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  • Chicago expands lawsuit against former red-light camera contractor

    12/17/2015 12:37:44 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies ^ | 12-15-2015
    The city of Chicago on Monday expanded its lawsuit against Redflex Traffic Systems to include the former red-light camera contractor's parent company. The amended suit was filed Monday in federal court and added Redflex Holdings Ltd. as a defendant. The city said violations of the False Claims and False Statements ordinances prompted the filing. "In connection with each of the city contracts, the defendants filed numerous statements, under penalty of perjury, certifying, among other things, that they were not engaged in bribery of any city employees, and that they would comply with the ethics ordinance," the filing stated. "These statements...
  • Report: Southern California Red Light Cameras Fail To Reduce Accidents

    08/30/2015 8:34:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The Newspaper ^ | 8/26/2015
    Analysis finds no safety improvement from red light cameras in Garden Grove and Los Alamitos, California. Red light cameras are disappearing from California. Once the state had more than a hundred cities using automated ticketing machines, but by now a greater number of jurisdictions have canceled their programs than have functional cameras. On Monday, the Los Alamitos city council decided to keep its cameras despite a new report showing the devices have not improved safety. Jay Beeber, Executive Director of Safer Streets LA, provided his analysis of the safety impact of photo enforcement use to the city councils in Los...
  • Missouri Supreme Court Delivers Three Strikes Against Photo Tickets

    08/19/2015 9:33:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The Newspaper ^ | 8/19/2015
    Defense attorneys challenging red light cameras win three cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. The highest court in Missouri on Monday struck down red light camera and speed camera programs. In three separate cases, the high court judges found that the cameras unconstitutionally shifted the burden of proof by forcing ticket recipients to prove their own innocence. The judges also found that the creation of "civil" citations and administrative hearings for moving traffic violations violated state law. The decisions were a major blow to American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the Arizona-based vendor .. Earlier this year, the firm settled a class...
  • Columbus gives Redflex contract the red light ( Ohio )

    07/16/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    WCMH ^ | July 16, 2015 | Andy Long
    Mayor Michael Coleman announced Wednesday the termination of the city’s contract with Redflex, effective immediately. Redflex is the company that handled Columbus’ red light camera program before a state law forced the city to cease issuing citations. The announcement comes after a Redflex executive pleaded guilty to charges relating to bribing public officials. “Based upon the City’s contract authority, we will be terminating the contract with Redflex immediately,” said Mayor Coleman. “I support a photo red light camera program because it saves lives, however the actions of the Redflex executives have raised questions about the integrity of their program.”
  • City Council President Andy Ginther caught up in red-light camera bribe case ( Ohio Democrats )

    06/19/2015 1:55:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 19, 2015 | Lucas Sullivan & Darrel Rowland
    A former chief executive officer of the red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus elected officials - including Council President Andrew Ginther - through the Ohio Democratic Party to install the cameras and keep them operating in the city. Karen L. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery, according a press release from Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Records from the U.S. District in Columbus show that from 2005 to 2013, Finley made campaign contributions to elected public officials in...
  • FL: Red light camera company sued over unconstitutional tickets

    11/17/2014 6:22:27 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | November 14, 2014 | Josh Kaib
    Red light camera programs in Florida are in a state of flux after a Florida District Court of Appeals judge said the current system of issuing tickets is unconstitutional. On Monday, a class action lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Miami, seeking $5 million in damages from American Traffic Solutions, which operates most of the cameras in the state. The lawsuit also demands that ATS reimburse every driver who has paid tickets issued by the company. But its not the only lawsuit against ATS in the Sunshine State. So far, plaintiffs have filed three suits. ... this means...
  • City's Speed Traps Backfire [Chicago]

    10/18/2014 10:00:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 58 replies
    Yahoo! Screen ^ | CBS-Chicago
    Drivers in Chicago have gotten wise to speed cameras, budget figures show, and now the city needs to come up with $50 million in revenue. Chicagoans are costing the city tens of millions of dollars -– through good behavior. Mayor Rahm Emanuel underestimated the intelligence of Chicago drivers, and the city paid for it big time. On a smooth, wide, well-travelled stretch of Irving Park Road, running between two cemeteries — no homes, no stores, no parking — the city of Chicago is trying to balance its budget. Each flash means a photo; each photo, a violation. Each violation: a...
  • Audit Upholds Majority Of Red-Light Camera Tickets (Chicago)

