It’s no secret that red-light cameras can be a revenue booster for
municipalities nationwide. But do the automated enforcement devices actually
If one newspaper in the Washington, DC, area is correct, the answer is
a resounding “no.”
According to an analysis by the Annapolis
Capital, cameras in the District of Columbia accounted for $2.85
million in additional fine revenue and about 38,000 tickets since the year
2000. However, the collision rate has not shown a measurable difference in the
past 10 years.
While traffic volumes have increased during the past decade, the
collision rate fluctuated but did not drop significantly, the newspaper
reported. What’s more, city officials were unable to provide an exact figure
demonstrating the cameras’ effectiveness.
“We can’t know the number of accidents that haven’t occurred,” Lt.
David Waltmeyer, a spokesman for the city’s police, told The Capital. However, he added, “If we
prevent one person from running a red light and killing another motorist, we
think it is appropriate.”