Cities and municipalities nationwide have given photo enforcement a try and have decided to end their photo enforcement contracts because the systems didn't improve safety, cost too much, or both. Note: Not all programs were run by Redflex.
Woodlands Red Light Cameras Terminated
Apr. 20, 2013 | The Courier of Montgomery County | Article
After almost six years of operations, Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack has terminated the use of red light cameras in The Woodlands. However, that move may have violated the county’s agreement with Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. for operation of the red light photo enforcement program.
City won’t renew red-light camera contract [With Redflex]
Apr. 17, 2013 | Snohomish County News | Article
MONROE - The City Council decided to terminate its contract with red-light camera company Redflex Traffic Systems.
The City Council voted 4 to 2 to send Redflex a formal letter saying the city wouldn’t be renewing its contract, which expires at the end of the year.
"Ultimately, we’re here to listen to what the people tell us and represent them," Goering said. "Seven out of 10 voted to say let’s put an end to this."
PRESCOTT VALLEY PHOTO ENFORCEMENT: Council backs cutting ties with Redflex - but might seek another contractor
Mar. 22, 2013 | The Daily Courier | Article
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Motorists here will continue to face photo-enforcement tickets for speeding and red-light running at least to Oct. 3, when the town's contract with Redflex Traffic Systems expires.
Negative news coverage and growing opposition from the public apparently prompted a majority of the seven Town Council members Thursday to call for severing ties with Redflex. Councilwoman Mary Mallory said she wants photo enforcement to go away.
Surprise will end photo-radar program
Mar. 21, 2013 | Arizona.NewsZap.com | Article
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The city will end its contract with a Phoenix-based photo traffic enforcement firm that operates the municipality's system, citing a nearly $190,000 deficit in the program over the nearly three years it has been in operation.
"I'm a little disappointed," lamented Councilman Richard Alton (Dist. 2). "I didn't think it was going to cost us anything," said Mr. Alton, who recalled voting for the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., when it was approved by the governing body in Sept. 10, 2009.
Hayward, California Dumps Redflex And Red Light Cameras
Mar. 6, 2013 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Redflex Traffic Systems is losing another customer. On Tuesday, Hayward, California's city council voted 6-1 to end the use of red light cameras at the earliest possible opportunity, joining thirty-four other California cities that have decided to abandon automated ticketing. Hayward's decision comes at a time when the Australian-based company is reeling from investigations of its involvement in bribery schemes in Chicago, Illinois and two other cities.
"Rear end accidents increase significantly because people come to a screeching halt," [Police Chief] Urban said. "There's no proven correlation between red light camera systems and consistently decreasing crashes."
Collier County's [ATS] red light cameras shut down for good
Mar. 1, 2013 | News-Press.como | Article
Collier County’s controversial red-light cameras were turned off for good Thursday night.
The cameras at 10 Collier intersections will be removed in the near future by the camera operator American Traffic Solutions, spokesman Charles Territo said. Territo said Friday that he couldn’t give a timeframe when the cameras will be taken down. He said ATS turned them off at midnight Thursday in accordance with a December ruling by Collier County commissioners.
The commission voted in December to end its contract with ATS on Feb. 28 because commissioners felt the cameras weren’t effectively stopping crashes. Collier installed the cameras in April 2009. There were 17 red-light crashes in the county from July 2006 to March 2009, and 17 red-light crashes from April 2009 to December 2011, according to department of highway statistics.
Mayor Filner, SDPD End Red Light Camera Program
Feb. 1, 2013 | NBC San Diego | Article
Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday that the city will be ending a controversial red light camera program.
The program charges violators up to $490 when the automated cameras catch motorists running red lights. The program contract with the city expired Thursday night and will not be renewed, Filner said.
League City: Red-light cameras coming down
Jan. 25, 2013 | KHOU | Article
LEAGUE CITY — The first of League City’s red-light cameras is coming down this week.
City Manager Mike Loftin said the city was able to work with the camera company, Redflex Traffic Systems, to turn off the camera facing the right turn lane on the southbound Interstate 45 frontage road at FM 518.