    10/02/2014 3:28:53 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | 10/02/2014 | Chuck Sudo
    An independent audit of nearly 16,000 red-light camera tickets determined that a majority of them were correctly issued. Ninety-six percent of the tickets were deemed to be properly issued, to be precise. . . . CDOT spokesman Peter Scales told the Sun-Times the validation rate was in line with the city’s expectations.
  • 17,000 N.J. red light camera fines dismissed because drivers never got the tickets

    08/21/2014 6:03:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | August 21, 2014 | Matt Friedman
    Thousands of drivers in New Jersey were caught on camera allegedly running red lights but were never informed of the potential fines they faced because of a technical glitch. And the state Judiciary has asked local courts to throw out all 17,000 alleged infractions. The state lawmaker who today brought the issue to the public’s attention — Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon —said it's is just the latest example of why New Jersey’s red light camera should not be renewed when it reaches its December expiration date. ... The news of the glitch comes just days after the former CEO of Redflex...
  • Ex-CEO of company in red light camera bribery scandal indicted (Chicago)

    08/13/2014 1:38:54 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 5 replies ^ | 08/13/2014 | Sun-Times
    The former CEO of the company at the heart of Chicago's red light camera bribery scandal has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Karen Finley — the 54-year-old former boss of Redflex Traffic Systems — was indicted Wednesday, three months after city worker John Bills was charged with soliciting bribes to help Redflex win the city's lucrative red light camera contract, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. . . . . . But evidence of unexplained spikes in tickets issued at intersections since then means the red light program remains a political headache for Emanuel.
  • EDITORIAL: One traffic-ticket camera kickback scheme hits a red light

    05/19/2014 7:27:37 AM PDT · by cutty · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2014
    <p>Those big, ugly early birds began circling over the corporate headquarters of the revenue-camera industry last week when federal prosecutors announced that felony corruption charges had been filed against the Chicago city official in charge of one of the world’s largest red-light camera operations. More dominoes are expected to fall as FBI agents take the investigation to other cities.</p>
  • Lawmaker Does U-Turn on Red Light Cameras

    09/17/2013 10:08:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/16/2013 | Anne Schieber
    The Michigan lawmaker sponsoring a bill authorizing red light cameras has made a U-turn on the issue. Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, who chairs the House Transportation Committee, last year co-sponsored a bill that would have banned red light cameras. This year, he sponsored a bill that would have brought red light cameras to traffic intersections across the state. However, Rep. Schmidt said he has chosen not to move the red light authorization bill forward because of concerns he says he now has about traffic cameras and privacy issues. He made the revelation after Michigan Capitol Confidential inquired about his...
  • New Florida Law Raises Red Light Camera Fines

    07/28/2013 5:18:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | July 25, 2013 | Alyssa Carducci
    Florida drivers who unsuccessfully contest red light camera tickets will have to pay $250 in administration fees, in addition to the cost of the ticket, under a new state law that took effect this month. The state legislature authorized the higher administration fees despite revelations earlier this year that state and local governments surreptitiously reduced yellow light times at intersections with red light cameras in order to induce more red light-running and more ticket revenue. Local governments often view the red light cameras as revenue makers, serving as a form of hidden tax on motorists. However, the enhanced “tax” money...
  • Red light: Traffic cameras bring Ohio town to screeching halt

    06/07/2013 7:43:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 07, 2013 | Michael Cipriano
    <p>Those traffic cameras drivers hate and municipal bean counters love have brought a small village in Ohio to a grinding halt.</p> <p>Elmwood Place (pop. 2,188) has seen four of its six Village Council members resign amid public outrage over a flurry of fines issued by the cameras. The devices have raised nearly $2 million for the tiny Cincinnati suburb, but angry drivers and shopkeepers complain the ticket blitz from above could turn downtown Elmwood Place into a ghost town. Now, with two-thirds of the council gone, partly in protest over the cameras, the governing body can't reach a quorum to conduct the people's business.</p>
  • Red light camera petition picks up speed ( Tucson )

