Camera Fraud Article: Redflex “Procedural Manual” Obtained
FLOWCHART OF FRAUD: Arizona drivers are punished more heavily than drivers from Canada or Mexico by DPS's automated ticketing machines.
AZ drivers punished more heavily than those from Canada or Mexico
An internal document used as a reference guide by Redflex employees and obtained by CameraFRAUD provides new insights into the company’s various automated ticketing schemes throughout Arizona.
The document, titled “Procedural Manual” and dated April of 2009, includes a visual flow-chart for determining whether or not a “ticket” (notice of violation) should be issued.
Guesswork appears to be the rule of thumb when it comes to sending out a so-called “notice of violation,” even in situations where officials have said that a notice wouldn’t be mailed:
- Gender mismatch (Redflex photo vs. MVD). Issue ticket? Yes.
- Face too blurry to see. Issue ticket? Maybe.
- Face not in face shot. Issue ticket? Maybe.
- Plate too blurry to see. Issue ticket? Maybe.
Drivers from Mexico and Canada get a free pass from Arizona’s “photo enforcement” system:
- Out of country plate. Issue ticket? No.
- A directive stating that images and data captured shall be retained for “no less than 12 months.”
- A directive indicating that DPS would like to review all cases where drivers are “blatantly obstructing his/her face (with a hand, magazine, clothing, etc).”
- A directive which states that “DPS requires 50% of face visible. Otherwise, if the face is obstructed by any other means, or if the driver would not be recognizeable in person, reject the incident for the appropriate reject reason.”