Red Light Camera Bill Needs Action—Missouri

Posted: April 10, 2014 in Legislative Issues
I wanted to make sure you saw the important message below from St. Louis County Coordinator Heather Coil.

House Bill 1976 would prohibit all new Red Light Cameras (called “scameras”) in the state and mandate all current contracts be terminated by 2015.

But we can’t do it without your help.

Since we sent this email out last week, hundreds of activists throughout Missouri have pledged their support for House Bill 1976. It even passed through the Downsizing State Government Committee on Thursday with a vote of 12-2!

However, the bill is now stuck in the Rules Committee. 

It is important that you contact Rules Committee Chair Jeanie Riddle right away, and tell her you don’t support Red Light Cameras and want House Bill 1976 scheduled for a hearing immediately!

Just last year, Representative Riddle received a generous donation from American Traffic Solutions – the company that owns the cameras.

We need to let her know that she was elected to represent the PEOPLE, not the Red Light Camera companies.

Contact Jeanie Riddle right away and insist on her support and an immediate hearing for House Bill 1976!

Jeanie Riddle (District 049)
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 309
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-751-5226
Email: Jeanie.Riddle@house.mo.gov
Twitter: @JeanieRiddle

After you contact Representative Riddle, click here to sign the petition opposing Red Light “Scameras.”

Be sure to read all the details in the email below.

In Liberty,

Deb Wells
Missouri Campaign for Liberty

 

Campaign for Liberty 

Republican Representative Dave Hinson from St. Clair wants more of your money.

Representative Hinson introduced a bill that would make all Red Light Camera tickets not assess points on your license.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

What he didn’t mention is that these tickets have been dismissed and ordinances voided in courtrooms throughout Missouri for one reason – Missouri law says running a red light is a moving violation and must assess points.

Changing the law so the Red Light Camera tickets DON’T assess points makes them legal in Missouri. Why would Representative Dave Hinson want to do that?

Because he wants more of your money.

There is something else Representative Hinson didn’t mention – the company that profits from the Red Light Cameras is writing him checks.

You see, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) is a company in Arizona that runs most Red Light Cameras nationwide, and their only interest in Missouri is making these cameras legal. It should come as no surprise to you that they have been lining Representative Hinson’s pockets.

In fact, the following NINE Representatives who voted for Representative Hinson’s bill earlier this month received contributions from American Traffic Solutions in the past year:

Rep. Cornejo (R-64)
St. Charles and Lincoln Counties
573-751-1484
Twitter: @CornejoForMO

Rep. Diehl (R-18)
West St. Louis County
573-751-1544
Twitter: @johndiehljr

Rep. Elmer (R-139)
Nixa
573-751-3833
Twitter: @kevinelmer

Rep. Engler (R-116)
Perry, St. Francois, and Ste. Genevieve Counties
573-751-3455
Twitter: @kevinengler

Rep. Hinson (R-119)
St. Clair – Franklin and Washington Counties
573-751-0549
Twitter: @dave_hinson

Rep. Kolkmeyer (R-53)
Jackson, Johnson, and Lafayette Counties
573-751-1462
Twitter: @glenkolkmeyer

Rep. Leara (R-96)
Fenton and Sunset Hills
573-751-2150
Twitter: @mikeleara

Rep. McManus (D-36)
Kansas City
573-751-9469
Twitter: @electmcmanus

Rep. Riddle (R-49)
Callaway and Cole Counties
573-751-5226
Twitter: @jeanieriddle

Rep. Torpey (R-29)
Kansas City and Jackson Counties
573-751-3623
Twitter: @noeltorpey

Source:  Missouri Ethics Commission (Contributions & Expenditures 2013)

Are these Representatives getting paid by ATS to legislate your rights away?

WE SAY NO MORE!

There is no due process or right to trial by jury with Red Light Cameras.  Those who operate the cameras prey on motorists and line the pockets of the city and the Red Light Camera manufacturing company.

Some people call them “scameras” because they are a giant scam on taxpayers.

But there is a solution. House Bill 1976if passed, would prohibit all new Red Light Cameras in the state and mandate all current contracts be terminated by 2015.

That’s why I need you to contact Speaker of the House Tim Jones’ office right away. Call, email, or write a letter to Speaker Jones and tell him you don’t support Red Light Cameras and want House Bill 1976 put up for a vote immediately!

Speaker Tim Jones
MO House of Representatives
201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 308
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone:    573-751-0562
E-Mail:   Tim.Jones@house.mo.gov
Twitter: @SpeakerTimJones

Then, click here to sign our petition opposing Red Light “Scameras”.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the registered owner is the driver only 72% of the time. Without consideration for any other shortcomings, over 1-in-4 tickets are issued to the wrong person!

We must demand our government refuse to allow us to be tracked like cattle, sent extortion letters demanding payment for minor traffic infractions (that were not witnessed by a sworn peace officer), and bullied in kangaroo courts. These “courts” strip away all your rights to due process and your right to face your accuser.

Please take action at once!

Call, email, or write a letter to Speaker Jones and tell him NO to Red Light Cameras.  Tell him you want House Bill 1976 put up for a vote immediately.

In Liberty,

Heather Coil
St. Louis County Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. Click here to sign our petition opposing Red Light “Scameras”; then click here to contact Speaker Jones. Tell him NO on Red Light Cameras.  Tell him you want House Bill 1976 put up for a vote immediately.

 

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