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  • Fremont Red Light Cameras Seem To Have Mind Of Their Own (Or Are They Rigged?)

    02/08/2017 12:47:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 3, 2017
    Outside the Hall of Justice in Fremont, they line up before dawn, waiting to get into traffic court, many hoping to get a break on an expensive red-light camera ticket. “I am definitely not looking forward to paying the $500,” said Rohan Kapuria, who got a ticket last October. “The yellows turned so fast to red that I didn’t have a chance to react,” he said. That happened at Mowry and Farwell, a Fremont intersection that caught the attention of red-light activist Jim Lissner. “Sometimes you see something going on,” he said. Lissner has made it a hobby to monitor...
  • Arizona-Based Redflex Photo Radar Firm to Pay $20 Million to Chicago for Bribery Scheme

    02/06/2017 9:14:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | February 6, 2017
    Photo-enforcement firm Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. announced on Monday that it will pay $20 million to the city of Chicago to settle its high-profile bribery scandal. The Glendale, Arizona-based firm released details of its settlement agreement on the same day that its former CEO, Karen Finley of Cave Creek, is scheduled to report to prison. Finley was sentenced in November to 30 months in federal prison and pay $2 million in restitution for conspiracy to commit bribery in Illinois and Ohio. She was supposed to report to the U.S. Marshal's Office in Phoenix on January 3, but that was since...
  • Red light cameras and the “anti-poverty” argument: Disproportionately issued to low income drivers.

    12/05/2016 1:05:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 96 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/05/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    In Rochester, New York, the mayor is making a controversial change to the city’s law enforcement strategy. Normally when we’re talking about crime here I’m dealing with murders, sexual assaults and all of the truly horrible things which unfortunately happen. This one, however, has to do with traffic violations. Wait! Don’t stop reading yet… there’s a point to be made here.Mayor Lovely Warren is preparing to shut down the city’s system of automated red light cameras which record motorists running stop lights and are used to issue tickets. Her complaint isn’t that the cameras don’t work properly or are...
  • 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...
  • Yet Another 'Photo Cop' Traffic Ticket Scheme

    12/31/2015 10:18:50 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Proponents of traffic law enforcement cameras on Michigan roads are nothing if not persistent. Hardly a year goes by without a group of legislators trying to empower local governments to contract with vendors of “automated, unmanned traffic monitoring devices" to increase traffic fine revenue. The latest proposal is riding along with a potentially far more massive scheme that would permit hundreds of state and local government agencies to tax, borrow and spend for a virtually unlimited range of new projects (including toll roads and lanes) if they bring in a private partner in a “partnership agreement.” The Senate Commerce Committee...
  • 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...
  • Redflex Tries To Win Back Shareholders (red light and speed cameras )

    10/05/2015 6:26:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    The Newspaper. ^ | 9/30/2015
    Redflex red light cameras and speed camera deployments have dropped by half as municipalities reject automated enforcement. Only a few years ago, Redflex Traffic Systems was at the top of its game. Stock analysts saw unlimited growth potential in the Australian firm that once operated more red light cameras and speed cameras in the United States than anyone else. Redflex was so confident about its bright future that it rebuffed Macquarie Bank's 2011 buyout offer at $2.75 a share. Today, Redflex trades at 24 cents per share, a top executive has been found guilty on federal corruption charges and the...
  • 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...
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Busts Lying, Ticket Quota Cop

    08/19/2015 9:10:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Newspaper ^ | 8/18/2015
    High court in Mississippi says state trooper who issued 25 bogus tickets should never have been reinstated with full back pay. A Mississippi Highway Patrol officer who issued bogus traffic citations to meet his ticket quota was fired on Friday by the state supreme court. All nine justices agreed that the department was right to terminate Sammy William Ray and that the state Court of Appeals was wrong to intervene to give him his job back, with full back pay. Ray was a six-year veteran trooper in 2009 when a routine audit revealed that he had been responsible for an...
  • 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...
  • In red light camera debate in U.S., opponents find legal technicalities

    03/18/2015 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-18-2015 | Zachary Fagenson
    MIAMI (Reuters) - As courts across the United States struggle to determine the legality of red-light cameras, drivers are slipping through a patchwork of often conflicting laws to avoid millions in fines. Two south Florida judges dismissed 24,000 red-light tickets worth an estimated $6.3 million earlier this week over concerns Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc (ATS), which provides the cameras, was too involved in the outcome of cases. By Florida law "the police have certain powers they cannot delegate to private vendors," said Ted Hollander, who represented the Florida drivers. "What we found in testimony is that (the company) had...
  • 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...
  • Thousands of E-ZPass users clocked, but not ticketed, for speeding through Maryland tolls

    01/10/2015 9:59:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 10, 2015 | Kevin Rector
    Thousands of E-ZPass users have been clocked speeding through Maryland toll facilities in recent years, prompting warnings — but not repercussions — from the Maryland Transportation Authority. lRelated Ex-mayoral aide accused of trying to help firm get camera contract The agency began recording the speed of E-ZPass drivers in 2002, though there are no signs at toll facilities indicating that speeds are being monitored. Drivers are informed in the terms and conditions of their E-ZPass contracts. Maryland law empowers the MdTA to revoke a driver's E-ZPass transponder for 60 days after a second speeding violation within a six-month period —...
  • 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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...