Another Report Shows Redlight Cameras Increasing Accidents
from the but-they-make-the-city-money dept
Of course, it's not difficult to see that local governments have no desire to actually stop violations at all, because things like red light cameras have never been about safety on the roads, and have always been about money:
Motorists have paid $45.3 million in fines since 2005, of which $21.1 million has gone to PennDot.Apparently, the amount being made today absolutely dwarfs what was made in tickets before the cameras were installed. And, so, rather than actually making the roads safer, they're being made less safe in order to beef up government revenue.
The rest of the money - $24.2 million - has gone to pay the expenses for operating the program, mainly to American Traffic Solutions Inc., the Scottsdale, Ariz., company that installs and maintains the cameras, and to the Parking Authority.
PennDot distributes its revenue from the camera program for transportation projects: half to Philadelphia and half to the rest of the state.
So far, Philadelphia has received $8.4 million; another $8.4 million has gone to 116 other municipalities in the state. Philadelphia is to get $1.5 million more, and a like amount will go to the rest of the state.