Redflex, DFW's Favorite Red Light Camera Company, Is Accused of Passing Bribes in Texas

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For the past year Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., one of the two big players in the red-light camera industry, has been embroiled in a bribery scandal in Chicago. The company, according to news reports, treated a senior transportation official to lavish vacations and had an unusually close relationship with bureaucrats at City Hall.

The allegations of wrongdoing were generally confined to the Windy City -- until last week, when the Chicago Tribune reported that a fired Redflex executive was accusing the company of performing similar favors for officials in "dozens of municipalities" in 13 states, including Texas.

The claims were contained in a defamation suit filed by Aaron Rosenberg, formerly the company's top national salesman, who says Redflex unfairly made him a "scapegoat" for the Chicago scandal. (After firing him, Redflex sued Rosenberg for damages. The case is ongoing.)

See also: Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Calls for Statewide Ban on Red-Light Cameras

Rosenberg doesn't go much deeper than that, leaving it up to the reader of the suit to speculate about where the alleged bribes went or whether the claims amount to anything more than a jilted employee trying to get back at the company that canned him.

Redflex has a big local presence. Dallas contracts with its competitor, American Traffic Solutions, for its red-light-enforcement program, but Richardson, Plano, Balch Springs, Coppell, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Roanoke and probably others all use Redflex.

So did Redflex officials illegally wine and dine the Balch Springs city manager? Were Duncanville council members treated to lavish vacations? Probably not. The company has denied Rosenberg's allegations, and those places are small potatoes compared with Chicago, which is the company's largest customer. But is it another reason to detest red-light cameras? Absolutely.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


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baduserexperience
baduserexperience

Since cities only adopt red-light cameras in the name of safety, they ought to pass 100% of the revenues to their private partners.


Safety?


LOL. 


80%+ of the tickets are for failing to come to a complete stop when turning right on red/

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

this surprises no one..you want to see things that would make Nixon blush go get a job down at your local police department, city hall, code enforcement, community development office. 

apriladybug
apriladybug

Dallas uses Xerox for red light camera operations.

ruddski
ruddski

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

"Are you referring to the junior Senator who managed to get $1B+ in earmarks in less than 2 years in office?"

The wonnerful software here won't allow a direct reply... so

Is that the same Senator who published the best-selling fictional biographies that no-one bought?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

"So did Redflex officials illegally wine and dine the Balch Springs city manager?"


More likely beered and burgered, but probably.

DasaNukka
DasaNukka

bribing is big business in Tx its not just who ya know to get ahead anymore

ruddski
ruddski

Unlike those other dozen states mentioned, and of course Chicago, which puts out the most successful cheaters and liars in American politics today.

ruddski
ruddski

Whoa, "government job" is coded dogwhistle wink-wink racism. Busted!

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