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Feb. 17, 2019, In the Year of Our Lord 2019
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Oppose Big Brother Automated Traffic Cameras Giving Tickets HEARING: Tuesday Feb 19, 1:30pm, Senate Growth & Infrastructure Committee, Room 2135, Video conferenced to Room 4412E of the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV.
MESSAGE: Oppose SB43 Auto Traffic Cameras which will give tickets. This is Big Brother and another scheme to pick the pockets of citizens. It is ripe for abuse with private companies holding way too much information on individual citizens. (or write your own message)
Background information: SB43 changes Nevada law to allow tickets to be issued through traffic cameras. The minimum administrative fine will be $50 and if you don’t pay in a month it goes up to $100. The purpose of this law is to increase revenues for local governments…another revenue stream. As of 2018 at least 7 states were trying to ban red-light cameras. One problem is that tickets are issued to the owner of the car whether or not they are driving and they have to prove they weren’t driving. Arizona State Rep. Travis Grantham, “I think everyone in the country should be concerned about this type of law enforcement action, especially when it’s so ripe with corruption.” In one case in Arizona in 2016, a former traffic light enforcement camera vendor was sentenced to prison for bribery and fraud. “The practice of privatizing law enforcement actions is just wrong,” Grantham said. “Every aspect of it is wrong. When you add the equation of for-profit into the mix, it presents a lot of opportunity for fraud and abuse.” Brantham said the third-party companies are holding too much data about motorists…
Sixteen municipalities have held public referenda against these programs, all successful. Major cities like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Raleigh and Houston have rejected red-light cameras after initially approving them. Almost every state with red-light cameras has spurred citizen opposition groups with mad-as-hell names like, “Ban the Cams”, “Wrong on Red,” and “Highway Robbery.” Americans feel rightly outraged when they believe others game the system to use the law as a way to pick their pockets. They get incensed to discover that contracts with private camera vendors can dictate policing and safety practices even when the public has weighed in against those practices.
Share your opinion on Legislative Bills: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/
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