• Feb 3rd 2009 at 6:26PM
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Red may be their national racing color, but there's little Italians hate more than red lights. And with good reason, it turns out: Stefano Arrighetti, creator of the T-Redspeed "smart" traffic system implemented across Italy, is under investigation for fraud on suspicion that he illegally forged transport ministry certification for his system. In place in over 300 municipalities, the system reportedly cuts the yellow-light time by half to ensnare motorists and charge them with running red lights. According to reports, some camera locations jumped from issuing 15 fines per day to more than 1,000. The net-net? The scheme may have fleeced motorists for more than $1.68 million dollars.

Arrighetti isn't the only one under investigation. Along with him are 63 chiefs of police and 39 local government officials. Local police are charged with rubber-stamping the automated tickets and sending them out without proper review. If the T-Redspeed system is indeed fraudulently issuing moving violations, it would be the local authorities reaping the benefit from the extra charges incurred.

[Sources: BBC News; Motor Authority]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The police might get a new Lamborghini if the tickets keep up!

      • 6 Years Ago
      I fully expect to see my local and state reps on a junket to to evaluate these for revenue generation.
      Cool light, does anyone know where I could buy one??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh-oh. Last time the Italians got mad with their leadership they ended up being hung from light posts. What excellent irony it would be if the leaders responsible ended up next to the red light cameras.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actualy in a lot of places in italy it wasn't cut by half, yellow light was on only for 1-2seconds before red.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In my town, I feel that some of the lights in the 40mph zone on main street are a bit too short. You hit that certain spot where you know it would require you to stop too hard, and so you just keep going...but then it turns red right before you get in the intersection! Its just a bit too quick, that yellow, by a half-second. But there's no red-light camera or police camping at those lights, so....ok.

      I've heard about these rackets before, and going from 15 to 1000 definitely raises red flags to me. Cutting a yellow light time in half is dangerous. Increasing it will reduce accidents.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't advocate running red lights, but at list let the yellow be on enough time to clear the intersection in time. If you enter the intersection on yellow you have less time to clear the intersection, because they reduced the time needed to clear the intersection safely. Traffic must flow smooth.
      There are intersections with lights counting down to the yellow light which I find much useful to prevent running red lights and safer intersections.
      Count down lights are much better, but there is no revenue, why install them.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Ricky, that's not an italian stoplight. Sadly, 'cause IMHO it's so cool.
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