Red-light cameras bring green to St. Louis
Monday, October 26, 2009 | 10:43 a.m. CDT
ST. LOUIS — Nearly
30 months since red-light cameras began operating in St. Louis, the
city is closing in on $10 million in fines collected.
KMOX-AM reports the city has collected $9.9 million in fines since the use of
cameras began in May 2007. After paying the camera vendor its share, the
city's net gain has been $6.8 million.
Opponents say red-light
cameras can cause as many accidents as they prevent. But city officials
say the cameras pay off both in terms of safety and revenue.
Ron Smith, Mayor
Francis Slay's operations director, said citations for some
intersections are down 85 percent from two years ago as drivers have
become aware of the cameras.
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