Here’s an interesting story from the Chicago Tribune, detailing the woes of Redflex, a company that provides those red light cameras.
A fired executive of Chicago’s beleaguered red light camera company alleges in a lawsuit that Redflex Traffic Systems doled out bribes and gifts at “dozens of municipalities” in 13 other states and says he is cooperating in an ongoing federal investigation.
In fact, according to the City’s website, Redflex provides El Paso’s red light cameras.
Redflex Traffic Solutions, Inc. was awarded the contract to provide a turn-key solution for the Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement program. Redflex will install, maintain, and service all equipment associated with this program. Furthermore, Redflex will process and review all violations captured by the equipment. Redflex will then provide the El Paso Police Department all evidence of the violation. An El Paso Police Officer will review all evidence and ensure a violation has clearly been committed. Once verified by a sworn peace officer Redflex will be authorized to create and mail all Notices of Violation.
The question now is whether Redflex paid bribes to get their cameras in El Paso. I’m not going to be surprised either way. Our City officials don’t always get bribed, even when they’ve earned it.