Love 'em or hate 'em, seems nearly every driver has a pretty strong opinion about those traffic cameras that snap violators' photos and send them a traffic ticket in the mail.
Now I'm sure you've heard of speed traps before. They are usually places on the road where the speed dramatically changes and there's either an officer waiting for the unwary with a radar gun, or a camera is installed to snag drivers breaking the traffic laws.
In many areas, these speed traps are designed to slow traffic to make the area safer, like on a residential street or a sudden change from highway to a town's main street.
But in this instance, a single traffic camera is generating enormous fines from speeding tickets. How enormous? How does $2 million in fines, every month, sound to you?
The traffic cam is located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and has been raking in at least $77, 550 every single day in the last nine months since it was installed. That's $2.25 million a month, totaling over $20 million since the camera has been installed.
Is it because of a faulty camera? The NY DOT isn't saying. The camera is placed on a quiet service road for the Belt Parkway, where the speed is lowered to 30 mph.
The camera only snaps pictures of driver's plates if they're going at least 10 mph or above the speed limit. But with the daily record of 1,551 pictures being taken of speeding cars, something seems amiss.
The NY DOT has responded with this statement:
"The ramp is approximately 400 feet long, a good amount of distance for drivers to adjust their speeds ... Also, the 30 mph limit is posted at this location. So someone slowing from 50 to 40 mph, or from 45 to 35 would not receive a violation," according to the DOT.
What do you think, is this a legitimate problem area for motorists or is someone pocketing ill-gotten gains? Let me know in the comments below!