It took only 18 minutes for the camera at 11th and Interstate 35 to snap a potential red-light runner, according to information obtained by KXAN Austin News.
The camera, operated by a third-party company, was turned on at midnight, May 23rd. In just one week, it captured 80-plus images. Of those images, about 30 have been reviewed by the vendor and the Austin Police Department. Of those 30, only four violations have been mailed out.
KXAN Austin News issued a public information request for this data and the photographs the camera snapped last Friday.
If you run a red light, and the camera catches you, you could expect to see the ticket in the mail in about two weeks, the city says.
In the first 24 hours the camera was turned on, 15 photos were snapped. Those 15 photos then went to the third-party vendor that operates the camera.
The vendor looked at the photos, the city says, and determined eight of the 15 vehicles captured did not actually run the red light.
APD then looked at the seven remaining images and determined four more did not violate the red light.
Of the three left, only one citation was actually issued. The city spokesperson KXAN Austin News spoke with Friday said they are taking a closer look at those final two photos.
The city is still talking with its lawyers regarding our open records request to determine if the images can be released (??), and how.
Admin note: It doesn’t sound like these cameras are very discerning, does it? Lack of accuracy? Multiple officials needed to review pictures? Twelve out of fifteen motorists photographed didn’t really run the red light?? Bad system! And, of course the photos can be released!
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