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.
End of the road for Marysville's red-light cameras
May 18, 2016 | Appeal Democrat | Article
City Council members unanimously voted Tuesday to remove cameras from city intersections and to not extend a contract with the program operator, Australian company Redflex Traffic Systems.
The vote ending the program came after Police Chief Aaron Easton recommended against renewing a contract with the company because of the city's inability to track whether fine revenues adequately cover program costs, and an inconclusive assessment of whether the current program actually improves public safety by preventing collisions. The contract expired Sunday.
Deer Park latest suburb to end red-light cameras
May 7, 2016 | Daily Herald | Article
Deer Park next month will become the latest suburb to disconnect red-light cameras.
Citing inconclusive crash data since the two cameras were installed at Rand Road and Deer Park Boulevard in 2010, the village board approved termination of a contract with RedSpeed Illinois LLC. RedSpeed will turn off the cameras June 10.
Gulfport ends its red-light camera program amid legal concerns
Jan 20, 2016 | The St Petersburg Times | Article
GULFPORT — Another Tampa Bay area community is turning off its red-light cameras as a new state report casts doubt on whether the traffic safety devices have made roads safer.
Gulfport City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to end its contract with American Traffic Solutions, the firm that has operated the city’s cameras since 2011. Council members said they had concerns about the legality of the cameras and the accuracy of the system after the number of violations spiked this year after equipment was updated.
Round Rock red-light camera program ends
Dec 31, 2015 | Statesman | Article
The city has ended its four-year foray into red-light cameras at six intersections, concluding a program that city officials and staff ultimately decided did not curb dangerous driving habits and brought little revenue to the city.
Hampton said the city’s main push for starting the program was changing bad driving habits. But data from the red-light cameras showed there were no trends either way on drivers’ behavior at the intersections. For example, city data shows citations for red-light runners at RM 620 at Deepwood Drive would increase and decrease from one month to the next.
“It was impossible to determine a trend,” he said. “And if you didn’t see any significant change in traffic behavior, then what was the point?”
Red-light cameras switched off, radar vans parked [Tucson, AZ]
Nov 5, 2015 | Tucson Sentinel | Article
You won't have to check TucsonSentinel.com's listing of radar vans before heading out for your commute anymore. In the wake of an overwhelming vote to end Tucson's photo traffic enforcement programs, the city has put the brakes on the red light cameras at eight intersections, and sent its photo radar vans back to the garage.
Proposition 201 was approved by voters Tuesday, 66-34 percent. Even though the vote has yet to be certified by the City Council, officials acknowledged the margin at the polls and shut down the programs this week. Hoods were placed over some signs that warned motorists of the cameras at intersections, and the radar vans were not deployed as scheduled.
Round Rock ends red light camera program
Oct 9, 2015 | KEYETV.COM | Article
On Thursday night the City of Round Rock voted to cancel their red light camera enforcement program.
A city spokesperson said in early 2015 that it was not clear if the program improved safety, and was not generating much revenue.
City of Las Cruces won't collect unpaid red-light camera fines
Aug 26, 2015 | Las Cruces Sun-News | Article
LAS CRUCES >> The red-light enforcement cameras that many Las Cruces motorists loathed have been gone for more than 15 months. Now, more than $2.9 million in unpaid fines could become a thing of the past, too.
"I don't know anybody who misses them, really," said Las Crucen Patti Martinez, an administrative assistant. "They probably turned out to be more trouble than they were worth. That much in unpaid fines kind of tells you how much respect the public had for them. There's more problems these days with people who are talking or texting on their phones anyway. More could be done for that."
Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya agreed.
Aurora approves new company for red light camera enforcement
Aug 27, 2015 | ChicagoTribune.com | Article
The Aurora City Council has approved a new, six-year contract with RedSpeed Illinois to administer the city's red light camera enforcement system.
The new deal ends the city's involvement with RedFlex, which has administered and operated red light cameras in Aurora since 2008.
Littleton stops red-light cameras
Aug 17, 2015 | Centennial Citizen | Article
Crews from American Traffic Solutions, which operates Littleton's red-light cameras, were spotted on Aug. 3 beginning to take them down at Littleton Boulevard and Broadway. It could take up to a month to remove all the equipment, according to the Littleton Police Department.
