Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Texas among states where former red-light camera exec says company gave illicit gifts, bribes

Reported the Chicago Tribune last week, "A fired executive of Chicago's beleaguered red light camera company alleges in a lawsuit that Redflex Traffic Systems doled out bribes and gifts at 'dozens of municipalities' in 13 other states and says he is cooperating in an ongoing federal investigation." Former sales executive Aaron Rosenberg told the paper "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.'"

Among Texas municipalities contracting with Redflex are Austin, El Paso, Plano, Corpus Christi, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Port Lavaca, League City, Carrollton, Killeen, Mesquite, and Longview - or at least those are the ones Grits could uncover via a quick online search. This 2008 press release said Redflex operated cameras in "39 communities" across the state. It will be interesting to learn in which ones the former executive alleges the company "bestowed gifts and bribes" to local officials to secure their contracts. This simmering issue could quickly heat up once the fellow starts naming names to the feds.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Add Round Rock to your list: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=10&recordid=2530&from=rss and http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=12&ispostback=1&select_faq_by_faq_cat=92&select_faq_by_faq_dept=0#faq632

Bob Hays said...

Rick Perry’s former chief of staff Ray Sullivan is a
former lobbyist of Redflex.
http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2009/06/the-lobby-back-in-charge-of-perrys-office/

Anonymous said...

How about Cedar Park, Georgetown & Hutto?

Texas Maverick said...

07:18pm SURPRISE! Surprise

Anonymous said...

You may find this interesting. http://lubbockonline.com/stories/021508/loc_247128772.shtml

Anonymous said...

What about Amarillo. With the draconian cell phone law and the red light money farms it seems there could be local issues at hand in the panhandle.

Anonymous said...

This revelation has me thinking about all of the corruption being performed out in the open (in all 254 counties) yet, in the so-called - Name of the Law.

Anonymous said...

Regarding all past & present versions of the 'traffic' related money making scam (including the 100% guilty violators & the 100% innocent victims). It can get way worse and it will.

Enter - Motorized Video Cameras, already installed on top of very high polls (touted as News Traffic Cams) from 1 to 5 miles apart. We can look forward to the implementation of what can only be described as Mass Traffic Citation Issuance. Where the footage rolls in real-time and data processors collect and inspect relevant info and forward the segments of violators to the Citation Department. It wouldn't be very hard to mail out a thousand pre-filled out ticket post cards (or more) an hour in any major city. Just wait for it, it’s a coming, like it or not. Those that don't can speak up or hushh and pay up.

Anonymous said...

When Law Enforcement gets away with committing a crime (like Cite & Fine via the Post Office) based on bad/falsified intell – we can only blame (or thank) both the taxpayers in general and a certain set of voters for going along with it. As of today, haven't heard about any public protest about this or any related story. *illicit gifts / bribes or greased palms, anyway you look at it, the lights are still snapping and no one’s calling for their immediate shut-down in order to conduct audits and calibrations.

We get exactly what we deserve due to allowing shit like a 12 second green light with a 2 to 3 second yellow light. What's this got to with tea and egg rolls? I don't do any business (eat, gas, lotto nadda) whatsoever in cities with money-lights. Despite never getting a digi-ticket, boycotting criminal cities is my way of saying F-you. Throw in a bribery scandal involving crime prevention and reduction and Us looks a lot like Them.

Anonymous said...

Grits, in an effort to scoop the criminal turned snitch in order to reduce his sentence to come. Do you have any idea as to what departments the politicians would be in that would warrant their being bought off?

Would it involve greasing the palms and closets of entire City Councils, the Mayors and the Police Chiefs of any named recipients (cities)?

This could be big, very big and be reduced down to the largest mass plea bargain in history involving non-traditional criminals. The type that think the laws don't apply to them & theirs.

Anonymous said...

Wonder how much $$ ATS handed out. Maybe George Hittner would elaborate? He's a 'former scam cam' exec too.

Robert Langham said...

Can't anybody here PLAY this game?

Anonymous said...

R.L. Huh?

Since we are in add a city mode,
Lil ol Balch Springs (AKA: Balch Springs, Mexico) has about 20 cams operating on tuned time. Ca-ching$$$

Robert Langham said...

Civil Governance is EASY. You play it straight, ensure a true vote, balance the budget, limit the power of the bureaucracies....and don't take bribes. Everyone knows how it should work. It ain't rocket science. Instead...we get this corrupt scrum of cancerous bureaucracies.

Katie Davis said...

I've heard ( after I received a camera ticket and paid it ) that the legality of the tickets in general are in question, and so if you do not pay the fine ( as I did ) that it only gets reported on your credit, and you would not be reported on your driver's license. If ( perhaps some one could confirm with a link ) this is so, we should just quit paying-- quit cooperating with unjust laws. That would put a world of people in a hurt real quick-- both the people who give and receive bribes.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Some other related interesting articles:

http://www.motorists.org/red-light-cameras/yellow-lights

http://www.vice.com/read/the-shady-municipal-business-of-traffic-cams