Success or a shot in the foot?

Posted: March 27, 2008 in city, community

Matt Stiles of the Houston Chronicle pointed out today that because of the increase of red-light cameras here in Houston, red light citations have decreased. According to his column, citations have dropped from 27,000 in October to 17,000 this month.

About 60 percent of those motorists have paid their fines, resulting in more than $11.5 million in revenue. The police department has spent $4 million operating the system, including $2.7 million to its vendor, American Traffic Solutions. Another $2.1 million must be shared with the state, leaving a profit of about $5.4 million, records show.

I thought I read a net profit of about 4.7 million in the paper. Maybe I’m wrong. It doesn’t matter.

I can see a near future where the city ends up fucking itself by keeping these cameras up. Eventually no one will run red lights where cameras are known to be and the city will suffer from a lack of revenue.

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Comments
  1. After 19 years of living in Houston, I know that red light running was a HUGE problem here…more so than anywhere I’ve ever lived. I think the city LOVED red light running because it kept the cash flow flowing.

    You’re right, G-Man—way to fuck yourself Houston!!. Now let’s just raise property taxes to make up the difference, ASSHOLES!

    And consider zoning too, City Fathers.

    LK

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