Desperate Redflex Sues City of Tempe

December 20, 2010

Two years ago Santas were disabling Redflex Scameras. In 2011 it will be lawsuits.

It’s desperation time for the ticket camera companies. Redflex is starting to emulate their potential buyer, ATS, and suing anything that moves.

Redflex has filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against the City of Tempe seeking damages in excess of $1.3 million dollars. Their claim is that Tempe is profiting off all the defensive driving courses being sold to motorists in lieu of paying Redflex the fines.

The suit was filed on December 1, 2010, less than two months after both parties were joined as Defendants in an $8 million dollar civil rights/RICO action in Federal District Court by Plaintiff Daniel Gutenkauf of Tempe. Redflex is alleging that the City of Tempe has never shared any revenue with Redflex from “violators” who attend Defensive Driving School (DDS).

The lawsuit alleges that “The City is unfairly enriched by its actions and omissions.” It seems that Redflex can see the writing on the wall in Tempe with Gutenkauf’s RICO case and the PR nightmares to come.

The Aussie vendor stands to lose large sums of money if the verdict doesn’t go their way. 2011 is shaping up to be an even uglier year than 2010 was for them.

Cheers to the cameras coming down!


Malfunction of the week

November 21, 2008

Numerous people have contacted to report a photo scam cam malfunctioning in Tempe:

Graham emails in:

I was sitting at the Starbucks on the SE corner of this intersection today (Wed, Nov 19, 6:15 pm). The camera monitoring E-W Guadalupe traffic is having an epileptic fit, flashing every couple of seconds on legitimate traffic (only when E-W travel is moving). I’m just waiting for the inevitable crash that this is going to cause, although it’s kind of funny to watch the light show. Love your site, keep up the good work.

Many people have also noted the incident on the forum:

“Moneystacks” wrote:

I drove by McClintock and Guadalupe the other night and the camera was malfunctioning. It flashed on every (no joke) car that went through the intersection on the GREEN light. The light had just turned green so no one was speeding. Bottom line, I don’t trust those things.


i think i was there when that happened!! i think it was wednesday or monday night around 9:20pm. That camera flashed me when i went on a green light, and all the other cars behind me as well, there better not be any ticket in the mail!!


I live near that intersection. It does that all the time!! I swear at least once a week it will flash for every car during a certain cycle right after the light turns green.


I was there when that was happening! It really was taking everyone’s picture. I live near there, but that was the first time I’ve ever seen that happen. If I get a ticket in the mail, it’ll be going right in the trash. What a joke.

Tempe’s scam operation is headed by Redflex.

(We suggest asking for Redflex’s Shoba at 480-440-0647)

Photo Van Driver Attacks Demonstrator

October 24, 2008

Tempe Police arrive on scene behind Redflex photo van

Trouble: Tempe Police arrive on scene behind Redflex photo van

Tempe Police has released a damning report detailing the violent actions of a Redflex employee against a demonstrator holding an anti-photo radar sign earlier this month. PDF File Report in PDF format, courtesy

Corey M. Fleetwood was operating a Redflex “photo speed van” on the night of October 3rd when a demonstrator contacted police to report that the van was blocking a fire hydrant.

Before police arrived, the driver of the van exited the vehicle and charged at the demonstrator, forcing him to take multiple steps backwards. According to the report, Fleetwood then ripped the sign away from the demonstrator’s hands before throwing it on the ground.

An independent witness on the scene was videotaped saying “I really though he was going to hit (him) I thought he (Fleetwood) was going to hit (the demonstrator).”

Backup Arrives

Backup Arrives

According to public records, a complaint was filed in February against Fleetwood for “Speed Greater Than Reasonable / Prudent,” which resulted in the suspension of his license.

Another complaint from December of 2007 accused Fleetwood of “Assault / touching with intent to injure.”

Redflex is no stranger to controversy. The Arizona Secretary of State’s office recently condemned a Redflex notary for violating no less than four laws relating to document integrity and accuracy.

In early September, a Redflex van driver was arrested for extreme DUI while driving a photo scam van destined for Tempe’s streets.

Police question Corey Fleetwood, Redflex van operator

Police question Corey Fleetwood, Redflex van operator

Just last week, a Redflex employee was found to be in a state of undress, sound asleep, inside another Tempe photo speed van.

Media Inquiries should be directed to

Sweet Dreams: Redflex Driver Caught Snoozing

October 19, 2008

Sound asleep, w/ camera in foreground. (Clickfor large version)

Sound asleep, w/ camera in foreground. (Click for large version)

An employee of beleaguered Redflex Group was caught sound asleep on the evening of Saturday, October 18th while “operating” a speed trap on behalf of the City of Tempe.

The van –engine running, of course– was parked in the 2300 block of East University, targeting eastbound traffic. The driver, who appeared to be in a partial state of undress, had removed his company-issued red polo shirt and was curled up in a ball on the floor of the vehicle.

Apparently awakened by the flash of the camera (oh, the irony), the man quickly threw his company shirt back on and appeared to be engrossed with what sounded like a football game playing on a small screen inside.

He's alive! Driver pictured after waking up and putting his red polo shirt back on

He is risen! Driver pictured immediately after waking up and throwing his red polo shirt back on.

Van drivers are responsible for driving vehicles to target locations, ensuring the vans are not vandalized, as well as acting as a witness for the integrity of the electronic equipment if called to testify in a court of law.

It’s unclear what a person could testify to when they are found to be deep asleep

Redflex and the City of Tempe are no strangers to personnel trouble. Earlier this year, the Arizona Secretary of State condemned a Redflex notary for violating no less than four laws relating to document integrity and accuracy.

In early September, a Redflex van driver was arrested for extreme DUI while driving a photo scam van destined for Tempe’s streets.

Later that month, released a controversial video showing a process server caught using derogatory and racist language while attempting to serve a Redflex-generated photo ticket.

UPDATE: KFYI 550 AM has picked up this story.

UPDATE 2: Media attempting to get ahold of Redflex for comment should see this video. (More to come on this later.)

Weekend Update

October 5, 2008

CameraFRAUD operatives appeared in Tempe this weekend, signs in tow, to express displeasure with mobile photo “scam vans.”

It was observed that some motorists appeared to slow down to less than 20 MPH while attempting to read the large, handmade signs. The van was purposefully located in a construction zone, and traffic appeared to be generally driving at or well below the posted limits.

Tempe’s photo enforcement program is ran by beleaguered Redflex Group, based in Australia.

Additional details about this event will be posted as they become available.

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