talks fall apart as 132 countries storm out

    11/21/2013 7:50:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 21, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Poor countries pulled out of the United Nations climate talks during a fight over transferring wealth from richer countries to fight global warming. The G77 and China bloc led 132 poor countries in a walk out during talks about loss and damage compensation for the consequences of global warming that countries cannot adapt to, like Typhoon Haiyan. The countries that left claim to have the support of other coalitions of poor nations, including the Least Developed Countries, the Alliance of Small Island States and the Africa Group. Poor countries have demanded that the developed world give them $100 billion annually...
  • It Costs Over $1 Million For A Licensed NYC Taxi

    11/19/2013 8:37:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 11/19/2013 | Zac Estrada
    Cab fares around Manhattan can be ridiculous, that's expected. But imagine paying more than $1 million just to own a licensed taxi in New York City. That's the reality now.The New York Times reported that the city's first taxi medallion auction since 2008 netted $200 million for the sale of 200 of the licenses, making the average price of entry to legally drive one of the roughly 15,000 yellow cabs is almost double what it was at that last auction. The medallion system goes back to the 1930s and was designed to keep the number of cabs limited to...
  • Judge Upholds Legality of Rochester Red-Light Camera Program

    11/07/2013 6:40:04 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | November 8, 2013 | By John Caher
    A pilot program in which surveillance cameras were installed near traffic signals in Rochester to catch motorists running red lights has been upheld by a judge who rejected the constitutional challenges of an attorney whose vehicle was among those caught on camera. The law, V&T 111-b, allowed the city of Rochester to install up to 50 cameras at intersections and authorized a civil fine of $50. Under the law, the owner, whether or not he or she was driving the vehicle, is liable for the fine but can sue the actual driver for indemnification. The statute makes clear that a...
  • Life in the Car Pool Lane...When a mistake cost you $495.

    10/03/2013 2:03:10 PM PDT · by lee martell · 51 replies
    October 3 2013 | Lee Martell
    I admit it, I drove in the car pool lane as a single driver. I got in a hurry and started playing that game of seeing what I could get away with. I drove from the Veteran's Hospital in Santa Rosa, toward San Rafael, past acres of vineyards, past sleep cows, past car lots full of vehicles and tried to save some time. All was well until some other driver peered out of her SUV to see me whizzing past, then and decided to join me in the express lane. That single driver was soon followed by another in one...
  • Bigger Hospitals May Lead to Bigger Bills for Patients

    08/12/2013 1:23:03 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12 August 2013 | Julie, Creswell, Reed Abelson
    Hospitals across the nation are being swept up in the biggest wave of mergers since the 1990s, a development that is creating giant hospital systems that could one day dominate American health care and drive up costs. The consolidations are being driven by a confluence of powerful forces, not least of which is President Obamas signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act. That law, many experts say, is transforming the economics of health care and pushing a growing number of hospitals into the arms of suitors. The changes are unfolding with remarkable speed. Two big for-profit hospital chains, Community...
  • Feds pay Columbus Police to set up roadblock checkpoints in broad daylight

    08/02/2013 5:30:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/2/13 | NBC4
    Daylight checkpoints
  • 5-year legal fight over ODouls beer (NM man convicted of open container in car)

    06/27/2013 1:00:58 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 56 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 27, 2013 | Steve Hansen
    TUCUMCARI A Tucumcari mans five-year effort to be exonerated of charges for having an open container of ODouls non-alcoholic beer in his car ran into a procedural hurdle Tuesday in 10th District Court. Judge Albert Mitchell threw out Gary Southerns motion to have his conviction for having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in his car set aside because it was based on a writ of coram nobis, a procedural device that has been abolished in New Mexico courts. Mitchell then advised Southern that he had two options: He could appeal Mitchells decision of Tuesday or file a...
  • Sober driver charged with DUI... even though he had a 0.000 blood-alcohol content [AZ]

    06/10/2013 10:15:50 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 64 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 9 June 2013 | James Daniel
    An Ohio man was charged with DUI after her was pulled over by the police, despite the fact that a breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.000. 64-year-old Jessie Thornton who now lives in Surprise, Arizona said cops told him that they could tell he was drunk simply by looking at him. -snip- Surprise Police Department paperwork shows Thornton was 'pulled over for crossing the white line in his lane.' 'An officer walked up and he said I can tell youre driving DUI by looking in your eyes. I take my glasses off and he says, Youve...
  • Man Charged With Obstruction Of Police Officer During Operation Thunder Stop

