Friday, July 15, 2011

National Camera News: Incidents show photo tickets are not reviewed

Recent incidents in Arizona, Iowa, and Baltimore prove that photo tickets are commonly not reviewed by humans before they are issued.

In Tempe, Arizona, participants in a funeral procession received multiple red light camera tickets after passing through an intersection with a police escort.  The Camera vender American Traffic Solutions initially refused to refund citations until the media got involved.  The police escourts were clearly shown on the video taken by the cameras, despite the fact that city officials and camera vendor ATS state that every single citation is always reviewed by police, a claim which ATS made in a video widely distributed to media outlets a few weeks ago. 

In another incident in Sioux City, IA, 500 motorists were issued red light running tickets by a speed camera located on a freeway with no intersection.  The tickets each contained a sworn statement by police stating, under penalty of perjury, that the officer had inspected the citations and that the information on the citations was correct.  After the error was pointed out to city officials they corrected their mistake, by withdrawing the red light camera violations and issuing speeding tickets instead.

In another local incident in Baltimore earlier this year, 2000 citations were 'approved' by a police officer who had been deceased for several months.  Even in this instance city officials swore up and down that the photo tickets are all reviewed by humans.  And they never lie, right?