The camera was turned off at midnight Jan. 18 and was removed Thursday evening.
League City voters overwhelmingly voted to remove the red-light cameras last year; 77 percent of the voters decided to ban them.
RED LIGHT CAMERAS: Riverside takes out 11 cameras
Nov. 1, 2012 | The Press-Enterprice | Article
Riverside’s red light camera program has been shrinking significantly as workers remove 11 of the city’s 29 cameras. City public works director Tom Boyd said Thursday that those 11 cameras were switched off Sept. 30, and a contractor for camera company Redflex has been taking out the equipment over the last several days.
Boyd wasn’t sure when all 11 cameras will be gone. The other 18 cameras will stay put pending the outcome of a June 2013 ballot measure on whether to continue the program.
California, Tennessee: More Cities Terminate Traffic Cameras
Sep. 3, 2012 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Photo enforcement programs are being dropped at an increasing rate. On Tuesday, city leaders in Corona, California and Red Bank, Tennessee will vote to send their automated ticketing machine vendors packing. Just two years ago, American Traffic Solutions (ATS) won a major contract extension in Red Bank as the city rushed to avoid the possibility that the state legislature could impose limitations on automated ticketing. Red Bank's voters, however, have since put in place commissioners opposed to the use of traffic cameras, so city staff are now asking the board of commissioners to approve sending a formal termination notice to ATS.
Corona has already notified its vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, that it is no longer interested in having red light cameras. In a region hit hard by the economic downturn, it is hard for municipal leaders to justify slapping vehicle owners with a $500 citation, especially as the city's net share of that amount is a little over $100. The city council's vote Tuesday will make the termination official.
Town of Cary nixes red-light camera system
Aug. 12, 2012 | The Sacramento Bee | Article
CARY, N.C. -- Cary officials have axed one of the state's last red-light traffic camera systems.
The Town Council took the vote with little fanfare or comment on Thursday night. Cary has had red-light cameras at 15 intersections around town.
Officials say the town will continue to issue citations for up to two weeks as it voids its contract with Redflex, the Australia-based company that administers camera systems.
Globe sends Redflex packing
Jun. 18, 2012 | SilverBelt.com | Article
Globe — After a lengthy public hearing and a brief executive session, the Globe City Council voted 5-1 to terminate the controversial contract with Redflex.
Retired police officer Kevin Nolan told the council that Redflex is not able to make arrests for crimes that a simple picture cannot spot. "The presence of a police officer is more conducive to public safety," Nolan said.
Two Northern California Cities Dump Red Light Cameras
May. 18, 2012 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Two more California cities have given up on the use of red light cameras. On Tuesday, the city councils in Emeryville and Yuba City each voted to discontinue the use of automated ticketing machines, primarily out of a concern that the programs were failing to generate the expected amount of revenue. Officials were also upset that the programs have been tying up police resources.
Wentzville ends red-light camera program
Mar. 15, 2012 | Wentzville Patch | Article
Aldermen unanimously declined to renew a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems. However, the contract runs through Sept. 30, 2013.
Sample said accident statistics Harrison provided are inconclusive.
"In some areas, it seems OK, in other areas it seems to have made it worse. I’m for having our local police handle this," he said.
[Glendale, CA] Police shut down red-light camera program
Mar. 13, 2012 | Glendale News-Press | Article
Glendale police will no longer issue citations for red-light violations caught by cameras set up at four intersections throughout the city, officials said.
The decision, which took effect Feb. 24, was made because the program had become a burden on resources, and police needed the officer assigned to reviewing violations out in the field, officials said.
Red-light cameras to disappear from Burien
Feb. 15, 2012 | The Highline Times | Article
After May 1, red-light cameras will be gone from three Burien intersections.
Burien lawmakers decided Feb. 13 not to renew the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems after May 1. The company has been providing the cameras to Burien since 2009.
However, the city spent about $55,000 in district court costs for the photo enforcement program in 2009 and 2010. She said Burien is expected to incur another $30,000 in costs for 2011. Krause added the added cost for Burien police to review and issue the tickets is unknown.
