The Process Behind a Carquinez Bridge FasTrak Ticket

The Carquinez Bridge's license plate cameras are operated by American Traffic Solutions.

A lot happens between the time when a bridge's license-plate camera flashes and when a citation appears in that driver's mailbox.

American Traffic Solutions, which contracts to provide toll-enforcement cameras on the Bay Bridge, Carquinez Bridge and elsewhere, released a video Friday that gave a behind-the-scenes look at the review process each citation faces before being sent out.

When a photo is taken of an alleged violator, it's reviewed and verified by American Traffic Solutions before being sent to the local agency, who has final say on whether or not to issue a citation.

“Hopefully this video will help further explain the review process and clear up any misconceptions about how a captured event becomes an issued violation,” a press release quoted American Traffic Solutions vice president of communications Charles Territo as saying. “As this video shows, the people at ATS and its nearly 300 customers across North American carefully review each event.  Red-light, speed, and school bus stop arm safety cameras have proven to be an effective tool for law enforcement to deploy to help change driver behavior.”


What do you think of this process, and of license-plate and red-light cameras? Tell us in the comments section below.


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jon cyr February 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM
A couple of things. 1 The person who gets ticketed should have all the video resources available to defend themselves . 2 The Bridge Commision will figure in the people who will beat the system and never have to pay. And raise the Toll for the ones who pay to cover . Thats what they do now... 3 The solid white lane lines ( this means NO! lane changes) that lead up to the tolls and continue a short distance after the toll is so traffic flows . Unsafe drivers ( the same ones who will never pay tolls) should be Video'ed and tickets should be mailed out .
None February 26, 2013 at 03:29 AM
I regularly see a large number of cars driving around without any plates on our streets and highways, how do they handle cars without a license plate in the front of the car? I see many cars with “Raiders” and “49ers” plates in the space that should have a license plate and I wonder how are these folks would ever contacted, or why are they are even allowed to drive on our streets without current legal license plates? I also see a number of cars on the road with only paper dealer’s plates and no numbers in sight, how would the camera operating folks locate these people?


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