RED LIGHT CAMERAS
you haven't already done so, please read the
Oakland section on the Camera Towns page
Some of Oakland's tickets can possibly
be ignored. If your "ticket" does not have the
Superior Court's name and address on it, it is a fake
ticket, what I call a "Snitch Ticket." In 2009,
Snitch Tickets were 42% of everything Oakland mailed
out. For more details about Snitch Tickets, see
the heading below and the Snitch Ticket section on the
Your Ticket page.
If you have an Oakland red light
camera ticket, be sure to look at the Countywide
Information section, below.
The City may hold
a meeting about the cameras, in early 2013. For
more info, see Set # 4, below.
Docs Set # 1
Violations, Notices Printed 
New 9-21-10, updated 5-22-13
This table made by highwayrobbery.net, using official reports provided by the City under the California Public Records Act.
Official reports, Aug08 to Jul10
Official reports, Aug09 to Aug10
Official reports, Aug10 to Oct11
Official reports, Oct11 to Jan12
Official reports, Feb12 to Aug12
Official reports, Sep12 to Dec12
Official report, Jan13
Official reports, Feb13 and Mar13 
Official reports, Mar13 and Apr13
[ ] indicates a footnote.
 Totals are as provided by the City.
 YTD = Year-to-date total.
 Un-used columns are to allow for later expansion of City's system.
 Except where noted otherwise, the figures given in the table are for the single calendar month indicated. 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. 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). Due to time limitations data may have been posted to the table only for selected months or locations. If there is sufficient public interest, the remaining months or locations will be posted. Full official data has been received and is available at one of the links given above.
 Data was requested on (date):
 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.
 Includes enforcement of posted "no turn on red" signs.
 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.
 This report was produced less than ten days after the end of the month, so may not include all tickets issued.
The Many Ups and Downs of Oakland Ticketing (Mainly Ups)
In December 2009 the City's traffic engineers added one second to the length of the yellows at the camera enforced intersections. As a result, ticketing dropped by almost half. The police quickly noticed the drop, and forced the traffic engineers to shorten the yellows - and ticketing came back up. See Matthew Artz' Oct. 7, 2012 article ("Ticket Revenue Factored Heavily in Oakland Red Light Cameras") in the Oakland Tribune.
More recently, ticketing in May thru August 2012 was a lot higher - up 49% - than in the same four months of 2011. If continued for the rest of 2012, that increase will yield 7149 more tickets costing the public $4.3 million in fines. At 27th & Northgate, ticketing rose 81%. During a 9-25-12 study session there was no discussion of the increase in ticketing, except that Councilmember Nancy Nadel seemed to be pleased with the very heavy ticketing at 27th & Northgate. She said (at 36:10 on the video), "Maybe more than one ticket will get them to realize that it's (turning right without making a full stop) not OK."
In Jan. 2013 ticketing at 27th & Northgate was more than 1/3 higher than in December 2012 and more than twice the average in Jan. - Dec. 2011.
Oakland's Snitch Tickets
A table received in Nov. 2012 revealed that Snitch Tickets have been as much as 42% of everything the City sent out.
Oakland Docs Set # 2
"Late Time" Graphs
The City has 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.)
The picture above is an example from another city.
MCOA-Jan10 - Oct11 (Graph)
MCOA-Jan10 - Oct11 (Table)
All Cameras-Mar13 (Table)
Bar graphs are available for more than fifty other cities - see the list in the expanded version of Defect # 9.
Oakland Docs Set # 3
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, Jan. 2009
Issued Permit, Apr. 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.
Oakland Docs Set # 4
The City signed a contract with RedFlex
on Aug. 31, 2007.
2013 Possible Contract Extension
On Sept. 25, 2012 the City Council
Public Safety Committee ("PSC") held a study session to
decide whether to recommend to the full Council to
extend the camera program for another three years.
They received a 17-page report
which recommended that the City pay a reduced
rent (down from $5855) of $4625 per month for
the thirteen existing cameras, for three more
prepared for the Oct. 9, 2012 meeting contained a table
of accidents 2008 - 2012 showing increases at some
intersections. The Committee took no action, and
put off the matter until Feb. 2013.
In February 2013 the matter was not on
any of the agendas, nor was it agendized in March or
April. If you hear about a tentative date, keep in
mind that the date and/or time may change; so before
driving to the meeting, check with the City, at (510)
238-3226 or 238-3266.
about contracts and amendments was up-to-date as of
Apr. 14, 2013.
Oakland Docs Set # 5
There is extensive program info at the
police department's website.
Oakland Docs Set # 6
Read this Nov. 16, 2011 article.
If you want to get away from someone like Commissioner
Lonsdale (mentioned in the article), go to my Challenges
page and read about Peremptory Challenge ("PC").
I also recommend doing a PC on Comm.
Geoffrey Carter, who was sitting in Oakland but as of
2013 is in Fremont.
There is a protest
group in Alameda County. If you would like to join
the next protest, contact me.
Countywide rankings of camera activity
are available here.
Oakland Docs Set # 7