    05/28/2013 12:12:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    KGUN9-TV ^ | May. 27, 2013 | Cory Marshall
    It is a petition to end what many Tucson drivers describe as a traffic light trap. John Kromko is the man behind the petition. His group, Tucson Traffic Justice, claims the cameras are a scam. ... Ditching the cameras is not as far-fetched as it may seem. More and more cities are shutting down the system including San Diego, Los Angeles and Tempe.
  • Shortened yellow light standards result in more red light camera tickets

    05/14/2013 3:33:55 PM PDT · by oxcart · 65 replies ^ | 05/14/13 | Noah Pransky
    TAMPA BAY, Florida (WTSP) -- A subtle, but significant tweak to Florida's rules regarding traffic signals has allowed local cities and counties to shorten yellow light intervals, resulting in millions of dollars in additional red light camera fines. The 10 News Investigators discovered the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) quietly changed the state's policy on yellow intervals in 2011, reducing the minimum below federal recommendations. The rule change was followed by engineers, both from FDOT and local municipalities, collaborating to shorten the length of yellow lights at key intersections, specifically those with red light cameras (RLCs). While yellow light times...
  • 3 more Redflex execs out as fallout continues for city's red light camera firm (Chicago)

    03/05/2013 10:29:35 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 02, 2013 | David Kidwell
    The president, chief financial officer and top lawyer for Chicago's red light camera company resigned this week amid an escalating corruption scandal that has cost Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. its lucrative, decadelong relationship with the city. The resignations came as Redflex said it was winding down a company-funded probe into allegations of an improper relationship between the company and the former city transportation manager who oversaw its contract until 2011, a relationship first disclosed by the Tribune in October. A longtime friend of that city manager was hired by Redflex for a high-paid consulting deal. The company recently acknowledged it...
  • Motionless Driver Gets Ticketed For Speeding

    12/14/2012 9:13:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | December 14, 2012 | Philip Hodges
    Speeding tickets generate revenue for the city or county in which they’re issued. If the police department is low on revenue, they’ll set up a speed trap on a busy road and lie in wait for the non-violent speed violators. If the city is really desperate, they’ll invest in a speed camera system that will be distributed around the city and send citations to the registered owners of the alleged speeding vehicles. And if they’re still not happy with the money they’re making, they’ll start issuing speeding tickets to people who aren’t even speeding. In Baltimore, Maryland, they’ve generated over...
  • Welcome to [FREEPers, How Do I Fight A Florida Red Light Ticket?]

    05/21/2012 12:06:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies ^ | 5/21/12 | SFF
    Here you'll be able to pay a ticket, view how your traffic violation took place, and find answers...
  • Court Reverses Red-Light Camera Conviction (California)

    02/18/2012 12:32:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | Feb. 17, 2012 | San Diego Union-Tribune
    Court Reverses Red-Light Camera Conviction A court ruling that reversed a red-light camera conviction for a Los Angeles woman could have implications for drivers throughout California, including San Diego County, a local attorney said. Last month, the state’s 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles agreed with the woman’s argument that a Beverly Hills police officer who testified at her traffic court trial was unqualified to do so because he was not the one who monitored and calibrated the red-light camera that cited her. Instead, Annette Borzakian — an attorney who represented herself in the case — argued that...
  • City turning red-light cameras back on

    07/06/2011 10:57:36 AM PDT · by Ron H. · 46 replies ^ | July 6, 2011 | News Item
    The city of Houston will turn its red-light cameras back on today, Mayor Annise Parker announced after this morning’s City Council meeting. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, tickets will be issued after a “short period of equipment testing.”
  • Judge: Red light tickets unconstitutional

    06/10/2011 1:04:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    June 10, 2011
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- A Florida judge says red light tickets issued by police officers are unconstitutional because they impose more severe penalties than red light camera citations. Broward County Judge Fred Berman noted last week police write tickets for $260 when they observe a motorist blowing through a red light while $158 citations are issued to motorists caught by the red light cameras, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday. Berman said the police-issued tickets, which also impose points on driver's licenses, violate equal protection provisions in the U.S. and Florida constitutions. The ruling eliminated a ticket issued to a motorist...
  • (Memphis TN City Councilman) Lowery Proposes Speed Cameras as Possible Budget Solution

