What’s Wrong With The Cameras Recording 24 hours a Day?

August 27, 2009

When we travel on public roads, we have a reasonable expectation of privacy.  For us to be noticed out on the road is one thing, but for our movements statewide to be tracked by a private company, or by the government, is unacceptable.  American Traffic Solutions provide photo radar systems for Pima County, and red light camera systems for the City of Tucson.  They also provide these services for many other communities in Arizona.  These cameras record everyone who passes by, whether they are breaking any traffic laws or not.  They are gathering information about our movements on an unprecedented scale with this video, and no one oversees them in the handling of this information.  In fact, they lied about the fact that they record this video in order to ease the acceptance by our elected officials.  As long as the cameras are up, we have no way of knowing what is recorded, or how the information is being used.  Therefore, the cameras must be removed.

In addition to recording video, they are identifying each vehicle that passes their cameras using a software tool called Automatic Number Plate Recognition, or ANPR.  This is a computer program which automatically reads the license plate numbers in the camera images in real time.  These systems can read one plate per second for cars traveling up to 100 mph, and are getting better all the time.

I don’t know what this database actually looks like, but I am an engineer, and if I were designing this system, this is what I would record:

Date Time Plate # Speed Direction Registered Owner
2009-Aug-23

12:03.1

123XYZ

33

North Chuck Huckelberry
2009-Aug-23

12:04.2

424XYZ

35

North Ramón Valadez
2009-Aug-23

12:05.7

GLX942

39

North Sharon Bronson
2009-Aug-23

12:07.0

AE64295

31

South Richard Elías
2009-Aug-23

12:07.1

892WES

34

North Karin Uhlich
2009-Aug-23

12:08.1

999LMT

33

North Nina J. Trasoff

Modern computer hardware can easily store millions of these records for months or years without spending a lot of money.  Before too long, they will also have the capacity to store images with your record.  These images will show you, your car, you children, and any other passengers.  I am not sure how far facial recognition software has come, but the examples I have seen are pretty good at identifying individuals.

The cameras are not monitored by law enforcement.  They are monitored by employees of American Traffic Solutions, in the case of the Pima County or City of Tucson cameras, or Redflex, for the Department of Public Safety cameras. The control of this information by law enforcement is tenuous, at best.

Let’s say an unscrupulous employee of one of these companies did a little data analysis, and decided to pull all the records for Chuck Huckleberry from camera site P134:

2009-Aug-19

11:03.1

123XYZ

33

North Chuck Huckelberry
2009-Aug-19

12:08.1

123XYZ

35

South Chuck Huckelberry
2009-Aug-20

12:25.5

123XYZ

33

North Chuck Huckelberry
2009-Aug-20

22:53.6

123XYZ

36

South Chuck Huckelberry
2009-Aug-21

12:01.0

123XYZ

39

North Chuck Huckelberry
2009-Aug-21

17:08.3

123XYZ

34

South Chuck Huckelberry

This employee could determine that Mr. Huckleberry is away from his home every day from at least 8:00 am to 5:10 pm.  He could pass this information off to an acquaintance who might be interested in burglarizing Mr. Huckleberry’s house.  Furthermore, if Mr. Huckleberry decided to go home early on the day of the robbery, the employee would see his license plate come up on the computer and be able to warn the robbers.

Alternatively, they could see that perhaps Mr. Huckelberry was in Kingman on a particular day, and know he is not home.  Do you really want a private company to have this kind of detailed information about your whereabouts?

No one knows if American Traffic Solutions is using ANPR in Tucson or Pima County.  They are not supposed to be, but they have the technology in place, and they lied to the City of Tucson and the Pima County Board of Supervisors about 24 hour recording even taking place.  Both entities were specifically assured that it wasn’t, but it was revealed later that it is.  Karin Uhlich from the Tucson City Council, and Richard Elias and Ray Carroll from the Pima County Board of Supervisors publicly complained about this in January.  Karin Uhlich stated, “When the Mayor and Council approved the red light cameras, we were explicitly told that the cameras would be only be activated during a violation. We were told they would not be running all the time.”

In light of these revelations, how can assurances they are not currently using it be believed?  They record you whether you are breaking any laws or not.  With cameras statewide linked together, we are putting a lot of information into the hands of private companies that the government is not keeping very close track of.

We have a reasonable expectation of privacy when we are out in public and these cameras remove all pretense of privacy.  It is unacceptable for a private company or the government to record us on such a large scale.  The only way to be assured we are not being recorded is to remove the cameras.  I am a careful driver, and I am in favor of better enforcement of traffic laws, but cameras are not the way to do it.

- James Howard


Top 10 Reasons Tucson’s Red Light Cameras are Rigged.

August 21, 2009

1. They are placed at intersections close to the city limits, so most of the tickets will go to people who can’t vote for the city council.

2. They use imaginary lines to enforce the law, and not the stop bar or crosswalk.

3. The yellow arrows too short, so they can hand out more tickets.  They do not meet national standards.

4. They record every license plate that goes through, whether any traffic laws are broken or not.

5. The judge who hears the cases is married to the Assistant Police Chief.

6. The camera systems are not calibrated to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.

7. The pavement markings do not meet TDOT standards.

8. Most crashes at intersections happen when someone turns left into oncoming traffic when the light is green.  These cameras do nothing to prevent that.

