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Red Light Camera Bribe: Chicago Camera Program 'Likely Built On $2 Million Bribery Scheme'

Red Light Camera Bribe: Chicago Camera Program 'Likely Built On $2 Million Bribery Scheme'

Commented Mar 5, 2013 at 13:17:31 in Chicago

“The corruption may not be limited to Chicago. Buried on page 22 of its half-year financial report issued Mar. 4, 2013, Redflex warned of the possibility of bribery revelations in other cities:

"Further, the current investigations may identify other instances of similar dealings with the City of Chicago and/or other jurisdictions."

So, if you associate with city employees in other Redflex cities, don't walk up behind them, put your hand on their shoulder and mutter "FBI" as a joke, as they could have a heart attack.”
Chicago Red Light Cameras: City Dumps Redflex Contract Amid Corruption Probe

Chicago Red Light Cameras: City Dumps Redflex Contract Amid Corruption Probe

Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 14:25:08 in Chicago

“Some advice for red light camera companies: Program your computers so that no ticket can be issued to local investigative reporters, their bosses, or their families.”
San Francisco Most Dangerous Intersection Will Receive Red Light Camera

San Francisco Most Dangerous Intersection Will Receive Red Light Camera

Commented Jan 8, 2013 at 21:21:06 in San Francisco

“The camera will be ineffective against violations by visiting drivers (visitors won't know the camera is there), so I must oppose this use of cameras until someone presents information that it is local drivers involved in the accidents. Further, a memo by the city's chief traffic engineer Jack Fleck (now retired), indicates that while the City already has accomplished a 93% cut in the number of illegal right turns through the use of signage, that big drop in illegal turns actually INCREASED accidents. He wrote: "Despite the decrease in the number of motorists illegally turning right onto the Central Freeway after the installation of the improvements, during the same time period the number of collisions between bicycles and illegally-turning vehicles has actually increased." Cameras cannot stop ALL of the remaining violations (at least that never happens in other cities), so to stop the accidents, the City needs to try further engineering fixes.”
noPhoto Device Blocks Red Light Cameras, May Be Solution To City Camera Tickets (VIDEO)

noPhoto Device Blocks Red Light Cameras, May Be Solution To City Camera Tickets (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 22, 2012 at 12:22:21 in Technology

“If you visit California, or live there, you need to know about Snitch Tickets, which are fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out by the California police in an effort to fool the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car.
Over 30 cities use them, and in some the fake tickets are more than half of all tickets mailed out. Snitch tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don’t say “Notice to Appear,” don’t have the court’s address and phone # on them, and usually say, on the back (in small letters), “Do not contact the court about this notice.” Since they have not been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can, and should, ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term.
Also, a REAL camera ticket from ANY city in LA County can be ignored, as the LA courts do not report ignored tickets to the DMV. (This was revealed in multiple LA Times articles last summer. It is applicable ONLY to cities in LA county.)”
Crazy Car Crash Caught On Red Light Camera

Crazy Car Crash Caught On Red Light Camera

Commented Jul 15, 2012 at 18:24:45 in Weird News

“A real late runner (2+ secs. into the red) doesn't do it on purpose. He doesn't know (a visitor) or doesn't remember (a distracted or impaired "local") that there's a camera up ahead, so the presence of a camera won't stop him. To cut these real late runs, identify your dangerous intersections and improve the visual cues that say, "signal ahead." Literally! Florida's DOT found that marking "signal ahead" on the pavement cut running up to 74%. At those same dangerous intersections, make these other inexpensive mods: Make the signal lights bigger in diameter, add backboards to them, put brighter bulbs in the street lights over the intersection, and put up a lighted name sign for the cross street.

The cameras have many side effects: They (indirectly) block emergency vehicles - cars stopped at a camera hesitate to get out of the way! Other side effects: Rearenders, local $$$ sent to Oz, AZ or Goldman-Sachs, where it won't come back, and tourists and shoppers driven away.

Want safety, no side effects?
Install the visual cues.
To cut car/pedestrian accidents, train your kids (and yourself) not to step out just 'cuz the walk sign came on.
To cut nuisance running (a fraction of a second late), lengthen the yellows. It's cheap to do so can be done all over town. (Adding four tenths of a second to the yellow will decrease nuisance running by 50%.)
Who needs cameras?”

