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Lundberg: Bluff City Ticket Not Related to Bluff City Ticket Ban Bill

A state lawmaker whose vehicle was shown speeding by a traffic camera in upper East Tennessee co-sponsored a bill to take that camera down this year, reports The City Paper.
Rep. Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) was cited for driving 60 miles an hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone while driving in Bluff City in 2010, just weeks before voters elected him to a third election. The photo-enforced traffic cameras did not show images of the driver, and Lundberg said an employee of his public relations firm was driving the company vehicle at the time.
The traffic camera speeding ticket “has absolutely zero effect” on his decision to sponsor the bill, Lundberg told The City Paper. “In fact, until you said that, I completely forgot about that.”
Lundberg was cited after his 1998 Ford F15 was pictured driving 15-miles over the speed limit just after lunchtime on Oct. 21, 2010. The $90 fine was paid. Because the traffic camera images do not include a photo of the driver, the ticket is considered a non-moving infraction.
The stretch of road leading up to the photo-enforced intersection had been a point of controversy a month before Lundberg’s company vehicle sped through the intersection. Local city officials were figuring out when and whether to change speed limits leading up to the site in reaction to a new ban freshly approved by lawmakers that spring to space out speed reductions and photo-enforced cameras.
The cameras are still a sore spot to this day, said Lundberg. He said he receives constant complaints that the traffic cameras are a deterrent for travelers wanting to visit the Bristol Motor Speedway in his district. He said he is also worried about traffic crashes at the site of the cameras.

Note: The bill, HB314, did not pass.

Lawyer Says He Was Offered Free Tickets to Stop Opposing Ticket Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennessee lawmakers consider a proposal to crack down on ticket scalping, a Nashville lawyer who opposes the bill alleges that a manager of The Black Keys tried to persuade him to change his position in exchange for tickets to a performance by the band.
Attorney John Ray Clemmons said in a letter that he was disturbed by the repeated efforts by Fielding Logan, who also manages country star Eric Church, to give him tickets.
“I took time out of my schedule to come share my concerns with your committee about legislation as a member of the general public, not to be harassed by a supercilious entertainment manager,” Clemmons wrote in the letter to Senate Commerce Chairman Jack Johnson, R-Franklin. The letter was first reported by WTVF-TV.
Logan acknowledged in his own follow-up letter to Johnson that he offered the tickets to Clemmons. But he said the gesture was only meant to demonstrate how easily paperless tickets can be transferred to charities.
“I never asked — not verbally and not in writing — that (Clemmons) refrain from giving testimony in front of the Senate Commerce Committee that day,” Logan wrote. “In fact, I only said that I believed the premise of his testimony to be incorrect.”
Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey forwarded Clemmons’ letter to Nashville District Attorney Torry Johnson.
Spokeswoman Susan Niland said the prosecutor’s office had not yet received the letter and couldn’t speculate on whether any laws might have been broken.
Logan didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday.
Opponents of the bill backed by Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Worldwide Inc. argue it would affect the legitimate transfer of tickets by individuals and organizations. Supporters say it targets online hoarding, price gouging and forgeries

Bill Pushed by Ticket Sellers Targets Ticket Resellers

With the new legislative session just getting under way, Tennessee is set to serve as one front in a political proxy-war between ticket-sales giant Ticketmaster and StubHub, the most prominent site for ticket reselling on the web, reports Steven Hale. The article uses an upcoming Nashville concert by the band One Direction to illustrate the state of ticketing affairs.
Both have started nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting over the regulation of the secondary market, in state legislatures in Florida, New York and Massachusetts, among others. As their names suggest, both sides claim to be primarily concerned with what’s best for the fans — from StubHub comes the Fan Freedom Project, and from Ticketmaster, the Fans First Coalition.
Often, StubHub, by way of the Fan Freedom Project, has been on the offensive. In Florida and New York, for instance, they have supported legislation prohibiting ticket vendors from putting restrictions on the resale of tickets, such as using paperless tickets exclusively, and making tickets non-transferrable. They also supported a Massachusetts bill that would have done the same, and also required venues to disclose the total number of tickets issued, and the number that will actually be available to the general public.
But in Tennessee, things are headed in the other direction. The Tennessee Sports and Entertainment Industry Coalition, a 74-member group, is pushing the Fairness in Ticketing Act (SB609), a bill they claim would address many common ticket resale tactics that aren’t aboveboard.
The high-powered TSEIC member list includes management agencies and artists from The Black Keys to Eric Church and Jason Aldean; venues such as Ryman Auditorium and the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis; and the state’s three major professional sports teams, the Predators, the Titans and the Memphis Grizzlies, along with their associated venues. Many among the group are Ticketmaster partners, though some are not. The Fans First Coalition, and Ticketmaster, support the legislation but have been less overtly involved in pushing it than the Fan Freedom Project has been in opposing it.
The legislation aims to distinguish between the fan who attempts to offload a ticket due to unforeseen circumstances, and the hardcore scalper. It would require ticket brokers — defined as anyone who resells more than 60 tickets in a year — to register with the state. Registration would be used to make sure such brokers pay sales and use tax on transactions, but also to require that they disclose certain information about the tickets they’re selling, such as the face value and exact location of the ticket, and whether the seller actually has the ticket in their possession.
…Coalition members said they believe requiring increased disclosure by the reseller would cut down on deceptive practices run amok in the secondary market.
One such tactic is speculative sales, like those being offered on the One Direction tickets. The uninitiated buyer wouldn’t know it from browsing the ticket options on StubHub, TicketsNow, or AllGoodSeats, but the sellers do not possess the tickets they’re selling. Since they haven’t yet gone on sale — either to exclusive fan clubs or the general public — no one does. But for 10 times more than face value, in many cases, an anonymous, and often out-of-state, individual will sell you a specific section and row. (Bold as the venture is, few are brazen enough to offer a seat number.)
What they’re really selling is a bet, a high-priced wager that they will be able to obtain the ticket you think you bought when the real thing goes on sale.

The Highway Patrol’s Education Reform Effort

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State troopers will be targeting traffic violators in school zones as classes resume across Tennessee.
The speed limit is 15 mph in school zones and the fine for speeding in such a zone is up to $500. It also is against the law to pass a school bus when it is stopped and loading or unloading passengers; fines for that are no less than $250 and up to $1,000.
In 2011, state troopers issued almost 3,900 citations in school zones, up from 3,200 a year earlier.
THP Col. Tracy Trott said motorists who are distracted, impatient or careless can expect a stiff penalty for driving unsafely in school zones.
Six-hundred thousand children ride school buses in Tennessee.

Oak Ridge Traffic Cameras Won’t Ticket for Right-on-Red Turns

A new state law requires cities to put up “No Turn on Red” signs at intersections where traffic safety cameras are used to fine motorists for not making complete stops before turning right on red.
Oak Ridge is saying no thanks, reports Bob Fowler..
City officials announced this week they’ll no longer use traffic safety camera evidence to fine motorists for not completely stopping before turning right on red.
The cameras, however, still will be used to document motorists running the red lights and speeding.
It’s a cost-benefit issue where the cost of putting up signs outweighs the number of violators nabbed by the cameras, city officials said in a statement.
The cameras are used at two intersections, and of the 269 red light violations issued in June, 109 were for right turn on red, according to the statement.