BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Speed cameras in Bluff City have become a significant revenue generator that netted the city nearly $1.6 million.
An audit obtained by the Bristol Herald Courier shows that in the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the city's general fund earned $2.6 million, which included $1.9 million in fines and forfeitures that primarily came from tickets issued by cameras along U.S. Highway 11E.
Between Jan. 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011, the cameras have resulted in nearly 40,000 citations to drivers from all 50 states, Canada and the District of Columbia.
The city temporarily turned them off last year and had to refund drivers after a state law required a longer distance between a speed zone change and the cameras. A federal lawsuit has been filed against the town over the citations.