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Red light cameras raise money local governments

WASHINGTON — Data from AAA Mid-Atlantic show red light cameras are raising big money for local governments.

WTOP reports that programs in the District of Columbia, Rockville, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and Arlington County in Virginia generated $21 million combined in 2013.

Last year, Montgomery raised about $2.8 million after 43,522 tickets were issued. That’s a 94 percent increase over 2012. As of March, the county had raised about $2.8 million from 46,109 tickets, putting it on pace to shatter last year’s revenue, partly with the help of 10 more cameras.

In the District, the number of tickets dropped from 91,550 in 2012 to 84,293 in 2013. But higher ticket prices still led to higher revenues for a total of $13.1 million in 2013, despite fewer tickets.