    05/26/2011 4:27:06 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 14 replies
    My Fox Memphis ^ | 05/26/2011 | My Fox Memphis
    Chairman Myron Lowery is the latest City Councilman to suggest a possible solution for the City’s budget woes. During Wednesday City Council meeting, Lowery proposed expanding the red light camera program to include speed enforcement. He says by equipping the cameras with radar guns, the city could make enough money from tickets to prevent a city tax hike and job cuts. Lowery has invited to Memphis a representative from American Traffic Solutions. The company operates the speed cameras and will meet with the council next Wednesday.
  • "Red Light Camera" Exec Suspended for Trolling Internet Sites (touting the cameras)

    05/24/2011 6:51:21 AM PDT · by decimon · 106 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | May 24, 2011 | Tiffany Kaiser
    Bill Kroske, the vice president of business development at American Traffic Solutions, posed as a Spokane local on The Spokesman-Review website in an attempt to promote his company's productsA business executive at American Traffic Solutions has been suspended after posing as a local resident of Spokane on the company's website and newspaper websites, where he posted comments supporting the red-light camera's that were placed in the Washington city. American Traffic Solutions, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializes in photo enforcement and red-light camera contracting. The company has red-light cameras placed throughout the United States, with one of the cities...
  • Virginia law allows folks to ignore red light camera tickets!

    10/10/2010 4:02:18 PM PDT · by majstoll · 17 replies
    Unless you are served personally (i.e., deputy hands you the summons), there is no penalty for ignoring red light camera tickets mailed to you or tacked to your door.
  • Man Gets Speeding Ticket, Buys Police Website

    06/08/2010 11:27:09 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies · 126+ views
    Tom's Guide ^ | June 8, 2010 | Kevin Parrish
    An anti-speed camera activist purchased the expired domain of the police department that issued his speeding ticket. A Gray, Tennessee computer network designer and anti-speed camera activist received a $90 speeding ticket in nearby Bluff City, and exacted his revenge by purchasing the offending police department's expiring web domain. Brian McCrary said that he received a letter in the mail from the Bluff City Police Department stating that a speed camera caught him driving 56 mph through a 45 mph zone on U.S. Highway 11E. The camera went active on January 1 and tracked 1,662 speeders during its first six...
  • Can Cities/States be sued under RICO for RED LIGHT and Speed cameras?

    01/23/2010 1:12:58 PM PST · by Neidermeyer · 26 replies · 618+ views
    The local government here (Apopka, FL) along with the state is really bothering me and I would like to do something about it. My premise is that red light cameras are rigged to create revenue , usually by shortening yellow lights. In addition the vast majority of tickets are for right on red violations where the car slows to one or two mph (or actually stops but for a very short interval so the camera system measures a speed , any speed for the one second interval it uses as a base for the speed computation). In my city they...
  • CS Red Light Cameras Voted Out

    11/04/2009 1:06:17 PM PST · by ziravan · 6 replies · 617+ views
    KBTX News 3 - CBS College Station, TX ^ | 11/03/09 | KBTX News 3 (CBS)
    The proposition to do away with red light cameras in College Station passed by a margin of 52-48 percent.
  • Red-light runners caught red-handed ( Shorter Yellow Lights ? )

    06/13/2009 8:16:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 1,309+ views
    SignOnSanDiego ^ | June 13, 2009 | Wendy Fry
    8,261 tickets issued in less than a year. The red-light-camera program dates to 1996, but has not run continuously because of legal and contractual issues. The city now has 12 cameras online and is preparing to activate three more. In late 2007, the City Council approved the current three-year, $4.5 million contract with American Traffic Solutions of Scottsdale, Ariz., which installs and maintains the cameras and processes photos. “In both management and technology, this program has improved by leaps and bounds,” said San Diego police Sgt. Joe Bane... the cameras have generated more tickets than anticipated, and the extra money...
  • Farmington officials nix red-light cameras ( NM )

    05/13/2009 12:21:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies · 583+ views
    Eyewitness News 4 ^ | 05/13/2009 | Kayla Anderson,
    On a vote that was so close that Farmington Mayor William Standley had to cast the tie breaker, officials of the Four Corners community rejected installing red-light cameras ... There are three municipalities in the state that use or are planning to use red-light cameras to enforce traffic laws: Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe.
  • Farmington attorney challenges red-light cameras ( NM )