When council implemented the program in 2009, increasing safety was the stated priority. But data showed injury accidents only decreased at three of the intersections — with the biggest drop at Broadway and Littleton Boulevard — while actually increasing at the other two. Non-injury accidents increased at all of them except Broadway and Littleton Boulevard.
Columbus cancels red-light camera contract after bribe investigation
July 15, 2015 | Dispatch.com | Article
Columbus has tossed Redflex out of the city, ending its already-sidelined, red-light camera program in the midst of a federal investigation into bribes a former Redflex executive said she funneled to Columbus elected officials.
Mayor Michael B. Coleman announced the decision on Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after the City Attorney’s office said the city could legally cancel the contract it had held with Redflex since 2005.
City red-light cameras coming down [Not Redflex]
June 30, 2015 | Tallahassee.com | Article
Tallahassee drivers won't have automated red-light cameras to complain about anymore.
The city plans to pull the plug on them in August, roughly five years after they were activated.
Red light cameras gone dark [Stockton, CA]
June 5, 2015 | Recordnet.com | Article
STOCKTON — The city’s red light cameras have been turned off. And it’s been that way for several months, at least.
“Staff determined the program was not cost neutral for the city and found no evidence that it has significantly reduced traffic collisions. In February 2015, we sent Redflex a letter stating we were terminating the contract. The city and Redflex are currently working through the final details of the termination.”
Baldwin Park red light camera contract to expire
May 17, 2015 | San Gabriel Valley Tribune | Article
BALDWIN PARK >> After spending millions of dollars to increase traffic safety but having no way to track how much money the city was getting in return from its red-light traffic tickets, Baldwin Park will let its red-light camera contract end Monday.
The major point of contention is a monthly report that Redflex promised the city detailing issued citations and how much was paid for each ticket.
At least one councilmember has been asking Redflex to answer its claims for more than a year. Mayor Pro Tem Cruz Baca said she sought the promised reports in 2013, then again last year and was told both times the company could not provide the information.
Davis police say ‘stop’ to red-light cameras
Mar. 26, 2015 | DavisEnterprise.com | Article
Red-light cameras in Davis have been given the, well, red light.
Outdated technology, soured public sentiment and changing enforcement tactics prompted the Davis Police Department to abandon the eight-year-old program last fall, shutting off the city’s last two operating red-light cameras at First and E streets and Russell Boulevard at Sycamore Lane.
Santa Clarita to put full stop on red-light cams
Mar. 25, 2015 | SignalSCV.com | Article
Santa Clarita City Council members voted Tuesday to halt the city’s controversial red-light camera program, prompting a round of applause from the crowd at City Hall.
With a 3-2 vote, council members opted to let the city’s contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. expire at the end of the month and discontinue the program.
Last year, the city began looking at making left-turn yellow lights longer at some intersections to see what the effects would be. Since that revised timing was implemented, red-light running dropped dramatically overall at those intersections.
Uncertain future for Victorville's red light cameras after city ends [Redflex] contract
Mar. 18, 2015 | Victoville Daily Press | Article
VICTORVILLE — The City Council voted 4-1 late Tuesday not to renew its contract for 10 controversial red light cameras, preferring to end a policy enacted by previous leaders and finally put their own stamp on the contentious topic.
Littleton to end [ATS] red-light camera program this summer
Mar. 3, 2015 | Denver Post | Article
City leaders on Tuesday voted to end Littleton's red-light camera program this summer, claiming the system has done little to reduce accidents in the city.
Abbeville Gives Red Light to Redflex
Feb. 24, 2015 | KATC.com | Article
Tuesday night, red light cameras got the red light in Abbeville.
A four to one vote putting the brakes on Redflex.
But for many of the council members, their vote of no just echoes what they say they've heard from their constituents.
California Cities Continue To Dump Red Light Cameras
Feb. 20, 2015 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Red light cameras are on their way out in California. To date, more than sixty towns in the Golden State have sent the private, for-profit companies that run the automated ticketing programs packing. On February 27, the cameras in Stockton will be coming down after the city quietly terminated the contract with Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia.
