A company that handles the red light traffic cameras for more than 65 cities in Florida has spent as much as $1.5 million in lobbying and public relations efforts in the Sunshine State. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attempting to influence politicians and the public to accept its devices, which hit motorists with red light tickets. The news source reports that six years ago, only one Florida city had red light cameras, compared to the dozens that now have the devices. State Representative Carlos Trujillo said that governments have turned to the cameras in the hopes of cashing in, and that ATS has been successful in its lobbying efforts. "They've perfected it,'' the Miami Republican said "I think it's a lot of effective lobbying that they've been able to engage in, and these municipalities have bought in.'' ATS has installed red light cameras around the country, much to the chagrin of many motorists. In Houston, citizens voted to ban the use of the cameras, but a court decision determined that the referendum violated the city's contract with the company so the cameras needed to be turned back on.
Posted in Red Light
Aug 16th, 2011