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Miami's Red-Light Cameras Are a Financial Failure That Might Lead to Furloughs

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As much as city officials try to talk a good game about installing pesky red-light cameras for public safety, most were really swayed by extra money generated by tickets. City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado pretty much admitted as much, and the city hoped red-light cameras would bring in $10 million this fiscal year. They brought in less than $2 million, and that difference will add to the city's 2012 budget deficit. 

The city installed 32 red-light cameras last year and, judging by studies of similar intersections in other cities, hoped they'd bring in $10 million. Based on Miami drivers' reputation, some cynic was probably hoping for more. 

Instead, the cameras brought in less than $2 million. Drivers quickly caught on to the highly visible cameras, and major news coverage increased awareness. 

"They worked too well," Regalado tells Bloomberg News.

"The shortfall will contribute to a $15 million projected fiscal 2012 budget deficit that may force the city to give employees unpaid days off one day a week," Bloomberg reports.

The situation isn't unique to Miami. Many other cities across the nation have seen revenue from red-light cameras fall far short of expectations. Many cities have further seen the revenue decrease because of costs associated with motorists fighting the tickets in court. 

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michael wind
michael wind

install cameras in police cars to see what police are doing,install comeras in all government facilities see what they are doing,let people watch what they are paying and who is doing what.

Regalado hires relatives
Regalado hires relatives

Revenues?

Regalado wants more revenues so he can put more of his relatives on the City payroll.

Advance
Advance

It never had anything to do with safety, it's always been about money. Red light cameras trade one type of accident for another, they're not safe by design. Just money, with the "safety" cliche used to get us to let them do it. Scumbags.

$54 mil deficit?
$54 mil deficit?

$10 MILLION projection? Tomas Regalado and the dummy commissioners who bought that nonsense should be recalled.

City was facing a $100 MILLION deficit last year and a $54 MILLION deficit now. How much is the City really losing?

If the City is losing $1 mil per week then why is Mayor Regalado still hiring his incompetent friends and relatives for key positions?

Avantgag
Avantgag

We are bad drivers...not stupid. 

Fire 500 slackers
Fire 500 slackers

The overly hyped and wildly overly optimistic revenue projections of over $8 MILLION which any intelligent person knew was a lie was used to help balance Miami's budget. Now Miami is facing a $54 mil gap and 500 employees must be fired.

Shortfall
Shortfall

The Red Light Camera gimmick was sold by former City Mansger Carlos Migoya and fired City Manager Tony Crapp.

They promised $8 MILLION net revenues to the City. Liars.

NotCutAndDry
NotCutAndDry

Maybe they should have made sure they were LEGAL first...

nevernot
nevernot

Maybe if it wasn't so unbelievably easy to get out of a ticket or fool the cameras it might have worked, but the commissioners and Mayor had reports in their hands pointing to dismal failures of red light camera programs from across the nation so they have no excuses.

Sol
Sol

OH WOW, what the city originally touted as being for the SAFETY OF CITIZENS now isn't bringing enough money in and are TOO EFFECTIVE. Fuck you, Regalado. 

P_Nis
P_Nis

Kyle, was that $2mm net to the city or gross revenues?

Marco
Marco

Amen, we Kooobans have George Bush (a Cuban) Cheney (a Cuban) Rick Scott another koooban...Arrriba Arriba

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