Ala. City Officials Consider Using Red-Light Funds to Replace Police Fleet

September 20, 2017

City officials in Tuscaloosa, Ala., are discussing plans to use red light revenue to bolster its police fleet, reports Tuscaloosa News.

The city has collected $1.54 million since red light cameras were implemented in 2013. The red light funds would be combined with $624,000 in police department savings to go toward purchasing 46 new police vehicles.

The $2.16 million total will be used to purchase 27 Chevrolet Tahoe patrol units, 11 administrative support vehicles, three Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the department's traffic enforcement, and five investigator vehicles.

Over the past five years, the city council has kept a 37% replacement rate of the police department's fleet, authorizing the replacement of 91 out of 244 vehicles.

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