Kansas City police: Red light cameras make money but create extra work

Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 11:27 a.m. CDT; updated 9:39 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 9, 2009

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City officials said cameras at 20 intersections in the city are catching enough red-light runners every three days to pay for operating the devices.

The problem is, so many people are running red lights that the Police Department needs four more officers — or more funding for overtime — to keep the program going.

In the program's first three months, 6,900 tickets have been issued to motorists who blew through red lights, with a fine of $100 per ticket. But instead of being a big revenue boost, the cameras are making it necessary for officers to monitor computer screens all day to make sure the tickets are legitimate.

Officials say each camera would have to catch 45 red-light runners per month to break even.

Ten more of the cameras are to be installed by mid-July.


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Banphotoradar July 5, 2009 | 11:03 a.m.

Someone needs to go out and time the yellow lights. Six different states have been caught breaking the law and shortening yellow light times to increase profits.

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