Los Angeles’ red-light traffic camera program, which netted profits of more than $6 million last year, could be significantly expanded under a new contract to be negotiated over the next 14 months, reports the city’s Times. While adding more cameras could boost city revenues, officials say any expansion will be based on safety considerations. No goal has been set, but City Hall discussions have included the possibility of adding cameras to blocks of eight intersections at a time and eventually doubling the overall reach of the program to 64 intersections.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for traffic cameras to be modified to also catch speeders, part of an effort to raise $300 million in fines to help close the state’s budget shortfall. Los Angeles officials have voiced mixed reactions to that idea.