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If you haven't already done so, please read the Modesto section on the Camera Towns page

City of Modesto Documents
(and Information)

Modesto, pop. 206,000, is 90 miles east of San Francisco.


Many RedFlex towns send out "Snitch Tickets," which you can ignore.  A Snitch Ticket will not have the Superior Court's name and address on it.  For more details, see the Snitch Ticket section on the Your Ticket page.


The Modesto program was suspended in June 2014, but could re-open in 2016.  See Set # 3, below.


Do you live in the South end of Alameda County or the North end of Santa Clara County - State Sen. Ellen Corbett's former District?

In late 2014 Sen. Corbett termed out, and was replaced by this person

Wieckowski, author anti-motorist bill AB 666

  R.A. Wieckowski, Author of the anti-motorist bill AB 666

 
who will be running for re-election in 2018 and 2022.

Please don't vote for him.

Send him back home to his bankruptcy law practice.



Docs Set # 1
Maps of Locations

This map shows the locations as of Nov. 2009:

Map of Modesto red light camera locations





Docs Set # 2
Ticket Counts

Total Violations Recorded (some months), and Notices Printed [4]

New 11-13-10, updated 7-18-15


Cam #
BRPR
01
COSY
01
OABR
01
STSI
01
TUST
01











Briggs-
more
&
Prescott

[6]
Coffee
&
Sylvan


[6]
Oakdale
&
Briggs-
more

[6]
Stand-
iford
&
Sisk

[6]
Tully
&
Stand-
iford

[6]





[3]

Total
Citations
Issued
as %
of Events
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
[1] [4]

Feb05
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0








0
0

Mar05
0
0
0
0
272
90
7
1








279
91

Apr05
0
0
0
0
0
241
121
55
34








296
155

May05
0
0
0
0
0
0
270
124
-








270
124

Jun05
2
1
0
0
60
18
273
152
-








335
171

Jul05
146
74
0
0
831
380
286
99
45
14








1308
567

Aug05















Sep05















Oct05













902
369

Mar05 - Nov05
8 Months
[7]
519
260
-
2636
873
2456
957
439
175







37% 6050
2265

Nov05















Dec05















2005
[10]















Jan06
52
36
0
0
55
43
489
173
36
10








632
262

Feb06















Mar06













374
188

Apr06













431
167

May06















Jun06















Jul06
72
15
0
0
81
33
204
38
27
8








384
94

Aug06















Sep06













416
127

Oct06













537
226

Nov06















Dec06















2006
[10]













2128
(proj.)

Jan07
77
27
0
0
226
128
149
69
57
13








509
237

Feb07















Mar07













476
176

Apr07













1291
348

May07















Jun07















Jul07
310
153
382
168
149
82
242
69
42
11








1125
483

Aug07















Sep07













1156
530

Oct07













1224
511

Nov07















Dec07















2007
[10]













4570
(proj.)

Jan08
192
130
289
104
104
60
111
37
60
23








756
354

Feb08















Mar08













963
384

Apr08













967
283

May08















Jun08















Jul08
131
30
242
74
111
51
184
62
0
0








668
217

Aug08















Sep08













746
230

Oct08













867
342

Nov08















Dec08















2008
[10]













3620
(proj.)

Jan09
267
177
245
83
86
54
352
137
0
0








950
451

Feb09















Mar09













792
399

Apr09













889
381

May09















Jun09















Jul09
110
37
330
104
107
69
76
24
0
0








623
234

Aug09















Sep09













698
270

Oct09













805
356

Nov09















Dec09















2009
[10]













4182
(proj.)

Jan10
202
136
213
57
81
55
40
12
0
0








536
260

Feb10















Mar10













537
265

Apr10













566
297

May10















Jun10















Jul10
211
99
131
47
92
58
61
27
0
0








495
231

Aug10















Sep10
274
130
179
54
91
54
65
22
0
0








609
260

Oct10















Nov10















Dec10















2010
[10]













3151
(proj.)

