ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- First the flash, then the hit, next you're T-boned by oncoming traffic or nearly clipped by another car, like one red-light runner in Orange Park. Drivers are caught on camera breaking the law instead of braking to stop.
"I got a ticket for one for making a turn, a right turn on red," said Audrey Arvin of Orange Park.
Arvin is one of more than 2,000 people that have been slapped with a $158 fine since Orange Park's red-light cameras went into operation.
While the new cameras are annoying drivers, the city says the cameras are actually benefiting taxpayers. In fact, Action News has learned that the town raked in over $173,000 in July and again in August.
Because it only costs $29,000 a month to operate their seven cameras, that leaves about $144,000 in profits.
"The good thing about the red-light cameras is you have video evidence," said Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble.
With a tight budget and a small department, Goble tells us these cameras not only keep traffic in check, they allow officers to focus on other crimes and are providing valuable evidence for crimes other than traffic violations.
"If a robbery happens out in Fleming Island, those investigators can call us if they have a time frame when a possible suspect vehicle went through. Then, we can actually pull that video, and they can review that video and solve a crime," said Goble.
It can help solve a crime that may even trace back to one of their local intersections. Goble said the revenue from the red-light cameras even helped save two police officer's jobs this year.