More than sixty California cities have decided cameras were not worth keeping. These towns include Belmont, Bell Gardens, Berkeley, Burlingame, Compton, Corona, Costa Mesa, Cupertino, El Cajon, El Monte, Escondido, Emeryville, Fairfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Gardena, Glendale, Grand Terrace, Hayward, Highland, Indian Wells, Irvine, Laguna Woods, Lancaster, Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Maywood, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Oakland, Paramount, Pasadena, Poway, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Redwood City, Rocklin, Roseville, Rowland Heights, San Bernardino, San Carlos, San Diego, San Jose (photo radar), San Juan Capistrano, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa, South Gate, Union City, Upland, Walnut, Whittier, Yuba City and Yucaipa. The city councils of Laguna Niguel and Orange passed ordinances banning cameras in 2011. Residents of Anaheim, Murrieta and Newport Beach voted to ban red light cameras at the ballot box.
Kenneth City council votes to get rid of red-light cameras
Feb. 19, 2015 | TampaBay.com | Article
KENNETH CITY — This town was the first in Pinellas to install red-light cameras. Now it's following the crowd in getting rid of them.
Council members recently voted unanimously to allow its contract with American Traffic Solutions to lapse. The vote means the seven cameras — some on 54th Avenue N and 66th Street, two of the busiest roadways in the county — will go dark Sept. 22.
St. Peters officials move to end red-light camera contract
Feb. 16, 2015 | StLToday.com | Article
ST. PETERS • Mayor Len Pagano says St. Peters intends to keep its red-light cameras turned off even if the city wins a court case to overturn a countywide ban on the devices passed by voters in November.
Pagano said the Board of Aldermen is expected to approve a resolution next week seeking termination of the city’s nine-year-old contract with Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems to operate cameras.
Red-light cameras turned off in Daytona Beach [Not Redflex]
Feb. 4, 2015 | WFTV.com | Article
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The city of Daytona Beach won't be issuing drivers any red-light camera violations in the immediate future.
The city turned the cameras off several weeks ago after a district court of appeal in South Florida ruled that a camera company shouldn't be allowed to determine what is or is not a violation.
Puerto Rico Dumps Traffic Cameras, Orders Refunds
Jan. 16, 2015 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
The public in Puerto Rico complained so loudly about the photo enforcement program that the territory's government listened. Red light cameras went up at three intersections in October dealing out $250 tickets for making rolling right turns, speeding or having a recently expired vehicle registration. On Thursday, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla (D) had his transportation department refund every ticket issued.
Redflex begins dismantling its red-light photo enforcement system
Jan. 15, 2015 | Auburn-Reporter.com | Article
But last week, Redflex Traffic Systems began removing all of its above-ground equipment in Auburn, starting at the intersection of Auburn Way South and 4th Street Southeast, at Harvey Road and 8th Street Northeast, and in the various school zones.
RIVERSIDE: Red light camera equipment to finally come down
Jan. 12, 2015 | PE.com | Article
Drivers in Riverside: you’re not being watched or photographed by cameras in the white, windowed boxes on poles at 15 busy intersections around town.
The city’s red-light camera program ended in September, but the poles and boxes remain where they’ve stood for the past eight years.
[Oceanside] Red light camera enforcement ends Monday
Nov 28, 2014 | San Diego Union-Tribune | Article
OCEANSIDE — Oceanside’s red light camera program will stop issuing tickets Monday, but officials are considering keeping the equipment running for up to two months to study driver behavior.
The City Council voted in October to give Redflex Traffic Systems a 45-day notice to end the camera program early, saying the public no longer wants them. The contract with the company was due to expire in March 2016.
Tinley Park's red light cameras will stay, but vendor to change [Redflex Fired]
Nov 24, 2014 | Chicago Tribune | Article
Tinley Park trustees have decided to keep red light cameras, but switch vendors.
Public Safety Chairman Brian Maher has said SafeSpeed had a "higher percentage of good tickets" than RedFlex. Historically, half the violations flagged by RedFlex's cameras in the village were discarded.
Auburn decides to ditch controversial red-light cameras
Nov 24, 2014 | KOMO News | Article
The Auburn City Council has voted 4-3 to no longer contract with a private company that operates the program.
Mayor Nancy Backus says traffic statistics show lights installed at four busy intersections have not reduced collisions since they went online in 2006.
