Question #36: Provide the estimated expenditure increase and revenue increase associated with increasing the number of Red Light Cameras in the City up to the maximum allowed by the Code of Virginia?

FY 2018 Question #36: Provide the estimated expenditure increase and revenue increase associated with increasing the number of Red Light Cameras in the City up to the maximum allowed by the Code of Virginia?

Page updated on Jun 16, 2017 at 9:55 AM

Question:

Can you please provide the estimated expenditure increase and revenue increase associated with increasing the number of Red Light Cameras in the City up to the maximum allowed by the Code of Virginia 15.2-968.1?    

Response:

Virginia Code section 15.2-968.1 allow localities to install and operate traffic light signal photo monitoring systems (red light cameras) at no more than one intersection for every 10,000 residents, therefore the City may operate red light cameras at a maximum of 15 intersections. The City currently has 6 cameras at 4 intersections. The maximum amount of revenue that could likely be generated by 11 additional cameras/intersections assuming the same violation rate and staffing ratios as the current intersections is $210,000, however the actual revenue generation would likely be less than $200,000 for the following reasons:

  • The new intersections would be less heavily used and produce fewer violations. The City may not be able to identify 11 additional intersections that would produce a similar number of violations. The additional intersections would need to capture at least 80% of the violations of the existing intersections to break even;

  • A successful red light camera program should change driver behavior and reduce violations over time. At the current six locations, the number of violations has dropped from 21,569  at their installation to 16,286  in CY 2016, and revenue has decreased from $0.6 million in CY 2015 to $0.3 million in CY 2016.

The Alexandria Police Department is also concerned that the expansion of the red light camera program may be perceived more as a revenue generation initiative than traffic enforcement. The City so far has avoided the concerns that DC has raised with its photo red light and photo speed enforcement programs.


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