JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It seems red light cameras around the city aren't bringing in the money that some originally projected they would.
Our partner Action News investigated just how much the cameras have made so far and since they went live the 18 cameras have made only $645,000, that's well short of the $1.5 million they wanted to make by the end of this fiscal year. And after sending $339,000 to the state and $244,000 to the company that makes the cameras, only $62,000 remainedfor the city. The rest was divided between the state and the company that makes the cameras.
"The projection was based on 25 approaches being in that live stage come January 1, 2013," says JSO Director of Patrol Enforcement Mike Edwards
Edwards says they ran into delays, for example with getting permission from FDOT to build the cameras on state roads, so some cameras weren't live until March or April.
"Hopefully one day we will not need red light cameras but for now I think there's a need for them."
Red light cameras are projected to generate $120 million this year, up from $100 million last year.