– Rochester’s red light cameras are raking in the dough. The Democrat and Chronicle reports the cameras have brought in $600,000 so far. The city is authorized to have 50 monitored intersections. Twenty-eight are up and running. The revenue puts to rest concerns the cameras would not be profitable.
Rochester began installing cameras in October 2010, saying the devices were intended to be a public safety measure, not a revenue generator. Police have said it would take three years to have comparative data showing whether the cameras are effective in changing motorist behavior and reducing crashes.
“We should have enough data,” argued City Council member Elaine Spaull, whose initial concern about the cameras’ financial implications have been addressed but not her uncertainty about their promise to reduce accidents. “Is it affecting safety? … That’s a question we should keep asking.”
I am doubtful the cameras will impact safety for a couple reasons. The monitored intersections are not at all clearly marked with warning signs. The number of tickets issued at intersections have been steady, so the cameras have not been a deterrent.
– The state has given Eastman Business Park a 3-year reprieve on making the required $40 million upgrade to its power plant. I am doubtful that will help efforts to sell the park, though it may calm tenants down.
– Slaughter’s leg injury puts her age front and center in the congressional race.