Gifts and Bribes in Exchange for Red-Light Contracts
A fired executive from one of Florida’s red-light camera vendors claims in a lawsuit filed in Arizona that the company provided gifts and bribes to government officials in 13 states—including Florida—to secure to new contracts.
The claim was made by Aaron Rosenberg, former nationwide lead salesman for Redflex Traffic Systems of Phoenix. Rosenberg noted in the 13-page counterclaim that Redflex “bestowed gifts and bribes on ... officials in dozens of municipalities within, but not limited to the following states: California, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia.”
Revenue Over Safety
“This program was originally sold as being about safety,” State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, told the Bradenton Herald in September. “I have come to believe that it’s now about revenue.”
Some highlights from a recent study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability on red light cameras:
- Red light cameras are found in 74 municipalities and 5 counties extending over a total of 26 Florida counties.
- As of June 30, there were 922 intersections where red light cameras are installed, most of them in Central and South Florida.
- In addition to red light running, the study said that 57% of jurisdictions also cite drivers for turning right on red without coming to a complete stop and 30% use red light cameras to enforce turning right on red when "no turn on red" signs are posted.
- Red light fines are $158 per violation; the money is split between the municipality where the violation occurred, the state and two health-focused trust funds.
- Total revenue statewide increased from $37.6 million in 2010-2011 to $118.9 million in 2012-2013.
- Jurisdictions pay vendors between $4,250 and $4,750 per red light camera, per month.
Red Light Cameras Increase Car Accidents
The most alarming thing is that right light cameras actually increase car accidents. The majority of independent research has illustrated that ticket cameras typically increase, not decrease, the number of accidents at controlled intersections. Many of the studies can be found here.
West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorney
Have you been in a car crash involving a driver running a red light? To help ensure you receive full compensation for your losses, it is important to contact an West Palm Beach injury attorney who is well-versed in Florida-specific laws regarding car accident claims. Quick action is critical. The insurance company representing the negligent party will go straight to work also in order to minimize its risks. Hiring an experienced car crash attorney is pivotal to your maximum recovery.
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future losses
- Punitive damages, in cases of egregious negligence
If you have been in an car crash in Florida, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. There is a limited window in which to file an insurance claim and/or bring a claim against another party.