Interesting article in my online local news source this morning: Red Light Cameras Are A Go.
I had overheard some people discussing this at the gym yesterday morning, and knew little about it.
Apparently, once installed, the company that manufactures them quasi-guarantees a certain amount of revenue per month, per camera based on other cameras in other cities.
The company that manufactures the cameras (conveniently called Redflex), charges $3,999 per month per camera (which sounds high to me, but what do I know?) and states, seemingly as part of their contract, that if a camera fails to produce at least that much per month, the city only has to pay the amount it netted off that camera/intersection.
Now, I know we all understand we have more serious crimes than running red lights, but does $3,999 per month per camera make sense to you?
I guess if it were to bring in something similar to the $350K Green Cove Springs did in 9 months last year with their red light cameras, it does (no mention of how many GCS has of these).
More big brotherness to your local community -