Automated Speed Cameras, In 300 Places, Called “Cash Cows”


More than 300 U.S. communities use automated speed cameras, McClatchy Newspapers report. Many speeders first learn they’ve been caught when citations, along with photographic evidence, show up at the addresses that match the violators’ license plates. In the works are bus-mounted cop cams that ticket bus lane intruders, cop cams to punish speeders in highway construction zones, even cop cam systems that ticket motorists based on a car’s average speed over a mile. They catch drivers who brake for camera sites, then resume speeding. “It’s very compelling evidence,” said Cristina Weekes of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., of Scottsdale, Az., a leading cop-cam maker.

Cop cams suppress violations effectively by all accounts. Six speed cameras posted on an eight-mile stretch of the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale cut speeders by 88 percent over nine months. Cop cams can be cash cows. In Chevy Chase, Md., where speeding tickets brought in about $8,000 monthly before cop cams, “We are routinely bringing in approximately a quarter-million dollars per month,” says Geoffrey Biddle, Chevy Chase village manager. Twenty-seven states – including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington – permit cop cams.


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