AlwaysRightLeftist on Jul 15, 2012 at 19:00:09

“Thanks for posting this. It's pretty embarrassing that a lot of commenters here think this was on purpose. As far as cameras go, in Anaheim CA they're not used because it has been found that they cause MORE accidents. We even went so far as to vote to ban them just so that they couldn't be used in the future.”
Crazy Car Crash Caught On Red Light Camera

Crazy Car Crash Caught On Red Light Camera

Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 16:54:35 in Weird News

“Red light cams don't work because they can't stop the real late runners who cause the crashes.
A real late runner (2+ secs. into the red) doesn't do it on purpose. He doesn't know (a visitor) or doesn't remember (a distracted or DWI "local") that there's a camera up ahead, so the presence of a camera won't stop him. To cut these real late runs, identify the worst intersections and improve the visual cues that say, "signal ahead." Literally! Florida's DOT found that painting "signal ahead" on the pavement cut running by up to 74%. Also, make the signal lights bigger in diameter, add a backboard, put a signal pole on the NEAR side of the corner, put brighter bulbs in the street lights over the intersection, and put up a lighted name sign for the cross street.

Cameras come with many side effects: They (indirectly) block emergency vehicles - cars stopped at a camera hesitate to get out of the way! Other side effects: Rearenders, local $$$ sent to Oz, AZ or Goldman-Sachs, where it won't come back, and tourists and shoppers driven away.

Want safety, no side effects?
Install the visual cues - most are cheap to do..
To cut car/pedestrian accidents, train your kids (and yourself) not to step out just 'cuz the walk sign came on.
To cut nuisance running (a fraction of a second late), lengthen the yellows. It's cheap to do so can be done all over town.
Who needs cameras?”

wllharrington on Jul 13, 2012 at 20:39:03

“I agree with some of HenryHP's comments. However, I don't think he takes into account human nature. In Ann Arundel County, Maryland, red light running was a problem. To reduce it they set the traffic lights so that the opposing red light did not change immediately to green but stayed red for several seconds. It took very little time for drivers to realize that they had extra seconds after their light turned red to run the light before the opposing light turned green.”

Octagonalsign on Jul 13, 2012 at 17:09:03

“How long were you in school for your traffic engineering/psychology degrees.....oh, thats right. They came with the box of Cracker Jacks....”

eulerckt on Jul 13, 2012 at 17:06:20

“I think that a $100 fine for first offense, $300 for the second, and 12 month loss of license for each subsequent event would have a definite impact.
BUT.....cities are using red light cameras as revenue generators with relatively small fines imposed ($75 in my area). Just high enough that it will NOT discourage light running.”
Speed Cameras Approved: Quinn Signs Off On Rahm's Red-Light Ticketing Measure

Speed Cameras Approved: Quinn Signs Off On Rahm's Red-Light Ticketing Measure

Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 15:27:11 in Chicago

“Red light cameras (indirectly) block emergency vehicles - because cars stopped at a camera hesitate to get out of the way! Other side effects: Rearenders, $$$ sent to Oz, AZ or Goldman-Sachs, where it won't come back, and tourists and shoppers driven away.
Worse, a false expectation of safety, because cameras can't stop the real late runners, who cause the accidents. (If cameras worked, camera sellers wouldn't have the crash videos they supply to the media.)
Want safety, no side effects?
To cut car/pedestrian accidents, train your kids not to step out just 'cuz the walk sign came on.
To cut nuisance running (a fraction of a second late), lengthen the yellows. It's cheap to do so can be done all over town.
The dangerous real late (multiple seconds) runs won't be stopped by the mere presence of a camera, because the runner won't know (a tourist) or won't remember (a distracted or impaired "local") that there's a camera up ahead. They're not doing it on purpose! To cut these real late runs, improve the visual cues that say, "Intersection ahead." Florida's DOT found that better pavement markings (paint!) cut running by up to 74%. Make the signal lights bigger, add backboards, and put the poles on the NEAR side of the corner. Put brighter bulbs in the street lights at intersections. Put up lighted name signs for the cross streets.
Who needs cameras and their side effects?”
Denver Red Light Cameras Renewed Despite Questioning From City Auditor

