SAN DIEGO (CN) – Local governments can use private contractors to set up automated traffic systems that take photographs of the license plates of drivers who run red lights, a California appeals court ruled.
The court upheld municipalities’ right to hire private companies, including Lockheed Martin IMS, to provide and operate the red light photo enforcement systems. Taxpayers claimed the local governments’ use of private contractors created a conflict of interest, because the contractors received a contingency fee for each violation.
The justices held that the systems are not wasteful or illegal. Though contractors set the cameras, reviewed photographs and recommended citations, their work was subject to police review and court oversight.