FURIOUS motorists fed up with speed camera fines are turning their anger against operators, intimidating them and even smashing up their cars. The most recent attack last week saw a speed camera operator threatened and a brick thrown through the window of his car as he sat inside. Attacks against operators, speed cameras and operator vehicles continue to rise. The private company that runs Victoria's speed camera program, Tenix Solutions, has expressed alarm and urged people not to attack operators. Speed cameras generate about $130 million a year for the Australian Government. In 2003, there were eight attacks on fixed-location speed and red light cameras, 23 attacks in 2004 and 39 attacks in 2005.
A Scottsdale man who has spent more than a year and thousands of dollars fighting his photo enforcement ticket said his next stop is the U.S. Supreme Court. David Cain estimated he has spent at least $20,000 fighting the ticket he received in December 2004, along with his Scottsdale attorney, Mark Jewett. The north Scottsdale investor said he was going 45 mph in a 45 mph zone at North Hayden Road and McCormick Parkway, not 57 mph as the ticket states. However, his legal argument has nothing to do with his speed. Cain contends Scottsdale’s photo enforcement illegally issued him the ticket because it wasn’t certified by a human. The photos also don’t clearly show the driver of the vehicle who is accused of speeding, Cain said.
Redflex - 1494 Cameras with $50M in Revenue 2008, Redflex Traffic Systems is the longest consistently-operating company in the photo enforcement industry. The company, with operations based in Arizona USA and Australia. http://www.redflex.com As the industry leader, Redflex has more contracts in more states than any other vendor. Public safety programs range from those in smaller cities with only a few camera installations to larger cities where red light or speed-enforcement cameras are employed at dozens of intersections. The REDFLEXred® and REDFLEXspeed® photo enforcement technology innovated at Redflex provide unsurpassed accuracy in reducing red light- and speed- related traffic collisions. Statistics in most Redflex-protected cities show significant reductions in most collisions, injuries and costs associated with unlawful driving.
ATS - 1000 Cameras with $40M in Revenue 2008. American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is a leading provider of technology and business solutions for photo traffic safety and electronic toll enforcement programs worldwide. Our President and CEO, James Tuton, pioneered the automated photo traffic enforcement industry in the United States, with the first speed-camera program implemented in Paradise Valley, Arizona in 1987. The red-light camera industry followed nearly 10 years later. As the market has matured and grown, so has ATS. ATS has grown more than 500% since 2003 and is now the largest provider of traffic enforcement programs to America’s big cities including: New York City, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri; San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; Houston, Fort Worth, Irving and Arlington, Texas; New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale and Scottsdale, Arizona. ATS also provides Canada’s largest digital red-light camera and speed enforcement program in Calgary, Alberta. ATS serves more than 125 municipalities and government agencies (both large and small) with red-light and speed camera enforcement programs. We have installed nearly 1,000 cameras around the country, with hundreds more in various planning stages.
Nestor - 400 Cameras
ACS - 300 Cameras
23 States and the District of Columbia allow the use of automated red light enforcement systems. Additional 15 state legislatures considering bills to enable/expand automated enforcement. Automated enforcement currently managers fewer than 2000 approaches. There are 1.2m red light approaches in the U.S. and the market is expected to grow to 30-60,000 in the near future.