Mark Segraves, WTOP Radio
WASHINGTON - Possible problems with D.C.'s red light cameras and speed cameras could jeopardize the photo enforcement system.
As WTOP first reported, there are problems with about half of the city's 50 red light and speed cameras.
Some of the cameras are not working, and some of the radars are not certified.
The problems are potentially keeping the city from collecting millions in fines. And, the city might be liable for tens of thousands of speeding tickets that could be challenged in court.
Executives from American Traffic Systems, including former D.C. Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau, discussed the problems with several D.C. City Council members Monday.
ATS officials told District officials they inherited a flawed system that had malfunctioning and missing equipment, radars that are not certified and, in one case, equipment that was marked "Property of Fairfax County."
The warnings come at the same time Affiliated Computer Services, a rival to ATS, is appealing the city's decision to award ATS a two-year, $7.1 million contract to manage the photo enforcement system for the D.C. police.
Affiliated Computer Services is the firm that installed the system and had the contract to manage it. Affiliated Computer Services recently came under scrutiny for its handling of the District's parking meters.
Council member Phil Phil Mendelson, who oversees the police department as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says he's written to Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier to express his concerns that the system could be in jeopardy.
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