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ATTT Orders Traffic Safety de Panama To Turn Off Speed Trap Camera in Costa del Este

Cars & TransportationThe only operational speed trap camera installed by the company Traffic Safety de Panama had to be turned off. Yesterday, in a brief statement, the Land Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT) reported they ordered the company to suspend the functions of the speed control camera, active since last June 6 in the area of ​​Costa del Este. Without explanation, the ATTT disabled the device which had guaranteed an attractive business for the company Traffic Safety de Panama.

In only 18 days of operation the system issued more than 2,000 speeding tickets at a rate of $50 each. This represented more than $65,000 dollars for the company.

The government structured for this company a monopoly on the collection of fines for the infractions detected by these speed surveillance cameras. And, incidentally, they wrote a contract that leaves open the possibility to diversify their earnings with few limits.

According to the contract signed by Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, who at the time was the Director of the Land Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT), and Ricardo Chanis Correa, a partner and friend of the Martinelli family, Traffic Safety keeps 65% of the fines for speeding and for any other offense detected and collected through the system on concession.

They could also have an active participation in the managing of the collection of fines, and to sell statistical information collected through the use of their systems to third parties, provided the information is not classified as restricted, although the contract does not specify what data would be considered confidential.

"If you do not want to give business to the company, drive well," said the current Secretary of the ATTT, Nicholas Brea, when questioned by Telemetro Reports in the morning about the business. Later, the ATTT took a step back and rescinded the only speed trap camera operated by Traffic Safety.

In the contract signed by Chanis the government demanded an investment of only $3 million dollars, and in return the company was guaranteed to earn 65% of each fine generated by the system. The State will receive 35% of the value of the infringements. (Prensa)

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ATTT Orders Traffic Safety de Panama To Turn Off Speed Trap Camera in Costa del Este
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 23 2012 @ 09:28 AM EDT

I was reading this before and I could not figure out why the deal was setup like this.
Normally it's the state that purchases the equipment, get them installed by a contractor and it should be the state maintaining these units either police or ATTT.
If the tickets where given according to speed, the faster you drive the more you pay would give enough revenue to maintain a new department within the ATTT or police and still increase tax income from happy speeders.
Other countries use this method only to increase their tax income and use part of the money for road safety but also to improve the responsible authorities.

ATTT Orders Traffic Safety de Panama To Turn Off Speed Trap Camera in Costa del Este
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, June 24 2012 @ 09:28 PM EDT

Here in Houston they tried the cameras for a couple of years. The city council said it was for safety reasons. Funny thing is the accident statistics did not change and all that was accomplished was a lot of revenue for the city and the camera company. So, the citizens got the issue on the ballot and it was voted to remove the cameras. The only major city to do so in the USA. The city tried their might to keep the cameras using as an excuse that the city would pay a large penalty to remove them. Citizens said pay it and take them down. They took them down.