As much as drivers care to bitch about traffic camera tickets, cities have a hard time caving to the concerns of citizens when they watch their coffers fill up with dough thanks to hefty fines levied for speeders caught on traffic cameras.
Case in point: Parma, OH.
Pierogi capital of Northeast Ohio, Parma partnered with Redflex Traffic Systems to deploy a van mounted with a speed camera through various school zones in the city. It has been a lucrative move.
According to a memo from Mayor Dean DePiero's office, Parma collected $571,762 from 5,597 tickets during the 2009-2010 school year. 5,597 is a lot of tickets. $571,762 is a lot of money. You can just imagine DePiero swimming in it in his office, Scrooge McDuck-style.
The Parma Sun Post has the details:
In the school-zone camera program, a van equipped with a speed monitor and camera is parked randomly in various school zones throughout town.
Redflex Traffic Systems, which runs the program for the city, then mails tickets to speeders captured by the camera.
Redflex issued $100 tickets for those driving 30 mph and less in school zones and $200 for those driving over 30 mph.
According to Gerrick’s memo, the school-zone camera program generated a total gross amount of $730,536 during the 2009-2010 school year.
However, some of those dollars went to Redflex for its services.
According to figures provided by Gerrick, Redflex fees totaled $168,270, or 23 percent of the gross revenues.
As if you really needed another reason to avoid Parma.