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Toledo reaps $3 million from traffic cams in '12

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The city of Toledo collected nearly $3 million from red-light or speed cameras in 2012 — and officials expect that number will be even higher this year.

But city leaders insist the cameras — which target speeders or red-light runners who are then issued citations by mail — are not about making money, but making the city safer.

The Blade newspaper reports that Toledo took in nearly $788,000 from the cameras in 2010, and about $1 million in 2011. The city expects to collect about $4.2 million from the cameras this year.

More than 68,000 citations were issued last year from the cameras in Toledo.

Automated red-light and speeding cameras have withstood numerous legal challenges in Ohio, including a 2008 Ohio Supreme Court ruling.