ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- One Maryland city is cashing in from motorists at red lights, according to the American Automobile Association and the city's website.
Rockville, Md. issued 17,794 red light camera tickets in 2012, according the city's statistics. That's up from 8,638 in 2011.
AAA calculates, at $75 a ticket, the citations are worth more than $1.3 Million in 2012.
"Have drivers in Rockville suddenly decided en masse to stop obeying red lights? Not at all. It all only takes a mere equipment change and vendor change, and voilà, the city adds nearly 10,000 more red light runners than it had the previous year, and a veritable bank vault of new ticket revenue for city coffers," John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic's Manager of Public and Government Affairs, in a news release.
"More drivers are being ticketed simply because they did not come to a complete stop just beyond the solid white line at photo-enforced intersections in Rockville," according to AAA.
Rockville, Maryland Red-Light Camera Citations By Calendar Year 2008-2012
Total Red-Light Camera Tickets Issued