Denver Red Light Cameras Renewed Despite Questioning From City Auditor

Commented Jan 10, 2012 at 17:56:16 in Denver

“Heavy enforcement in one locality gives a false expectations of safety you will not find when you venture afield. The only successful strategy is for everyone to drive, and walk, defensively.
For rolling right turns, pedestrian education is needed. Your children will be traveling to places with lax enforcement. Train your kids not to step into the street just cuz the "walk" sign came on. Look left and right, and even if a car appears to be slowing, do not assume it will stop. Do not step in front of any car unless you have made eye contact!!!
To reduce "nuisance" straight-thru running (running the red by a fraction of a second), and left-turn running, lengthen the yellows. It has a huge % effect, the effect is permanent, and it can be done cheaply, thus all over town. To reduce the rare but dangerous multiple-seconds-late straight-thru running that occurs because of distraction, confusion or impairment, improve the visual cues that say "You're coming to an intersection." Florida's DOT found that better markings near intersections (plain old paint) cut running by up to 74% without increasing rearenders. Make the signal lights bigger in diameter, add backboards, and place the poles on the NEAR side of the intersection. Put brighter bulbs in the street lights at intersections. Put up lighted name signs for the cross streets.
Who needs cameras?”
San Bernardino, California Bankruptcy Looming

San Bernardino, California Bankruptcy Looming

Commented Jul 12, 2012 at 12:42:08 in Business

“Perhaps the BK will allow the SB council to cancel the red light program it hates but cannot cancel because the termination fees are too high.

Whether SB removes its cameras or not, cameras will remain in many California cities, so every motorist in California needs to know about Snitch Tickets, the fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out by California police to bluff the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car. (Citrus Hts, Daly City, Elk Grove, Hayward, Marysville, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Newark, San Mateo, San Leandro, South SF, Corona, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Garden Grove, Laguna Woods, Los Alamitos, Oceanside, Poway, Riverside, Santa Ana, Solana Beach and Vista use them.) Snitch Tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's addr. and phone #, and usually say (on the back, in small letters), "Do not contact the court about this notice." Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term. And once you understand how tricky a Snitch Ticket is, tell your friends who live in or visit California about them, so that they won't get tricked.”

dbrett480 on Jul 14, 2012 at 23:12:47

“It depends on the department. Several cities you mention have officers review the ticket and sign off on them. Thus they are filed with the court and have the same significance as if the officer issued the ticket himself.”
huffingtonpost entry

In the Public Interest: Problems With Privatized Law Enforcement's New Frontier

Commented Oct 28, 2011 at 15:43:06 in Crime

“Til recently camera co. execs were hidden behind lobbyists. But no more. Bios at the biggest company:

ATS suspended VP Wm. Kroske, caught posing as a resident of towns where he'd been posting online comments. Heraldnet.com, put Kroske in search box.

ATS fired & sued VP Michael Lenza for (allegedly) "diverting opportunities away from ATS."

Now Senior Advisor to ATS' front the Natl. Coalition for Safer
Roads, in his early career Mark Rosenker did electronic
monitoring for the Campaign to Re-Elect Nixon. CREEP did the
Watergate break-in, after which many went to
prison, and Nixon resigned. Because of his recent position as NTSB
chair Rosenker was granted guest columns in papers
nationwide, in which he mentioned the NCSR but not its support by ATS.

James Tuton is ATS' nominal CEO, but who's behind him? In 2008, Goldman-Sachs bought 1/3 of ATS for $58 M, days after Warren Buffett (Geico) invested $5 B in G-S. Coincidence?

Next. In Lynnwood WA the dep. chief was asking ATS for a job while simultaneously negotiating the City's contract, and the traffic sgt was offering to assist ATS with lobbying and marketing in the Northwest. Google Manser Kawika Jensen.

Many govt. employees are immune to the tickets. In California 1.5 million privately-owned cars have plates protected from easy look up, effectively invisible to agencies trying to process camera violations. The "protected" list includes politicians, bureaucrats, their families, and ADULT children! Read Cal Veh Code 1808.4.”
Los Angeles Red Light Cameras To Shut Off

Los Angeles Red Light Cameras To Shut Off

Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 19:02:26 in Los Angeles

“LA: good! Everywhere else: Ticketing will increase. How?

There is a bill in Sacramento, right now, which if not vetoed will allow cities to reduce posted speeds by 5 mph, even on streets with a great safety record. The lower limits will allow them to shorten yellows. The shortening permitted by a 5 mph decrease in the speed will increase red light cam ticketing by at least 50%. (Four of the sponsoring cities have red light cams.) Worse, the shortening will increase severe accidents by 30 to 40%. (Source: "Development of Guidelines for Treating Red-Light Running," Texas Transp. Inst. pg 2-20.)

It is AB 529, and it is going to Gov. Brown for signature - or veto.

Defeat AB 529! Phone Brown, at 916 445-2841, or email him via the form at gov.ca.gov , and ask him to veto. Also phone the AAA, and your union or professional association.

