Who’s Reviewing Your Photo Ticket?

Three Redflex employees are ready to review your citation

Three Redflex employees are ready to review your citation

If the Arizona Republic, New York Times and Washington Post did their jobs, CameraFraud would not exist. All too often one finds media coverage of photo enforcement amounts to little more than a restatement of talking points provided by a camera company. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the following excerpts from around the country. These news articles calmly reassure the public that ATS, Redspeed and Redflex will use not one, not just two, but three actual human beings to pour over and examine every detail of a violation to ensure nobody but deserving scofflaws ever receives a traffic citation in the mail.

Three Redflex employees review the violation. Each agent views different images and looks for specific information, matching motor vehicle records with the vehicle in the images. After the review is completed, Redflex recommends a violation, and then the Canton Police Department can accept or reject it. — Canton Republic, 3/9/09

Three people at Redflex review the tickets before being sent to [Redwood City Police] for final approval. — San Mateo Daily Journal, May 30, 2008

Three REDFLEX technicians review the material and discard shots that do not clearly show the driver’s face or vehicle license plate. The information is then sent to the Escondido Police Department for review, and tickets are mailed. — San Diego Union-Tribune, December 26, 2008

Technicians at ATS’ facility in Phoenix, Ariz., will review the images three times before deciding whether to forward them to the sheriff’s office. — Tampa Bay Tribune, March 5, 2009

As part of RedSpeed’s system, three company employees review video from the cameras before sending footage of apparent violations to police. Sworn officers then make the final determination on whether a ticket should be issued. — Chicago Daily Herald, March 2, 2008

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Too bad it isn’t true. You see, the Chicago suburbs right now are taking heat for doing a bait-and-switch routine on the public. Red light cameras were supposed to “save lives” by stopping “red light runners.” In reality, up to 100% of the tickets have been issued to people who aren’t running red lights. ATS, Redspeed and Redflex have hit the jackpot by ticketing people for turning right on red — even if they stopped before turning and even though turning right on red is legal.

The Village of River Forest wanted to save itself from public backlash by cutting the charge for the owners of cars that make right-hand turns to $50 while straight through violations earn the owner a $100 ticket. The camera vendor’s reaction to this milquetoast compromise? No way.

“According to the vendor, it isn’t possible to separate and forward only the desired infractions from this camera other than by examining each captured violation,” the Village of Schaumburg explained in a recent memo. This wouldn’t seem to be a problem if you had three employees dedicated to examining every violation. But apparently, it is:

RedSpeed Sales Consultant Michael T. Lebert suggested such a change could cause problems for the company’s computer system. RedSpeed monitors red light cameras for nearly 60 communities, and the system is automated, he said. — Pioneer Press, July 16, 2009

Maybe ATS, Redspeed and Redflex are employing cyborgs.


12 Responses to Who’s Reviewing Your Photo Ticket?

  1. How many Redflex employees does it take to change a lightbulb?

    How many Redflex employees does it take to stack used batteries next to a gas grill?

    How many Redflex employees does it take properly hang a sign?

    How many Redflex employees does it take to write an abandoned vehicle notice on their own van?

  2. Ernest T.Bass says:

    on 7-15 at about 3:45 I was heading east on the i-10 towards tucson… at the interchange where the 60 merges with the i-10 west, tucked underneath the exchange was a van hidden…. no signs, no warning… while i celebrated this stealth way of catching speeders i do wish though that they would follow the signage laws…. but oh well…. hopefully they caught a few hundred breaking the law !!!

    chalk one up for the good guys !!! redflex,ats, dps and the pro camera crowd !!

    walter and glyph would have had meltdowns had they seen this !!

  3. Ernest T.Bass says:

    how many cf flunkies does it take to distort the truth !!???

  4. kandaris says:

    A perfect tie in for this new ruling


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  5. nosnaptrap says:

    According to US Department of Transportation data, right-turn on red collisions are so rare that the average motorist could drive a billion miles before being involved in one (view study).

    Such a strict attitude appears out of proportion to the danger posed by right-turn accidents. The 2001 National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report entitled “Analysis of Crossing Path Crashes” examined 1998 data from the General Estimates System (GES) and Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) accident databases to conclude that of about 6.33 million crashes that year, about 1.72 million involved one vehicle cutting into the path of another. Of this amount, only 5.7 percent or 99,000 were classified as right-turn into path (RTIP) crashes, the least common type (Table 3-1). The category still included incidents unrelated to what might happen at an intersection, such as accidents that happened while making a right-hand turn out of a driveway or alley.

    The number of right-turn accidents shrunk further to just 20,000 when narrowed to collisions taking place at intersections with traffic lights (Table 3-2). Of these, only 4.1 percent, or 2378, were caused by the violation of the traffic signal (Table 4-1).

    Cities often justify these ticketing methods by saying they are protecting pedestrians and cyclists, but these numbers are small as well.

    “The majority of fatalities did not occur at or near intersections,” the report stated.

    Of the small number of fatalities that did happen at an intersection, only 10.9 percent happened during a right turn (Table 5-5). Such accidents were forty times less likely to occur than a collision with another automobile.

  6. Mark S says:

    The name of one of the individuals is Gerald Wiegand.

    Anyone else get a notice of violation?

    We should compile a list of those that certify these notices.

  7. ??? says:

    nobody posts here anymore and when I do you delete it loser!!

  8. thegeez says:

    ya ???, try posting personal names of CF’ers and face the same doom, CENSORSHIP! But it’s ok for a CF’er like the post above yours. FREEDOM YAY! oh wait, censor this post.

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