Thursday, April 14, 2011
Fort Thomas Setting Up Traffic Cameras?
I can neither confirm or deny this rumor. But from the looks of this picture, it seems this may be the case. The worker on the truck was installing a camera on the light, Wednesday, in the Midway district which faces S. Fort Thomas Ave.
I have an email into the city to help clarify, but if it's true a few questions get brought up:
- Are these going to issue citations automatically?
- How many and where will the others be placed?
- Is this a city sponsored program for "revenue enhancement?"
Must be a trending topic across the US today as this was a story on The Today Show this morning. As strapped-for-cash- municipalities have taken to these "robo-cops" to increase revenue, the push back has been great. A few numbers to crunch from Broward County, in Florida, which was featured in the story:
- It costs around $83,000 to set up and administer these cameras.
- It brings in around $76,000 in revenue.
- Around $50,000 of that revenue brought in is given to the company that set up and administers the cameras.
- Legal fees have been extensive on the county as well, as every person that has challenged the ticket they received in court, has gotten it thrown out because the camera takes a picture of the person's license plate and not of the person actually driving the vehicle.
- The story did indicate that driving has been better around intersections; there had been 60% less accidents since they were installed.
So there you have it. I may be making a mountain out of a mole hill based on one picture, but if true, I've opened up a whole can of worms.
That's a lot of animal metaphors for one sentence.