Comparisons between Oct. 2006-May 2009 and May 2009-Dec. 2011 show that the accident rates for the three intersections along First Avenue remained about the same even after the cameras were installed.
Naperville to shut down red-light cameras
Jan. 2, 2012 | DailyHerald.com | Article
Motorists in Naperville will face a little less scrutiny beginning Tuesday as the city officially pulls the plug on its three red-light cameras.
Gardena ends its red-light camera program
Dec. 14, 2011 | DailyBreeze.com | Article
Mayor Paul Tanaka said he supported the staff's recommendation to stop using the cameras because it is too costly and doesn't seem to be reducing traffic collisions.
"First and foremost, the financial hole that this is creating, in addition to the lack of evidence that the program is in fact being effective," Tanaka said.
Furthermore, a Gardena police study of the program found no substantial decrease in traffic collisions at the red-light camera intersections since the system was installed in 2006.
Pasadena is currently considering ending its red-light camera program, and Paramount and Compton already have stopped using the system.
Pasadena, California May Dump Red Light Cameras
Dec. 9, 2011 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Major cities across the country have begun having second thoughts about photo enforcement. In California especially, heightened public scrutiny of red light camera programs and lower than expected profits have turned city councils against automated ticketing programs. On Monday, top city officials in Pasadena recommended against renewing their red light camera contract. When neighboring Los Angeles dropped its program in July, the news made nationwide headlines.
Syracuse Says No to Redflex, ATS
Nov. 28, 2011 | CameraFraud.com | Article
More and more cities are now using caution before wantonly installing red light cameras, which have proven over decades to have no safety benefit.
Syracuse, NY is the latest to take a wise step back and examine the situation before dotting their public roads with Big Brother.
Voters in Seven Cities Reject Photo Enforcement
Nov. 9, 2011 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Voters in eight cities in three states cast ballots Tuesday to decide whether red light cameras and speed cameras should be used in their communities. Seven of the races went against the use of photo ticketing.
In East Cleveland, city leaders went to the most extreme lengths of any contest to date to badger voters into supporting cameras using official resources. Off-duty police officers, in uniform and with their police cruisers parked on the curb, were ordered to go door-to-door to convince residents to vote to save the cameras. Last month, Mayor Gary Norton mailed layoff notices to thirty-six cops and fourteen firefighters, claiming the city would have to fire them if it lost the photo ticketing revenue. The strong-arm tactics worked, as the city picked up 54 percent of the vote.
[Albuquerque] City councilors vote to end red light cameras
Nov. 7, 2011 | KOB.com | Article
The Albuquerque City Council voted on the fate of the city's red light cameras Monday night.
City councilors decided on a five-to-four vote to axe the contract with camera operator, Redflex.
Monroe says it may pull traffic cameras because of repeated errors on citations
Nov. 4, 2011 | HeraldNet.com | Article
MONROE -- The city of Monroe may move to terminate its contract for traffic-enforcement cameras, officials confirmed Friday.
City Council members passed a motion this week authorizing the mayor to send a warning letter to Redflex Traffic Systems of Arizona.
The letter is being reviewed and is expected to be sent early next week, Mayor Robert Zimmerman said Friday. The letter warns that the city plans to terminate the contract if the level of service from Redflex does not improve.
The decision was based on the company's failure to meet performance standards, Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said. The company repeatedly sent out violation notices that had typos, omitted words and contained other errors.
Voters Saying No To Red Light Cameras
Oct. 4, 2011 | KOAT.com | Article
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- After years of controversy, voters packed the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of red light cameras.
With about 87 percent of the precincts reporting, the vote to end the red light camera program is winning by 53 to 47 percent.
Bell Gardens Ends Redflex Camera Program after no improvement in safety
Sep. 29, 2011 | EGPNews.com | Article
The Bell Gardens City Council on Monday unanimously approved a motion to allow the city’s redlight traffic camera contract to expire and to send a letter opposing the local water company‘s proposal to increase water rates.