    05/01/2013 9:18:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 56 replies ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mike Miller
    ames Eades of Augusta is charged with obstruction of a police officer, stemming from an incident during Operation Thunder, but he says there is much more to the story than that. Eades says that he and a friend were driving down Alexander Drive early Friday morning when they came to an Operation Thunder Checkpoint on River Watch Parkway. What happened during that stop lead to Eades getting arrested... and he says it's all because he didn't roll down his window all the way "We saw what appeared to be an accident scene. A couple of police cars with blue lights,...
  • St. Petersburg mayor delays planned expansion of red-light cameras

    02/11/2013 9:45:04 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Mark Puente
    Two months after the City Council thought they voted to add more red-light cameras, Mayor Bill Foster slammed the brakes on the increase. Foster's announcement came at a council meeting Thursday after a frequent camera critic pointed out possible problems with the timing of yellow lights at intersections with cameras. Resident Matt Florell gave council members a report this week that showed that 1,645 drivers might have received improper citations because the yellow lights changed to red quicker than they should have in some intersections. Foster said he needs more time to examine the program because the cameras are generating...
  • El Cajon may be next city to ban red light cameras ( San Diego , too )

    02/27/2013 9:57:44 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    CBS 8 ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Steve Price
    El Cajon may be the next city to put a stop to red light cameras. ... San Diego removed its red light cameras last month

    02/04/2013 2:26:43 PM PST · by virgil283 · 56 replies
    instapundit ^ | February 4, 2013 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    In this era of mass incarceration, the police shouldnt be trusted any more than any other witness, perhaps less so. That may sound harsh, but numerous law enforcement officials have put the matter more bluntly. . . . Police departments have been rewarded in recent years for the sheer numbers of stops, searches and arrests. In the war on drugs, federal grant programs like the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program have encouraged state and local law enforcement agencies to boost drug arrests in order to compete for millions of dollars in funding. Agencies receive cash rewards for arresting...
  • Motorists File Class-Action Lawsuit Against NYC Over Red-Light Cameras

    12/04/2012 6:13:42 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | December 4, 2012
    Red-light cameras are gaining popularity across the country. Now, New York City is being sued after it was accused of rigging the lights to catch more drivers and write more tickets. Theyre gotcha cameras, mounted at intersections. Their photos catch and fine drivers running red lights. New York City first had them in 1998. ... By federal law, drivers have to have enough time to get through a yellow light three seconds at the typical 30 mph intersection. Back in October, engineers at AAA New York discovered a problem. At some intersections with the cameras, the yellow lights were...
  • Trooper Accused of Stealing from Victim of Fatal Crash [CT]

    11/29/2012 12:59:44 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 | Updated 2:48 PM EST | Staff
    A 43-year-old state trooper has been charged with larceny, accused of stealing jewelry and cash from the victim of a fatal crash on Route 15 in Fairfield on Sept. 22. Trooper Aaron Huntsman, an 18-year veteran of the department, has been suspended from the department, according to state police. Police began investigating when the victims family determined that jewelry, clothing and cash were missing, state police said. The Connecticut Post is reporting that Huntsman is accused of stealing $3,000 in cash and a gold chain from the victim's body. The family obtained the victims clothes from the hospital, but were...
  • D.C. Council signals turn on traffic-camera fines

    10/17/2012 4:06:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/17/12 | Tom Howell Jr
    City lawmakers on Tuesday answered a mounting chorus of motorists who say the District is burdening them with pricey traffic-camera fines in an attempt to balance the local budget under the banner of public safety. A trio of D.C. Council members introduced the Safety-Based Traffic Enforcement Act of 2012 to cap fines at $50 for certain moving violations, such as exceeding the speed limit by up to 20 mph, blocking an intersection, failing to yield to a pedestrian, running a stop sign, failing to stop before turning right at a red light and turning right on red where it is...
  • Georgia's Super Speeder Law

    10/16/2012 5:29:36 AM PDT · by cuban leaf · 47 replies
    State of Georgia ^ | 1/1/2010 | State
    New State Law Gets Tough on Illegal Speeders NEW SUPER SPEEDER LAW STARTS NEW YEAR WITH NEW FINES (JANUARY 1, 2010) Georgia drivers should mark that date on their calendars and put a sticky note next to their keys.. January 1st, 2010. Its the day the new state Super Speeder Law goes into effect in Georgia. And any high-risk drivers who make a habit of ignoring posted speed limits will be the first to feel the pinch of higher state fines (called fees) on their wallets. How much higher? The new law titled HB160 tacks-on another two-hundred-dollar state-fee for any...
  • Former D.C. cop admits falsifying radar-camera testing records

