CHICAGO - Either Chicago drivers are learning it pays to obey the law, or they're re-routing their local trips to avoid red light cameras - whichever the case, Chicago's expected revenue stream from red light camera fines is slowing down.
In 2013, the number of red light citations dropped by five percent, depriving the city's already struggling budget of an expected $3 million.
Since the cameras began being installed in 2009, the number of tickets has slowed down 20 percent from the 2009 original peak, costing over $14 million theexpiredmeter.com found:
So, does the city want more people to run stoplights and get more tickets, thus more revenue, or is the city happy with the city drivers' safer driving habits?
The question is akin to asking whether the state wants cigarette smokers to quit smoking for their health's benefit, or continue smoking to pay more taxes and finance government programs.