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Caution: Red Light Cameras Ahead

Source: Travis Madsen, Phineas Baxandall, Maryland PIRG Foundation, October 2011

From the press release:
A new research report released today outlines problems with the growing trend among cities to outsource traffic enforcement to red-light and speed camera vendors….The report, titled “Caution: Red Light Cameras Ahead; The Risks of Privatizing Traffic Law Enforcement and How to Protect the Public” finds that approximately half of states have enabled the use of automated traffic law enforcement. Municipalities in these states contract with private companies to provide cameras and issue citations to traffic violators. Citizens have often objected to privatized forms of traffic enforcement and many municipalities have found themselves in legal trouble when they attempt to change or update these contracts. Traffic engineering alternatives, such as lengthening yellow lights, are often the best way to reduce injuries from red-light running. However, those solutions too often get ignored because contractors and sometimes municipalities are more focused on increasing revenue from tickets….
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Balfour Beatty Wins $470M USAF Contract

Source: Citybizlist, November 7, 2011

The U.S. Air Force has selected Newtown Square, Pa.-based Balfour Beatty Communities LLC as the winner of a $470 million contract to develop 4,761 residential units at six bases in the states in the next six years.

The company will oversee the Northern Group Housing Privatization Project, a 50-year plan. The initial phase covers Minot AFB, Grand Forks AFB and Cavalier AFS, all in North Dakota; Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota; Mountain Home AFB in Idaho; and Cannon AFB in New Mexico….

…With the contract, Balfour Beatty Communities will have 53 military installations in 25 states and Washington, D.C., in its footprint.

Houston latest US city turning off red-light cameras, opponents calling it a nationwide trend

Source: Associated Press, August 25, 2011

HOUSTON — Houston became the latest U.S. city to turn off its red-light traffic cameras on Wednesday, less than a month after Los Angeles did the same, in a move that camera opponents said reflects a gradual nationwide trend to abandon the devices….. [M]ore than 500 municipalities — including New York, Washington and other large cities — still use them….More than a dozen cities now ban the cameras, as do nine states. …Company spokesman Charles Territo said American Traffic Solutions still has 300 towns and cities as customers, including New York, Washington, New Orleans, Kansas City and 80 communities in Florida. And the Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based company expects to set another record in 2011 for new camera installations.