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Red Light Camera and Speed Camera CrimeLine
Timeline of criminal indictments, trials and accusations surrounding the companies and individuals responsible for photo enforcement.

Although red light cameras and speed cameras are presented as tools of law enforcement, these privately owned companies, their employees and public officials are often caught disregarding the law. Highlights of these cases presented chronologically below include FCC fines, fraud convictions, bribery convictions and speed camera vehicles busted for drunk driving.

December 2014
Inspector general for the city of Baltimore, Maryland charges mayor's chief of staff with "inappropriate activity" to favor speed camera vendor Xerox. more

November 2014
Irish government's Equality Tribunal imposes $34,600 fine against the Go Safe speed camera consortium, of which Redflex is a member, over workplace discrimination. more

October 2014
Redflex contractor Martin O'Malley files to change plea to guilty over charges that he helped deliver $2 million in bribes to the Chicago, Illinois official in charge of the red light camera program. more

Federal court orders East Cleveland, Ohio to pay bankrupt speed camera vendor Nestor Traffic Systems $683,093. more

September 2014
Former employees sue American Traffic Solutions after the California Department of Industrial Relations ruled the photo ticketing company violated state labor laws. more

August 2014
Karen Finley, former head of US operations for Redflex, is indicted Wednesday on nine counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to use bribes to win and expand a lucrative red light camera contract with Chicago, Illinois more

May 2014
US attorney charges Chicago, Illinois official with accepting $2 million in bribes from Redflex. more

Redflex caught using a "violation calculator" to decide where to place red light cameras and make the most money. more

April 2014
US Department of Labor finds that Redflex fired three US employees so it could hire replacements in Australia at a lower cost. more

March 2014
California Department of Industrial Relations fines Redflex and ATS for failing to pay contractors prevailing wage rates, despite a contractual obligation to do so. more

February 2014
Andrea Saroldi, a police commander in Spotorno, Italy is arrested and charged with extortion, bribery and fraud related to speed camera contracts. more

Catherine Petzel sues Redflex alleging she was fired because of a racial bias among the company's leadership. more

January 2014
Connecticut Judicial Branch issues a cease and desist order to Redflex after the company's school bus photo enforcement website and citation documents falsely gave the impression that the items came from the court. Outcome: Redflex changed its citation and website and the order was lifted in June. more

Former Redflex Executive Vice President Aaron M. Rosenberg admits he bribed officials in more than ten states in a process that was institutionalized at the company. more

October 2013
American Traffic Solutions found using false threats in the citations the company issued to Texas residents. more

July 2013
European Court of Human Rights fines the Latvian for harassing a journalist who exposed irregularities in speed camera procurement. more

UK Statistics Authority report slams government of Scotland for producing misleading speed camera safety claims. more

June 2013
City inspector general in New Orleans, Louisiana, catches cops setting up a personal company to profit from red light cameras in violation of city ethics code. more

Richard Retting, author of the Insurance Institute studies claiming red light cameras have a safety benefit, is paid by camera company to lobby California lawmakers. more

May 2013
Maryland's Open Meetings Compliance Board found the city of Baltimore guilty of violating state law when it held secret meetings of a speed camera advisory task force. more

UK Advertising Standards Authority orders speed camera firm Vysionics to stop using false accident reduction claims in its advertising material. more

March 2013
Scandal hits Jefferson Parish, Louisiana when councilman reveals that Redflex had paid a 3.2 percent cut of the firm's profit on each ticket issued to lobbyist Bryan Wagner, a former New Orleans city councilman, who in turn shared the funds with the wife of District Judge Robert Murphy. more

Redflex chairman admits to bribery in two more cities besides Chicago, Illinois. more Top Redflex executives are fired over bribery scandal. more

Hamilton County, Ohio sheriff confiscates illegally operating speed cameras following ruling by Judge Robert P. Ruehlman (view ruling). Outcome: Optotraffic drops lawsuit against sheriff. more

February 2013
Redflex files a lawsuit against its own former executive vice president accusing him of "dishonest and unethical acts." more

US Postal Service declares itself immune to speed camera tickets. more

ATS settles with New Jersey motorists over illegal operation of red light cameras. more

December 2012
Secret audit in Baltimore, Maryland reveals 5.2 percent of speed camera ticket recipients were actually innocent. more

Redflex charges photo ticket recipients $670 in "travel expenses" if they asked to confront the witnesses against them in court under the Sixth Amendment. more

December 2012
Redflex takes credit for drafting red light camera "reform" law in California. more

B and W Sensors Inc and American Traffic Solutions sue each other for patent theft. more

