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  • Ex-Chicago Official Gets 10 Years In Red-Light Camera Case

    08/29/2016 7:38:33 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    WBEZ Chicago ^ | 8/29/2016 | Susie An
    A former Chicago transportation official was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a company in Phoenix. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced John Bills, 55, in Chicago moments after he apologized for his actions. Federal prosecutors had asked the judge for at least a 10-year prison sentence. The former second-in-command at Chicago's Department of Transportation was convicted in January of bribery, conspiracy and extortion. Bills was accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash, along with gifts — including condos in two states and a Mercedes — to...
  • Aurora City Council seeks more info on how red-light revenues used [ Colorado ]

    08/04/2016 3:52:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    Aurora Sentinel ^ | August 4, 2016 | Rachel Sapin
    This year, Aurora City Council doled out $864,239 in nexus funds among five nonprofits, awarding the most money to nonprofits identified by Aurora police as the most helpful to law enforcement. Aurora nonprofits that receive funding through the city’s “nexus” program dodged a legislative bullet this year, but that won’t prevent city lawmakers from taking a closer look at how the money is being spent. Six nonprofit groups in Aurora receiving money from photo red-light enforcement were relieved after Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed legislation this year that would have created a statewide ban on the cameras. But how that money...
  • Red light tickets thrown out in San Mateo

    11/12/2015 8:48:49 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 37 replies
    The (San Mateo, CA) Daily Journal ^ | November 11, 2015 | Samantha Weigel
    Full title: Red light tickets thrown out in San Mateo: City to reimburse 948 tickets issued over 45 days because cameras, signals in violation of new state lawsNearly 1,000 drivers who received a ticket for running a red light in San Mateo will be given a free pass after two of the city's red light cameras and traffic signals were found to be in violation of new state laws. The police department will toss out 948 tickets issued between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15 after a San Mateo County Superior Court judge sided with a Burlingame man who received a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Colorado attempts to ban red light cameras again

    01/15/2015 9:33:48 AM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    News Examiner ^ | January 14, 2015 | Bob Knudsen
    Colorado’s state congress is taking another stab at banning red light cameras at intersections, according to the Denver Post today. The measure is the second one of its type in as many years, with last year’s attempt failing to gain traction. Red light cameras have been proven time and time again to be not only ineffective at making intersections safer, but have actually been demonstrated to increase the number of accidents in many places where they are used. However, they are huge revenue raisers for many states and municipalities. Opposition to the measure comes from misguided types that are unaware...
  • 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...
  • ssue 35: Cleveland's traffic cameras to be removed

    11/07/2014 8:49:30 AM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 6 replies
    WKYC-TV Cleveland | 7:06 a.m. EST November 5, 2014 | WKYC Staff
    A Gannett propaganda outlet is the source.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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>
  • Lawmakers seeks to ban red light cameras, photo radar vans in Colorado

    04/06/2014 9:16:02 AM PDT · by cutty · 22 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Apr 4, 2014 | Lance Hernandez
    Scott Renfroe's proposal has bipartisan support. Red light cameras and photo radar vans are hot button issues in Colorado. Police say they make intersections and roadways safer, but many motorists insist that the cameras and radar vans are used mainly to generate revenue. Today, Republican Senator Scott Refroe, of Greeley, introduced a bill to ban red light cameras and photo radar vans in Colorado. It’s his second attempt. The first one in 2012 went nowhere. This time, he has the backing of several prominent Democratic lawmakers ... Refroe’s bill will be heard next week in the Senate State, Veterans and...
  • Angry motorists want to put brakes on red light cameras

    04/01/2014 9:39:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ·FoxNews ^ | April 01, 2014 | Robert Gearty
    The new law makes South Dakota the sixteenth state to stamp out red light cameras and speed cameras by statute or state court ruling ... the cameras violate due process, don’t make intersections safer and generate revenue more for the red light vendor than the community. ... Brekford, based in Maryland, reported last week that it is losing money. .. Redflex Traffic Systems in Phoenix has even bigger headaches. The firm has been the subject of a federal bribery investigation in Chicago for the past year.
  • Pilot program: Speed sensors trigger red light on Philly road

