35% of red light-camera tickets go un...

35% of red light-camera tickets go unpaid

There are 77 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Mar 26, 2011, titled 35% of red light-camera tickets go unpaid. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

If you're one of those Las Cruces motorists who has received a citation in the mail for an alleged violation caught on a traffic enforcement camera, you might want to check your mailbox again.

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Master Debater

Las Cruces, NM

#1 Mar 26, 2011
So let's try lengthening the yellow lights at intersections with a lot of accidents and keep millions of dollars in the community instead of sending it to some donkeys in arizona.

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sincamisa

Santa Fe, NM

#2 Mar 27, 2011
Maybe it is a great show of civil disobedience. I hope so and I hope the greedy politicians behind it pay...with their political future.

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Larry g

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Mar 27, 2011
Of course the numbers don't add up so you can bet they are blowing smoke throughout the story.

Take paragraph 4: What a strange way to say that Redflex gets 50%, the City gets 36.5 % and the state gets 12.5%.

But if that was true the amount owed the City would be .365 x $1,400,000 =$511,000 not the $360,114.

Who's pocketing the difference?

Just another small example of why politicians and the media have ZERO credibility.
Dale

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Mar 27, 2011
Over a third of the red light tickets go unpaid. My God that's encouraging. Maybe we aren't the sheeple I thought we'd become.

Hey City of Las Cruces.... No Justice, No Peace.
LHOOQ

Farmington, NM

#5 Mar 27, 2011
You break the law, you get caught, there is proof, you pay the price. What's so hard to understand about it? That's the contract that goes with the PRIVILEGE of having a driver's license.

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red light cameras

Las Cruces, NM

#6 Mar 27, 2011
The City owes $1.4M to redflex, geez let's do away from the program and stop taking money away from the City. Make the yellow light longer and then people won't be racing through it, or maybe they will, but if it worked in Albuquerque, it should work here. The red light cameras are one more way for government to leave us with less money. I think it's a waste of money and city employee time to hold red light hearings every thursday for 5 hours.
BLZ-Las Cruces

United States

#7 Mar 27, 2011
Because the state doesn't back this program, it makes perfect sense that it should just be stopped. It would be one thing if the state was funding and managing the project as is the case in many other states where this enforcement is in place. Those states actually do make a revenue from the project, but also don't set the fees as high as they are here. The money is usually used in those states to support multiple state run organizations. Here we are just giving money to people to run the program, and we get hardly any benefit...come on Las Cruces, wake up and smell the coffee!
Snap

Brighton, MI

#8 Mar 27, 2011
I got sent to a credit agency for one of those tickets. I never saw the ticket because there is no agency that is accountable IN THIS CITY to show the accused their ticket. I had to deal with a credit agency back East and they promised to send me a receipt as soon as I paid. I am still waiting for my receipt and I paid back in November 2010.
Accountability

Las Cruces, NM

#9 Mar 27, 2011
So i am not nor i claim to be an emgineer so i have a question. I can understand that lengthening the time for the yellow lights has proven to reduce the amount of accidents at intersections,(as proven by UNM) would increasing the time between from when the light turns red till the next one turns green still serve the same purpose of reducing accidents?
Accountability

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Mar 27, 2011
Ok and there's a disconnect between my brain and fingers. Please excuse my typing skills.... :)

Since: Oct 08

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#11 Mar 27, 2011
That credit agency better prove I was driving.

Additionally, the Three Crosses and Valley camera were deemed illegally placed and ordered taken down.

They gonna refund everyone who had to illegally cough up 100 bucks at those locations?
Silly Laws

Farmington, NM

#12 Mar 27, 2011
Politicians approve these cameras based on "Public Safety" yet as soon as the income is insufficient the politicians want to end the program. Albuquerque just proved that it isn't about safety but instead it's about money. If Las Cruces is really concerned about public safety then the city should do like Albuquerque and lengthen the yellow lights. This has been proven all over the country to make intersections safer and our money can stay in our community.
LC person

Las Cruces, NM

#13 Mar 27, 2011
If I get a red light ticket, I won't pay it. My money will be spent in Las Cruces, and not sent to an Arizona corporation that keeps most of the money.

