Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets

The Tribune investigation found about thirteen thousand questionable tickets at about a dozen intersections and similar pattern of problems at several others.

The Tribune found some cameras went from writing one or two tickets a day to more than 50 in some cases with no real explanation as to why.

The Tribune also found inconsistencies with tickets for drivers ticketed for not coming to a complete stop before turning right. Three experts reviewed the documents the Tribune gathered and said there were two possibilities for the dramatic jumps. Either people messed with the cameras to ticket more drivers or the cameras malfunctioned.

In either case, the experts say the city should have noticed the wide swings in the tickets and investigated what was going on. The city transportation department told the Tribune it wasn’t aware of the problems until the paper showed them their data.

The department did tell the paper that neither the city or software company messed with the cameras and has no records of cameras malfunctioning. They also told the paper regardless of spikes it doesn’t mean people weren’t breaking the law. We spoke with on the experts who reviewed the Tribune photos and documents.

We called the city transportation department but didn’t receive any comment, since the cameras went in 2003 the Tribune says they’ve generated about 500 million dollars.

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