Red light camera "trial and error"

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Look at what happened in Capitola, CA, with a fairly new red light camera program:

The city of Capitola, California admits that it issued at least $9525 in bogus red light camera citations this month. The Santa Cruz Superior Court notified the police that their failure to review citations issued by red light camera vendor ATS allowed 25 duplicate citations, each worth $381, to be issued. “With a new program there’s a lot of trial and error,” Capitola Police Chief Richard Ehle told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

And which company is about to get the Houston contract? Yep, ATS.

Do you suppose Chief Hurtt told city council that “with a new program there’s a lot of trial and error”?

This was not the first time [Capitola] has allowed improper citations. In January, the city had allowed 134 citations worth $51,054 to be issued despite the lack of required information on the ticket. In December, an ambulance driver had to go to court to have a ticket reversed even though the photograph clearly showed his emergency lights were active.

Lots and lots of trial and error!

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