City's red light camera cash amounts to millions

With the switch of a traffic light, the city's Department of Transportation is raking in millions of dollars, leading many Brooklyn residents to question whether

BROOKLYN - With the switch of a traffic light, the city's Department of Transportation is raking in millions of dollars, leading many Brooklyn residents to question whether red light cameras are more for money than safety. In 2010 alone, the city's red light camera program brought in more than $55.4 million.

Officials say the program is a great deterrent, with many more drivers likely to stop than to risk saying "cheese" to one of the 150 cameras stationed at lights around the city. About 80 percent of drivers photographed running lights are found guilty.

Records indicate that incidents of motorists running red lights have dropped about 40 percent since implementing the program. The results have officials considering adding cameras that monitor speed.

Some residents, however, say the cameras are merely a way for the city to pull in cash without putting more policemen out on the streets.Cameras catch 1 million running red lights

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