Councilmember Pedro Aceituno motioned that the contract with RedFlex Traffic Systems, Inc. not be renewed after city staff reported the traffic cameras had not significantly affected the number of injury accidents at the intersection of Florence and Eastern Avenues, and the police department said there were unanticipated personnel costs to manage the system.
Peoria will deactivate red-light cameras on Oct. 3
Sep. 22, 2011 | AZcentral.com | Article
The city will not renew its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems after learning from police that crashes at monitored intersections actually increased during the three-year pilot program.
Mobile photo radar abolished
Sep. 14, 2011 | SherwoodParkNews.com | Article
At Tuesday's Strathcona County council meeting, Coun. Brian Botterill got his wish — and the wish of vocal residents — to cease the operation of mobile photo radar cameras in Sherwood Park.
GRAND TERRACE: [Redflex] Red-light cameras to shut down
Jul. 14, 2011 | The Press-Enterprise | Article
The Grand Terrace City Council has decided to send an early message to motorists that red-light cameras will be switched off next summer.
Redflex Contract Not Renewed in Tempe
Jul. 11, 2011 | MyFoxPhoenix.com | Article
TEMPE, Ariz. - Say goodbye to photo radar in Tempe - at least for now.
The city has decided not to renew its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems.
Napa suspends enforcement of [Redflex] red-light cameras
Jun. 14, 2011 | NapaValleyRegister.com | Article
Judge rules Napa [Redflex] red-light cameras are illegal
Jun. 1, 2011 | NapaValleyRegister.com | Article
Napa's red-light camera program, which has drawn the ire of thousands of motorists and the Napa County grand jury alike, is illegal, a Napa County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.
Diane Price, presiding judge of the Napa County Superior Court's Appellate Division, ruled that the 2008 contract between the city and Arizona-based Redflex violated state vehicular law.
City pulling plug on red light cameras
May. 23, 2011 | KASA.com | Article
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The red light cameras is Albuquerque will soon go dark.
That's because the Albuquerque City Council had to delay voting on a new contract with Redflex last week after a long budget meeting.
More California Cities Close to Dumping Red Light Cameras
Mar. 8, 2011 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Two more California communities are questioning the wisdom of photo enforcement. As of today, red light cameras are no longer operational in Rocklin after the city council decided not to renew the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia. The council in Victorville felt the same way but found it much more difficult to pull the plug on automated ticketing machines.
California courts throwing out red light camera tickets
Dec. 3, 2010 | Victorville Daily Press | Article
VICTORVILLE • Six of the city's controversial red light cameras have come down.
Now, with courts across the state raising questions over their legality, a group of local residents and one council member are gunning for dismantling the other 10.
Two California Appellate courts in 2010 overruled previous convictions and threw out tickets issued though Redflex, the same company that monitors Victorville's cameras. Judges in both cases cited insufficient evidence and the inability for the accused to confront their accusers.
Loma Linda puts end to red-light traffic cameras
Dec. 3, 2010 | Silicon Valley Mercury News | Article
LOMA LINDA, Calif.—Red-light cameras in Loma Linda have been given the boot.
The San Bernardino Sun says the lights were turned off Wednesday night, when the Redflex contract ended. Most tickets cost drivers $465 each.
To increase traffic safety, Mayor Rhodes Rigsby says yellow lights will last one second longer from now on.
Analysis: Loma Linda yellow lights were illegally short [Loma Linda, CA Mayor Regrets Redflex Contract]
Oct. 13, 2010 | Contra Costa Times | Article
From the time the city installed red-light cameras in December of 2005 until November of 2006, three intersections had yellow lights set 0.3 seconds shorter than California's legal minimum, the documents show.
"I as the mayor am apologetic to the community for the Redflex camera business that we were associated with," he said. "I hate these cameras more than anyone else in Loma Linda."
Judge Suspends City's [Redflex] Traffic Camera Program
Oct. 1, 2010 | WDSU.com | Article
Judge Paulette Irons ruled that the program violates the city charter, according to Ed Washington, the attorney who sought the injunction.
