Currently, state law restricts how the cameras are used. Jurisdictions may only place them within a half-mile of a schoolor in a road construction zone. Those in school zones may only operate during weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the cameras may only issue citations to drivers traveling 12 or more miles per hour above posted speed limits.
The city has been quickly expanding its fleet of traffic cameras, which are bringing in millions of dollars in revenue. The city expects to collect $21.2 million this fiscal year from its camera network — close to the record $31 million in fines issued in 2012.