Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

An Analysis of a Red-Light Camera Program in the City of Milwaukee

Red-light running is the cause of approximately 1,340 crashes each year in the City of Milwaukee, resulting in an estimated societal cost of $131 million per year. This report analyzes whether implementing a red-light camera system at dangerous intersections would increase safety and create additional revenue opportunities for the city. The authors find that placing cameras at the city's 13 most dangerous intersections would result in a net present benefit of $7.6 million and create additional revenue of $4.8 million during a five-year period of time. Therefore, the authors recommend the City of Milwaukee implement a red-light camera program.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Public Affairs Workshop, Domestic Issues, Public Affairs 869, taught by Andrew Reschovsky in Spring 2006
  • Author(s): Karyn Kriz, Christian Moran, and Molly Regan
  • Client Name: the City of Milwaukee, Budget and Management Division, Department of Administration