(WMC-TV) - Dozens of new red light cameras are coming to Memphis intersections. Right now, there are 24 red light cameras that generated more than $2 million since late 2009. Very soon, the number of cameras will more than double. And if estimates hold true, the revenue collected from red light runners could more than triple.
The red light cameras capture images of drivers breaking the law.
"I think this program has been tremendously successful," said Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery. "We have reduced the number of traffic accidents in our city."
The cameras will be installed along Getwell Road, Elvis Presley Boulevard, Walnut Grove Road, Hacks Cross Road, South Germantown Road, Sycamore View, and Poplar Avenue.
Camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) estimated which of the new cameras will generate the most money in fines. The intersection at Poplar Avenue and Ridgeway Road is expected to capture the highest number of offenders. That is where they estimate 548 red light runners will be caught each month.
If ATS estimates are correct, the 30 new cameras will generate $546,050 each month in fines. That is more than $6.5 million each year.
Lowery says he hopes for a different result.
"That is only the estimate from ATS," he said. "My hope is that our citizens will be driving safer and more carefully and they won't be receiving that many tickets."
Red light camera revenue is used to fund public safety, to purchase new technology in police cars, the neighborhood watch program, and cameras tied into the real time crime center.
Memphis City Council also approved the installation of 15 speed cameras in Memphis.
There is no hard deadline for when the 30 new red light cameras will be up and running. Lowery says he hopes it will be as soon as possible.
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