    11/19/2013 12:47:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 2:01 AM | Robert Moran
    The speed limit on Kelly Drive near Fountain Green Drive is 35 mph, but the average speed of motorists is nearly 55. In an attempt to slow everybody down, the city has installed sensors in the roadway that determine the speed of vehicles approaching Fountain Green, about a half-mile north of the Girard Avenue Bridge. If a vehicle passes the sensor going above the speed limit, the light at Fountain Green turns red. … In another safety measure, the city will add a nonslip surface on Kelly Drive next year to help reduce accidents on rainy days, (acting Streets Commissioner...
  • 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...
  • Legislators Steering Michigan Toward Red Light Cameras

    06/12/2013 5:27:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/9/2013 | Anne Schieber
    Michigan lawmakers have introduced bills that would legalize unmanned red light cameras in the state. The bills, House Bill 4763 and 4762, were introduced May 22 by Reps. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and Thomas Stallworth III, D-Detroit. The bills define running a red light that's caught on camera as a civil offense. That differs from a 2007 opinion from then-Attorney General Mike Cox, who said Michigan law recognizes red light running as a criminal violation, and the law was not authorized for photo ticketing. On Tuesday, the House Transportation Committee heard testimony on the matter. A representative from a safety...
  • 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>
  • No Evidence Chicago Red Light Cameras Based on Safety -- System Made $71 Million Last Year

    05/29/2013 9:50:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 24, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Contrary to its claims, the City of Chicago’s red light cameras are not based on safety, according to an Inspector General (IG) audit of the program that brought in more than $71 million in revenue for the city last year. The audit, released on May 14, sought to determine if the city’s 384 red light cameras were installed based on the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) “stated primary criterion of reducing angle crashes to increase safety.” The IG found no evidence to support the city’s rationale for the program, which is to “increase safety on Chicago streets.”
  • 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.
  • Red light, green light: Traffic cameras are about increasing revenue, not safety

    05/27/2013 11:11:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/26/2013 | Kyle Smith
    The federal government recommends that yellow lights at intersections last for at least three seconds before turning red. So why are so many yellows being timed at 2.5 seconds? And why are those fleeting yellows often located at intersections where red-light cameras are installed? The mandarins tell us that red-light cameras are for our own safety, and that we need more of them than the 150 already in New York City. “While we wait,” city transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said last month, “New Yorkers are dying on our streets.” So why increase the mayhem by cutting the duration of the...
  • Bill Would Let Michigan Install Red-Light Cameras

    05/24/2013 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 28 replies
    CBS 62 ^ | 5-24-2013
    Michigan’s local governments would have the option to put cameras at intersections to spot drivers running red lights under proposed legislation in the state House. A measure recently introduced by Republican Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City would give local communities the power to put cameras in place. “This legislation will give more local control to our municipalities while offering a safer environment for the people who live in these communities,” he said in a statement. The bill has gained the support of local law enforcement officials, who say the cameras will act as an extra deterrent to prevent drivers...
  • Poway’s red-light cameras turned off

    03/20/2013 7:53:23 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 10 replies
    Pomerado News ^ | March 14, 2013 | Steve Dreyer
    Red-light cameras at three Poway intersections were shut off Friday night to start a six-month trial period. Meeting Tuesday night, the City Council agreed to have the cameras turned off to judge whether their presence makes a difference in the number of accidents at the three intersections. City crews removed the related signs on Saturday. The red-light camera vendor, Rediflex, will not provide any services during the six-month test period, Heidermann said. The city has paid for the service through the end of March but will not be charged the $18,480 monthly fee during the balance of test period, he...
  • 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...
  • Insulin levels wax and wane daily - Modern life may clash with hormone’s natural cycle

    02/27/2013 11:40:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Science News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Like the sun, insulin levels rise and fall in a daily rhythm. Disrupting that cycle may contribute to obesity and diabetes, a new study suggests. Many body systems follow a daily clock known as a circadian rhythm. Body temperature, blood pressure and the release of many hormones are on circadian timers. But until now, no one had shown that insulin — a hormone that helps control how the body uses sugars for energy — also has a daily cycle. Working with mice, researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville have found that rodents are more sensitive to insulin’s effects at certain...
  • El Cajon may be next city to ban red light cameras ( San Diego , too )

    02/27/2013 9:57:44 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    CBS 8 ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Steve Price
    El Cajon may be the next city to put a stop to red light cameras. ... San Diego removed its red light cameras last month
  • St. Petersburg mayor delays planned expansion of red-light cameras

