Jacksonville, Fla.-- Action News investigates where your money goes from a red-light camera ticket.
A red-light camera ticket will cost you $158. James Blackford was caught on one of the new red-light cameras in our area. "I didn't feel it was safe, so I chose to go through," said Blackford.
The candid cameras are supposed to help save lives. Law enforcement says they cut down on crashes by deterring drivers from racing through red lights.
"It's a revenue-generating operation," said Blackford.
That's the other way Floridians were sold on allowing camera enforcement. We found out money from the tickets helps fund local trauma centers, but that brings us back to James Blackford. He was surprised to learn more than half of his fine in Northeast Florida is helping people in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
For every $158 ticket, $83 gets the green light out of Jacksonville. The state gets $70 dollars. It goes into the state's general fund. Some of that money is also dispersed around the state.The rest funds health care. Some benefits 22 trauma centers across the state.
We asked State Senator Aaron Bean why our area doesn't see more money. He said the state legislature thought this method would be more beneficial. "We share across the state with the legal system for the trauma system," said Sen. Bean.
That means ticket money is going to save lives, but in many cases outside Northeast Florida.
Red light cameras are projected to generate $120 million for the state this year. That's up from $100 million last year.