Pueblo losing money on traffic cameras

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Pueblo city officials say cameras that catch red light runners at two intersections have cost more to operate than they generate in fines.

Pueblo pays $15,000 a month to American Traffic Solutions for the camera setups, or about $90,000 since they started operating in September.

The city has collected about $70,000 in fines.

American Traffic Solutions reviews video and still photos from the cameras and sends possible violations to Pueblo police, who decide whether to issue a ticket.

– Associated Press

4 Responses to Pueblo losing money on traffic cameras

  1. $15k/mo. for just two cameras sounds pretty steep to me. Hopefully Pueblo shops for a better deal — there are now dozens of contractors offering this service as more cities take advantage of dwindling human resources and budgets to enforce traffic laws.

    March 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

  2. Unless your sole objective is to make money these cameras are a bad idea. There are currently over 18 class action lawsuits against the cameras, most arguing they violate due process (there is no presumption of innocence). Other cities have found that in locations where there are higher cases of red-light accidents, the number of accidents were reduced by extending the yellow light by 1 second.

    Buddy Gilmore
    March 10, 2010 at 11:06 am

  3. Wait, wait, wait…. isn’t this about traffic safety? Saving lives, people from injury and enforcing the law.

    This sounds like it is more about how to tax people for more money. Raising revenues isn’t supposed to be what governments about according to my Constitution classes.

    Oh, the city doesn’t have enough revenue? Well, may be there is too much government for the amount of revenue.

    March 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  4. They obviously don’t have them adjusted correctly. I’m sure the Springs cameras will be profitable.

    Tim O
    March 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm