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  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Judge Upholds Legality of Rochester Red-Light Camera Program

    11/07/2013 6:40:04 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | November 8, 2013 | By John Caher
    A pilot program in which surveillance cameras were installed near traffic signals in Rochester to catch motorists running red lights has been upheld by a judge who rejected the constitutional challenges of an attorney whose vehicle was among those caught on camera. The law, V&T §111-b, allowed the city of Rochester to install up to 50 cameras at intersections and authorized a civil fine of $50. Under the law, the owner, whether or not he or she was driving the vehicle, is liable for the fine but can sue the actual driver for indemnification. The statute makes clear that a...
  • 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...
  • ACLU: Millions of Innocent Drivers Being Tracked

    07/17/2013 11:55:20 AM PDT · by iowamark · 13 replies
    Newser ^ | July 17, 2013 | Ruth Brown
    You know about speed cameras and red-light cameras. But did you know about plate-reading cameras? Few people do, and that's a worry for the ACLU, which says the cameras are infringing on our civil liberties. Unlike the speed and red-light cameras, which are activated only when someone violates a traffic law, plate cameras photograph every license plate that goes by. Vehicles are instantly IDed then checked against cars associated with crimes, the Washington Post reports. The problem, says the ACLU, is that the license plate info is being stored, creating huge databases of motorists and where they travel—even though more...
  • Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that

    07/17/2013 7:39:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 95 replies
    AP ^ | July 17, 2013 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong. Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases....
  • Traffic cameras bring tiny Ohio village to a stop

    06/29/2013 2:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 29, 2013 12:50 PM EDT | Dan Sewell
    Each day, thousands of cars—sometimes as many as 18,000—rolled along Elmwood Place’s streets, crossing the third-of-a-mile town to get to neighboring Cincinnati or major employers in bustling suburbs or heavily traveled Interstate 75. Many zipped by Elmwood Place’s modest homes and small businesses at speeds well above the 25 mph limit. Bedeviled by tight budgets, the police force was undermanned. The situation, villagers feared, was dangerous. Then the cameras were turned on, and all hell broke loose. Like hundreds of other U.S. communities big and small, Elmwood Place hired an outside company to install cameras to record traffic violations and...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • City employees caught by red light cameras 119 times

    09/08/2012 9:53:42 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    Copyright © 2012 www.democratandchronicle.com. All rights reserved. | 9:19 AM, Sep 8, 2012 | Written by Brian Sharp Staff writer
    The Rochester, NY, Democrat & Chronicle reports that city of Rochester employees have committed at least 119 red light violations while driving city vehicles. But, unlike John Q Public, the violators have their fines waived.
  • Investigation: Are Red Light Cameras In Beverly Hills Violating State Laws?

    07/20/2012 1:32:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CBS) ^ | July 19, 2012 11:46 PM
    BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — Los Angeles pulled the plug on red light cameras after concerns about safety and fairness. Beverly Hills still has the cameras in use, one of the last cities in Southern California to use the cameras to catch violators. A CBS2 investigation says the camera at one intersection — namely Wilshire and Whittier — could be violating state law … and if that is the case, many of those tickets could be null and void. David Goldstein reports. Barbara vividly recalls the changing yellow at Wilshire and Whittier. “Here’s the yellow right there. How fast was that?”...
  • Red-light camera bill OKs use for public safety

    06/02/2012 6:59:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    kabc ^ | Friday, June 01, 2012
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KABC) -- The state Senate has approved a bill that requires red-light cameras to be used for public safety and not for generating revenue from traffic fines. The measure passed unanimously yesterday and now goes to the assembly. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill, saying the red-light camera program should be overseen by local officials
  • Speed(Spy) Cameras

    04/04/2012 9:49:24 AM PDT · by campg · 6 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 4/4/2012 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — The Iowa House voted Tuesday to ban red light cameras on a 58-42 vote that broke largely — but not completely — along party lines. The bill now goes to the Senate, where there seems to be little chance that it will make it to the floor for a vote. The legislation took a long route to Tuesday’s vote. A camera ban had momentum at the start of the session, including tentative support from the governor and one legislator offering a constitutional amendment to ban the devices in the state. But as the session wore on, support...
  • Red-Light Cameras Aren’t the Bonanza Cities Expected

    07/23/2011 11:57:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Saturday, 07.23.11 | DAVID WALTER
    The defendants stood before the hearing officer, traffic citations in hand, each accused of running a red light in Miami Gardens, as captured by one of the city’s 29 intersection cameras. Within minutes, seven of the cases were dismissed, with the hearing officer ruling they had tripped the cameras while making a legal right turn on red. The remaining three, who will now have to pay a $277 ticket, were sent off with a cheerful “Have a good day … and drive carefully.’’ While presumably those three violators weren’t happy with the outcome, neither are the municipalities in South Florida...
  • American Traffic Solutions(ATS) - suspends exec for posting pro-camera comments under fake identity

    07/11/2011 11:24:32 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Texas Watchdog ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 03:14PM CST | Mark Lisheron
    Full headline: American Traffic Solutions -- red-light camera vendor for Houston, Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving and Amarillo --- suspends exec for posting pro-camera comments under fake identity -- As far as anyone can tell, American Traffic Solutions Inc. has resorted only to the conventional lobbying method of throwing money around to grow its red-light camera business in Texas. Until last week, at least one business development executive was making inroads in Washington state by cheerleading for the company and personally attacking opponents under an assumed name in dozens of comments left on the website of a local newspaper, according to...
  • Drivers Stopping Means Red-Light Cameras Don’t Yield Cash Goals (Thought it was about safety?)

    07/09/2011 3:15:15 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 18 replies
    Bloomberg | 07/05/2011 | Christopher Palmeri and Simone Baribeau
    Bloomberg News, so linky only... Drivers Stopping Means Red-Light Cameras Don’t Yield Cash Goals
  • Accidents fall at Houston red-light camera intersections (AFTER the cameras are turned off)

    05/12/2011 12:31:33 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 11, 2011 | JAMES PINKERTON
    In the five months after Houston voters forced city officials to turn off a camera surveillance system that fined motorists for running red lights, traffic accidents at those 50 intersections with 70 cameras have decreased 16 percent, according to recently released data. The drop in accidents surprised Houston police administrators who say a possible explanation is the unusually dry weather during recent months has made driving conditions safer. They also wonder if years of electronic monitoring have made Houstonians better, if not more cautious, drivers. Assistant Chief Brian Lumpkin said he had assumed accidents at those intersections were increasing since...
  • Texas: ATS Sues City For Insufficient Red Light Camera Ticketing

    02/16/2011 1:59:14 PM PST · by Ken H · 82 replies
    TheNewspaper.com ^ | 02/16/2011 | n/a
    Red light camera company sues Baytown, Texas over results of anti-camera referendum. Traffic camera vendor American Traffic Solutions showed no municipal love as it filed a breach of contract suit against Baytown, Texas on Monday. The St. Valentine's Day complaint accused the city of failing to approve the mailing of an expected number of red light camera citations generated by the company. According to court filings, ATS generated 2420 tickets in November 2010, and the city accepted all but 425 -- an 82 percent approval rate. The next month, ATS generated 2837 tickets, but the city only approved 587 --...
  • Traffic Camera Companies Renew Push in Indiana

    01/18/2011 10:32:32 PM PST · by Ken H · 11 replies
    theNewspaper.com ^ | 01/18/2011 | N/A
    Members of Indiana General Assembly leadership introduce legislation promoting photo enforcement. The residents of six cities with a combined population of over 2.7 million voted last year to outlaw the use of automated ticketing machines on their streets. The photo enforcement industry is now working overtime to make up for lost ground by expanding operations into states where neither red light cameras nor speed cameras have been well received. Lobbyists are hopeful that Indiana could be the next state to reconsider. Powerful members of the General Assembly earlier this month introduced legislation to authorize the use of traffic cameras. House...
  • Fight over (Houston)red light cameras goes to federal court (voters won referendum to turn them off)

    12/09/2010 11:50:14 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 40 replies · 1+ views
    KTRK ^ | Dec 9, 2010 | no byline
    A U.S. federal district judge is set to take up the case of the red light camera fight. The camera operator, ATS, and the city of Houston, are at odds over whether or not the city must pay for turning off the cameras. Voters decided a month ago they wanted the cameras to come down so the city says it doesn't owe the company that runs the cameras any more money. That company says not so fast... Attorney for ATS say the vote was illegal and should never have been on the ballot. ATS said because the city broke its...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Red Light Camera Removal in Houston, Texas (voters passed referendum)

    11/29/2010 12:03:55 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    The Newspaper ^ | 11/29/2010 | no byline
    Federal Judge Blocks Red Light Camera Removal in Houston, Texas Houston, Texas city attorneys attempt to preserve red light camera program by throwing lawsuit filed with vendor. A federal judge issued an order last Friday blocking the immediate removal of red light cameras from Houston, Texas intersections. On November 2, voters adopted an amendment to the city charter making photo tickets unenforceable, against the wishes of the Houston city council and the private vendor that operates the cameras, American Traffic Solutions (ATS). Over the Thanksgiving holiday, US District Court for the Southern District of Texas Judge Lynn N. Hughes worked...
  • Red-Light Cameras Shut Off Monday

    11/12/2010 6:47:25 PM PST · by speciallybland · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | November 12, 2010
    Houston's red-light cameras will go dark on Monday morning, officials said Friday. Houstonians voted to end the use of red-light cameras in Proposition 3 on Election Day. The election results will be certified Monday. City officials asked the contractor for Houston's 70 red-light cameras to turn them off Monday. "We absolutely respect the outcome of the election. ATS has ageed to abide by the city's request that the cameras go dark at 10 o'clock on Monday morning," said George Hittner, the vice president of American Traffic Solutions. He said the city sent him a letter asking his company to turn...
  • Red Light Cameras Routed at Ballot Box

    11/03/2010 11:27:38 AM PDT · by Ken H · 24 replies
    The Newspaper ^ | 11/03/2010 | n/a
    In fifteen public votes, automated ticketing machines have never survived. The public rejected the use of photo enforcement in five more municipal referendum elections Tuesday. America's fourth-largest city, Houston, Texas, was home to the most hotly contested vote. The group Citizens Against Red Light Cameras, run by brothers Paul and Randy Kubosh, gathered enough signatures to force the issue onto the ballot against the wishes of the city council and in spite of a legal attack from camera operator American Traffic Solutions (ATS). Outspent by a factor of ten to one, the group nonetheless won a majority of the 335,778...
  • 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...
  • Texas: ATS Labels Anti-Traffic Camera Initiatives Racist

    09/07/2010 7:22:59 PM PDT · by Ken H · 11 replies
    theNewspaper.com ^ | 09/06/2010 | n/a
    Traffic camera firm invokes 1965 civil rights bill to stop votes in Baytown and Houston, Texas that would ban red light cameras. The citizen-led groups that want the public to decide the future of red light cameras are racist, according to lawsuits filed by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) in a pair of Texas cities. The Arizona-based photo enforcement firm filed in a state court in Baytown on Thursday and then an ATS-funded front group filed an identical case in a federal court in Houston on Friday. Residents in both cities signed petitions placing a ban on automated ticketing machines onto...
  • New York, UK: Traffic Cameras Attacked

    08/22/2010 10:48:25 AM PDT · by Ken H · 48 replies
    theNewspaper.com ^ | 08/22/2010 | n/a
    Fourteen Nassau County, New York red light cameras disabled while cameras destroyed in the UK may not be replaced or repaired. Vigilantes in Long Island, New York took out all fourteen red light cameras with a can of spray paint in the early morning hours of August 1, Newsday reported. Nassau County installed the automated ticketing machines in the hopes of generating $13 million in revenue and have no idea who is responsible for depriving officials of a day's worth of ticketing, an estimated ticketing revenue loss of $35,000. In Dorset, England vigilantes set fire to a speed camera last...
  • Arizona speed cameras go dark