Washington said the city's charter stipulates that the police department shall regulate traffic. But the ordinance creating the camera program puts it under the public works department.
All tickets issued after Friday morning's ruling are invalid.
The lawsuit is the latest in legal troubles for red-light camera programs in southeast Louisiana.
Covington City Council says no to [Redflex] traffic cameras
Aug. 19, 2010 | NOLA.com | Article
Two days after hearing a presentation on the possible use of mobile speed vans or red-light cameras to curb speeding and collisions in Covington, City Council members - many citing public outcry - adamantly spoke out against the proposal and said they would never endorse it.
With a majority of council members against it, the proposal appears to be dead in the water.
California: Two More Cities Dump Red Light Cameras
Jul. 30, 2010 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Red light cameras are becoming less popular among municipal leaders in California. On Monday, the Yucaipa city council voted unanimously to cancel its photo enforcement contract with Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia. The previous week, Costa Mesa officially pulled the plug on its automated ticketing machines.
The controversial cameras caused an increase in accidents in Costa Mesa, according to city data. In 2005, the California Supreme Court allowed an appellate division ruling to stand against Costa Mesa's cameras. The appellate judge had found that Costa Mesa violated the state code by failing to provide 30-days notice for each intersection where the devices were used, as required by the law. It also found the city improperly allowed another agency to control and set signal timing.
Yucaipa's... city council silently swallowed a $198,000 bill from Redflex in order to get out from under the program that failed to meet revenue expectations since it signed a three-year contract with the Australian company in December 2007.
Arizona Photo Enforcement Contract Canceled
May. 6, 2010 | Redflex | Article
In the recent Redflex announcement of 29 April 2010, the directors advised that the base term of the original State-wide speed contract in Arizona was due to expire in early FY2011, and that there was a distinct possibility that the program would not continue.
Redflex has now received formal notification from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the contract
will not be renewed.
Loma Linda won't renew red-light camera contract
May. 6, 2010 | The Sun (San Bernadino) | Article
LOMA LINDA - The city will not extend its contract with the company that installed red-light cameras when the agreement expires in December.
Ziprick said it would be wise to listen to a "strong majority" in the community who feel the cameras should go.
"Citizens are getting tired of these tickets," he said.
San Carlos yanks red-light camera
04-13-10 | The Daily Journal (San Mateo) | Article
The city of San Carlos will lose its sole red-light camera in 18 months after the City Council Monday night unanimously agreed that it wasn’t needed at the current site and there is nowhere else they want to put it.
The camera sits at westbound Brittan Avenue and Industrial Road, an intersection that Mayor Randy Royce said had 11 accidents prior to the camera installation and 11 in the 17 months since.
"I was disappointed in what Redflex had sold," he said.
Hillsboro turns off photo red light cameras
04-09-10 | OregonLive.com | Article
The Hillsboro City Council Tuesday reversed its June 2009 decision to install a monitoring system offered by Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., of Phoenix, Ariz., at Northwest Evergreen Parkway and 185th Avenue.
Final vote urged on red-light cameras in Loma Linda
03-31-10 | Daily Bulletin.com | Article
He plans to ask his colleagues at the April 13 meeting to approve a measure giving notice to Redflex Traffic Systems that the city will not renew the contract. City staff members say the council doesn't need a vote to let the contract lapse.
Popescu has called for removing the cameras since September. He says they haven't increased safety and that residents are overwhelmingly opposed to them.
Request to turn off red light cameras stalls
02-20-10 | Victorville Daily Press | Article
VICTORVILLE - It’s going on three months since city officials suggested shutting at least half of Victorville’s 16 red light cameras down, and still residents keep coming home to find $446 tickets in their mailboxes.
With a largely disgruntled public, lagging revenue and data at several sites showing little impact on safety and traffic, Victorville has been trying since early December to find a way to turn some of its cameras off without violating its contract with Redflex, the Arizona-based company that installed and operates them.
