City Releases Audit on Red Light Cameras

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Tallahassee, Florida -

Since 2010, the City of Tallahassee has put up about 20 red light cameras up along its intersections.

The City says the goal of the cameras was to make the roadways safer and bring in some extra cash.

But an audit released this week by the City shows these cameras may not being doing everything the City hoped they would.

The more than 85-page audit released by the City shows its red light camera system is not only failing to meet its expected revenue projections, but it's also unclear if the cameras are making Tallahassee's roadways any safer.

"We feel that by the number of violations dropping the safety has improved," says Sam McCall, auditor for the City of Tallahassee.

Sam McCall is the auditor for the City of Tallahassee and helped compile the report.

While the numbers show red-light violations have dropped, the City says it cannot determine if the number of serious crashes is also down.

"Severity is something that can only be determined by a doctor. But by the number of incidents decreasing, it shows that people are learning more about driving more safely," says McCall.

The money the cameras were expected to bring in has also fallen short of the City's goal.

The aduit shows $4.5 million dollars in revenue was collected from red light camera tickets over the course of 21 months.

About $670,000 dollars from that went to the City, which was originally projected to see between $1 to $2 million dollars annually from the cameras.

The majority of the money collected from the cameras goes to state of Florida and ACS-the vendor of the red light camera system.

"After money goes to the County, money goes to the state, money goes to the red light camera vendor the city is collecting only about 15 cents on every dollar," says McCall.

Out of the audit, the City has complied a list of recommendations. Those include calling for an annual audit to be given to the City, better logging by police of their time spent reviewing these red light violations and a quicker response from the company to notify the city when one of these cameras goes down.

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