WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Westminster police say the department will continue to use red-light cameras as long as the money they bring in exceeds the cost of the program.

Police say the program raised more than $16,000 its first year, and there were fewer traffic crashes and red-light violators than the previous year.

The department began using the cameras at two intersections in March 2010.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. sven says:

    My $75.00 picture did make me a more conscientious driver around traffic lights. I am no longer in such a hurry when driving. I need to start working the the red light camera company, they’ll making all the money.

  2. Gene says:

    This story paints a clear picture for us all.

    “…as long as the money they bring in exceeds the cost…”

    But wait a minute, I thought it was all about safety? And I suppose as soon as the operational cost exceeds the revenue they will just shut them down?

    Remember this state also said they would do away with the toll facilities as soon as the tunnels and bridges were paid for too. Greed and irresponsible spending drive this government and as soon as the cost exceeds the operation, they will only raise the fine (AKA fee, AKA tax)

    Had enough yet Maryland?

  3. ratm33 says:

    These things cause more unsafe conditions. I dont know about you but when the lights turn yellow i slam on my breaks. Id rather have someone hit me from behind than give the state and a company my money.

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