Arizona, Ohio, Missouri Jurisdictions Reject Photo Enforcement
Nov 5, 2014 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Voters in four jurisdictions were emphatic Tuesday in sending the message to local politicians that they do not want speed cameras or red light cameras in their community. By margins of over 70 percent, residents of Cleveland and Maple Heights, Ohio; Sierra Vista, Arizona; and St. Charles County, Missouri voted to add themselves to the growing list of cities and counties that have outlawed photo ticketing.
[Beverly Hills Fired Redflex, Hires Xerox]
Oct. 9, 2014 | Beverly Hills Courier | Article
The council voted on a proposal to award the contract to Xerox State and Local Solutions Inc. for Photo Red Light Enforcement Program services rather than the current agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems, which expires Oct. 14.
Red light cameras in Oceanside will come down
Oct. 2, 2014 | UT San Diego | Article
OCEANSIDE — Oceanside's red light camera program will come to an end after about a decade in operation.
The council voted 3 to 2 Wednesday night to give Redflex Traffic Systems, the company that operates the cameras, the required 45-day notice to terminate the contract. The city will have to pay the company about $19,200 for the contract, which was due to expire in March 2016.
City [Santa Fe] finance panel rejects new speed SUV contract
Sep. 17, 2014 | SantaFeNewMexican.com | Article
The city’s Finance Committee voted 3-2 against a proposal from Redflex Traffic Systems, a Phoenix-based company that serves 250 cities in the U.S. and Canada, to administer the mobile photo-enforcement system.
Councilor Carmichael Dominguez, who cast the deciding vote, said he doesn’t believe the program makes the community safer. “I don’t believe the data show that,” he said...
The councilors who voted against approving the contract with Redflex also said they were concerned about allegations by a former Redflex official that the company had bribed government officials in more than a dozen states, including New Mexico.
RIVERSIDE: Red-light cameras fade to black Monday
Sep. 14, 2014 | The Press Enterprise | Article
After eight years and more than 200,000 citations, Riverside’s much-criticized red-light camera program will end Monday.
The shutoff follows the City Council’s July vote to give notice to camera operator Redflex Traffic Systems that its contract would be canceled. That leaves just two Inland cities – Cathedral City and Victorville – with the programs, out of 10 cities in the region that have tried them.
It's lights out for red light cameras
Sep. 8, 2014 | Springfield News Leader | Article
Dormant more than four years, Springfield's red-light traffic camera program is officially dead.
The city announced in a news release Monday that it will begin removing much of the camera equipment, which has been hanging unused at city intersections since the program was discontinued in the wake of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that cast doubt on the way the tickets were handled.
South San Francisco red light program shuts down
Sep. 5, 2014 | ABC 7 News | Article
The decision to pull out the cameras was made last month without any publicity. During its height, there were about 20 Bay Area cities that installed these red light cameras and most of them now have taken them down. Now, South city is joining them.
Addiego said at Westborough and El Camino, there was a difference of only one accident from the year before.
"On Hickey Boulevard, the year before I think there was 16 accidents and the last year of the program there are 24. So nobody was able to hang their hat on safety any longer," Addiego said.
School bus camera company gets red light in Virginia county
Aug. 22, 2014 | Watchdog.org | Article
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Redflex Traffic Systems is getting the red light in Rockingham County.
Just a little over a month after Watchdog.org reported Redflex said it planned to fix the controversial way it runs its school bus camera operation and violation tickets in the Virginia county, Rockingham County Public Schools decided to table its partnership with the scandal-ridden company.
The end is near - Redflex gets the heave-ho in Show Low
Apr. 14, 2014 | White Mountain Independent | Article
SHOW LOW — According to Show Low City Attorney Morgan Brown, the city’s Redflex photo enforcement contract will automatically end on June 14.
Northlake drops [Redflex] contract for red-light cameras
Apr. 13, 2014 | Franklin Park Herald-Journal | Article
Red-light enforcement cameras have left Northlake.
“We haven’t had a large increase in citations since the cameras were turned off,” Koletsos said.
