Santa Ana, California Dumps Red Light Cameras Red light camera companies continue to lose ground in California as the second largest city in Orange County votes to drop automated ticketing.
Another California city moved to eliminate the use of red light cameras. A unanimous Santa Ana City Council decided last week to stop doing business with Redflex Traffic Systems based on a staff proposalthat would end photo ticketing once the Redflex contract expires on June 21, 2015.
"It is staff's recommendation that the city not exercise the options [for contract renewal] at the conclusion of the contract in 2015 for the following reasons," wrote city finance director Francisco Gutierrez. "Automated red light camera system revenues have had a minimal impact, of red light activations only 50 percent are submitted to the court and legislative changes threaten the sustainability of automated red light camera systems."
Councilman Vincent Sarmiento offered the resolution to end use of cameras citing the "excessive fine" of $490 that the embattled Australian firm issued last year to 30,099 in the city. Out of the $14,748,510 worth of tickets mailed, the city's cut was $2,541,745.