I oppose red light cameras because a) they are usually a money grab for cities, b) the data on their effectiveness is mixed, c) there are questions about their constitutionality (they come with an automatic presumption of guilt), d) RLCs are leading us down a slippery slope towards further video law enforcement (including speed cameras), and e) the corrupt conduct of American Traffic Solutions. I'd like to write about this last point. Let's look at some examples:
- ATS used lobbyists to rig the bidding process in St. Louis to ensure ATS was awarded the contract to install cameras there.
- ATS used a corrupt local political figure and thousands of dollars in campaign cash to help elect pro-RLC candidates to office in Arnold, MO.
- ATS runs a Facebook page where they encourage fans to manipulate online polls about RLCs on local news sites. Comments made by RLC opponents on the page are promptly deleted (they also engage in online comment Astroturfing).
- In response to the success of the anti-RLC website wrongonred.com, started here in Missouri, they started a site called wrongonred.org to mislead people, attacking one of the founders of the former in the process.