Fighting Back

Voters Rebel Against Revenue Robots

by Will Grigg

On November 2, voters in five cities – including Houston, Texas and Anaheim, California — approved measures banning the use of red light cameras.

American Traffic Solutions, the leading contractor in the hugely profitable and deeply corrupt traffic enforcement racket, spent millions of dollars in a futile effort to defeat the citizen-driven initiatives. In Houston, which was ATS’s biggest account, the corporation filed a federal lawsuittrying to stop citizens from voting on the measure.

Houston’s mayor and City Council, citing the possibility of another lawsuit, have refused to cancel its contract, and are continuing to operate the cameras in defiance of the election results. Houston has harvested $44 million in red light camera citations since the surveillance cameras were installed in 2006. A movement has sprung up urging Houston residents not to pay any citations issued through the use of red light cameras.

Although robotic revenue collection programs are understandably popular with the tax-devouring class, not a single one has ever survived a public vote.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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