9. TPD officers are getting their tickets thrown out as a professional courtesy, even when they are off-duty.

10. Process sever arrested for giving false testimony causing  hundreds of people to get their drivers license suspended for NO reason.

- James Howard



A Fallen Hero

July 27, 2009

A Fallen Hero..

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Agent Robert Wimer Rosas

It saddens me anytime a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty. It really pisses me off when it’s avoidable.

Agent Robert Wimer Rosas was murdered on July 23, 2009 by criminal alien smuggling thugs. What was the response from Janet Napolitano; “This won’t stand”. Yes it will Janet, because you were a weak, do-nothing Governor of Arizona and now you’re a weak, do-nothing secretary of home land security.

Tell me Janet Napolitano, where’s the outrage now that one of your Agents has been Murdered! Where’s the outrage Janet!…

Why is the only time you speak out is when an Illegal Alien is hurt or killed?

It’s a shame that your agents have to make a decision to defend them self’s and end up in prison the rest of their life’s or be killed and NOTHING happens…where’s the outrage Janet!

Agent Rosas is a hero, he gave his life doing something honorable. You Janet, on the other hand, are a joke.

This is my prediction: Nothing will happen to these thugs, you will sweep this under the rug.

Make no mistake Janet; the blood of the agent is on your hands. You are responsible for the death of Agent Rosas.

The only way this will ever stop is for the people to take back their government. Elections have consequences…this last one was a huge disaster.

To the Rosas family: I’m truly sorry for your loss. Robert did not die in vain, people do care. May God be with your family at this time of need. My family is praying for you.


Petition Collection Meeting

April 28, 2009

Action Alert!


We need people to collect petition signatures. If you are interested, we will be meeting at the Nanini Branch Library on Shannon Rd on Thur, April , 30th @ 6:00PM in the Library conference room.
You must be a registered voter in the State of Arizona and attend a 30 min training session.

We will be collecting signed petitions and hanging out more petitions. Please make sure your petitions are notarized.

Nanini Branch Library
7300 N. Shannon Rd
Tucson, AZ
594-5365

Please RSVP via Email: bill@cameraFRAUD.com.

Join us now…! Stop the insanity! Say No to Photo Radar.  Get involved and take back your government!


Shooting of Redflex Driver – Terrible Tragedy

April 21, 2009

We can all agree to disagree on issues like Photo-Radar but one thing we can all agree on is this is no way to protest a matter!  red_flex11

This was a senseless murder of a father, husband, and friend to others.  

 

The shooting death of Mr. Georgianni is a terrible tragedy and we hope for swift justice for the family.

Our most sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Doug Georgianni’s family, friends and co-workers in this horrible and senseless tragedy.

May god comfort Mr. Georgianni family.

- The Conley family


Action Alert! Coming Soon – Demonstration of the new Pima County Photo Radar System “TEST”.

April 10, 2009

As we all have heard for the last several months, Pima County has installed several photo radar systems as a “TEST”.

We all know that “test” will mean, expand the system for “safety”.  There has already been talk of expanding the system to issue citations outside speed and red light violations. Violations such as registration, cracked windshields, no seatbelt, cell phone, malfunctioning vehicle lights, etc.

 

Pima County Sheriff, Clarence W. Dupnik, pushed the board of Supervisors to approve the cameras.
Be heard! Get involved! Call your representative and let them know how you feel, this includes Sheriff Dupnik. He should show the same leadership Pinal County’s Sheriff, Paul Babeu showed and ban photo radar in Pima County.

Stay tuned for the location, date and time…

We will be collecting Petition Signatures during the Demonstration.
 
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(520) 351-4600

The Pima County board of supervisors, on a vote of 3 to 2, voted to approve the photo radar system.
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Sharon Bronson, District 3
(520) 740-8051

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Ramón Valadez, District 2
(520) 740-8126

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Richard Elías, Chairman, District 5
(520) 740-8126

 

Join us now…! Stop the insanity! Say No to Photo Radar. Get involved and take back your government! Don’t tolerate the Photo-Radar Abuse.

CameraFRAUD.com, the leading activism group promoting the elimination of photo enforcement, will be taking the fight directly to the City of Tucson. If you’re interested in participating please email me. bill@cameraFRAUD.com.


Petition Collection Meeting

February 17, 2009

Action Alert!

 

We need people to collect petition signatures. If you are interested, we will be meeting at the Nanini Branch Library on Shannon Rd on March 5th @ 6:00PM in the Library conference room.

 

You must be a registered voter in the State of Arizona and attend a 30 min training session.

 

Nanini Branch Library

7300 N. Shannon Rd

Tucson, AZ

594-5365

 

Please RSVP via Email: bill@cameraFRAUD.com.

 

 

Join us now…! Stop the insanity! Say No to Photo Radar. Get involved and take back your government!


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