    05/12/2009 10:17:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,607+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 05/11/2009
    Farmington attorney who opposes red-light cameras in Farmington is fighting two tickets he received after his cars were caught on camera zipping through Albuquerque intersections. He contends Albuquerque’s ordinance violates state law and the federal constitution. He says he wasn’t driving but purposely hasn’t asked family members who was.
  • Montana City Rushes Camera Ordinance, Plans to Shorten Yellows

    04/16/2009 10:51:09 AM PDT · by Ken H · 10 replies · 869+ views ^ | 04/15/2009 | n/a
    Billings, Montana plans to shorten yellow times to cash in before the state legislature bans red light cameras. Yellow times may shorten as the city of Billings, Montana rushes to install red light cameras before the state legislature has a chance to ban them. The Billings City Council voted 8-3 Monday to empower Redflex Traffic Systems, a private company based in Melbourne, Australia, to issue automated traffic citations in return for a cut of the revenue collected. Billings needs to act quickly because the state legislature last Thursday entered into final negotiations on legislation that would ban red light cameras....
  • Texas: City Councilman Arrested for Opposing Red Light Cameras

    04/15/2009 2:33:07 PM PDT · by Glenn · 32 replies · 1,629+ views
    The Newspaper ^ | 04/12/2009 | Unattributed
    Duncanville, Texas mayor silences anti-camera councilman by having him arrested. The mayor of Duncanville, Texas had a member of the city council arrested last Tuesday for speaking out against the use of red light cameras during an official meeting. The incident took place during the discussion of whether the city should spend $59,000 to make street repairs. Mayor David Green recognized Councilman Paul Ford to speak on the contract item. "Thank you," Ford said. "I want to let you know that earlier this evening during briefing, Mayor Green threatened me that if he told me to stop talking and I...
  • New York Legislature Approves Massive Traffic Camera Expansion

    04/09/2009 11:23:46 AM PDT · by Ken H · 34 replies · 788+ views ^ | 04/09/2009 | n/a
    New York state legislature approves massive expansion in red light cameras. As budget deficits continue to soar at all levels of New York government, the state legislature on Tuesday approved a package of bills to provide relief through the use of red light cameras. The package of six bills extends new authority to use red light cameras to Buffalo, Nassau County, Rochester, Suffolk County and Yonkers. The legislature also gave the nod to New York City's long-held desire to increase by half the number of automated ticketing machines already installed. Each project is called a "demonstration program" that will produce...
  • Italy: Red Light Camera Makers Arrested for Fraud

    03/29/2009 5:58:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 1,208+ views
    the Newspaper ^ | 1/30/2009
    Red light cameras shut down across Italy in massive fraud scandal involving 109 public officials and contractors. Red light cameras are shut down across Italy as the largest ever government investigation into the illegal use of photo enforcement expands. Motorist complaints about being trapped at camera-equipped intersections with short yellow signal durations sparked the inquiry. Criminal charges of forgery and fraud are based on four basic complaints, many of which represent common practices in the United States. First, municipalities are accused of shortening yellow times to boost profit. Second, investigators found that municipal police never reviewed the camera fines. Instead,...
  • Attorney: Red light camera tickets are unconstitutional

    03/22/2009 10:45:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 1,966+ views
    KMOV ^ | March 17, 2008
    St. Louis, MO- The city installed red light cameras at twenty intersections, and they've taken in nearly $2 million in fines since they were installed last summer. Traffic Law Center where spokesperson Ann Horner says she see flashes from the camera on a daily basis. Horner however says there are no consequences for not paying. She says if you have outstanding parking tickets you cannot renew your plates or driver's license, but there's nothing in place like that if you get a red light ticket. Horner says it's all unconstitutional because there's a presumption of innocence in this country, and...
  • Red light cameras in the Volunteer State: unsafe, unconstitutional, and unnecessary

    03/22/2009 9:34:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies · 2,138+ views
    Clarksville, TN Online ^ | September 23, 2008 | George Shifflett
    In February 2006, the City of Gallatin unveiled the Automated Camera Enforcement System. The system, known as A.C.E.S., is designed to catch drivers running red lights at intersections. Rather than relying on police officers to perform this function, the cameras automatically trigger when a driver enters an intersection after the light turns red. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Gallatin is not alone. At least nine other communities in Tennessee... Red Light Cameras are sophisticated surveillance systems designed to catch drivers who run red lights. Though the majority of the systems in Tennessee focus on red light runners,...
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Strikes Down Red Light Cameras