    02/11/2013 9:45:04 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Mark Puente
    Two months after the City Council thought they voted to add more red-light cameras, Mayor Bill Foster slammed the brakes on the increase. Foster's announcement came at a council meeting Thursday after a frequent camera critic pointed out possible problems with the timing of yellow lights at intersections with cameras. Resident Matt Florell gave council members a report this week that showed that 1,645 drivers might have received improper citations because the yellow lights changed to red quicker than they should have in some intersections. Foster said he needs more time to examine the program because the cameras are generating...
  • Motorists File Class-Action Lawsuit Against NYC Over Red-Light Cameras

    12/04/2012 6:13:42 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    CBS NewYork ^ | December 4, 2012
    Red-light cameras are gaining popularity across the country. Now, New York City is being sued after it was accused of rigging the lights to catch more drivers and write more tickets. They’re “gotcha” cameras, mounted at intersections. Their photos catch and fine drivers running red lights. New York City first had them in 1998. ... By federal law, drivers have to have enough time to get through a yellow light — three seconds at the typical 30 mph intersection. Back in October, engineers at AAA New York discovered a problem. At some intersections with the cameras, the yellow lights were...
  • Voters Keep Red-Light Cameras Out of Anaheim

    11/03/2010 12:05:18 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 7 replies
    SCPR ^ | 3 Nov 2010 | KPCC Wire Services
    Anaheim voters made it clear today they have no interest in having cameras installed at intersections to catch red-light runners. Anaheim voters made it clear today they have no interest in having cameras installed at intersections to catch red-light runners. Voters overwhelmingly approved Measure K, which bans red light cameras from being installed at the city's intersections. City Council members put the issue on the ballot in part because they objected to the idea of using the cameras as a money-raising tool.
  • Houston voters reject red-light cameras by wide margin

    11/03/2010 12:02:16 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3 Nov 2010 | By BRADLEY OLSON
    Houstonians rejected the city's red light camera program in a hard-fought ballot contest, delivering an immediate $10 million hit to an already dire budget situation at City Hall. With almost all votes counted, a majority of voters put a decisive end to the use of the devices, which had been used to issue more than 800,000 tickets and collected $44 million in fines since 2006. "This is a victory for the people," said Paul Kubosh, an attorney who defends red light runners and collected more than 20,000 signatures with his brothers to get the referendum on the ballot. "The voters...
  • Red-light tickets pile up

    05/31/2010 7:37:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 33 replies · 1,053+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | May 30, 2010 | Matt Lakin
    Sherry D. Matthews swears she stops at every red light. The cameras say different. They've disagreed 41 times since March of last year, according to Knoxville City Court records - sometimes as often as five times in a month. Matthews, who lives in West Knoxville, hadn't paid a single ticket as of last week.
  • Red-light camera stolen in South Seattle

    05/02/2010 11:28:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies · 796+ views
    SEATTLEPI ^ | Apr 30, 2010 | CASEY MCNERTHNEY,
    People who ran a light recently at a South Seattle intersection known for red-light cameras have caught a break. The camera ...was stolen earlier this month and police are still searching for it. A police spokesman said they've identified a car they believe was involved in the theft, but the investigation is ongoing. The camera is owned by American Traffic Solutions, the vendor that contracts with the city. Under normal circumstances, the city pays $3,750 per month for the camera service. Between July 26, 2006 -- the first day a red-light camera ticket was issued in Seattle -- and May...
  • Accidents up near red-light cameras

    11/11/2009 3:35:33 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies · 823+ views
    LA Observed ^ | November 10 2009 9:53 AM | Kevin Roderick
    instead of fewer accidents, the number of traffic accidents has gone up at most of the Los Angeles intersections where red-light cameras have been installed.
  • 4 weeks, 10,000 traffic tickets (Red Light Cameras)

    08/01/2009 2:52:45 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 50 replies · 2,259+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | August 1, 2009 | Josh Jarman
    4 weeks, 10,000 traffic tickets Heath officials say they didn't expect such a windfall Saturday, August 1, 2009 3:01 AM By Josh Jarman THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH HEATH, Ohio -- City officials say they were shocked by the number of violations recorded during the first month of traffic-camera enforcement and decided to make it cheaper to protest multiple tickets. More than 10,000 violations had been recorded by Heath traffic cameras through Tuesday. At $100 apiece, that would net the city a little more than $830,000 after paying the vendor, Redflex, its share. In four weeks, the cameras will have generated an...
  • Red Light District America - The Dominating and Oppressing Sexual Culture in America

