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Red Light Cameras

Red-Light Cameras: Lucrative? Yes. Effective? Probably Not.

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.19.2014 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

The only thing Chicago's red-light camera program has done well is making the city plenty of money.

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Red Light Cameras, Drones and Surveillance: Fleecing the Taxpayer in the Age of Petty Tyrannies

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government ...

Stop Watching Us: D.C. to More Than Double Traffic Cameras

Kurt A. Gardinier | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Kurt A. Gardinier

The increase in traffic cameras in D.C. and around the country is just one more extension of our growing surveillance state. We're constantly being monitored everywhere we go and it's very unsettling.

Why A New Florida Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras

Vanessa Martin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Miami

The fight over Florida's red light cameras is headed back to Tallahassee. On Wednesday, Senate Transportation Committee chairman Jeff Brandes (R-S...

Traffic Cameras: Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 06.28.2013 | DC

U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) is planning to propse a bill to remove and prohibit cameras used to detect traffic infractions in the District, W...

Smile, You're Not On Camera (Anymore)

Posted 06.28.2013 | Miami

Smile, you're not on camera -- at least in the City of Miami where red light cameras have been suspended for two weeks until commissioners decide on w...

WATCH: Florida Quietly Shortened Yellow Lights, Resulting In More Tickets

WTSP | Noah Pransky | Posted 07.15.2013 | Miami

TAMPA BAY, Florida -- A subtle, but significant tweak to Florida's rules regarding traffic signals has allowed local cities and counties to shorten ye...

GOP Lawmakers Push Ban On Red Light Cameras

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

A trio of Republican legislators in Ohio have introduced legislation banning the use of cameras to catch speeding and red-light runners in the state. ...

Move Over, Traffic Court, It's Time for a New Money-Making Scheme: School Truancy Laws That Jail Parents and Levy Excessive Fines

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Under this increasingly popular system of truancy enforcement, instead of giving students detention or some other in-school punishment for "unauthorized" absences, schools are now opting to fine parents and force them, or their kids, to serve jail time.

City Dumps Red Light Camera Vendor Amid Corruption Probe

Posted 02.10.2013 | Chicago

The city's contract with its red-light camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems will not be renewed per the findings of an investigation into allegations...

Caught in the Red Lightmare

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 04.10.2013 | San Francisco
Gini Graham Scott

Have you ever gotten a ticket because a webcam snapped you going through a red light? Do you know anyone who experienced this?

Will Drivers Get Their Red Light Tickets Refunded...With Interest?

Posted 11.12.2012 | Miami

Thousands of South Florida drivers caught on camera running red lights are one step closer to getting their ticket fines refunded, perhaps even with i...

New Device Momentairly Obscures License Plates, May Signal End To Red-Light Camera Tickets

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 10.19.2012 | Technology

Drivers worried about those pesky red light cameras may soon be able to put their mind at ease, while keeping the police off their backs and out of th...

Jason Linkins

Here Is The Most Unnecessary Story About The Aurora Movie Theater Shooter That Can Possibly Be Written

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.19.2012 | Media

This is a bit of a late pass, but Mediaite's Tommy Christopher has flagged one of the most gobsmackingly bizarre examples of a story that mixes a blan...

Racist Drug Dogs And Other Crime-Fighting Fails

Cracked.com | Posted 07.23.2012 | Crime

Drug-sniffing dogs, red light cameras, and capital punishment--all tactics that seem like they'd do well to prevent crime, right? Maybe they seem t...

If You Don't Pay Your Traffic Tickets, We Will Shut Off Your Utilities

Posted 04.27.2012 | Weird News

Residents of one New Mexico city are in danger of having their utilities shut off if they don't pay tickets for running red lights. The city of Las...

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Speed Cameras

Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago

Though the Chicago City Council on Wednesday voted to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed camera red-light ticketing plan, a class-action lawsuit filed...

Alderman Proposes Shutting Off Speed Cameras When School Ends

Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been adamant that his speed camera plan is about safety, not generating revenue. So perhaps he'll be amenable to Ald. Anthony B...

Speed Cameras Coming Soon To An Intersection Near You

Posted 02.06.2012 | Chicago

After some stalling, Governor Pat Quinn signed off on a controversial bill Monday allowing Chicago's red-light cameras to enforce speed limits, a reve...

Report: Governor Will OK Rahm's Controversial Speed Camera Bill

Posted 02.05.2012 | Chicago

Though he had reportedly delayed his vote on the controversial Chicago speed camera bill amid a public outcry against it, it appears Democratic Illino...

Report: Rahm's Speed Camera Bill Overwhelmingly Unpopular

Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to make a decision soon on a bill pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would allow the city to put speed cameras n...

Safety Over Revenue? Emanuel Lobbies For Speed Cameras

Posted 01.08.2012 | Chicago

Now that his proposal to use red-light cameras to record and issue tickets for speeding infractions has passed the state Senate, Chicago Mayor Rahm Em...

Rahm Doubles, Triples Many Additional City Fines, Fees

Posted 01.07.2012 | Chicago

Though Mayor Rahm Emanuel bowed slightly to various criticisms of his proposed budget last week as he restored some funding to the city's libraries an...

In the Public Interest: Problems With Privatized Law Enforcement's New Frontier

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 12.27.2011 | Crime
Phineas Baxandall

Cash-starved municipalities privatizing law enforcement? Companies with business models that depend on catching increasing numbers of Americans for crimes? This can be a terrible combination.