The figures have been collated from the database used by Cheetah in its speed and red light camera detector, called the GPSmirror.
Commenting on the figures Alisdair Smith, international vice president of Marketing for Cheetah said, “Camera revenue drops over time at any static location so it is interesting to watch the tactics adopted by camera vendors to increase revenue from each site. Red-light cameras in Houston now ticket drivers who turn right on red without coming to a complete halt. That gave a massive revenue boost to the city. Most cameras in Arizona have now been converted to “speed on green” red light cameras and what happens in Arizona tends to ripple out to other states. All the new red light cameras in Louisiana will be “Speed-on-green,” doubling their chances of fining motorists. These combination speed and red light cameras are the lead in to speed cameras like we have in Europe. The UK has about 5000 cameras in an area one third of the size of Texas so we know what lies ahead.”
For hundreds of US communities red-light cameras are an easy way to create revenues without increasing taxes. Soon or later vendors of navigation devices will add red-light cameras warning to their products as they already do with speed cameras in Europe (read here our previous feature on this topic).