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Xerox selected to operate Chicago red light cameras

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago's controversial red light camera program could soon have a new operator, but the company has a questionable history.

Maryland-based Xerox State and Local, Inc. was selected by a committee in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration. The city will try to work out a contract with the company.

Xerox lost its red light camera contract with the city of Baltimore earlier this year, after the company admitted faulty equipment issued thousands of erroneous speeding tickets. The Chicago Tribune reports Xerox officials said the problems accounted for less than 1% of the tickets issued in Baltimore.

Xerox was selected to replace Redflex, which is under investigation for bribery and ethics violations.

FOX 32 News spoke with residents, commuters and drivers at one of the busiest red light camera intersections in the city – North Avenue and Wells Street in Old Town.

The cameras are not very popular with drivers who travel through the City of Chicago, since they issue hefty $100 tickets. Chicagoans said they are all for safety, but wonder is the red light traffic cameras are effective, especially if the process is flawed.

"I feel like they are to boost revenue for the city," Annie Ratliff said.

Olivia Terry doesn't think the cameras are for safety and create circumstances that can lead to accidents.

"People behind you will run into your car if you're stopping suddenly," Olivia Terry said.

Some Chicago aldermen have demanded an audit of the old company – Redflex – before awarding a new contract.

Chicago has one of the biggest red light camera programs in the country, with 384 cameras generating $375 million over the last 10 years.

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