A red light camera at the intersection of Sylvan and Coffee in Modesto, California.

Cyrus Farivar

The chairman of the major red light camera vendor, Redflex, has told the company’s investors that North America is a “low/no-growth market,” and that the company continues to face “potential legal risk as a result of the investigative findings.”
Redflex has been under fire in particular as a result of its Chicago contract that resulted in a federal corruption case. In October 2014, one of the three defendants in that case pleaded guilty, which marked the first guilty plea in a high-level case involving Redflex.
Since losing the Chicago contract as a result of this corruption scandal, Redflex’s 2013 pre-tax profits in its North American division (its corporate parent is an Australian company) have plummeted over 33 percent—from $3.4 million in the first half of 2013 to $2.28 million in the second half. The company announced that it lost $1.2 million during its fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. At present, the company operates in California, New Jersey, Florida, Alabama, and Virginia, among other states.
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