Trying to beat the light has cost thousands of Austin drivers.
The city installed red light cameras at ten intersections in 2008 and 2009. Rebecca Stark, an Austin Municipal Court clerk, said the first three years of the program brought in more than enough money from fines to cover the cost of the cameras.
"We haven't gained anything over the life of the program, but we haven't lost anything as of today."
Council Member Chris Riley now says other parts of the city could use the program.
"There are peer cities out there that have far more cameras in place,” Riley said. “Obviously this is not a matter of revenue for the budget. This is really a matter of public safety."
The Austin Police Department’s Chief Art Acevedo says the cameras are working since there are fewer crashes at these intersections. The court is waiting on a traffic study before adding any more cameras or moving the ones already installed.
Less revenue from the cameras means fewer drivers running lights which means safer intersections. City Council says it's happy with the results and some city leaders want to green light five more cameras.
"I want to follow up and see what we need to do to expedite this process. Six months is a little bit too long," Mayor Lee Leffingwell said.
"We delayed it because there were a number of pieces of legislation this year that would have done away with that program,” Stark said.
But none of those bills passed. Stark says now she'll focus on putting up more cameras to watch over Austin's most dangerous intersections.
The Red Light Program costs the city more than $700,000 a year. Nearly $600,000 goes to the contractor who maintains the cameras and issues the tickets.
For a list of where the ten current red light cameras are, click here.