To the pro-camera anti-car people and cities thinking of supporting this bill for the money more tickets will bring: Try to remember that this bill will increase severe accidents, a lot. Just for money.”
Red-Light Cameras May Be Phased Out, LA Officials Vote

Red-Light Cameras May Be Phased Out, LA Officials Vote

Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 18:26:57 in Los Angeles

“LA is getting better, but the rest of the state is gonna get worse. There is a bill in Sacramento, right now, which if not vetoed by the governor will
allow cities to reduce posted speed limits by 5 mph, even on streets with a
great safety record. The lower limits will allow them to shorten yellows. The
shortening permitted by a 5 mph decrease in the speed will increase red light
camera ticketing by at least 50%. (Four of the sponsoring cities have red light
cameras.) Worse, the shortening will increase severe accidents, by 30 to 40%.
(Source: "Development of Guidelines for Treating Red-Light Running,"
Texas Transportation Institute, pg 2-20.)

It is AB 529, by Asm. Gatto (Glendale), and it is going to Gov. Brown for signature - or veto.

Californians need to defeat this bill. Phone the governor, at 916 445-2841, ask him to veto it. It takes no more than 3 minutes per call. And then phone the AAA, and your union, and ask them to oppose the
bill. To the pro-camera anti-car people, and the cities thinking of supporting
this bill for more camera tickets and the money they will bring in: Before you
support this bill, try to remember that it will increase severe accidents, a lot.”
Red-Light Cameras: More Votes Needed To Prevent Elimination

Red-Light Cameras: More Votes Needed To Prevent Elimination

Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 21:42:09 in Los Angeles

“Consider this: The camera Industry now wants to SHORTEN the yellows at lights! If passed, AB 529, by Asm. Gatto (Glendale), will allow cities to reduce posted speed limits by 5 mph, even on streets with a great safety record. The lower limits will allow them to shorten yellows. The shortening permitted by a 5 mph decrease in the speed will increase camera ticketing by at least 50%. (Four of the GREEDY sponsoring cities have red light cameras.) Worse, the shortening will increase severe accidents, by 30 to 40%. (Source: "Development of Guidelines for Treating Red-Light Running," Texas Transportation Institute, pg 2-20.) AB 529 is moving along, fast, with a vote scheduled soon. Concerned? Phone your assemblyperson and your state senator, ASAP. It takes no more than 3 minutes per call. And then phone the AAA, and ask them to oppose the bill. To the pro-camera anti-car people: Before you support this bill, remember that shorter yellows will increase accidents, a lot.”
Red-Light Cameras: Commission Votes To Kill Controversial Traffic Cameras

Red-Light Cameras: Commission Votes To Kill Controversial Traffic Cameras

Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 21:41:43 in Los Angeles

“ATS, LA's camera supplier, was just outed as hidden behind many of the pro-camera comments posted online. The expose caused the suspension of an ATS VP, who was posing as a resident of the towns where he posted his comments. Source: Everett (WA) Herald (heraldnet dot com), put Kroske in the search box.

VP Kroske was just one of ATS' spokesmen. Another is Mark Rosenker, former chair of the NTSB, now with the Natl. Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR), which is supported by ATS. Based on his service with the NTSB, Rosenker was granted guest columns in papers nationwide, in which he mentioned his connection with NCSR but not its support by ATS. [Early in his career he did electronic monitoring for the Campaign to Re-Elect Pres. Nixon. CRP (or CReeP). CRP did the Watergate break-in, many of the conspirators were jailed, and Nixon resigned.]

ATS is behind many of the "citizen supported" sites in towns where the company is entrenched. Source: bancams dot com, put "stupid" in the search box.

You might ask, "So who is behind ATS?" Follow the money. In Sept. 2008 Warren Buffett, owner of Geico, invested $5 billion in Goldman-Sachs which, later that month, invested $50 mil in ATS. There's no direct audit trail connecting Buffett/Geico to ATS, but consider that Goldman was in dire straits back then, and wouldn't have been able to make the investment in ATS had it not received the $5 bil from Buffett.”
Legislative License Plates Give Legislators De Facto Immunity From Automated Traffic Enforcement

Legislative License Plates Give Legislators De Facto Immunity From Automated Traffic Enforcement

Commented Feb 10, 2011 at 05:38:04 in Denver

“The size of this "protected" class seems to vary widely from state to state. In California there are 1.5 MILLION privately-owned cars with plate numbers protected from easy look up, effectively invisible to agencies trying to process red light camera violations. The protected list includes local politicians, bureaucrats, retired cops, other govt. employees, and their families and ADULT children! Unbelievable? Read Cal. Veh. Code 1808.4. If you are in California and think this is unfair, call your local assemblyperson and state senator and ask them to support AB 3 by Assemblyman Jeff Miller. (For comparison, the State of Illinois has only 5867 cars on its protected list, and Texas has 18,323. I wonder what the total is, in Colorado.)”
huffingtonpost entry

It's Official: "Red Light Cameras" Don't Work

Commented Oct 18, 2010 at 20:04:35 in Los Angeles

“Aside from dreams of revenue, why do politicians buy the cameras?

