Top ATS, Redflex Employees Ignore Tickets

November 1, 2008

“Do as we say, not as we do.”

That seems to be the modus operandi for some top employees of the two primary scam-cam vendors, American Traffic Solutions and “rival” Redflex Group.

September 2005: Public records show that Shoba Vaitheeswaran (Redflex’s Media Relations spokeswoman) was the defendant/respondent in an unspecified photo enforcement case. After ignoring the extortion letter sent by Scottsdale Police and the Scottsdale Municipal Court, her citation was dismissed under Arizona’s Rule 4:

“The defendant has 90 days from the date of filing to be served with the citation, pursuant to A.R.S. § 28-1592(B)(2). After 120 days, the court shall dismiss the citation, pursuant to Rule 4(i), Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure.”

May 2006: John Petrozza, ATS’s Executive Vice President of Field Operations, appears to have ignored his Scottsdale traffic citation, which was dismissed under Rule 4 (almost exactly 120 days after being filed.)  It’s unclear if he intentionally avoided the process server, commonly called “dodging service.”

July 2008: ATS President James Tuton is listed as defendant/respondent for a Scottsdale traffic citation. Tuton appearently also ignored his extortion letter from Scottsdale, and the summons was turned over to a process server. The most recent update to the case seems to indicate that on 9/30/2008 Tuton was either served or voluntarily waived service.

It’s unclear if Tuton is actually going to fight his ticket, which would be really amusing due to the likelyhood that his company actually issued it. We’ll bring the popcorn to that dog-and-pony courtroom showdown.

So, allow us to momentarily enter the Twilight Zone while we, uh, applaud …?… these people for ignoring the fraudulent photo enforcement tickets.

Phoenix Halts Scam-Van Expansion

October 8, 2008

From the Arizona Republic:

Phoenix won’t be expanding its red-light camera photo-enforcement program – at least not for now.

A summer pilot speed program, which focused on higher speeds on arterial streets outside of school zones, and right turns on red lights, had mixed results.

The Speed Van Pilot Program didn’t produce significant numbers of violations to support changing the contract with vendor American Traffic Solutions, according to staff reports.

Oh, the humanity! It’s almost as the City is disappointed to learn that additional photo enforcement is unnecessary.

When in doubt (or, in need of additional money), create new laws or expand existing ones to cause more people to fall into the violation category.

Take a hint from Scottsdale, which put ATS’ Josh Weiss on their city transportation commission, only to (surprise!) lobby for the expansion of laws that could be enforced via camera.

Some call it “one hand washes the other.”

We call it FRAUD.

Press Release: Slams Redflex over Extreme DUI

September 9, 2008
9/9/08, the leading Arizona-based group advocating the removal of automated traffic enforcement systems, has issued the following statement in response to news that a Redflex driver was
arrested for extreme DUI on Saturday, Sep 6.

“Our rallying cry is that cameras can’t catch drunks,” said a CameraFRAUD volunteer. “Now, we’re finding out that Redflex is actually providing the drunks and giving them the keys to
vehicles that look identical to real law enforcement vehicles. It’s the ultimate insult to the real men and women of local law enforcement.”

ACTION ALERT: Call Redflex CEO Karen Finley at (623) 207-2000 (press “0″ at auto-answer prompt) and tell her drunk driving on OUR streets is unacceptable!

Redflex “loses” $2.5 Million; CameraFRAUD offers condolences

September 8, 2008

Redflex has lost a $2.5 million dollar contract in Knoxville, TN, because they failed to submit the proper paperwork on time to city employees, is reporting. Redflex, appearently unable to take responsibility for their own actions, is blaming FedEx for the mistake, saying the package was delivered a day late.

The funniest thing about the whole situation is that Redflex could have sent off a midlevel employee to Tennessee on good old Southwest Airlines for about $399.00, still leaving $2,599,333 in the coffers (based on their revenue in that state last year). will express its condolences to Redflex with the following letter:

Ms. Karen Finley, CEO
Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.
23751 N. 23rd. Avenue, Suite 150
Phoenix, AZ 85085-1854

Ms Finley,

On behalf of, I want to extend my most sincere condolences in your recent tragic loss of $2.5 million dollars.

While I’m sure this is a very difficult time for you, I wanted to include the following token gift as my way of expressing sympathy. Enclosed is a photo of about $2.5 million dollars:

I’m sure your investors would agree that the photos are about as good as the real thing. Just as your cameras can’t catch drunks or stolen cars, this photo can’t be used as actual money. You’ll have to steal that, just as you usually do.

Kindest Regards,


Don’t worry, Karen: we’ll send it UPS.

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