Red Light Cameras: Too Effective for a City’s Own Good?March 21st, 2008 by josh farley
The Bremerton Police Department is still in the testing phase of its brand new red light cameras, recently installed around the city. But when they officially turn on, officials hope they’ll curb accidents and, secondarily, produce a monetary side-effect that funds a few more officers to patrol the city’s streets.
But an MSNBC story poses an interesting question about the cameras: What if they work too well, and motorists become so cautious that red-light running revenue dries up?
In Dallas, Texas, MSNBC says, that’s exactly what’s happening. Accidents are falling in number, but so too is revenue from tickets — down from $15 million to about $4 million.
They’ve even started shutting some cameras down.
Bremerton, however, may be a bit of a unique community. It’s large transient population (due mainly to Navy sailors coming and going with ships and subs), may never truly grow accustomed to the cameras.
But it will be intriguing to see how the cameras fare over time. Anyone care to speculate?