Are Traffic Cameras Budget Enhancers?

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One municipal government seems to have solved some of its budget problems by writing extra traffic tickets. In the small town of Heath, Ohio, the local police typically issue about 100 tickets per month. Then they put in some traffic cameras. Suddenly, in the first month, the police issued 10,000 tickets.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

One municipal government solved some of its budget problems by writing extra traffic tickets. It's the small town of Heath, Ohio. The local police typically issue about 100 tickets per month. Then they put in some traffic cameras around town to snap photos of violations. Suddenly, in the first month, police issued 10,000 tickets. Some cases may be dismissed, but if everybody paid, the town would raise a million dollars.

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