    08/10/2012 2:25:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 9, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A former D.C. police officer admitted Thursday to falsifying logs regarding the testing of mobile photo-radar cameras that issue speeding tickets a move that resulted in the department having to refund more than $17,000 in traffic ticket fines. ... the 22-year department veteran was supposed to be monitoring photo-radar equipment during overtime shifts and taking test photographs once an hour with the cameras to ensure they were working properly. In 2008 and 2009, prosecutors said Mr. Cephas failed to take the once-an-hour shots on 33 occasions and covered up the mistakes by rolling back the clock on the radar...
  • Freeways no longer? Interstates might get more tolls

    04/17/2012 3:47:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | April 17, 2012 | By CURTIS TATE
    WASHINGTON -- The federal interstate highway system is showing its age, and, faced with the cost of repairing all those bumps and cracks, some states want to ask motorists to pay tolls on roads that used to be free. When the interstate system was created in 1956, a federal per-gallon gasoline tax was enacted to provide a stream of revenue for the Highway Trust Fund. The federal government paid 90 percent of the construction costs, with the states making up the rest. That model worked for decades, but no longer. Americans are driving less because of the economy and higher...
  • 10 News Investigators: State Road 60 citations surge; FDOT paying FHP to patrol

    01/09/2012 10:04:56 AM PST · by Altariel · 7 replies
    WTSP ^ | January 9, 2012 | Noah Pransky
    Investigators discovered FDOT was covering speed limit signs with plastic bags -- an apparent violation of federal guidelines that suggest speed limit signs be posted after every major intersection. Drivers pulling onto SR-60 westbound at SR-39 go nearly three miles without seeing a posted speed limit. Similarly, there are no signs posted for miles for drivers pulling onto SR-60 eastbound at Turkey Creek Rd. FHP wrote over 200 citations in the area from Nov. 25 to Dec. 22, but claims it is being lenient in enforcement. It wrote 225 warnings over the same time period.
  • POLICE STATE: Tennesee Law Enforcement Stealing Money from innocent motorists

    05/22/2011 12:04:27 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 12 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | May 18, 2011
    Watch this report here.
  • Taking Liberties: Taxing Church Attendance?

    03/12/2011 8:56:52 AM PST · by rawhide · 43 replies ^ | 3-10-11 | Douglas Kennedy
    In August, the small town just north of Kansas City passed the so-called driveway tax, a controversial charge, in addition to property taxes, for residents and businesses based on the number of times their driveway is used. A big box store like Target can pay over $60,000 annually, while residents pay a flat rate of $72 dollars a year The purpose of the Transportation Utility Fee is to raise money for public works projects in Mission like street construction and road repair Its unpopular among residents, some of whom have put up protest signs on their yards. But its particularly...
  • Man Buys Police Departments Domain Name After Getting Ticket

    10/21/2010 1:04:46 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 38 replies
    Most of the time, if you get a speeding ticket you just grumble about it and pay the fine. Its usually not a big deal for most people unless it happens a lot or they get caught going a ridiculous amount over the posted speed limit. You can fight it in court or just pay the ticket, and for most people those are the only options. However, after receiving a $90 speeding ticket in Bluff City, Tennessee, Brian McCrary discovered a third option. The Bluff City Police Department had forgotten to renew their domain name,, and let it expire....
  • CalPERS loan sought by Schwarzenegger likely 'very expensive,' analysts say

    08/21/2010 9:37:17 AM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/21/10 | Dale Kasler
    For the past year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned that CalPERS was heading over a cliff and pawning off its financial problems on future generations. Now he wants to borrow $2 billion from the California Public Employees' Retirement System to help fix this year's state budget. The governor's plan represents an apparent about-face and raises questions about the long-term costs. The last time the state borrowed from CalPERS, it had to pay the pension fund $400 million in interest. More borrowing would surely bring more interest expense, experts said Friday. CalPERS is obliged to "treat the loan as they...
  • Arizona speed cameras go dark

    07/16/2010 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 23 replies ^ | July 16, 2010 | Steve Adcock
    Several dozen Arizona speed enforcement cameras have officially stopped clicking earlier this morning as the state of Arizona officially killed a traffic enforcement program that failed to generate promised revenue. The state ended its two-year contract with Australia-based Redflex Traffic Systems, the company responsible for installing the cameras and processing imagery. A total of 76 fixed and mobile cameras will be removed from state streets and highways by Labor Day. The state said that drivers that have been snapped along Arizona highways before Friday morning are still responsible for paying the tickets. Drivers, however, are taking a different tune. I...
  • ATS secures investment from Goldman SachsPhoenix (speed cameras being used in more than 120 cities)

