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Redlight Cameras In Kansas City Are Too Successful

from the gotta-hire-more-people dept

We've had a bunch of stories about problems with redlight cameras, in that they don't seem to make intersections any safer, but they do present an easy way for cities to bring in a lot of cash quickly. However, there's an apparent "downside" to the cash influx, as well. Reader mrtraver alerts us to the news that redlight cameras in Kansas City have been issuing so many tickets that the police department needs more money to handle all the tickets. Kansas City wants to hire four new officers just to deal with the automated tickets, or get more money to pay officers' overtime salaries for dealing with so many tickets. Apparently, in just three months, the cameras at 20 intersections have given out 6,900 tickets, and there's a big backlog as officers need to review each photo to make sure it's legit before sending out the citation.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Jul 2009 @ 9:31am

    Re: Re: Re: quick income

    I agree with most of that EXCEPT catching red light runners should be extremely low for the police. Typically red lights are ran in dangerous situations because the driver is doing something already illegal. Like not paying attention to the road or drinking while driving. Such things cameras will not help.

    Sure people run reds A LOT but it's people squeaking by right after the yellow turned off or following a train of red light runners. Yea you are breaking the law and pissing off motorists but you aren't endangering people's lives or property.

    A police officers time is better spent solving serious crimes like catching those drunk drivers before they get to an intersection instead of giving them a ticket because they are sitting in a room for 3 months looking at pictures of people who committed crimes so long ago they can't even remember if they were driving their car then!

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