Drivers are flashed if they go 11 mph or more over the 65 mph speed limit. Only about 43 percent of drivers who trigger freeway speed-enforcement cameras have received speeding tickets. The Scottsdale loop 101 cameras have flashed a total of 124,809 drivers in the past five months, only 53,819 of which have been processed as citations in Scottsdale City Court. As many as 16,937 drivers have paid fines or attended defensive driving schools. Scottsdale collects $75 of every $120 or so paid to driving schools. More than half of the total camera flashes recorded at six locations between Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard, about 57 percent, have not been processed by Scottsdale City Court. The court receives as many as 825 photo enforcement citations every day, from both surface streets and the freeway, up from about 200 per day before the Loop 101 test.
San Diego reduces half a second to one tenth of a second to help prevent collisions at intersections resulting from drivers running red lights. The city council claims they could have issued 65% more ticktes if the time was reduced. Is this a saftey issue or business issue? Shortening the time will generate the city $191,000 annually in added revenue, city staff told the council. The program is slated to generate $1.52 million in total revenues in fiscal year 2007. The city's red-light camera program was first initiated in 1998, but halted in 2001 after lawsuits were brought over the way the program was run. The city restarted the program in 2003.
If your red light camera "ticket" does not have the address and phone number of the Superior Court on it, or if it says, "Do not contact the court," it's not really a ticket at all. It is a Snitch Ticket (a.k.a. "Nomination"), generated by the police
A real ticket will tell you to contact the court. Snitch Tickets are designed to closely resemble a real ticket. To add to the confusion, real tickets and Snitch Tickets both ask the registered owner to turn-in (or snitch on) the person who was driving the car. Despite all that, there are some differences that you can rely on. One of the best "tells" is the absence of any court information printed on the Snitch Tickets. If you're curious, the official format for a real ticket is on the website of the Judicial Council of California.
Redflex is helping to dole out about 4,000 traffic citations per day, or just under 1.5 million per year. The company's cut per ticket varies by city, but in its hometown, Scottsdale, Redflex pockets about $40 from each $180 red-light fine on average. Redflex has 600 cameras in 87 cities in six states. Roughly 200 more will be installed this year. It has 60 cameras in Chicago. More than 40 percent of all traffic cameras installed in the U.S. are Redflex. Redflex had $26 million in revenue last year, has emerged as one of the fastest-growing companies within an industry whose growth potential it believes is staggering. The industry could some day become a $3 billion juggernaut, Redflex recently told analysts.