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Red light camera bribery scandal could reach Colorado

A fired executive with a red light camera company claims that Redflex Traffic Systems was involved in bribing municipal officials all across the country, possibly including some officials in Colorado.  The company’s national sales manager, Aaron Rosenberg, is cooperating with federal authorities who are now investigating.

According to a report by the Chicago Tribune:

Rosenberg said that during his tenure Redflex “bestowed gifts and bribes on company 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,” (emphasis added).

Photo and copyright: Tony's Takes -  used by permission
Photo and copyright: Tony’s Takes – used by permission

According to a report by the Denver Post, the cameras and software systems installed by RedFlex in 2008 were replaced by another company, ACS State and Local Solutions in 2010.

Red light cameras have long been a controversial method of policing.

In 2011, an Aurora citizens group analyzed traffic data and claimed that Aurora’s red light cameras were not making intersections any safer.

A report from CBS4 Denver, also in 2011, showed that Denver was ticketing drivers who did stop at the intersection, but may have crossed even a small part of the painted white “stop” line on the street.

Also in 2011, conducted an analysis of red light tickets given at the intersection of 36th and Quebec, and found that 94% of the tickets were given to drivers turning right on red.

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