AAA was among the prominent interest groups in 1956 that built support for creating the Interstate highway system, and we maintain a constant commitment to ensuring adequate funding for a safe and reliable transportation network. Our challenge for the 21st Century is to develop a new transportation vision and funding sources that will meet the nation’s future transportation needs. AAA will play an active role in the debate on the future of our transportation system to ensure that the interests of motorists – those who pay for and benefit from the system – are protected.
Visible traffic enforcement by police and other law enforcement officers remains the most effective means of deterring violations of traffic laws, including speeding. Additionally, the visibility of these vehicles helps assure that law enforcemetn aid is available for
motorists in need.
Nonetheless, AAA recognizes the role that automated enforcement can play in improving safety for motorists, pedestrians, and other road users by improving compliance with red lights, speed limits, and other traffic control devices.
However, AAA opposes the use of automated enforcement systems that undermine the fair and reasonable enforcement of traffic laws and that will do little to improve traffic safety.
It violates the public trust when policy makers turn automated enforcement as a revenue source for municipal budgets in lieu of raising taxes or cutting other spending. Accordingly, when automated enforcement is utilized, program revenue should not go to jurisdictions' general funds but should, instead, be used as additional funding for programs that enhance traffic safety.
The GAO report confirms AAA’s position that tolling authorities should provide greater transparency in their decision making processes and establish clearer lines of external oversight. Toll rate setting needs to be conducted fairly, with clear justifications for increases and with the public’s knowledge.
During the last Congress, AAA supported the introduction of the Commuter Protection Act which would have restored the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ability to determine whether toll hikes are reasonable. We look forward to working with Congress to re-introduce this important legislation to ensure that motorists are more properly protected against unfair toll increases.