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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Report: Red light cameras don't make much green for Columbia

Columbia is barely turning a profit on its system of red-light cameras, according to a new article:

The Columbia Missourian reports the city collected $158,515 from red-light camera tickets in the latest fiscal year. But after paying associated expenses, the city recorded only about $18,000 in net revenue.

Of course, officials would argue that money really isn't the point -- that red-light cameras help prevent wrecks. The Missourian notes that wrecks have declined by 10.6 percent at intersections that have those cameras.

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