Two months after speed cameras went into operation on major streets in the city, the company that installed these cameras published a formal report on the cameras’ effectiveness on public safety and revenues they bring to the City.
Optotraffic was awarded the contract to install and maintain theses cameras across the city.
The City has been insisting that the primary purpose of these cameras is to improve public safety, whereas some residents think they are ‘speed traps’ and ways to generate revenues for the City government.
According to the Optotraffic report, the median speed on these camera zones has dropped by 2 mph on average over the past two months.
On the revenue side, the drop was rather significant during the reporting period. For example, for the Rhode Island Avenue camera, the total number of tickets issued daily was 32 in the November last year, however that figure has gone down to 25 in the second week of January. The similar figure for the camera in Metzerott Road near St. Andrews Place was the most dramatic – the figure dropped from 550 to 110 was reported during the same period.
According to the contract, the motorists who get camera tickets need to pay $40 per ticket; however the City only gets 60% of the total revenues, the rest goes to the Optotraffic company. The City can only keep up to 10% of its operating budget and the rest must be given to the State. The revenues also must be used in public safety improvement projects.
You can view the entire report below: