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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