Bill to Stop Red Light Cameras

Posted: March 12, 2014 in Legislative Issues

March 10, 2014—From Ron Calzone:

I try not to send out hearing notices to people unless I have a good reason to believe they are interested in a particular bill, but in light of the explosion of 4th Amendment violations and general disintegration of the rule of law and due process, I’m betting you’ll care about this one…

The abuse of Red Light and Speed Cameras by Missouri municipalities is exploding. They are being used as back door taxes by cash starved municipalities instead of implementing proven and effective engineering measures to keep our families safe.

HB 1976 prohibits the use of any new ticket cameras on our roads, and requires the termination of any municipal contract currently in place by 2015.

In other words, it forces the municipalities to abide by the 6 Missouri Appellate Court Rulings striking the use of ticket cameras down, and prevents them from continuing to abuse physics and engineering to make innocent motorists criminals with the goal of separating hardworking Missourians from their money, so they can keep a cut and send the rest to the Goldman Sachs and Macquarie owned camera operators in Arizona.

Please fill out an online witness form. If you can make it to the hearing, print yourself a copy and present it yourself. We will also print and hand deliver your witness form to the House committee, along with hundreds of others as a strong showing of support. (We will also present witness forms for anyone who opposes the measure.)

Witness Form – We will hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.

 

Committee: Downsizing State Government
Chair: Curtman, Paul- (Rep-109) Vice Chair: Kelley, Mike-(Rep-127)
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: *:00 a.m.
Location: Hearing Room 4

 

Text of House Bill 1976

Section A. Chapter 304, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 304.288, to read as follows:

304.288. 1. Beginning August 28, 2014, no county, city, town, village, municipality, state agency, or other political subdivision of this state may enact, adopt, or enforce any law, ordinance, regulation, order, or other provision that authorizes the use of an automated traffic enforcement system or systems to establish evidence that a motor vehicle or its operator is not in compliance with traffic signals, traffic speeds, or other traffic laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations on any public street, road or highway within this state, or to impose or collect any civil or criminal fine, fee, or penalty for any such noncompliance, except as permitted under subsection 2 of this section.

2. Any county, city, town, village, municipality, state agency, or other political subdivision of this state that has an automated traffic enforcement system installation or maintenance contract with a company or entity on August 28, 2014 shall arrange to complete or terminate the contract by September 1, 2015. The provisions of subsection 1 of this section shall apply to the county, city, town, village, municipality, state agency, or other political subdivision after the termination or completion of such installation or maintenance contracts.

3. As used in this section, the term “automated traffic enforcement system” means a camera or optical device designed to record images that depict the motor vehicle, the motor vehicle operator, the license plate of the motor vehicle or other images to establish evidence that the motor vehicle or its operator is not in compliance with state law, ordinance, order, or other provision.

What you can do:

  1. Right NOW, either plan to attend the hearing for HB 1976 on March 13, or fill out the online witness form..
  2. Pass on this email or another with the generic witness form link to as many liberty loving people as you can.
  3. Stay tuned and watch for more announcements.

For Liberty,

– Ron

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