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City Emails Show Money Was Traffic Camera Program Motivator

Jul 30, 2015

New documents released by the City of Columbus show money was a motivator in the creation of the city's red light camera program. 

Emails released yesterday indicate city officials wanted a large share of fines generated from the cameras, telling Redflex executives the money was used to purchase police cruisers. The documents also show Redflex pressured the city to add cameras in low-risk areas to help pad its bottom line. The city has repeatedly denied the program was a money grab, saying it was created to improve public safety.