Photo Enforcement Company Sales Continue To Dwindle
Mar. 31, 2014 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
The shrinking US market for automated ticketing machines continues to hit photo enforcement companies in their bottom line. South Dakota last week became the sixteenth state to ban the use of cameras, and Santa Ana became the sixtieth city in California to cancel its red light camera program. The cumulative financial effect is visible in the financial statements of Brekford and Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, the two publicly traded companies that focus on speed cameras and red light cameras.
Redflex problems are far more serious as the company faces an ongoing federal bribery investigation. Due to the "contagion effect," more and more cities have been canceling red light camera and speed camera contracts lest they be associated with a firm caught in a $2 million corruption scandal in Chicago, Illinois. Redflex will lose 384 cameras in Chicago and has lost 54 cameras in other cities in the past six months.
Redflex lost $9 million in profit from the canceled Chicago contract, spent $1.1 million on lawyers due to the federal and state probes, paid $814,000 in a New Jersey class action settlement, paid $705,000 in penalties for violating California's prevailing wage law and lost $2.2 million on unprofitable school bus cameras.
Santa Ana, California Dumps Red Light Cameras
Mar. 25, 2014 | TheNewspaper.com | Article
Another California city moved to eliminate the use of red light cameras. A unanimous Santa Ana City Council decided last week to stop doing business with Redflex Traffic Systems based on a staff proposalthat would end photo ticketing once the Redflex contract expires on June 21, 2015.
After Redflex was caught in a $2 million bribery scandal in Chicago, Illinois and elsewhere in the country, a number of localities have developed second thoughts about doing business with Redflex. The company referred to the mounting loss of business as the "contagion effect" from the scandal. Even before the bribery was revealed, Orange County residents have not looked kindly on the use of automated ticketing machines. Anaheim saw 73 percent of voters choose to ban red light cameras in 2010. Newport Beach voters banned them in 2012. Picking up on this trend, the city councils in Laguna Nigel and Orange also voted to prohibit their use.
Council does not extend [Redflex] traffic camera contract
Mar. 24, 2014 | Oak Ridge Today | Article
The Oak Ridge City Council did not renew the city’s controversial contract with traffic camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems on Monday.
“It was never about safety,” said Councilwoman Garland. She asserted that the city had implemented the cameras in an effort to make money from traffic violations.
San Rafael opts to discontinue [Redflex] red-light camera program after five years
Mar. 10, 2014 | Marin News | Article
San Rafael is getting rid of its red-light cameras, saying the two devices have only slightly reduced accident rates at a key downtown intersection.
San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said the city doesn't plan to renew its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., which services the two cameras, when the contract expires at the end of the month.
San Rafael traffic attorney John Stanko said when people receive a red-light ticket, they're ushered in and out of the courtroom without any sort of trial or real discussion.
Ellisville pulls plug on [ATS] red-light cameras
Mar. 10, 2014 | St Louis Post-Dispatch | Article
The council voted 4-2 to have City Attorney George Restovich terminate the contract with American Traffic Solutions to monitor the cameras at three intersections.
Knightdale’s [Redflex] red light cameras stopped operating in October
Feb. 25, 2014 | Eastern Wake News | Article
KNIGHTDALE — Motorists driving along Knightdale Boulevard no longer have to worry about getting a ticket generated by a camera at one of several intersections along the town’s major roadway.
The town stopped using the red-light cameras in October, although they didn’t say anything publicly and left the cameras in place.
The town chose not to renew its contract with red-light camera company RedFlex back in October when it ended.
As Santa Fe mulls new deal for speed SUVs, another city dumps Redflex
Feb. 19, 2014 | Santa Fe New Mexican | Article
Rio Rancho is the only city left in New Mexico that is currently contracting with Phoenix, Ariz.-based Redflex Traffic Systems to provide red-light cameras and photo-enforcement SUVs. Las Cruces dumped the company this week. And Santa Fe let its contract with Redflex expire last month.
Redflex has provided red-light cameras in Las Cruces since 2009, but City Manager Robert Garza said that city decided not to renew the contract because it is not convinced they work. “If the object is safety, can we prove the streets are safer?” Garza asked. “The answer became, ‘no.’"
Garza said New Mexico State University conducted a traffic study to see if the cameras were increasing public safety, and he said the findings were inconclusive. Some intersections with the cameras saw fewer crashes, while others did not. And in some cases, it wasn’t clear if the red-light camera was responsible for a crash decrease or if it was the addition of a turn lane.