    07/27/2009 8:53:18 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 62 replies · 1,172+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 7/27/09 | DJP I.F.
    It is nearly impossible to go anywhere in the United States of America today and not sense the oppressive sexual culture in which we live. It is a subliminal, hypnotic barrage of immoral images, lewd language and erotic enticements that consciously and subconsciously affects our entire nation. It has gone so far that we have become a base and morally callous people. Where can anyone go today without being continuously bombarded by the “24/ 7” decadent drumbeat of this licentious orchestra? We have indeed become a “Red Light District” nation! This hypnotic drum beat comes from all different sources of...
  • Red light cameras may get shut off [company that runs them in debt]

    07/24/2009 7:00:19 PM PDT · by lainie · 21 replies · 996+ views
    KABC ^ | 7-24-2009 | Carlos Granda
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Most public officials like red light cameras, but many motorists do not. The city of Los Angeles is concerned it could lose these high-tech "speed catchers" because of one company's financial woes. The red light cameras are scattered at intersections all over Southern California, but the company that runs them is also in the red. "For this particular company, our information is they're $33 million in debt. That's a major problem," said L.A. Councilman Dennis Zine. The company, Nestor Traffic Systems out of Rhode Island, filed for receivership in June.
  • Devices that warn drivers of traffic cameras draw police ire (DC Area)

    07/07/2009 7:01:26 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 34 replies · 1,191+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 7, 2009 | Washington Examiner Staff Writer
    Area drivers looking to outwit police speed cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras. That has irked D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, who promised her officers would pick up their game to counteract the devices, which can also help drivers dodge sobriety checkpoints. "I think that's the whole point of this program," she told The Examiner. "It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives." (snip) Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005...
  • Montana Legislature Considers Red Light Camera Ban

    02/17/2009 6:55:59 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 26 replies · 866+ views ^ | 02/17/09 |
    Montana state lawmaker seeks to outlaw red light cameras. The Montana state House Transportation Committee yesterday held a hearing on legislation designed to thwart municipal attempts to install red light cameras. The city of Bozeman had hoped to have its automated ticketing machines operational by May, but state Representative Bill Nooney (R-Missoula) wants to cut the program off before it can begin. "An automated enforcement system designed to detect traffic violations that is attached to a traffic control device may not be used to enforce traffic laws," House Bill 531 states. The Bozeman City Commission voted 4-1 last October to...
  • More than 60 percent of red-light camera violations tossed out

    09/30/2008 9:02:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 978+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 30, 2008 | Daniel J. Chacon
    Denver's red-light cameras were anything but picture perfect in their first month of operation. More than 60 percent of the 2,545 suspected red-light violations caught on camera ...have been tossed out. The reasons vary, but police said that most of the citations were rejected because the "threshold speed" that helps trigger the cameras was set too low, generating hundreds of false readings. "The cameras fired, but the picture clearly showed all of the vehicles in compliance," ... Since then, the threshold speed was reset ... In Denver, police officials expect the city's $838,800 red-light camera system to perform more smoothly...
  • Smile: First Denver red-light camera is live ( Big Brother )

    06/17/2008 6:03:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 93+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 17, 2008
    Denver activated its first red-light ticket camera this morning, and will give drivers violating it a 30-day grace period to get used to the system. Denver plans to increase yellow times at the three other intersections where red light ticket cameras will soon go live –
  • Red light camera monkey business may be a national trend

    04/14/2008 4:09:35 PM PDT · by Disambiguator · 23 replies · 94+ views
    ars technica ^ | April 13, 2008 | Joel Hruska
    Red-light cameras are often billed as a great way to improve traffic safety and prevent speeding. A few cities across America, however, have been caught short-timing their own yellow lights below legal levels, in what may be an attempt to boost ticket revenues by giving drivers less time to come to a stop. So how many anecdotes do you need to pronounce something a trend? It's hard to say, especially when the anecdotes in question support the abolishment of something as universally hated as the red light camera. Six possible red light "gotcha" stories, some of which go back as...
  • 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.
  • Red-light Cameras Increase Crashes, Florida Researchers Find

