Cleveland garnered more than $6 million from the controversial devices last year. Each infraction - filmed on camera and analyzed by an actual person - earns the driver a $100 ticket in the mail. Any chance at contesting the fine necessitates a visit to the charmingly named Parking Violations Bureau.
Those factors and more lead opponents of the machines to believe that they're more of a money-maker than any real sort of safety enforcer. But most council members spend time walking that fine line between those two goals.
Last year, an internal memo at City Hall urged local legislators to seek out really choice intersections for future red light cameras. The now-approved list can be read below.
Meanwhile, the potential statewide ban on the all-seeing mechanical hounds may be headed to the House floor for a vote soon.
A quick glance at the 26 intersections slated for camera installation reveals - probably unsurprisingly - that residents living in the city's more impoverished areas can expect the omnipresent eye of law enforcement to look on ever more:
St. Clair/East 152nd
St. Clair/East 105th
Martin Luther King Jr./East 105th
St. Clair/East 55th