The politicians who enacted the red light cameras care more for their own power and pockets than they really do for Las Cruces.
Iwontpay

Las Cruces, NM

#14 Mar 27, 2011
I got sent to a collection agency to pay the so-called ticket I was issued by Arizona pick pocketers RedFlex and I told the collector that I will be more than happy to pay it if she would please fax me a copy of the ticket to which she refused to do. I then told her that since she is making an assumed claim against me, that she should contact my attorney to which I gave her the firms phone number. A supervisor of hers (the person sitting in the next cubicle to her at the Directv/Redflex collection call center) said that they will contact my attorney and that I was ignorant in challenging them. I never heard from them again and its never showed on my credit report. Its been over a year.
reb

Brighton, MI

#15 Mar 27, 2011
Its about speeding as well as red lights. The whole thing is a nanny state exercise by the city council. Redflex is evil.

I nearly rear ended some idiot who slammed on her brakes when the light turned yellow, she didn't know how they worked.

Get rid of them.
Sparetyme

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Mar 27, 2011
Along the lines of civil disobedience or let's call it being politically savy, several additional steps could be taken to bring pressure to bear on the city council and mayor;

1} Don't pay the tickets

2) Ask for a court date and demand the city furnish a public defender to aid your defense.

3) Avoid or reroute your travels around the redlight camera's for three months. This will impact the businesses in those areas and bring new voices to the table.

Come on Las Crucen, make your voice heard with action or all are you all a bunch of wimps?
Sparetyme

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Mar 27, 2011
Along the lines of civil disobedience or let's call it being politically savvy, several additional steps could be taken to bring pressure to bear on the city council and mayor;

1} Don't pay the tickets

2) Ask for a court date and demand the city furnish a public defender to aid your defense.

3) Avoid or reroute your travels around the redlight cameras for three months. This will impact the businesses in those areas and bring new voices to the table.

Come on Las Crucen, make your voice heard with action or are you all a bunch of wimps?

Resubmitted for grammar errors!
In The Know

Las Cruces, NM

#18 Mar 27, 2011
Go to Redflexs website in Arizona or whatever and they have these rolling videos of people running red lights and getting into accidents. I'm guessing that by showing these videos that they are saying that if they get paid millions of dollars by issuing tickets, that they will take out all the idiot drivers who are the stupid enough to run a red light? I think not. This company is making money, fraudulently, on the dispair and deaths of other people without providing a real solution to running red lights and accidents. They are capitalizing on one facet of human error and turning it into a cash cow for themselves. They cant prevent people from running red lights and they cant prove who was behind the wheel of the car. Dont get suckered into these legal bandits and thieves by allowing them to bully you into paying a ticket. The suckers that are being suckered into this fraud are the politicians. Bunch of suckers. Las Cruces city politicians dont want true safety, just the "illusion" of it being done so as to fill their coffers up to support their lazy a** in office.
watchdog1

Rio Rancho, NM

#19 Mar 27, 2011
This is what finally happens to this scam everywhere it has been instituted. The City Council should have done their research before falling for this company's scam. The facts were out there before they started this up.
www.thenewspaper.com should have been checked out. Along with many others before making this decision.
They fell for studies that if checked ,were funded by the Red Light Camera Industry.
From these sources they would also have learned about the yellow light timing. This was partly the fault of Soriono in the streets and highway dept. of Las Cruces too. He read the same BS from the Camera Companies.
Because of the Council, the citizens are out nearly 3.5 million.to another country(Austrialia) which is where the real headquarters of most of the Camera Companies are based.
Election time is fast approaching and at least some of the council and mayor can be removed. Let's pull together & get the special interest groups out of power,before more hair-brained stunts are pulled on us.
watchdog1

Rio Rancho, NM

#20 Mar 27, 2011
We should Thank the Las Cruces Sun for bringing this information to light. Forget about the minor flaws in the article about what per cent went where.
The main thing about the article is THAT WE HAVE BEEN HAD once again! 3921

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