    03/12/2008 6:42:23 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 903+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-12-2008 | University of South Florida Health.
    Red-light Cameras Increase Crashes, Florida Researchers FindRather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health conclude. (Credit: iStockphoto/Sue Smith) ScienceDaily (Mar. 12, 2008) — Rather than improving motorist safety, red-light cameras significantly increase crashes and are a ticket to higher auto insurance premiums, researchers at the University of South Florida College of Public Health conclude. The effective remedy to red-light running uses engineering solutions to improve intersection safety, which is particularly important to Florida’s elderly drivers, the researchers recommend. “The rigorous studies clearly show red-light cameras don’t work,”...
  • Supporters of red light cameras say project should be low-cost(Austin TX)

    07/26/2006 6:06:38 AM PDT · by ziggy_dlo · 88 replies · 699+ views
    590 KLBJ ^ | 07/26/2006 | 590 KLBJ
    Supporters of red light cameras say project should be low-cost 7/26/2006 Austin City Council members who support red light cameras say they want to find a system that won’t cost the city much money or effort. City Council Member Lee Leffingwell says the goal of a red light camera system would not be to boost the city’s revenues, but he also wants to avoid draining city funds for a network of cameras at busy intersections. “What I would be looking for in a proposal that comes back to us is one that has zero or minimal up-front costs to the...
  • Houston's Red Light Cameras get Green Light

    05/31/2006 8:12:43 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 798+ views
    KTRH News Radio ^ | May 31, 2006
    A deeply divided Houston City Council today voted to approve a five year contract for the city's proposed red light camera program. American Traffic Solutions Inc. will now begin setting up cameras at ten intersections around town judged to be the most accident-prone. The cameras are set up to take pictures of red light runner's license plates. Violators caught by the cameras will be mailed a $75 ticket. Those who have three violations within one year would have to pay $150 for each ticket after the first two. Debate over the use of the cameras has raged ever since Mayor...
  • City of Scottsdale illegally interferes with Photo Radar Referendum

    11/25/2005 7:44:02 PM PST · by Jimbaugh · 6 replies · 853+ views
    Scottdale Activist ^ | 11/25/2005 | Michael Merrill
    City of Scottsdale illegally interferes with Photo Radar Referendum Have you ever had to go to a government office to file paper work of any type during a Legal Holiday? If you had gone, you would have noticed the doors locked and the lights off, and typically most people would not have gone because they understand that no government offices are opened. The attempts of citizens to place a question on the ballot regarding photo radar was thwarted by the city of Scottsdale and it's actions to claim that our filing deadline was Thursday the 24th which was Thanksgiving Day....
  • Red-light cameras installed downtown (Houston)

    11/21/2005 10:48:32 AM PST · by ol painless · 41 replies · 1,095+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/21/2005 | by MATT STILES
    Take notice, Houston motorists: There's a clear picture of the future downtown. It's where the Police Department this morning began testing camera systems designed to catch red-light runners at four intersections. The 30-day pilot program is part of an effort to pick the best private vendor to install the systems at up to 50 city intersections over time. Mayor Bill White and other city officials say the cameras serve two key purposes: reducing serious wrecks at intersections and freeing up an understaffed police force from traffic enforcement. "This is about increasing safety, making people more alert and using the technology...
  • CA: Red light-flashing jellyfish lures in prey off California coast

    07/07/2005 4:11:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,742+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/7/05 | Randolph E. Schmid - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The first deep sea red-light district - glowing appendages on a newly discovered jellyfish relative - appear to flash their come-hither message to lure prey. Jellyfish and other types of sea creatures are known to produce light, but this is the first deep ocean invertebrate known to use red fluorescent light, said Steven H. D. Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif. Three of the animals were found by scientists using a remote controlled research vehicle at depths of between 5,200 feet and 7,500 feet off the coast of California. The discovery...
  • D.C. to expand use of cameras

    02/24/2005 2:45:11 AM PST · by pageonetoo · 24 replies · 611+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 2/24/05 | Jim McElhatton
    Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey yesterday outlined a plan to expand the District's use of speed and red-light cameras, but was not aware of details to reimburse a private contractor for issuing as many as 103,000 traffic-camera citations a month. Chief Ramsey said the police department is preparing to add at least 10 red-light cameras to the 39 devices already installed at city intersections. He said police also will add several speed cameras, including two new vans to monitor motorists in construction zones. "We are implementing these program expansions with the strong support of the communities who will benefit...