Now I’ve got red light camera stats from Fremont and Union City. They couldn’t be more different.
Last year, Fremont, which has cameras at 10 approaches, identified 19,623 potential violations and printed 10,516 tickets.
Union City, which has cameras at eight approaches, identified only 8,517 potential violations and printed 5,601 tickets.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Union City is still considering whether to continue its red light program when its contract exprires this year and Fremont intends to continue.
I don’t have a firm handle on why Fremont is getting so many more violators. All of Union City’s approaches photograph right-turn violators compared to just three for Fremont, so it’s likely not that.
Last year Union City city had to reject 502 potential tickets due to sun glare and another 467 due to the driver’s face being obstructed or the driver actually ducking from view of the camera. That accounted for more than one in ten potential violations.
Meanwhile, Fremont last year threw out more than 4,000 potential violations that a retired Fremont cop ruled as invalid offences. A fair number of those apparently were right-turn offences that the cop ruled kosher.