    07/16/2010 8:13:06 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 23 replies
    SmallGovTimes.com ^ | July 16, 2010 | Steve Adcock
    Several dozen Arizona speed enforcement cameras have officially stopped clicking earlier this morning as the state of Arizona officially killed a traffic enforcement program that failed to generate promised revenue. The state ended its two-year contract with Australia-based Redflex Traffic Systems, the company responsible for installing the cameras and processing imagery. A total of 76 fixed and mobile cameras will be removed from state streets and highways by Labor Day. The state said that drivers that have been snapped along Arizona highways before Friday morning are still responsible for paying the tickets. Drivers, however, are taking a different tune. “I...
  • Phoenix Freeway speed cameras to be turned off this week

    07/12/2010 8:55:38 AM PDT · by NewAZson · 18 replies
    AZFamily.com ^ | 7/12/2010 | Catherine Holland
    PHOENIX -- Dozens of photo-enforcement cameras on freeways throughout the state are coming down this week. A total of 76 cameras will cease operation on Thursday. The photo-enforcement program, which was meant to catch speeders on Arizona's freeways, has been controversial from the beginning. The cameras first went up nearly two years ago. While the cameras have done a good job at snapping speeders, drivers have been ignoring the tickets. According to the Department of Public Safety, the cameras led to more than 700,000 tickets in the first year of operation. Many of those people, however, never paid the fines....
  • LAPD pushes for exemption of Ariz. boycott [red stoplight cameras]

    06/22/2010 1:09:09 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 28 replies
    abc7 ^ | June 21, 2010 | Melissa McBride
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The LAPD is pushing for an exemption of the city's boycott of Arizona when it comes to a contract with a company that operates L.A.'s red-light cameras. The issue was on the council's agenda for Tuesday, but they decided to postpone discussion until Wednesday. The council has to decide whether to continue doing business with American Traffic Solutions, based in Scottsdale, or honor its pledge to boycott Arizona. The company operates red-light cameras at 32 L.A. intersections, but the city's contract with American Traffic Solutions expires at the end of June. The LAPD urges the city...
  • ATS secures investment from Goldman SachsPhoenix (speed cameras being used in more than 120 cities)

    06/11/2010 8:37:27 AM PDT · by day21221 · 12 replies · 296+ views
    phoenix.bizjournals.com/ ^ | Friday, September 26, 2008 | Patrick O'Grady
    ATS secures investment from Goldman SachsPhoenix Business Journal - by Patrick O'Grady Phoenix Business Journal Dave D’Amato, design and engineering manager for American Traffic Solutions Inc., works on a device that will take pictures of speeders. View Larger American Traffic Solutions Inc. is getting an investment boost from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to help it meet increasing demand for its red-light and speed cameras. Although neither company would disclose the amount of the investment, ATS President James Tuton said it was a “significant” amount that will net the former investment house, now a bank holding company, two seats on the...
  • Traffic Camera Victim ‘Pays Back’ Police Dept.

    06/09/2010 8:11:25 AM PDT · by HandsOffMyFreedom · 210 replies · 314+ views
    If you’ve ever been issued a traffic ticket by a red light or speeding camera, you will revel in the bittersweet justice one luck recipient bestowed upon his local nanny state police department. Upon receiving a speeding ticket in the mail, Brian McCrary followed the citation’s payment instructions and attempted to pay his $90 fine on the Bluff City Police Department’s (BCPD) website. Much to his surprise, he discovered its domain name was about to expire. Instead of paying his fine, McCrary saw it as a rare opportunity to literally ‘pay back’ the police department for violating his civil liberties...
  • Arizona Drops Redflex Freeway Speed Camera Contract

    05/06/2010 10:26:41 AM PDT · by Ken H · 23 replies · 770+ views
    theNewspaper.com ^ | 05/06/2010 | n/a
    Arizona governor orders strategic withdrawal of statewide photo radar contract. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's administration has officially canceled the state contract that authorized Redflex Traffic Systems to issue automated freeway speeding tickets. The program, started in 2008 by Brewer's Democratic predecessor Janet Napolitano, will be terminated according to statement issued earlier today to Australian Securities Exchange investors. "Redflex has now received formal notification from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the contract will not be renewed," Redflex stated. Although the official contract expiration date is July 1, inside sources expect speed vans to be pulled off the highways much...
  • 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...
  • Virginia Governor Kicks Off Massive Photo Enforcement Expansion

