Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Camera Cash

In San Antonio we have a continuing budget shortage. Every year we are 20- or 30-million dollars short. Then we have budget cuts— reducing services, big increases in fees for permits and so on.

 

If San Antonio got a hundred-or-so of those red-light spy cameras, we could easily make tens of millions a year off of them. Sure would help pay the rent.

Washington, D.C. is making so much money from its traffic cameras, it's getting ready to buy more. The District's 39 robot red-light cameras have raked in $25-million since 1999. The city is about to buy ten more.

I'll bet most people hate red-light spy cameras. But only red-light runners would lose anything to them.

It's free money. Red-light camera income could go a long way toward paying for San Antonio's budget shortfalls. Want to get some?

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.


Washington Times 3/29/2004
More spy cameras are on the way

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