This post on red-light cameras will have lots of figures for you
to digest. There. You’ve been warned.
The Seattle Times has a story
highlighting how Tim Eyman has found a cause that crosses party
lines. He has helped or led efforts to see red-light cameras either
eliminated or at least approved by voters in multiple
Earlier in August we pointed out the (Everett) Herald story on the
cash Lynnwood was making from cameras, enough that the chief warned
the city would have to lay off officers if they were gone.
Some of you asked (“Asked” is a polite description of what you
did.) for information about Bremerton. Here is what I have.
In 2010 Bremerton took in $685,232 in revenue for red-light
cameras. The money sent to Redflex Inc, the Arizona company that
runs the system, was $443,639. That gets us $241,593 for the year.
In 2009 Andy Parks, former financial services director, said it
cost the city about $7,500 a month in staff time to run the
program. I can only assume now that the figure came from paying for
the officers to look at the ticket and estimating the extra cost it
takes to run each infraction through the municipal court system.
That’s $90,000 a year. So if that accounts for all the city takes
in, the annual net income for Bremerton in 2010 would have been
This means approximately 5,525 tickets were successfully
prosecuted in 2010.
That means the city issues an average of 15.1 tickets per day that
will result in a paid citation.
That means each camera issues an average of 1.6 tickets per day
that will result in a paid citation.
Citations would have to go down 22 percent for the city to hit the
break even point.
That last part, though, is affected by the contract with
Redflex. Each camera is supposed to generate enough tickets to earn
the $4,000 per month charge. That’s 33 tickets. As of now each
camera appears to be averaging about 51. Remember, that number
reflects the number of tickets actually prosecuted.
The number of tickets are going down. In 2009 the number of
tickets was in the neighborhood of 6,600. That’s based on the net
figures I received from the city, added to the contract that was in
place then, and then dividing that figure by $124, the cost of the
Another factoid worth noting. I said cameras issued an average
of 51 prosecutable tickets per month. In May each camera issued
about 83 tickets, which means nearly 40 percent of all tickets are