DES MOINES - Local 5 has been digging into mobile speed cameras and their monetary contributions to cities around Iowa. We got numbers back from Des Moines on Thursday.
According to Des Moines records, police mobile camera units gave out 8,567 citations in 2016. This year alone, those citations are up to 8,016, so the city is likely to outpace the previous year's numbers.
Des Moines officials told Local 5 that they don't track revenue based on the type of camera (like a mobile, red light, or speed camera).
In fiscal year 2017, the total mobile traffic unit revenue was $4.7 million, with $1.8 million going to the ATE (automated traffic enforcement) vendor named Gatso. So the city took in over $2.8 million. Mobile units maed up 12.3 percent of all the citations in FY 2017.
Where does the money go? Des Moines leaders said it gets deposited into a public safety general fund and is used to fund those operations. Specifically, revenue is used to fund the city match of the COPS grant, which was $505,000 in FY 2017.
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