October 2012
Riverdale Park, Maryland defends the city's practice of forging a police officer's signature on speed camera citations while he was on vacation. more

South Carolina State Ethics Commission threatens photo enforcement executive William B. Danzell over delinquent fines for lobbyist disclosure violations. more

August 2012
The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics fined Redflex after the Australian firm was caught evading state campaign finance laws requiring disclosure of lobbying activity. more

Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department officer David Cephas pleaded guilty to falsifying speed camera calibration logs in 2008 and 2009, affecting 200 photo radar tickets. more

July 2012
American Traffic Solutions Vice President Bill Kroske exposed making "sock puppet" online posts where he posed as an ordinary citizen who favored speed cameras. more

May 2012
League City, Texas challenged for spending "traffic safety" funds from photo ticketing on body armor and assault rifles. more

February 2012
Atlanta, Georgia stops collecting on red light camera tickets after being caught ignoring a state law requiring the use of certified mail for second ticket notices. more

B and W Sensors sends email to city leaders arguing that red light cameras and speed cameras are a solution for cities with budgetary problems. more

January 2012
Greg Williams, assistant district attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana who served as an adjudicator for red light camera cases, pleaded guilty to bribery charges. more

December 2011
Bellwood, Illinois village manager Roy F. McCampbell accused of corruption as part of a scandal that included the signing of a lucrative red light camera contract. more

Seven police chiefs, red light camera company officials and consultants are arrested for corruption in Frosinone and Isola del Liri, Italy. more

September 2011
According to emails, Lynnwood, Washington Police Sergeant Wayne "Kawika" Davis sought to ingratiate themselves with the photo ticketing firm in the apparent hopes of landing a lucrative job in return for their service. more Outcome: city clears itself of wrongdoing

Missouri Families for Safer Roads exposed as a front group for American Traffic Solutions. more

In Milan, Italy, fifteen mayors, cops, speed camera company employees ordered to stand trial for manipulating of speed camera equipment to enhance revenue generation. more

August 2011
Whatcom County, Washington Superior Court judge fines American Traffic Solutions for using the courts to interfere with the elections process. Outcome: reversed on appeal. more

July 2011
Author of the first and most prominent studies claiming a benefit to red light cameras is listed as a "partner" with the photo ticketing firm Brekford. more

June 2011
American Traffic Solutions sues former Senior Vice President Michael J. Lenza for lining up clients for himself while working for ATS. Lenza received a 0.5 percent cut of ATS revenue for every ticket issued in his region. more

April 2011
An employee of photo enforcement vendor Serco was arrested in Victoria, Australia after being accused of adjusting the speed readings in a database 67,541 photo tickets. more

Traffic Safety Coalition revealed to be a front group for Redflex run by the highly connected Chicago, Illinois public relations firm Resolute Consulting. Company officials have ties to current Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was imprisoned on corruption charges. more

March 2011
National Coalition for Safer Roads exposed as a front group for American Traffic Solutions run by lobbyist David Kelly. more

Politicians, senior police and top bankers belonging to an elite group known as The Brotherhood have their speed camera tickets automatically canceled, according to the Ombudsman for Victoria, Australia. more

February 2011
North Carolina Court of Appeals clears ACS and Fayetteville in the death of Elizabeth May who was struck and killed by a red light camera in a traffic accident. more

December 2010
Helmut Knoner, a district judge in Herford, Germany, is relieved of duty after he acquited 42 motorists because he believed the speed camera tickets lacked a solid legal foundation and for his public criticism of automated ticketing machines. more

October 2010
William B. Danzell, the former CEO of bankrupt traffic camera vendor Nestor Traffic Systems, sues for back salary after the board of directors ousts him in 2007. more Outcome: In April 2011, a federal judge issues Danzell a default judgment of $663,218. more

May 2010
American Traffic Solutions loses false advertising lawsuit against Redflex, which was filed after ATS learned Redflex had illegally used uncertified radar units for more than a decade. more

October 2010
Oak Ridge, Tennessee Police Chief David Beams admits receiving an all-expense paid vacation at the Ritz Carlton in Arizona, while collecting his on-duty salary, in return for court testimony that favored Redflex. more

September 2010
American Traffic Solutions files legal brief arguing that Texas ballot initiatives challenging automated enforcement programs are racist. more Outcome: A majority of Houston and Baytown residents vote to oust red light cameras. more

July 2010
Ethics complaint filed against Texas state Representative Linda Harper-Brown for accepting unreported gratuities -- including a brand new Mercedes E550 sedan -- from a traffic camera firm in return for playing the decisive role in establishing the automated ticketing industry in the Lone Star State. more