1. They think we like cameras!
A blog exposed "Astroturf Lobbying" by the camera Industry. It's when a PR firm creates an artificial grassroots movement, often via comments posted on newspaper articles. The politicians read the columns and, sensing strong community support, give the OK for cameras. (To read the blog, Google Rynski Astroturf.)

2. Politicians - and their extended families - are immune to the tickets.
In California 1.5 million private cars have plate numbers protected from easy look up, making them effectively invisible to agencies trying to process camera violations. (In CA the list includes local politicians, bureaucrats, retired cops, other govt. employees, and their families and adult children!) Someone should check to see how many, and who, are on the list in other states.

You'd think that all that would be needed to fix this inequity would be for the persons requiring protection of their home address to file their work address as the place for their tickets to be mailed to. Until August, there was a bill (AB 2097) in the Calif. legislature to do just that. But the politicians killed it. Their excuse: The cost to gather and computerize the work addresses was too great.

I urge everyone, in every state, to call their legislators, their media, and their auto club about this class immunity. Otherwise, the bureaucrats and politicians will keep laughing at us as we pay our fines.”

dbrett480 on Oct 20, 2010 at 00:12:00

“"In California 1.5 million private cars have plate numbers protected from easy look up, making them effectively invisible to agencies trying to process camera violations."

This stems from the governments serious misuse of take-home vehicles. Almost every senior government employee gets one, and all they do is drive to and from work. Unless they are subject to 24/7 call out (like most public safety workers), they do not need one and I'm pretty sure they can afford their own car.”
Arizona Speed Cameras Will Be Eliminated

Arizona Speed Cameras Will Be Eliminated

Commented May 8, 2010 at 02:15:10 in Home

“Drivers in California need to know about Snitch Tickets, which are fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out by some CA police departments to bluff the registered owner into ID'ing the actual driver of the car. (There are about 40 cities using them.) Snitch Tickets haven't been filed with the court so they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's address, and say (on the back, in small letters), "Do not contact the court." Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term.”
Cities Shortening Yellow Lights In Dangerous Fundraising Initiative

Cities Shortening Yellow Lights In Dangerous Fundraising Initiative

Commented Feb 24, 2010 at 23:47:23 in Politics

“For those who live in California, or might visit, here is a special note about California camera tickets. (As in many fields of endeavor, we do it differently. Not better, just differently.)

Here they cost about $500! And a point on your license. Because our tickets put a point on your license, the police have to get the name of the actual driver before they can file the ticket at court. Since the photo of the plates leads only to the registered owner ("RO"), and he/she often was not the person driving the car, about 40 California police depts. mail out Snitch Tickets, which are fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out in an attempt (mostly successful) to fool the RO into ID'ing the actual driver of the car. Snitch Tickets haven't been filed with the court, so are recognizable because they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's address, and say (on the back, in small letters), "Do not contact the court." Since they have NOT been filed with the court, they have no legal weight. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term.”
Villaraigosa Orders 1,000 Layoffs To Close Budget Gap

Villaraigosa Orders 1,000 Layoffs To Close Budget Gap

Commented Feb 5, 2010 at 18:42:48 in Los Angeles

“To help close its budget gap, LA plans to double its red light camera system. Motorists who must cope with all the cameras around California need to know about Snitch Tickets, fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out by some police in an effort to fool the registered owner into ID'ing the actual driver of the car. (He doesn't have to!) LA-area cities using this "social engineering" tactic are Bakersfield, Corona, Garden Grove, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Laguna Woods, Los Alamitos, Loma Linda, Maywood, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, South Gate, and Victorville.) Snitch tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don't say "Notice to Appear," don't have the court's address and phone # on them, and usually say, on the back (in small letters), "Do not contact the court about this notice." Since they have not been filed with the court, they have zero legal weight. You can ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term.

It's getting so the only people who will be able to drive here will the the rich, the undocumented/uninsured with "throw away" cars, and the 1 million+ insiders who have "protected plates." If you don't know what that is, Google the term, plus "California."”