The city of Baltimore expects to bring in $4.4 million less in Fiscal Year 2024 than it did in fiscal year 2023 from its speed and red light cameras, according to the proposed budget released earlier this week.
The budget proposal says there are two main reasons for the decline. First, Baltimore only collects fines on about half of the tickets issued by the cameras. Second, it appears drivers are just getting used to the cameras; the budget document notes the "ongoing drop in the number of citations issued" by the cameras.
According to the budget proposal, a newly placed traffic camera sees an initial jump in the number of citations it issues, but then it sees a significant decline. Citations peak two to three months after installation. "As behavior changes due to awareness of the cameras, the volume of citations drops substantially over time," according to the budget proposal.
Even the redeployment of cameras, with the expected revenue jump in the first couple of months after the move, will not close the gap. "The Preliminary Budget assumes redeploying these cameras to other areas that can increase traffic and pedestrian safety outcomes," according to the budget.... Read More: FOX45