Burien’s Red Light Cameras On Track To Gross Over $654,000 In First Year, Nearly 3x Projected Revenue
Burien’s four red light cameras have been up and running for about four months, and according to the city’s Oct. 22nd e-newsletter, they are averaging “around 540 infractions per month.”
This puts the program on track to gross over $654,000 in its first year of operation.
As we’ve previously reported, the city initially projected that the first year would bring in around $200,000, with $250,000 for the second year and subsequent totals dropping after 2011 as drivers became more aware of them.
So we did some simple math, and discovered some rather surprising totals:
- Each red light ticket = $101 fine
- 540 tickets per month x 101 = $54,540 per month
- 12 x $54,540 = $654,480 annual gross revenue
- The monthly fee to camera provider RedFlex Systems appears to cap out at $6,870 ($82,440 annually)
- If the 540 per month average continues, the city will take in over $572,000 in revenue during the first year of this program ($654,480 – $82,440 = $572,040)
- That total is nearly three times the initial projected first-year total of $200,000
The camera earning the most money currently is the westbound one at SW 148th Street and First Ave South (Go 148th!), which is generating about 35% of the total infractions, or 189 per month (just over 6 per day), which equals a monthly sum of $19,089 â€“ or more than $229,000 annually, which on its own surpasses the original $200k projection.
These four revenue-generating red-light cameras are located at three intersections, so next time you pass one, listen for the familiar “ka-ching” cash register sound:
- SW 148th & First Ave South – westbound and eastbound
- SW 152nd & First Ave South – westbound
- SW 160th & First Ave South – eastbound