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you haven't already done so, please read the
Hayward section on the Camera Towns page
See Set # 3, below.
Some of Hayward's
tickets can be ignored. If your "ticket" does
not have the Superior Court's name and address on
it, it is what I call a "Fake Ticket." For
more details, see the Fake Ticket section on the
Your Ticket page.
If you have a Hayward red light camera ticket, contact me. And also look at the Countywide Information, on the Oakland Documents page.
Recorded (some months) and Citations
4-25-09, updated 4-15-13
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official monthly tabulations of citations actually issued.
Sep08 - Sep09
Dec09 - Mar10
Apr10 - Jun10
Oct10 - Sep11
Apr11 - Sep11
Oct09 - Oct11
Nov11 - Aug12
Sep12 - Dec12
Jan12 - Feb13
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals and any percentages are as provided by the City.
 YTD = Year-to-date total.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
 Any figures in red type (or, if you are looking at this table in black and white, the upper figure when there are two or more figures in a cell) are what the city calls Total Violations (total incidents photographed by the camera), and due to time limitations may have been posted here only for selected months or locations. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months will be posted. The figures in black type represent the sum of genuine citations issued (those filed with the court) plus any Nominations mailed (not filed with the court, a.k.a. Snitch/phishing Tickets).
 2008 data is for 4+ months up to Dec. 31, 2008.
 The camera enforcement is believed to be on traffic on the first-named street, but the direction of enforcement (north, south, east, west, thru, left) is not yet available.
 The police were not able to provide the data for this month.
 Month-by-month data has been requested but has not yet been received.
 Data for this month has not yet been requested.
 The title bar has been repeated solely for the convenience of the reader - there is no difference between it and the one at the top of the table.
Hayward Docs Set # 2
"Late Time" Graphs
The City provided bar graphs of Late Times, etcetera, for each of its cameras, for the 2nd quarter of 2010.
These graphs track violations recorded, not tickets issued.
Where there is a large number of long Late Time violations in a curb lane, it is believed to indicate heavy ticketing on right turns.
(The curb lane will be the lane with the highest lane number.)
The picture above is an example from another city.
2nd Quarter 2010:
The City has refused to provide any more recent bar graphs.
Yellow 1 Sec. Longer Would Reduce Violations by 63%.
Using data from these bar graphs, a local resident produced a spreadsheet showing that lengthening the A880 yellows by one second would reduce violations by 63%.
In 2013 the City provided monthly counts, for 2010 - 2012, of the number of right turn tickets issued.
Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
Hayward Docs Set # 3
Contract, Info on City's Website, and Snitch Tickets
A lot of Hayward information, including the contract, is available on the Hayward PD website.
Hayward's contract may have been cost neutral. In Exhibit D the first of two paragraphs numbered "3" spoke of balances remaining unpaid "due to a deficit in the gross cash received as described herein…." But I could not find any description, or discussion of such a deficit elsewhere in the contract.
In a report presented at the Oct. 11, 2011 city council meeting, the police chief provided the following (approximate) info: Each month 500 motorists are sent a Notice to Appear (a real ticket), and 730 motorists are sent a fake ticket (Snitch Ticket).
The minutes of that meeting noted:
"In response to Council Member Zermeño's question for reasons why cities chose to drop out of the Red Light Camera program, Police Chief Urban explained one reason was because 2/3 of the revenue collected from the program went to the monitoring company.
City Manager David commented that another reason was the lack of strong evidence in the industry that red light cameras were effective in reducing collisions."
Program closed May 1, 2013.
The staff report that the police presented at the March 5 meeting discussed three options and recommended Option 1, phasing the cameras out over the next two years.
Under that phase out option, a camera would have been shut off once it reached five years old. The staff report's Table 1 shows when the cameras were installed.
To this table from the report we have added a column to show the maximum cost to remove each camera if removal is done in early March 2013
Under the phase out option, the two cameras at A/880, which have been responsible for about 2/3 of all tickets citywide, would have remained in operation for two more years during which they would cost the public $17 million in fines.
Option 2 discussed in the staff report (page 11) was immediate termination of the program - no gradual phase out. It was not the option the police preferred - they wanted the gradual phase out, mostly to give them extra time to find other tasks for the clerical staff which was processing the tickets.
At the March 5 meeting, the City Council voted 6 - 1 to remove the cameras "as soon as possible." The formula in Exhibit D of the contract says the City will have to pay RedFlex a penalty for each camera removed, based upon the original cost to install the camera and how much of its five-year life remains.
Using the formula, the cost to remove a camera could be as high as the figures highwayrobbery.net has added to the right of Table 1, above. However, the staff report says (page 11) that based upon figures provided by RedFlex' attorney, the total penalty for removal of all the cameras at the end of June 2013 would have been approximately $108,000, far less than the maximum.
Highwayrobbery.net estimates the additional penalty to shut the cameras down around the end of March would be $40,000 (using the Exh. D formula), or less, for a total penalty of $148,000 or less.
There's enough tickets in the pipeline (already issued) so that in April, the first month after shuttting all ten cameras down, the city will recoup the penalty money (assuming 2/3 of ticket recipients pay up and that the city gets $150 per ticket).
The final decision was at the April 16 council meeting, and it was to close on May 1.
Hayward Docs Set # 4
Some of the City's cameras are located on CalTrans right-of-ways, so are operated under an encroachment permit obtained from CalTrans. HighwayRobbery.net obtained these documents from CalTrans, via a public records request.
Permit Application, Dec. 2008
Justification Correspondence, 2009
Issued Permit, Oct. 2009
Some other cities operate cameras under encroachment permits. For more information about those cities and about CalTrans' criteria for the issuance of an encroachment permit, see the CalTrans section on the Links page.
Hayward Docs Set # 5
I recommend doing a PC on Comm. Geoffrey Carter, who was sitting in Oakland but as of 2013 is in Fremont.
Hayward Docs Set # 6
There may be some more Hayward information posted in the next few weeks. Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!
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