    06/11/2010 8:37:27 AM PDT · by day21221 · 12 replies · 296+ views ^ | Friday, September 26, 2008 | Patrick O'Grady
    ATS secures investment from Goldman SachsPhoenix Business Journal - by Patrick O'Grady Phoenix Business Journal Dave DAmato, design and engineering manager for American Traffic Solutions Inc., works on a device that will take pictures of speeders. View Larger American Traffic Solutions Inc. is getting an investment boost from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to help it meet increasing demand for its red-light and speed cameras. Although neither company would disclose the amount of the investment, ATS President James Tuton said it was a significant amount that will net the former investment house, now a bank holding company, two seats on the...
  • Cops: Woman dumps coffee on meter maid

    03/03/2010 2:34:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies · 1,072+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 3, 2010 | Laurel J. Sweet and ORyan Johnson
    A steaming-mad Rhode Island woman reacted to a $25 parking ticket by hurling hot coffee at a 64-year-old meter maid in Brookline Village yesterday, police said. Krystle Charley, 23, of North Smithfield, R.I., will be arraigned today in Brookline District Court for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon: a $1.85 cup of joe from Cuttys coffee shop.
  • L.A. County red-light violation fines have jumped 65% to $446, Times review finds

    02/04/2010 12:03:14 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 696+ views
    LAT ^ | 02/04/10
    L.A. County red-light violation fines have jumped 65% to $446, Times review finds February 4, 2010 | 7:14 am Redlights In less than eight years, fines for red-light traffic violations in Los Angeles County have jumped nearly 65% from an average of $271 to $446. With traffic school fees, the total now exceeds $500. Ever-vigilant photo enforcement programs run by nearly 30 agencies across the county have added a new degree of efficiency to catching violators and capturing revenue to fund a variety of government programs. In November alone, Los Angeles Countys Superior Court system processed payments on an estimated...
  • Need Advice on Fighting an Unjust Speeding Ticket

    12/30/2009 9:14:26 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 84 replies · 2,712+ views ^ | 29 December 2009 | 1st Sgt. J.C. Melvin
    While this may be a vanity, I believe it is another chapter in a growing trend of government to prey on its citizen subjects to add to their coffers.Yesterday, while returning home from a Christmas visit to relatives, my daughter was picked up on I-77 just north of the Big Walker Mountain Tunnel.She is 24, a cautious driver and never had a speeding ticket before. I'm 54 and have had only one, when I was slightly younger than she is now.The circumstances of the ticket are suspect. She was passing a semi-trailer going in the 50's on a steep downhill...
  • House Democrats considering insurance tax

    09/25/2009 12:42:09 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 90 replies · 6,194+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2009 | Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    House Democrats are considering an insurance tax to help pay for their health care overhaul plan, even though such a funding scheme is bitterly opposed by labor unions that are among the party's most loyal constituencies. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday a tax on high-cost health insurance plans is "under consideration" as Democrats search for consensus within their ranks before taking a bill to the House floor later this fall. "We just have to see how much money we need for what," Pelosi said. "And if we're taking the bill down in cost, there are other provisions in...
  • Out of Gas: Congress Raids the Highway Trust Fund

    09/08/2009 8:04:48 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 1,816+ views
    Coburn Oversight Committee ^ | July 30th 2009 | Coburn and McCain
    Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain released a report on $78 billion from the Highway Trust Fund not being spent on bridges or roads. “Out of Gas: Congress Raids the Highway Trust Fund for Pet Projects While Bridges and Roads Crumble” includes an analysis of a newly published GAO study the two Senators requested to determine how Congress is spending Highway Trust Fund receipts.
  • Taxpayers Should Not Pay Extortionists (Just Vote NO on Phony Spending Cap Prop. 1A Alert)

    02/23/2009 4:48:29 PM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 545+ views
    Flash Report ^ | 2/23/2009 | Jon Coupal
    The pictures told the story. They were laughing, back slapping and sharing high fives all around. It could have been Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang celebrating a successful train robbery. Only these were malefactors of another sort. They were members of the Legislature expressing their joy immediately after agreeing to make California taxpayers the most overburdened in the nation for at least the next two years. Lawmakers and the governor, who was equally eager to get his hands on the new tax revenue, sought to make the bitter medicine taste better by promising the new taxes were temporary --...
  • Study: Traffic Ticketing Rises in Slump

