The Chapel Hill Herald reports that the Town's red light camera program, instituted almost a month ago, has brought in $2 to the Town and $48 to Affiliated Computer Systems, the company that runs the program. That is to say one person has been caught running a light and paid the $50. There was no community outcry about the scourge of red-light-runners before this program was instituted. It was sold as a revenue producer for the town.
This 12-page letter from Chapel Hill resident Will Raymond (PDF) highlights many of the problems with red light cameras. The Town has requested a response from ACS.
I guess time will soon tell whether this solution in seek of a problem will actually cost the town money, or perhaps generate a little cash at the the expense of our privacy. I can't imagine the cost will be worth it. Meanwhile, watch your back at intersections of Airport Road & Estes Drive and U.S. 15-501 at Sage Road and Scarlett Drive.