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May 28, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Red light cameras do not change behavior

Letter to the Editor: Red light cameras do not change behavior

It is a commonly held belief that Red Light Cameras will alter driver behavior and make the roads safer. Not so much, says the former officer in charge of Fremont's Red-light Program. Lt. Mark Riggs headed up Fremont's program for part of 2011/2012 before retiring and going to work for Redflex, the company which contracts with the City of Fremont for its red light cameras.

While evaluating a potential site for a new Redflex camera in Menlo Park he told a Menlo Park Police sergeant that after an initial drop off, the number of violations will stabilize and produce consistent numbers. This comment was in response to a question whether the camera would be sustainable (http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/41/4103.asp). Sustainable means will violations remain high enough to pay Redflex and other overhead expenses. Riggs should know. Fremont has not experienced any decline in the number of violations for years and the numbers are actually increasing somewhat.

Mark Riggs was the ranking officer in charge of Fremont's Red Light Camera program from Oct 2011 to July 2012. He retired in January 2013 at age 51 and took the job with Redflex. Chuck Uhler, another former retired Fremont police officer, was the Redflex account representative for this area. Just last March, Uhler represented Redflex before the Hayward City Council when it was deciding whether to keep its camera program or not. Hayward terminated its agreement with Redflex.

Roger Jones
Fremont

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