"Revenue into the town jumped from $431,637 in 2016 to $1,233,469 in 2020. That jump wasn’t from tax receipts. The only commercial taxes generated in Brookside are from a single Dollar General store. The town raked in $610,000 in fines and forfeitures (from seizures of cars in traffic stops). Not only is half its budget coming from fining travelers, the amount the police are bringing in is more than its entire revenue stream just five years ago."


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Call your reps to urge opposition to the bus scameras.

"School buses could soon carry cameras to monitor motorists around them in an attempt to prevent people from passing buses when they are stopped."

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"It’s a concept never done before, and it’s about to happen in Bexar County: Getting a traffic ticket sent to your phone without an officer pulling you over. One police department will be the first in the nation to test it."


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Chicago’s speed cameras in 10 months churned out nearly as many tickets as the prior 3 years combined, handing every city household 2.2 tickets. The 8-fold spike came immediately after the city started ticketing at 6 mph over the limit.


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Whether it’s our financial records, our phone records or the countless other records held about us by third parties, this data is generally open to police even without a warrant. This so-called “third-party doctrine” has come under more scrutiny in recent years, and there is some hope the courts will catch up with the changes in technology.


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Google Maps has a feature to check for speed cameras on the road in Google Maps. You can receive radar presence alerts so that you can slow down, and check where they are before planning your route. The radar query on Google Maps is already active in 40 countries, including the UK, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, and the United States. Here’s how to view speed cameras on Google Maps.


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You can bet, though, that a digital license will be more convenient for the police during traffic stops. A scan of the driver’s QR code can provide instantaneous access to his/her history. Information from the stop (including drone or body cam video) can be scanned in, becoming a permanent entry to the driver’s record. The officer then instantly sends a ticket via the police handheld device back to the driver’s phone without creating a paper trail.


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The camera also looks at the driver’s posture movements, body temperature for signs of fatigue and basically uses all information it can to gauge a driver’s alertness. If the driver appears drowsy, then it will send an alert recommending a break or stopping the vehicle along the shoulder.

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Nashville’s Community Oversight Board wants the Metro Council to vote down a bill that would expand the use of license plate readers in the city.


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And let the slippery slope begin.

"Sjöblad demonstrated how Epicenter’s rice-sized microchip, which has been adapted as a COVID-19 passport, is implanted under the skin either in the arm on between the thumb and forefinger."


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According to Fox 2 Detroit, John Nelson had only owned his Charger for two days when he parked it at Great Lakes Crossing, a shopping center in Auburn Hills, a small city about 30 miles north of downtown Detroit. After shopping for about two hours, he said he left for a friend’s house. That’s when he received a notification on his phone that he was being tracked by an AirTag.


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By 2026, vehicles sold in the US will be required to automatically and silently record various metrics of driver performance, which includes listening to you in your car, tracking your eyes, and then make a decision, absent any human oversight, whether the owner will be allowed to use their own vehicle. Even worse, the measure goes on to require that the system be “open” to remote access by “authorized” third parties at any time.


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The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to prevent the village of Brice from issuing photo radar tickets that cannot be legally enforced. Alexander Maxwell, a recent graduate from the Ohio State University law school, sought an order shutting the speed trap down, arguing the current situation is built on deception since photo tickets are immediately dismissed once the recipient sends an email or makes a phone call to challenge the notice received in the mail – but few individuals know to do so.


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The City of Knoxville’s motor vehicle noise ordinance requests that cars keep their noise levels under 90 decibels if they are driving faster than 35 miles per hour. If the new cameras catch you breaking the noise limit, they could help the city hand you a $50 fine.

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Many new cars have such systems, often styled Drowsy Driver Alert or some similar thing. Subaru, for instance, calls their system EyeSight. Computer eyes monitor your eye movements for evidence of distraction or fatigue, according to some programmed-in metric. If the computer decides you aren’t focused on the road, it triggers a cup of coffee icon that you can see -- lit up in the dash -- along with a "suggestion" you rest rather than drive.


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California using smash and grabs to push plate readers while some correctly point out that it is the catch and release that is the problem.

Cameras do not deter crimes. Arresting people and not releasing dangerous criminals deter crime!

Plate readers do not stop crime! They are letting the criminals back on the street!

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Police pulled over Lara near Reno on February 19. After he consented to a search, the officers discovered nearly $90,000 in bundled cash in Lara's backpack. Although Lara was not arrested or charged with a crime, the officers claimed the money was drug trafficking proceeds and seized through a practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

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