Red-light cameras no more in Poway
Oct. 15, 2013 | UT San Diego | Article
The Poway City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to end its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems immediately. Its representative said the cameras will be removed within 30 days after the company is notified in writing of the decision.
Six months ago the council ordered the cameras turned off and shrouded with a plastic covering as a test. The results were surprising. Accidents decreased at the intersections compared to the six month before they were turned off.
End of photo radar in Prescott Valley: Vans are gone, cameras are bagged
Oct. 3, 2013 | The Daily Courier | Article
PRESCOTT VALLEY - Motorists here now may drive through town without fear of photo-enforcement cameras catching them speeding or running red lights.
The town's contract with Scottsdale-based Redflex Traffic Systems that dates to October 2006 expired today because the Town Council previously decided against extending the contract. Redflex de-activated the stationary cameras at midnight Tuesday and covered them with bags Wednesday.
[El Cajon City Council Votes to Shut Down Red Light Cameras]
Sep. 29, 2013 | East County Magazine | Article
The councilmembers also voted 4-1 to permanently remove the red light cameras, with Mayor Mark Lewis voting against the measure.
Kendrick observed, “ I’ve never seen a more unpopular program than the red light cameras... People here have told me they’re taking a different route, avoiding the red light cameras... Clearly, based on the police report, people are safe drivers... I’m going to support keeping these cameras out.” Then he proposed taking the $60,000 currently spent on staff time related to the cameras and instead, “have a traffic cop patrolling the streets at problem areas.”
Councilman Bill Wells offered his views. “Before I was on council, they decided to put the cameras in... Then we saw people hated it... People have gotten more freedom [now]. We’ve gotten more money... We’ve got people shopping here now because they’re not afraid of red light cameras.” He added, “Cut out the red light cameras, take them down. This is a trend across the nation.”
Councilmember Tony Ambrose spoke. “Bill, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head... Most of the time, everyone has told me they hated it... When we put the covers on, people told me ‘good job’... We should take the cameras down... Spend money on law enforcement.”
South Gate eliminates red-light cameras
Sep. 19, 2013 | Las Angeles Wave | Article
SOUTH GATE — Red-light cameras, used for traffic enforcement by taking pictures of vehicles running red lights, will be removed from seven intersections in the city.
City Council members voted Sept. 10 not to renew the city’s contract with Redflex Traffic Systems. The contract ended Aug. 26 and the program has been in operation on a month-to-month basis.
Escondido drops red-light cameras
Aug. 27, 2013 | UT San Diego | Article
ESCONDIDO — Escondido’s City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to rip out the city’s red-light cameras, joining a long list of cities that have eliminated the unpopular devices.
While Escondido’s contract with Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix doesn’t expire until December, Police Chief Craig Carter said the city would stop issuing red-light camera tickets immediately based on the council’s action.
[Clive] City Council votes not to renew contract with Redflex
Jul. 19, 2013 | KCCI | Article
The council voted 3-2 on a measure Thursday night to not approve a contract extension with Redflex. Effective immediately, Clive City Attorney Jim Wine said citations will not be issued from the red-light cameras.
Belmont gives Redflex the boot
Jun. 13, 2013 | SM Daily Journal | Article
Redflex was given the boot by the Belmont City Council in a passionate Tuesday night meeting, ending a three-year relationship with the red light camera operator for traffic enforcement at busy Ralston Avenue, El Camino Real and Old County Road.
Before the vote was cast, a Redflex executive, Jim Saunders, told the council a recent bribery and corruption scandal was behind the company and even offered the city a 20 percent discount to continue the traffic enforcement program an additional two years.
Accident rates have not gone down, Warden said, and the money from the fine goes to the state, county and “you guys,” Warden said as he pointed toward the Redflex officials sitting in the audience.
San Diego Eliminates Red Light Cameras
May. 14, 2013 | NBC Chicago | Article
While Chicago works to establish itself as the camera-enforcement capital of the United States, with electric eyes writing tickets at 190 intersections, and speed cameras set to start clicking this year, another city, San Diego, has scrapped red light cameras altogether. The city’s mayor says they discourage tourists from visiting, and create “disrespect for the law.”
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.