Ridgeland, South Carolina defies state law banning automated enforcement and sets up speed cameras on Interstate 95. more Outcome: In the next legislative session, a new law passed unanimously to outlaw Ridgeland's cameras. more

November 2009
Federal Highway Administration rules that "violation lines" used in the middle of red light camera intersections in Tucson, Arizona violate federal law. more

Baltimore, Maryland accuses American Traffic Solutions of holding the city's red light cameras hostage. more

Angry shareholders oust three top Redflex officials. more

September 2009
YouTube video captures a Redflex speed camera van driving recklessly. more

July 2009
UK police officer admits in court that he falsified official documents used as proof that speed camera tickets were mailed within statutory deadlines. more

June 2009
College Station, Texas police Chief Michael Clancey sues after being fired for criticizing red light cameras. more

April 2009
Arizona Legislative Council report says red light camera vendors need private investigator licenses. more

Four photo ticketing firms spent $555,106 in campaign donations and lobbying for a statewide law authorizing the use of speed cameras. more

Duncanville, Texas Councilman Paul Ford arrested at meeting for speaking out against red light cameras. more

April 2009
Nestor Traffic Systems caught stiffing subcontractors who installed red light camera equipment. more

January 2009
Alberta, Canada's Office of The Information and Privacy Commissioner orders the city of Edmonton to release speed camera manuals to the public. more

December 2008
Redflex Traffic Systems agreed to pay the Federal Communications Commission $22,000 and to train its employees in US rules and regulations governing radar in order to settle a complaint against the Australian camera firm's illegal use of uncertified radar equipment. more

A Dallas County court ruled that Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) has been operating its red light camera business without a private investigator's license in violation of state law. Outcome: The case is ongoing. more

An appellate decision by the California Superior Court, found "cost neutrality" provisions common to more than forty photo enforcement contracts in the state to be illegal. In this case, Nestor's contract with Fullerton was found in violation of state law. Outcome: photo ticket ruled invalid. Outcome: Further court challenges ongoing. more

November 2008
Executives at photo enforcement firms American Traffic Solutions (ATS) and Redflex were caught ignoring their own speed camera tickets. Outcome: In a notable exception, ATS President Jim Tuton went to traffic school in December for a ticket he received from his own company. Court records show it was ignored initially. more

Washington, DC's Inspector General found the city's process for awarding the photo enforcement contract to ATS was riddled with errors. Outcome: No action taken. more

Arizona Treasurer declares the state's freeway speed camera law unconstitutional. Article 9, Section 22 of the Arizona constitution requires a super-majority vote of the legislature to adopt any provision that provides a net increase in revenue. No such vote was taken. Outcome: Ongoing. more

September 2008
A Redflex employee is busted for drunk driving in Scottsdale, Arizona while in a speed camera van on his way to ticket other motorists. Outcome: Redflex fired employee. Court case pending. more

Photo ticket process server, an officer of the Arizona court system, caught on tape yelling racist slurs at a motorist. Outcome: no action taken. more

US Attorney busted a police officer for embezzling $178,611 from the Washington, DC speed camera program. The officer was accused of claiming to have sat in the ACS/ATS speed camera car for 3400 hours; this did not actually take place. Outcome: Officer admitted guilt and faces jail time and fine. more

August 2008
In its own words, Redflex attempted to land illegal contract in Florida. The company stated, "Legal opinions indicate that automated enforcement in the state of Florida remains illegal" but nonetheless filed an application with Homestead, Florida to operate the city's red light cameras. Outcome: Homestead in September chose ATS. more

July 2008
Arizona Secretary of State confirmed that documents used to convict motorists of speeding in Lafayette, Louisiana contained elements that had been falsified. The Secretary's office rules that Redflex's notary public violated four Arizona laws while purporting to certify a speed camera deployment form for use in official hearings. Outcome: Redflex fired its notary. more

The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), a government agency, determined that a speed camera operator, desperate to keep his position as the top ticket issuer, manipulated evidence to obtain more convictions from innocent drivers. Outcome: IPCC ordered £35,585 in refunds to victimized motorists, plus the cancellation of 1635 license points. No action taken against the operator. more

May 2008
Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners ruled that Redflex violated state law by operating without a private investigator's license. Outcome: Court decision pending. more

January 2008
Redflex accused of mail fraud in Louisiana for using the phrase "official government business" on ticket envelopes, in violation of federal statutes. more