Harlingen Getting Rid of Red Light Cameras
02-18-10 | KRGV.com | Article
HARLINGEN - After a heated debate, city commissioners voted 3-2 Wednesday to get rid of controversial red light cameras. The cameras have monitored traffic violations at five of the city's busiest intersections since 2007.
Commissioner Robert Leftwich questioned whether the cameras were really effective. After the meeting, he told CHANNEL 5 NEWS, "The cameras provided a false sense of security for drivers; they make drivers feel safer, when in fact, they really aren't."
Leftwich claims the number of accidents at intersections with cameras actually increased during the most recent reporting period.
Avondale... drops traffic-enforcement tools
02-10-10 | AZCentral.com | Article
To save money, the city also is terminating its contract with Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions, which operates traffic-enforcement cameras.
"Looking at the stats, there's no significant correlation between the number of accidents and the impact photo enforcement has been having on those wrecks," he said. "It's down all over the city. It's down all over the state."
California Cities Dumping Red Light Cameras
01-29-10 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
The allure of red light cameras has worn off in a pair of Southern California cities. In Moreno Valley on Tuesday, the city council voted 3-1 to shut down the automated ticketing machines that have been operating since 2008.
Also on Tuesday the Loma Linda City Council appeared unanimous in its desire to terminate the red light camera contract with Redflex, but the city attorney insisted staff needed time to determine the cost of an early contract buy-out. Councilman Ovidu Popescu led the effort to remove the cameras without delay, accusing the Australian automated enforcement company of quietly shifting its focus after selling the council on the safety benefits of installing cameras to stop straight-through violations.
Southland city removes red light cameras after 'rear end collisions have actually increased
10-05-09 | Examiner.com | Article
Two southland cities have terminated their contracts with red light camera vendors and removed the cameras in recent months, after internal reports acknowledged that the use of the cameras were neither effective nor fiscally responsible.
City pulls plug on red light camera
10-05-09 | The Press-Enterprise | Article
Redlands Police Chief Jim Bueerman decided last week to get rid of the camera at University Street and Citrus Avenue because it wasn't proven to have reduced accidents and cost more to operate than it generated in revenue, the release stated.
City pulls plug on red light cameras
09-04-09 | Roseville Press Tribune | Article
After four years of troubles with the system, the Roseville Police Department earlier this summer quietly ended plans to bring back photo red-light enforcement to Roseville intersections, officials said.
Maywood, California Dumps Red Light Cameras
07-07-09 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
The Maywood, California City Council on Wednesday dumped the Australian company in charge of the city's red light camera program. Since 2004, Redflex Traffic Systems has had the right to issue tickets at the intersection of Slauson and Alamo. The council voted 3-2 not to renew the five-year agreement, against the wishes of city staff who proposed new "cost neutral" contract terms.
Louisiana Parish Revolts Against Speed Cameras
07-02-09 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Neither the churches nor law enforcement in Livingston Parish, Louisiana want anything to do with photo radar. In a statement yesterday, the parish sheriff's office explained that it has become fed up with Redflex Traffic Systems, the Australian company that uses a Ford Escape SUV to issue automated tickets worth between $100 and $464 each within the parish.
"Due to a recent series of events regarding Redflex and its representatives, the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is discontinuing its participation in the parish's photo enforcement program commonly referred to as 'the speeder van,'" the statement explained.
Dalton, Georgia Dumps Red Light Cameras
04-07-09 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Another Georgia red light camera program has fallen thanks to a state-mandated extension in the duration of the yellow warning period at monitored intersections. Members of the Dalton City Council yesterday voted unanimously to cancel its contract with the UK-owned photo ticketing firm LaserCraft Inc. which has been operating the traffic cameras on a month-to-month basis since May.
Use of the cameras produced no measurable reductions in accidents, according to city officials...
Third Largest California City May Reject Red Light Cameras
10-08-08 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Police in San Jose, California want nothing to do with red light cameras. Department officials made their views known at a city council transportation committee meeting on Monday where members were urged to drop plans to install traffic cameras in the heart of California's Silicon Valley because of the potentially negative impact on public safety.