Monday, October 26, 2009

Collections from St. Louis Red-Light Cameras Approaching $10 Million

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM

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The controversial red-light cameras installed two years ago in St. Louis have collected $9.9 million in fines, according to KMOX.

For each $100 citation issued via the cameras, the city collects $68 and the camera's operator, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), receives $32. The city's take thus far: $6.8 million.

KMOX reports that citations are down nearly 85 percent at some intersections as drivers have become more aware of the cameras.

The bigger question is why people continue to pay the tickets at all? Last time we checked, the city had yet to issue any warrants against people who refused to pay the fines. Meanwhile, the city's contracted collected agency was essentially powerless to collect on the fees.

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