Unpaid camera tickets reported to credit bureaus

Posted at: 04/13/2013 3:08 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Tens of thousands of Albuquerque drivers have been reported to credit bureaus for failing to pay their red-light camera tickets.

A company working for the private vendor that ran the city's camera program has reported 81,000 people for the unpaid citations.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that covers about $21 million in debt for about 103,000 citations.

City Councilor Brad Winter says he has an issue with the way the company is doing things.

He says he has heard from angry residents.

The cameras were shut down two years ago, but the city's legal department and the company working for Redflex Traffic Systems say they're obligated by the state constitution to pursue unpaid debt.

The company says drivers are first being warned about the unpaid citations via telephone.

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