Jan11
183
121
113
32
73
43
32
10









401
206

Feb11















Mar11













534
238

Apr11
269
114
177
50
78
45
59
14









583
223

May11















Jun11















Jul11
274
121
127
45
85
37
71
27









557
230

Aug11















Sep11













752
283

Oct11
310
165
199
57
89
36
106
38









704
296

Nov11















Dec11















2011
[10]













2360
(proj.)

Jan12
251
104
123
33
69
26
101
20









544
183

Feb12
284
161
156
44
100
49
117
34









657
288

Mar12













635
280

Apr12













661
244

May12













683
278

Jun12













697
298

Jul12
275
137
303
125
143
68
50
19









771
349

Aug12













805
332

Sep12













629
282

Oct12













664
284

Nov12













616
274

Dec12













537
226

2012
[10]













3318

Jan13













559
237

Feb13













606
317

Mar13
341
210
219
84
112
46
113
29









785
369

Apr13













672
325

May13













667
309

Jun13













632
294

Jul13













629
297

Aug13













844
368

Sep13













666
256

Oct13













669
309

Nov13













637
353

Dec13













589
313

2013
[10]













3747

Jan14












511
260

Feb14












488
223

Mar14












596
183

Apr14












583
188

May14












258
77

Jun14 [11]













Suspended

Jul14 [11]












Suspended
Aug14 [11]












Suspended
Sep14 [11]












Suspended
Oct14 [11]












Suspended
Nov14 [11]












Suspended

Dec14 [11]












Suspended
2014
[2]













931

Jan15 [11]












Suspended
Feb15 [11]












Suspended
Mar15 [11]












Suspended
Apr15 [11]












Suspended
May15















Jun15















Jul15















Aug15















Sep15















Oct15















Nov15















Dec15















2015















Cam #
BRPR
01
COSY
01
OABR
01
STSI
01
TUST
01











Briggs-
more
&
Prescott

[6]
Coffee
&
Sylvan


[6]
Oakdale
&
Briggs-
more

[6]
Stand-
iford
&
Sisk

[6]
Tully
&
Stand-
iford

[6]





[3]

Total
Citations
Issued
as %
of Events
Recorded
Total
Violations
Recorded/

Notices
Printed
[1] [4]

This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official reports provided by the City under the California Public Records Act.

2005 official report, 8 months [7]
2005 official reports
2005 - 2010 official reports
2011 - 2012 official reports
2012 - 2013 official reports
2005 - 2013 official reports
2006 - 2014 official reports

[  ] indicates a footnote.
[1]  Totals are as provided by the City.
[2]  This annual total, or annual projection, is by highwayrobbery.net.
[3]  Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
[4]  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 RedFlex calls Total Violations, or all incidents recorded by the cameras, 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 are what RedFlex calls Notices Printed, and 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 Tickets).
[5]  Data for these months was requested in:
[6]  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, right) is not yet available.
[7]
  Data shown covers Mar. 1 to Nov. 1, 2005.
[8]  Includes enforcement of posted "no turn on red" signs.
[9]  Report for this month was generated just a few days after the end of the month.  As a result, the reported number of tickets issued may be low.
[10]  Annual totals, or annual projections based upon monthly data shown in table above, are by highwayrobbery.net.
[11]  In May 2014 the program was suspended.  See Set # 3, below.

Ticketing Highlights - Mostly Left Turns

Modesto's annual report for 2014 (required by CVC 21455.5(i)) disclosed that 79% of that year's tickets were for left turns.  Perhaps Modesto should have a look at the actions the City of Santa Clarita recently took to reduce left turn violations.




Docs Set # 2
"Late Time" Graphs

The City provided bar graphs of Late Times, etcetera, for all of its cameras.
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.)

Grand Terrace late times bar chart
The picture above is an example from another city.

2005 - STSI & TUST only
2006 - TUST only
2006 - Other than TUST
2010
2012


Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the
list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.





Docs Set # 3
The Contract (Re-Opening?)

The City's contract with RedFlex includes an illegal "cost neutrality" clause, whereby the city will not have to pay RedFlex the full rent if there aren't enough fines to cover the cost.  (For other cities with similar clauses see Subsection B of Defect # 10, on the Home page.)