September 2007
Tarrant County, Texas District Attorney investigated possible open meeting law violations by mayor of Mansfield who lobbied behind the scenes to ram a red light camera contract through the city council. Outcome: The camera contract failed, but no action was taken against the mayor. more

May 2007
Texas Senate committee learn in an open hearing that a city police officer was receiving his full-time police salary from Nestor Traffic Systems. Outcome: Committee informed officer that he should retain legal counsel. more

City traffic engineer in Kansas City, Missouri lobbied city council to install red light cameras, then left a few months later to work for German speed camera vendor Traffipax. Former engineer then violated ethics rules by attempting to lobby the city to choose Traffipax as the camera vendor before a one-year lobbying prohibition had expired. Outcome: none. more

April 2007
Unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruling found that the Minneapolis red light camera program's elimination of the presumption of innocence was illegal. more

March 2007
ACS accused of vandalizing Washington, DC speed camera and red light camera equipment after the city dumped the company as its photo ticketing operator in favor of a rival firm. more in PDF

January 2007
Jay Morris Specter, a top red light camera salesman formerly with ATS and then Redflex, was convicted in South Carolina of $1.2 million in fraud. ATS had suspicions about Specter. "We terminated his contract," ATS spokesman Josh Weiss told TheNewspaper, referring to the company's action prior to the conviction. "We even called over to Redflex and warned them about Specter. Needless to say, they ignored us." Outcome: Specter will be released from prison in September 2010. more

November 2006
Two police officers killed a retired college professor in an accident caused while testing a new speed camera. The UK Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigated the possibility of criminal charges. Outcome: In October 2008, the police driver was found guilty of "careless driving," fined £500, and given a two-year license suspension. Serious charges were dismissed, but both officers received a written warning from the police superintendent. more

The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Affiliated Computer Services resigned after admitting to stock option fraud. Outcome: CFO received $1 million and CEO $3.2 million for their stock options on top of a salary lasting through June 2007. more

Cape Town newspaper runs front page expose on lavish "booze cruise" thrown for 28 South African police officers by speed camera vendor Labat Traffic Solutions. more

August 2006
St. Peters, Missouri mayor caught on tape soliciting a cash bribe in return for his signature on a red light camera ordinance. Outcome: Former mayor was released to a halfway house in May 2008 and then released fully in August. more

July 2006
UK Statistics Commission slams Department for Transport (DfT) for using bogus numbers to promote the effectiveness of speed cameras. Outcome: DfT continues to use inflated figures. more

June 2006
UK Advertising Standards Agency charged Greater Manchester police with dishonest advertising in material promoting the use of speed cameras. more

A pair of Edmonton, Canada police officers along with camera vendor Affiliated Computer Services faced charges in an alleged bribery scheme. The officers accepted lavish gifts from ACS -- including travel, sports tickets and female escort services -- in return for a recommendation that ACS be given a no-bid, $90 million photo ticketing contract. Outcome: In October 2008, a judge let the police officers and ACS off the hook without bringing the case to a jury. Even before this trial outcome, the Kiwanis Club in December 2007 gave one of the officers involved its "top cop" award. more

May 2006
Police Complaints Authority investigated allegations that an unsworn South Australian police employee attempted to run down a motorist while behind the wheel of a mobile speed camera vehicle. more

December 2005
UK Department for Transport (DfT) admitted that 80 percent of claimed reductions in accidents that the department attributed to the benefit of speed cameras was actually due to a statistical error known as "regression to the mean." Outcome: DfT continues to use the same statistics. more

November 2005
Cranston, Rhode Island mayor dropped a no-bid speed camera contract with Nestor Traffic Systems after reports revealed that the company had made substantial campaign donations to the mayor's primary challenge for a US Senate seat. Outcome: The mayor lost the primary. more

May 2005
Parliament questioned why a top cop in New South Wales, Australia was buying stock in Redflex, the Australian photo enforcement company. Outcome: Police cleared the police traffic services commander superintendent of wrongdoing. more

December 2004
A Shropshire, UK speed camera van that had just issued thirty tickets to motorists was itself ticketed for doing 65 MPH in a 50 zone. A private citizen similarly recorded a Scottish speed camera van doing 45 MPH in a 30 zone. Outcome: No action taken. more

November 2004
Edmonton, Canada police officers were investigated after setting up the "Overtime Bar" sting designed to frame an Edmonton Sun columnist for drunk driving. A police sergeant admitted under oath that he used the police database to gather information on the columnist because he had criticized photo radar. Outcome: In December 2005, police investigating the police involved in the sting absolved police of wrongdoing. more