You can hardly read the newspaper or watch the local news with coming across some really sad ads about red light runners and their victims. But I’m just not buying it. Why are these ads popping up all of the sudden when the Missouri legislature is considering a state-wide ban on red light camera ticket systems? And who is the National Coalition for Safer Roads?
Well NCSR is none other than a paid lobbyist group for American Traffic Solutions, the company that manages the red light cameras for St. Louis, Kansas City and other municipalities in the state. These ads are only running in Missouri, where ATS has strong roots.
This group claims to be about safety, but the real fact is that its monetary interest in our state runs deep. If red light runners where any more of a danger than the any other bad driver, there would have been an organic movement by now to demand more safety, not a company pushing its agenda. I get that the people in these ads have suffered a real loss, but a private company shouldn’t exploit their pain to make money.
There are very few ways to vet NCSR because they have dumped a load of PR into the media to shade the fact that they are just another lobbying group. Read more at pitch.com; banthecams.com; wrongonred.com
Just my 2 cents. I feel sorry for the cities and towns taken in by these snake oil salesmen. They thought they were improving safety and getting some revenue, now all they have is a headache and profits handed over to a private company.