The 2004 main contract with RedFlex (staff report) set the monthly rent for each camera at $6030.

A Feb. 2007 staff report from the police to the City Council's Safety Committee showed an increase in collision injuries at three of the four monitored locations.

The seven-year
contract extension the city council approved on July 7, 2009 (there was no discussion and the vote was 7 - 0) reduced the monthly rent for each of the four existing cameras to $5500.  The staff report said that the new rate would save the City $24,000 per year compared to the previous price.  Despite the lower price the City still will pay $840,000 too much over the seven years (when compared with a $3000 target price).  See FAQ # 17.

The contract contains an escape clause (Section 6.3) which allows the City to cancel the contract with ten days' notice and no penalty (once the cameras are more than 60 months old).

The report also discussed planned new camera locations - which are shown on the map, above.

Invoices received in late 2013 showed that the City was currently paying $5658 per camera.

In Dec. 2013 Ars Technica published an article ("Perfect Enforcement:  On the ground in the red light camera wars") including information about Modesto's cameras. (archived copy)


Program Suspended!

In Aug. 2014 we found out that in May 2014 the program was suspended for six months.

Bee Article (archived copy)

Later, the suspension was extended another six months, to May 2015.  According to an Oct. 31, 2014 article (archived copy) in the Bee:

"The Police Department has decided to keep the red-light camera program on hiatus as it continues to talk with the camera provider Redflex Traffic Systems about paying less for the cameras under a new contract."

In April 2015 the suspension was extended again, indefinitely.  Thus, the cameras could come back alive with little advance notice - or they could be gone, forever.


Re-Opening?

A May 7, 2015 Modesto Bee article (archived copy) said that a new reduced-rent contract would come before the city council "in several weeks."  There also was a May 8 KRCA story.

The item was scheduled much sooner than expected - for the May 12 meeting.  The
staff report and draft contract prepared for that meeting said that the new rent would be $3400 - which is still way too high.  The new rent should be $1500 on the three of Modesto's cameras that are ten years old, and $2000 on the fourth camera.  Those target figures are from the April 2014 contract between RedFlex and the nearby City of Elk Grove, which has five cameras.  Here is the rent table from Exhibit D of that contract.


Imaged from the Elk Grove contract

If Modesto agrees to pay $3400, it will pay 109% too much (more than double the Elk Grove price schedule), an extra $426,000 during the proposed five year renewal period.  To cover that extra rent, Modesto will need to issue an extra 4260 tickets (assuming that the City receives an average of $100 for each ticket issued).

At the May 12 meeting the Council decided to continue the matter to a later meeting, to allow the police to obtain a better price.

The police may try to explain away the too-high $3400 price by saying that RedFlex is going to upgrade the cameras to HD or something like that.  That's the explanation offered in other cities.  But how are four new cameras worth $426,000?

(Elsewhere, the City of Baldwin Park allowed their RedFlex contract to expire in May 2015, possibly a tactic to negotiate a lower price - like Modesto appears to be doing.)

As of Dec. 7, 2015 the matter had not come back to the Modesto council, and in response to a public records request for copies of Apr. 10, 2015 or later correspondence between the City and RedFlex, the City said that there was none.

May 2016:  Discussion of Re-Opening Coming Soon!

An article in the May 23, 2016 Bee (archived copy) said that the chief and the council would soon discuss the possible re-opening of the camera program.


This list of contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of 12-7-15.


Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/kevin-valine/article3483588.html#storylink=cpy


Docs Set # 4
Info on MPD Site?

I could not find red light camera program info on the police department's website.

The MPD letter in reply to my Oct. 2010 records request contained a lot of information.




Docs Set # 5
Prevailing Wage Action

RedFlex' construction work in Modesto was the subject of a
Prevailing Wage action by the California Department of Industrial Relations.




Docs Set # 6
More Coming


There may be some more information posted in the next few weeks.  Mark your calendar to remind you to come back here and look!




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