May 17, 2010
The New Texas Blood Drive
In 2009 the State of Texas Department of State Health Services began distributing money to hospitals around the state supplied by red light camera fines to assist with uninsured injury claims. While this seemed like a noble cause and received public support many Texans were unaware of how it would impact our communities. Only fifteen percent is distributed evenly among hospitals and only hospitals from red light camera cities are eligible to receive this money. The other eighty five percent is divided up and distributed to ONLY red light camera district hospitals proportionately according to the reported injuries in that district. The Entire 100% is ONLY Distributed to cities which use Red Light Camera’s
The way this money is applied is no accident. The money is applied directly in relation to how many red light cameras you have in your city. No red Light Camera’s means your hospitals recieve none of this funding. The more red light cameras you have the more funding you receive. The Houston region six for example has approximately half the red light cameras in the State of Texas. Does anyone even remotely begin to believe half the accidents in Texas occur only in the Houston Region? Yet the Houston region has received almost five million dollars of over nine million dollars that was awarded by the State of Texas. Through the distribution of funding the State of Texas has discriminated against non red light camera districts. Texans should be asking themselves why our State Agencies would be funding only red light camera cities in Texas with this trauma funding. Should Texans from non Red light camera districts recieve poorer medical treatment just because thier city chose not to install red light cameras?
Through this type of selective funding they encourage more red light camera installations which would not be based on safety but on financial revenue. Also we must consider who would be affected financially from increased injuries due to sub standard yellow timing of red light camera intersections which camera promoters and Texas Senators have supported. The answer is clear. Hospitals in red light camera regions would incur more charges from increased collisions and the idea to fund the hospitals in red light camera districts was a necessity and not an act of compassion by our Texas legislators as they would have everyone believe. Texans need to wake up and understand red light cameras are about extorting money from private citizens by physically harming men, women, and children. It has never been about helping the people in our state. Shortened yellow times increase tickets to generate revenue for the cities and state, but it also increases accidents.
Check link For State Statistics http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/FY09UncompensatedTraumaCareFundDist08_09(2).shtm
May 12, 2010
Bill White (Left) Hopes to topple the Rick Perry Adminstration and expand his idealisms of Communism and Socialism in Texas!
A group called Citizens Against Red Light Cameras began mailing out some 20,000 letters to voters in Houston. They Hope to get enough signatures to force a city wide vote on the use of red light cameras in Houston. This could deal a huge blow to Gubernatorial candidate Bill White who helped to start this program in Houston. No use of camera enforcement has ever survived a citizens vote in Texas. The elimination of red light cameras in Houston would indicate another failed program by Bill White to control Texans through Socialist Government/Corporate Cartels which he has supported to increase his campaign contributions.
Houston City Officials claim the cameras work and reduce accidents, while the Houston police disagree and openly admit the current data does not support a reduction in accidents at red light camera intersections which Bill White claimed was the basis for the cameras. This would support the popular opinion in Houston of these devices being used merely to generate revenue for the city.
‘The absolute number of collisions that camera monitored approaches is not decreasing,'” said attorney Paul Kubosh. “Let’s be fair. Let the citizens vote. Give the power to the people to make this decision on whether or not they want to put up with this.”
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May 2, 2010
A Large number of Texans Consider Watson and Carona to be Communist Supporters in our State. They support Forced Socialism in Texas!
Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) championed the cause of the automated ticketing companies by using a Senate-supported gasoline tax increase provision as leverage to convince tax-averse House members to drop their ban on red light cameras and the provision requiring longer yellow times. Carona had threatened to give local jurisdictions the authority to increase the fuel tax at a local level to boost government spending, as long as the increase was approved by referendum. The House had introduced the longer yellow provision as a safety measure in response to a Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) study that documented a 40 percent decrease in collisions after testing the benefits of increasing the yellow (view study), but photo enforcement companies and local jurisdictions opposed the provision because it would have reduced ticket revenue.
The 40 percent decrease in collisions associated with extending the yellow caution lights in Texas are being fought to keep the money making machine rolling in Texas. These legislators would rather see more Texans injured or killed to line their pockets with money. The trickle down effect of less red light runners means less rear end collisions and less T-Bone collisions. Carona’ and Watson encourage Communist control of Texans and have no interest in saving lives. Extortion of money from Texans seems to be the very backbone of these corporationlist elected officials in Texas.
Both senators have been richly rewarded by the lobbyists who support photo enforcement. For example, the firm Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson performs collection services for photo tickets and has handed Carona $24,500 in campaign cash and $11,912 to Watson. Watson took another $8000 from the lobbyists for American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Redflex — Hugo Berlanga and Michael Warner.
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