February 19, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Hayward to consider new red light camera agreement
Letter to the Editor: Hayward to consider new red light camera agreement
Hayward City Council will consider a new agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems at its Feb 26 meeting to take place at 7 pm at City Hall. Any proposed changes to its current agreement are not known at this time. Recently Redflex was barred from bidding on future photo enforcement contracts in Chicago, its largest client, due to allegations of bribery, corruption, and cover-up. Other Redflex cities are keeping a close eye on these developments.
Hayward has 10 Redflex cameras and, in 2012, issued 17,717 photo enforced citations with accompanying fines totaling over $8,000,000. Hayward's current contract calls for $705,000 in annual fees due to Redflex. Fines are now a minimum of $490 each. Opponents point to the fact that most violations are issued for being a fraction of a second late or for low speed "Hollywood" stops.