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Md. man says red light cams are about money, not safety

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) - Mike Ficco says he received a $75 ticket because he stopped his car beyond the white line. He says video proves that he was not driving unsafely.

Major Mike England watched the clip and says Ficco broke the law.

"This driver says it's about money, not safety," said Major England, Rockville Police department. "Well we totally disagree."

Tuesday, dozens of cars made the same mistake at the same intersection - the corner of Gude Drive and Gaither Road. It's one of ten Rockville intersections with red light cameras.

In 2012, the city took in more than $800-thousand from its red light cameras. That figure more than doubled last year to $1.7 million. And this year city leaders estimate yet another bump.

John Townsend with AAA Mid-Atlantic is outraged, contending the vast majority of red light tickets go to minor infractions like Ficco's.

"This is about trickery," said Townsend. "This is about slight of hand. This is not about transparency and integrity. It is about driving up revenue."

"If they want to teach me new approaches to driving, like looking down at the white strip instead of moving traffic, I'm not sure that's a good thing to do," explained Ficco.

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