    04/29/2010 3:53:13 PM PDT · by Ken H · 25 replies · 824+ views
    theNewspaper.com ^ | 04/27/2010 | n/a
    Virginia governor creates new type of ticket camera, expands red light cameras and approves shortening of yellow lights for profit. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) signed into law last week a proposal that would create an entirely new form of automated ticketing machine, an "airport business" camera. The move followed his approval last month of legislation designed specifically to revive his state's moribund red light camera program. Beginning in July, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will have the authority to hire a private company to operate a photo enforcement system that would mail tickets worth a maximum of $600 each...
  • [MO] Supreme Court tosses red-light camera violation, says city ordinance violates state law

    03/02/2010 2:06:38 PM PST · by Huntress · 20 replies · 1,216+ views
    Springfield [MO] News Leader | 3/2/10 | Amos Bridges
    Link only: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20100302/BREAKING01/100302022/1007/NEWS01/Supreme+Court+tosses+red-light+camera+violation++says+city+ordinance+violates+state+law
  • L.A. County red-light violation fines have jumped 65% to $446, Times review finds

    02/04/2010 12:03:14 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 696+ views
    LAT ^ | 02/04/10
    L.A. County red-light violation fines have jumped 65% to $446, Times review finds February 4, 2010 | 7:14 am Redlights In less than eight years, fines for red-light traffic violations in Los Angeles County have jumped nearly 65% from an average of $271 to $446. With traffic school fees, the total now exceeds $500. Ever-vigilant photo enforcement programs run by nearly 30 agencies across the county have added a new degree of efficiency to catching violators and capturing revenue to fund a variety of government programs. In November alone, Los Angeles County’s Superior Court system processed payments on an estimated...
  • Speed sensors on red-light cameras could raise money fast

    01/10/2010 11:18:24 AM PST · by null and void · 48 replies · 1,242+ views
    The Slimes ^ | January 9, 2010 | Shane Goldmacher
    Reporting from Sacramento - Speeding may be dangerous for drivers, but it could soon be a boon for California's fiscal health. Tucked deep into the budget that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled Friday is a plan to give cities and counties the green light to install speed sensors on red-light cameras to catch -- and ticket -- speeding cars. Those whizzing by the radar-equipped detectors at up to 15 mph over the limit would have to pay $225 per violation. Those going faster would be fined $325. That would add up to big bucks for cash-strapped California -- about $337.9 million...
  • 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.
  • Lawyer Challenges Red-Light Cam System

    10/24/2009 12:54:19 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 46 replies · 1,727+ views
    WSMV Nashville, TN. ^ | 10/24/2009 | WSMV
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Cameras don't lie, so how do you argue with a picture that shows you breaking the law? A Clarksville attorney is going to try. A Redflex camera caught Mark Burton running a red light, and for the first time in middle Tennessee, the issue is being taken to court. At around 5:30 a.m., Burton ran a red light and a Redflex camera caught him the act. Still, Burton's attorney Greg D. Smith said there's no way his client should receive a ticket. "If you're on the road in the middle of the night, and you're not hurting...
  • Group Lists Worst Labor Day Speed Traps

    09/07/2009 4:50:37 PM PDT · by Ken H · 28 replies · 1,325+ views
    theNewspaper.com ^ | 09/07/2009 | n/a
    National Motorists Association names the seven worst locations to be a caught driving on Labor Day. The National Motorists Association (NMA) released its list of the top seven locations to avoid over the Labor Day holiday. This year, the drivers' rights group highlighted areas where heightened use of automated ticketing machines threaten those who are just passing through. Chicago, Illinois The Windy City's network of red light cameras operated by a for-profit Australian company, combined with short yellow warning times at intersections, has already generated $110 million worth of tickets. The city plans to double the installations and push the...