Albuquerque has “Red Light Cameras”. No police officer must witness an infraction — they just watch the tapes and decide someone was speeding or ran a red light. We have right turn arrows where the traffic perpendicular is turning left. We all know that so when we come to an intersection and the folks going the opposite way begin to turn left, we turn right — the arrow will pop up. I earned two red light violations two days apart in December because I turned on red — the arrow was about to pop up, the perpendicular cars were turning left — I watched the video.
This is an administrative process so no points are levied against your license, but the fine is $75 per ticket. It is a huge City scam. The City and Rediflex (the camera company) are making a killing. The State made the City remove the cameras from any road that has a State number designation — even if it’s just a little piece of a State road that runs through town. Unfortunately, all the intersections near my office are bugged.
I’m one of those people that lets drivers into my lane if they signal, I try not to speed, I signal for lane changes and turns. And today the City levied $150 in fines against me. I watch idiots weaving in and out of traffic endangering everyone — but I got this giant fine. I am way beyond annoyed!