We all understand the importance of legitimate traffic enforcement. Well, times have changed…
There’s a growing unholy alliance between cash-strapped local government and techno-crony-capitalists (such as red-light traffic camera makers). Add in the federal government’s paying of local law enforcement to “Rambo Up,” and they seem hell-bent on squeezing you for more money and commandeering your tax dollars to fund new invasive surveillance technology.
The excuse for this behavior is some combination between “safety,” “protect us from ourselves,” or “keep an eye on us to make sure we don’t do bad things.” However, more and more citizens are viewing things like speed traps, red-light traffic cameras, and other types of “safety” surveillance equipment as tools primarily used to fleece motorists for money. And these technologies are raising concerns about conflicts of interest for local government, courts, and police departments.
Motorists.org offers this one clarifying definition: “A ‘speed trap’ exists wherever traffic enforcement is focused on extracting revenue from drivers instead of improving safety.”
It’s estimated by Motorists.org that $7.5 to $15 billion is generated annually from tickets for government agencies and insurance companies, which is more money than many states take in from taxes!
Independent Living News has compiled a few things you can do to protect yourself, save money, keep your insurance rates down, and even turn the tables on overzealous bureaucrats and law enforcement…
First, take a peek at some of the “safety” surveillance measures more of us are subject to – paid for by our hard-earned tax dollars – which are ripe for abuse…
Local governments are buying drone airplanes so local law enforcement can keep a better eye on us. The militarization of local law enforcement should be of concern to every freedom-loving American.
Red-light traffic cameras are going up almost everywhere, and, in most cities, their use is expanding.
Most people agree automated traffic cameras have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with bilking more dollars from citizens. But even on that score, these high-tech installations sometimes cost more to manufacture, install, and operate than they return. (So the contractors who sell and service the surveillance devices are sometimes the only ones making out like bandits.)
Here Are a Few Simple Counter-Measures
to Protect Yourself from
Traffic Enforcement Rackets
Avoid Speed Traps
Hopefully, good Samaritans in your town take the time to remind you to drive safely by flashing their headlights or making polite gestures. However, to avoid tickets and higher insurance costs from driving fast, look into radar detectors.
Here are a few things to consider:
Check your local laws and make sure using radar detectors aren’t forbidden. In fact, some police have detector-detectors. If you live an area like this, look into equipment with radar-detector-detector-detector capabilities! If this sounds confusing, just inquire at a local auto electronics store.
Look into both radar and “laser” detectors. Laser detectors are a bit newer technology and require different equipment to detect. More sophisticated detection equipment can be updated online to protect yourself from being outpaced by evolving police technology.
In areas that have an ordinance against detectors, some folks buy stealthy equipment that hides or sits within vehicles, as opposed to sitting on a dashboard or windshield where it’s easily visible. Remember, however, that it is your responsibility to observe the law.
Thwart Red Light Traffic Cameras
If you live in a city that hasn’t made the right choice of eschewing these Orwellian cameras, here are a few tips to help you:
Log on to http://www.photoenforced.com/. This gives you an interactive map of numerous cities and areas where red light traffic cameras are installed, allowing you to plan your route accordingly.
You can also try license plate covers, screens, and even sprays – if legal in your area. They all attempt to provide a similar solution: making photographs of your license plate unreadable and helping you avoid getting a ticket in the mail or a collection agency calling your home.
One privacy enthusiast shared the idea of using blinders. He feels this is legal since the license plate itself is not covered. He mentions the length of the blinders could block photos of the license plate taken from high angle cameras. We don’t necessarily condone this practice, as it may not be legal in some states, but it shows how ‘burned’ many motorists feel by having their travels recorded by government and private cameras just about anywhere they choose to go.
There doesn’t seem to be a consensus on which of the methods (radar/laser detectors, license plate sprays, or covers) work 100% of the time. It may make sense to use a combination of the above options for the best overall effect.
And remember to check your local laws regarding their use. Government busybodies, police departments, and their techno-cronies don’t like the tables turned on them. In any case, we’re committed to help you avoid being an easy target, save money, and keep your insurance costs down.
Oh, and don’t forget to slow down!