    03/22/2009 9:20:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 1,861+ views
    the Newspaper ^ | 4/5/2007
    The Minnesota Supreme Court delivers a unanimous decision striking down the legality of red light cameras. The supreme court found that Minneapolis had disregarded a state law imposing uniformity of traffic laws across the state. The city's photo ticket program offered the accused fewer due process protections than available to motorists prosecuted for the same offense in the conventional way after having been pulled over by a policeman. The court argued that Minneapolis had, in effect, created a new type of crime: "owner liability for red-light violations where the owner neither required nor knowingly permitted the violation." The court also...
  • ( Maryland ) Local Residents Win Automated Traffic Camera Fight

    03/22/2009 7:58:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies · 1,891+ views
    NewsChannel 8 ^ | 03/20/09
    drivers are celebrating after they fought their automated tickets for running red lights and won. This week, a Prince George's County judge threw out more than a dozen red-light tickets taken by a camera on Annapolis Road because the drivers never actually drove through the intersection. Now, transportation officials are demanding the cameras be removed. mobile red light cameras do not comply with federal and state standards. "This program is illegal, it is illicit and it is illegitimate because it's charging people for running red lights they have not run," Townsend said. Last June when the controversial cameras first went...
  • Red-light cameras raise some red flags

    03/15/2009 12:35:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 2,260+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March. 13, 2009
    CLIVE, Iowa - Minutes after Neel Manglik illegally turned right on a red light in the Des Moines suburb of Clive, a video popped up on a computer at an office park outside Scottsdale, Ariz. The $75 citation arrived in the mail weeks later, making Manglik one of the millions of Americans ticketed as part of a growing industry that is making handsome profits for companies that operate video cameras at busy intersections throughout the nation. As more cities sign up and others invest their profits into more cameras, those companies expect increased revenue for years to come. What's less...
  • Georgia: Red Light Cameras Struggle in Face of Longer Yellow

    03/11/2009 8:20:07 AM PDT · by Ken H · 83 replies · 3,023+ views
    the ^ | 03/11/2009 | n/a
    Lilburn, Georgia suspends red light camera program after extended yellow time cut violations by 80 percent. On January 1, a new Georgia law kicked in forcing a one-second increase in the duration of the yellow warning light at intersections with red light cameras. The result has been devastating for red light camera makers as violations -- and revenue -- immediately plunged for the months of January, February and March. Last week, the city of Norcross dumped photo enforcement. Now the UK-owned red light camera maker Lasercraft is offering its customers a 90-day suspension of service to prevent cities from dropping...
  • California: City May Dump Cameras Over Insufficient Revenue

    03/08/2009 9:00:18 AM PDT · by Ken H · 27 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | 03/06/2009 | n/a
    Revenue trouble may end red light cameras in Upland, California. Officials prepare for possible refund of illegally issued tickets. The Upland, California City Council is expected to vote Monday to stop using red light cameras because the program has not only failed to improve safety, it has also failed to generate sufficient revenue. In a memorandum to the city council, Upland Police Chief Steve Adams recommended canceling the city's contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that has been issuing tickets on Upland's behalf since November 2003. "The monthly revenue from the service has not covered the salary and...
  • Red-light cam negotiations upset city council

    02/11/2009 8:35:58 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 655+ views
    KOB-TV ^ | 02/11/2009
    The fight continues in Albuquerque over the city's red-light camera program. A new contract will allow the cameras to keep running, but some city councilors say the contract could cost the city millions. City Councilor Brad Winter says the city council was left in the dark when it came to the mayor's office negotiating a new contract with RedFlex, the company that operates the program. "We should have gotten this contract a long time ago and we should have gotten it before it was signed by the administration," Winter said. City Councilor Michael Cadigan got a copy of the contract...
  • Red light cameras too good for their own good?

    03/21/2008 2:41:20 AM PDT · by roaddog727 · 30 replies · 1,361+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 21 March 2008 | Alex Johnson
    Last week, Dallas officials reviewed the numbers and decided that a quarter of the cameras they had installed to catch motorists running red lights were too effective. So they shut them down. They are not alone. Faced with data showing that drivers pay attention to cameras at intersections — resulting in fewer ticketable violations and ever-shrinking revenue from fines — municipalities across the country are reconsidering red light cameras, which often work too well.
  • Man Fights City Hall Over Red-Light Camera Ticket (But it's for the children's safety, right?)

