This article has been updated. Please see Red Light Cameras Money Matters More
Here are our previous red light camera articles:
1) Series Introduction
2) Why Lakeland? Why Now?
3) The Dilemma Zone?
5) City Green Lights Cameras
6) Full Size Lakeland Red Light Camera Locations
7) Red Light Cameras Appear a Lock to be Installed
8) Red Light Cameras in Lakeland: The Costs and the Contract Approved
9) Red Light Camera Update
The red light cameras we’ve written about since March 2007 are now live in Lakeland. This morning the first 9 cameras started shooting citation photos and video. As previously noted, there will be no grace period.
However, we again would like to note a clarification to a Ledger article on the subject. Check the end of this column for a list of our previous articles on Lakeland’s red light cameras.
In Saturday’s Ledger, Rick Rousos wrote,
The city’s contract calls for Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to get all the money for the first paid citation generated by each camera, every day.
The company will receive $25 each for the second and third paid violations per camera per day and $10 for the fourth and all subsequent tickets. The city gets the rest.
That may give readers the false impression that ATS doesn’t collect if no one runs a red light at a particular intersection on a particular day. The tickets are placed in a monthly pool and collected using a formula: (Number of cameras * Number of days = equals one tier of tickets). See the full description in our Red Light Camera FAQ.
That means ATS collects the whole $125 of the first 270 citations of June, then $25 for each of the next 540 June citation, and, finally, $10 for every citation thereafter.
Take a look at how the first 810 citations will play out in Lakeland this month:
It doesn’t matter where they occur, if the cameras record less than 271 citations this month the city will make $0.