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Lawsuit Claims Ousted Albuquerque Red Light Camera Operator Hired Collection Company That Made Illegal Robocalls

Company, voted out of town in 2011, claims millions in unpaid tickets


Angry drivers ran red light cameras out of Albuquerque, but they're still fighting the company that operated the ticket-generating machines after its collection agency robo-called suspected scofflaws in an alleged violation of a federal law.

Like municipalities across the nation, the New Mexico city hired a company, in this case Redflex Traffic Systems, to capture images of drivers running through red lights and then issue tickets. The deals have helped more than 500 cities and towns bring in revenues, which they share with operators. But Albuquerque residents voted in 2011 to drop the program and the cameras came down.