JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- An Action News investigation is revealing how little money Jacksonville is earning from its new red-light traffic cameras.
They were hoping for more than a million dollars, but so far, they've netted well less than half that. An Action News investigation this week showed the money from your $158 red-light camera ticket here in Northeast Florida is going to other cities, like Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
We uncovered new numbers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office showing they aren't making as much money as they wanted. This fiscal year, they wanted to bring in $1.5 million. So far, the 18 cameras have only netted $645,000.
But wait, $339,000 went to the state. Another $244,000 went to the camera company that installed them. The city only kept $62,000.
We went to Mike Edwards, director of Patrol Enforcement with JSO, to find out why. "The projection was based on 25 approaches being live January 1, 2013."
But JSO ran into delays. Some cameras didn't go live until March 1. Others weren't online until April.
"We had to get permission from FDOT before we could begin construction on the state roads," said Edwards.
There are only 18 cameras so far, and not 25. But the sheriff's office maintains the cameras are needed to help prevent crashes like this one. "Hopefully one day there's not a need for the cameras, but right now there is," said Edwards.
Red-light cameras are projected to generate $120 million for the state this year. That's up from $100 million last year.