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The Process Behind a Red Light Ticket in Davis

The Davis Police Department's red-light cameras are operated by American Traffic Solutions.

A lot happens between the time when a red-light camera flashes and when a citation appears in that driver's mailbox.

American Traffic Solutions, which contracts with agencies like the Davis Police Department to provide red-light and toll-enforcement cameras, released a video Friday that gave a behind-the-scenes look at the review process each citation faces before being sent out.

When a photo is taken of an alleged red light violator, it's reviewed and verified by American Traffic Solutions before being sent to the local agency, who has final say on whether or not to issue a citation.

“Hopefully this video will help further explain the review process and clear up any misconceptions about how a captured event becomes an issued violation,” a press release quoted American Traffic Solutions vice president of communications Charles Territo as saying. “As this video shows, the people at ATS and its nearly 300 customers across North American carefully review each event.  Red-light, speed, and school bus stop arm safety cameras have proven to be an effective tool for law enforcement to deploy to help change driver behavior.”

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What do you think of this process, and of red-light cameras in Davis? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Roberto February 26, 2013 at 07:49 PM
TO PUT IT IN A NUTSHELL, RED LIGHT CAMERAS SUCK! WHEN THE CAMERA IS WRONG, IT'S DIFFICULT TO PROVE IT. YOU'RE GOING TO COURT AGAINST A TECH DEVISE, NOT A HUMAN. THE IDEA THAT A CAMERA CANNOT BE WRONG IS TOTALLY INCORRECT. FOLLOW THE MONEY! IT'S JUST ANOTHER WAY TO GET EVEN MORE MONEY OUT OF THE WALLETS OF DAVIS CITIZENS.
Noreen Mazelis February 26, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Roberto, I think you're on to something here: The City of Davis is HUNGRY!
David Takemoto-Weerts February 27, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Where are there currently working red light cameras in Davis. I think there was originally one at Pole Line/5th and at Anderson/Russell. I'm fairly certain the one at Pole Line/5th hasn't worked for a long time. Not sure about the other. Anyone have accurate info?
Coconut February 27, 2013 at 02:52 AM
It's an older article but..... http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/crime-fire-courts/city-modifies-red-light-camera-program/
Roger February 27, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Anyone wanting information about Red Light Cameras in Davis should go to the "Davis" page of the website: highwayrobbery.net Here is the link: http://www.highwayrobbery.net/redlightcamsdocsDavisMain.html
CTRandall February 28, 2013 at 12:28 AM
About a year ago I found myself waiting at a "stuck" redlight facing one of the cameras -- at Mace and Covell. After more and more cars lined up behind me, I finally went ahead and made my left turn against the light and went up and over the freeway and RR. While I generally trust the Davis PD, I was still worried about the camera possible flagging me as running a red light. I therefore drove straight to the Davis PD and insisted on reporting the incident. They took my report, and subsequently, I never received any ticket or response of any kind. I would do the same again.

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