A collections contract between the city of Dayton, Ohio and collection agency Capital Recovery Systems has resulted so far this year in more than $450,000 recovered from individuals caught on camera running red lights or speeding - who hadn't paid their fines.
The city entered into the contract with Columbus, Ohio-based Capital Recovery in May 2011. The agency collected $123,000 through the end of last year. The agency receives an estimated 20% commission.
The story was first reported by 2 News, Dayton's NBC television affiliate. Dayton City Manager Tim Riordan told the station he believes what is driving individuals to pay is the threat of having their cars towed. The city now tows the cars of those with more than two unpaid citations and the money goes into the general fund same as tax dollars.
Capital Recovery officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The agency is a member of ACA International, the largest association representing debt collection agencies.