    02/14/2008 6:57:06 PM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 45 replies · 1,275+ views ^ | 2/14/08 | Staff
    Ticket Issued During Funeral Procession As Police Waved Man Through Light --snip-- Pennsylvania law clearly states drivers in funeral processions may proceed past a red light signal or a stop sign. And not only that, a police officer waived him through the red light. The officer is actually on the red-light camera ticket. Also visible is the police SUV. "When you first saw this ticket, surprised?" Hairston asked. "I'm stunned. I'm not just surprised, I'm stunned," Verissimo said. You would think getting the ticket dismissed would be easy, but it wasn't. And it made Verissimo's life difficult.
  • Rear End Collisions Increase at Red Light Camera Intersections

    10/16/2007 6:26:24 PM PDT · by Bob Mc · 79 replies · 81+ views ^ | 10/16/2007 | News Channel 11 KCBD.COM
    10/16/07 Rear End Collisions Increase at Red Light Camera Intersections After three months with red light cameras, the City of Lubbock issued its first progress report Tuesday. Lubbock accidents are down 5.5 percent overall, but accidents at photo enforced intersections increased dramatically. Crashes between July and September 2006 totaled 93. Between July and September of 2007, accidents were up to 140. Crashes due to red light runners are down, from 22 to 21. However, rear end collisions over that same three month period nearly doubled, from 42 to 80. For critics of the red light cameras, rear end collisions were...
  • St. Peters mayor arrested on bribery charge [solicited bribe from company selling red light cameras]

    08/20/2006 12:35:06 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 19 replies · 997+ views
    Saint Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | August 19, 2006 | Jonathan Rivoli
    Mayor Shawn Brown was arrested by federal authorities Friday on a charge of soliciting and accepting $2,750 in bribe money from a company that wanted to install red light cameras in St. Peters. Brown's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said his client would plead not guilty to the charge. According to the federal indictment, Brown, 34, told an employee of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. that he would veto a measure approving the purchase of Redflex's cameras unless the company paid him off. Redflex employees then alerted the FBI and cooperated with the agency in carrying out the alleged bribe, said Jay Heiler,...
  • Traffic-camera craze won't eliminate all threats

    05/26/2005 11:16:51 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 377+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-26-05 | Tom Knott
    The deployment of a traffic camera a day keeps the mortician away in the nation's Jersey barrier capital, or so goes the justification to expand the intrusive practice. We all have our privacy threshold, some more liberal than others, but the city is on pace to test the resolve of the most open-minded with its seeming addiction to snapping and fining. More cameras are coming our way, predictably enough, because it is the low-maintenance police work that keeps on filling city coffers.
  • Red-light cameras may have a green light (TEXAS)

    05/21/2005 8:02:43 AM PDT · by Dubya · 81 replies · 1,328+ views
    Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau ^ | May 21, 2005 | JANET ELLIOTT
    AUSTIN - Houston dodged what may be the last legislative attempt to stop its plan to enforce red lights with cameras, as the Senate Friday night defeated an amendment that would have required a public vote on the program. The Senate voted 18-13 against the amendment by Sen. Mike Jackson, R-La Porte, after a spirited debate. Houston Democrats Rodney Ellis, Mario Gallegos and John Whitmire joined with Houston Republicans Kyle Janek and Jon Lindsay in voting against the amendment. Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, supported Jackson's amendment. Whitmire, who spoke at length against the amendment, said he believes efforts to...
  • DWI Law Latest Case of Disregard for Constitution

    05/14/2005 8:14:50 AM PDT · by elkfersupper · 49 replies · 1,378+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Friday, May 6, 2005 | By Peter G. Simonson, Executive Director, ACLU of New Mexico
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. What about the fifth time? On four separate occasions during Martin Chávez's two terms as Albuquerque mayor, the ACLU has raised serious, well-substantiated concerns about the constitutionality of the mayor's pet legislative projects. First, there was the 1999 teen curfew ordinance. Then there were two radical sex offender laws and an anti-panhandling ordinance, all of which were touted as "the toughest laws of their kind in the country." Four times we asked the mayor to reject these bills as unconstitutional, and four times he ignored us. Four times...