Memo To Miami City Commissioners: Red Light Cameras Suck

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As cities around south Florida are ditching controversial red light camera programs, Miami's elected officials are about to extend its contract with the company that provides the company that operates the video recorders. Ass backwards, you say? Well, it is the Magic City.

At today's city commission meeting, commissioners will vote on a renegotiated contract with American Traffic Solutions, the company that has been putting up red light cameras at intersections in Miami-Dade and Broward. While the deal calls for ATS to get no more than 40 percent of the city's revenue from the cameras, the firm gets to stay on the job for at least 10 years. That's right Miami citizens, you can expect to be photographed and ticketed for at least a decade.

The devices have already been eliminated in Miami-Dade's second largest city. On June 30, the Hialeah city council voted to cut short its deal with ATS. The cameras only generated $100,000-$125,000 for Hialeah, according to police Chief Mark Overton. The city had predicted revenues in the millions of dollars.

Hollywood projected $1.8 million in revenue, but dropped its estimate down to $500,000. When Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado -- the subject of a scathing cover story this week -- began championing red light cameras last year, the city predicted $8 million in revenue this year. As of June, the city has only collected $1 million.

But ATS can thank its lobbyists, Armando Gutierrez and Steve Marin for keeping the cameras in Miami for the foreseeable future. Both guys run political campaigns for the commissioner and the mayor, so you know they are making sure ATS comes out on top in Miami.

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James Epperly
James Epperly

Citizens of Fla... The Tix/Pix in the frozen north of Minneapolis are disconnected and removed. Our cleavor lawyers decided they violate constitutional rights: they are Gone. So we still have the fools running red- lights as they T-Bone law abiding drivers; while they hit/run and getaway clean( kind of). As a professionally driver, they were an outstanding device, possibly removing the scoff laws from the streets and saving lives and preventing injuries.

ZangVoo
ZangVoo

Yeah you have to admit dude, those things can indeed be very annoying.www.Total-Privacy (Dot) US

Loanadvisor786
Loanadvisor786

people sould just not take red  lights so they make zero profit, and then they will take them down..cronies

None
None

This country isn't turning into a fascist police state, it already has become one. 

Terrorist Marin
Terrorist Marin

Steve Marin is behind more sleazy deals than Bin Laden.

Lobbyist scum
Lobbyist scum

Steve Marin and Armando Gutierrez are both slime balls. They are the Campaign Managers for Marc Sarnoff and Tomas Regalado respectively.

Scum.

reybermudoii
reybermudoii

Anyone with brains can connect the dots ..

the real story is why no action is ever taken

Stephen Donaldson
Stephen Donaldson

Obviously this is being done to try to PREVENT ANY NEW COUNCIL FROM GETTING RID OF THE RLC!

Any bets they removed any EARLY CANCELLATION PROVISIONS!

ATS and city of Houston pulled this stunt to (so far) DENY DEMORCACY.

Houston Voters BANNED RLC in a intiative in Nov, but the "contract" was partly used to OVERTURN A VOTE BANNING RLC!  http://www.thenewspaper.com/ne...

a more descriptive comment from 2010:  http://www.thenewspaper.com/ne...  Quote:  "The city, fearful of HB300, did not want to be forced to terminate the agreement upon the passage of a new state law and therefore, removed the termination provisions of the agreement entirely by clearly stating in the amendment that it 'remains in effect until May 27, 2014,'" Taylor explained. "The city also removed 'unless sooner terminated under this agreement' phrase that appeared in the original agreement. Had the city intended to keep its termination options available to it, it could have easily done so."For all the "public" support claims I keep hearing from scamera front groups and cities, when you see a town the SIZE of HOUSTON INTENTIONALLY redoing a "contract" to THWART A BAN OR EVEN A VOTER INTIATIVE, there is a PROBLEM with the SCAMERA SIDE CLAIM!

ATS OBEY THE VOTE IN HOUSTON, TX. 

MIAMI LET YOUR CITIZENS VOTE ON THE ISSUE!

Fight the SCAM!

Ban the CAMS!

www.motorists.orgwww.banthecams.orgwww.camerafraud.comwww.bhspi.org

P_Nis
P_Nis

"But ATS can thank its lobbyists, Armando Gutierrez and Steve Marin for keeping the cameras in Miami for the foreseeable future. Both guys run political campaigns for the commissioner and the mayor..."

Don't forget that Gutierrez runs Rundle's campaign as well therefore making himself and his people virtually immune from prosecution. Case in point, only one Miami beach cop was arrested over the drinking at the Cleavelander and causing the atv mishap while the other, Rolando Gutierrez, who's rumored to be a relative of Armando Gutierrez, gets off without getting charged.

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