    01/12/2009 10:15:05 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 16 replies · 946+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Jan. 11, 2009 | Steve Harrison
    The economy is in the toilet. So do yourself a favor and ease up on the accelerator. That's the indirect message of a recent study by two economists, who found that when government revenues dry up, police write more speeding tickets. After analyzing 14 years of data in North Carolina, the pair found that for every 1 percent drop in government revenue, the number of traffic tickets issued per capita increases by 30 percent the following year. “It's significant,” said University of Arkansas-Little Rock economics professor Gary Wagner, who co-authored Red Ink in the Rearview Mirror: Local Fiscal Conditions and...
  • Billions in Highway Taxes Diverted to General Spending

    01/07/2009 9:04:20 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 1,959+ views
    The Newspaper ^ | 12/12/2006
    Billions of dollars collected from motorists from gasoline taxes, tolls, and registration fees are being diverted by state and local governments into uses that have nothing to do with roads and highways. According to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration, motorists gave state and local government $40.3 billion in 2005 for the ability to drive and own a vehicle. Gasoline taxes accounted for $20.5 billion in revenue while registration fees and miscellaneous taxes generated $13.5 billion. State and local toll roads also collected $6.4 billion from motorists. After accounting for administration and overhead, $28.5 billion remained for all...
  • Bailed-Out Bank Goes on Toll Road Buying Binge (Citi)

    12/01/2008 2:50:17 PM PST · by Glenn · 14 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Newspaper ^ | 12/01/2008 | Unattributed
    Bailed out Citigroup fund spends $10 billion buying 44 foreign toll roads. 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...
  • CA: Commission approves financing plan for toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways

    07/23/2008 4:45:37 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 11 replies · 179+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 23 July 2008 | Denis Cuff
    Commission approves financing plan for toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways A Bay Area transportation commission took a step today toward creating an 800-mile network of toll lanes on parts of Highway 101 and other local freeways for car pools and drivers who pay a toll. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved a 25-year financing plan that allocates $6.1 billion for the lanes. Transportation planners say the money for the project will come from the tolls collected from motorists who use the lanes. The commission also approved a set of principles for developing the network. The profits from...
  • CA: 800 miles of toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways proposed

    07/22/2008 6:32:38 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 30 replies · 197+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 21 July 2008 | Denis Cuff
    800 miles of toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways proposed A Bay Area transportation commission is proposing the creation of a $3.7 billion, 800-mile-long network of mixed-use carpool and toll lanes on more than 12 freeways in a big new attempt to ease chronic traffic congestion. Called High Occupancy Toll or HOT lanes because they are free to car poolers in rush hour and open to other vehicles for a toll, the network of express lanes would be developed over the next 25 years by a group county, regional and state transportation agencies. The lanes would be...
  • POLICE: "To serve & Protect" changed to "Stop, issue ticket, generate revenue"

    07/16/2008 12:52:54 PM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 49 replies · 135+ views
    I can't help but notice that the NYS Police, the Sheriff's, and the local town and city cops no longer walk the beat or do much "protecting" They are trained now to make their primary priority issuing minor tickets that have big fines. Offense: Cell phone use = $150 bucks They also are trained to scan your auto inspection sticker, one day out of inspection and you may pay $200. Speed traps, you name it, Police are now a profit center first and foremost, more reason for people who want to prtect themselves to purchase the guns of their choice.
  • 55 mph is So 70s: Voters Oppose Lowering National Speed Limit

    07/07/2008 10:49:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies · 115+ views
    55 mph is So 70s: Voters Oppose Lowering National Speed Limit Monday, July 07, 2008 A proposal to conserve energy by reducing the nationwide speed limit to 55 miles-per-hour is strongly opposed by the nations voters. Voters continue to prefer solutions that lead to finding more energy rather than relying upon conservation efforts. Majorities support both drilling for oil in both offshore wells and in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 59% of voters oppose the lower speed limit and 34% support it. Democrats are fairly evenly divided on the proposal with...
  • US speeders slapped with fuel surcharges on top of fines

    06/19/2008 1:22:45 PM PDT · by 300magnum · 58 replies · 300+ views
    AFP ^ | Thu Jun 19
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Some cash-strapped US municipalities are resorting to slapping fuel surcharges onto tickets issued to speeding drivers in order to fill dwindling city coffers hit hard by skyrocketing gas prices. Beginning July 1, the Georgia town of Holly Springs, near the city of Atlanta, will add a surcharge of 12 dollars for each moving violation as a means to avert a budget deficit brought on by high fuel prices. "It's a creative and innovative idea of our police chief," said Holly CothranDrake, spokeswoman of the city administration which on Wednesday received queries from several American municipalities that are...
  • Montgomery's Finest Won't Pay Fines ( Maryland )

    05/19/2008 12:17:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 675+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2008 | Ernesto Londoo
    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. 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...