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The city of San Diego has extended for another four days its search for firms to install and run its so-called red light camera system, telling would-be vendors, "It should be anticipated that some of the existing photo enforced locations will continue to use this technology and some new locations will be selected."

The information is contained in an addendum to a request for proposal, first reported here last month, posted on the city's online bid site.

But the city's procurement office says it does not have enough data about the program to answer other significant questions about its operation, according to the addendum.

To the query, "What is the number of protested citations that [have resulted] in court dismissal for the last 2 years?" the document responds, "We do not have this information.”

According to the original August 21 document, "Based upon the analyzed benefits of the current [red light camera] program, the City has determined that the program be continued, [and the] City desires to operate [the red light cameras] at a minimum of 15 sites."

The request for proposal added that that "expansion plans for future years [have] not been determined at this time. With a goal to reduce violations, the City cannot currently commit or guarantee a specific number of intersections or volume of work."

The red light program has a history of controversy, having drawn legal challenges from irate motorists, and lame duck mayor Jerry Sanders has been largely mum about future plans.

The September 14 addendum to the request for proposal, which extends the response date until September 24, answers a few more questions, submitted by would-be camera service providers, about the city's largely secretive procurement plans.

In response to the question, "Does the City anticipate any new locations that will be added to the project?" the document says, "The City is currently reviewing locations that will benefit from use of this technology.

“It should be anticipated that some of the existing photo enforced locations will continue to use this technology and some new locations will be selected."

Asked to define "clear and identifiable" images to be taken by the cameras, the city says, "The City/PD needs to be able to look at a photo and ID the person. In processing, identifiable facial features, nose, eyes, eyelash, eyebrow, ear, mouth, chin, scars, moles, etc. At least four identifiable features are needed."

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SDHenry Sept. 17, 2012 @ 11:28 a.m.

Everyone in California needs to know about Snitch Tickets, which are fake/phishing red light camera tickets sent out by the police in an effort to fool the registered owner into identifying the actual driver of the car. (In SoCal, Bakersfield, Corona, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Garden Grove, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Laguna Woods, Los Alamitos, Oceanside, Poway, Riverside, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Solana Beach, South Gate, Victorville and Vista use them.) Snitch tickets have not been filed with the court, so they don’t say “Notice to Appear,” don’t have the court’s address and phone # on them, and usually say, on the back (in small letters), “Do not contact the court about this notice.” Since they have not been filed with the court, they have no legal weight whatsoever. You can, and should, ignore a Snitch Ticket. If in doubt, Google the term. Also, a REAL camera ticket from ANY city in LA County can be ignored, as the LA courts do not report ignored tickets to the DMV. (This was revealed in multiple LA Times articles last summer. It is applicable ONLY to cities in LA county.)


PhotoEnforcementLies Sept. 17, 2012 @ 8:48 p.m.

A photo enforcement system has NEVER stopped unsafe driving as it occurs. Blinding and distracting drivers with a searing flash makes our roads even more dangerous. Protect your privacy and hard earned dollars with the PlateHood, Your automotive privacy solution. PlateHood.com



monaghan Sept. 20, 2012 @ 10:17 a.m.

Gosh, I was out of town running red lights last month (j/k) and missed Matt Potter's story with excellent comments (8/22/12) on San Diego's 15 red-light scameras. Now here's a wonderful Reader followup including the entire byzantine 113-page Request for Proposal from the City for more of these babies. Let's just say No!

Red-light cameras do NOTHING for traffic safety --the "searing flash" explosion of light is terrifying and disconcerting, if you've ever been unfortunate enough to have this experience. The "information" mailed to the "perpetrator" is confounding even for Ivy League grads. The ticket can cost upwards of $300, which is a king's ransom for most people. The entire process abridges a citizen's right to confront his accuser in court -- since there is no human witness, just a bunch of indecipherable data mailed to the driver and, uncontested, is a slam-dunk for the traffic court administrator.

The best suggestion from the August Reader story was to pressure the Mayor and City Council to drop this program, as many other municipalities in California already have done -- Los Angeles, Pasadena and others.

San Diego's red-light camera contract runs to January 2013. This is an election year: let's take this opportunity to do our fellow-citizens a favor. Get rid of San Diego red-light cameras: lengthen the warning yellow light if safety first is really the concern.


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