11/16/2011 07:12 EST | Updated 01/18/2012 11:22 EST

Quebec Photo Radar: Profits Soar, Accidents Down

MONTREAL - The Quebec government insists its use of photo radar is meant to save lives, but its also proving pretty profitable for provincial coffers.

A report by a legislature committee looking into the use of the 15 devices installed on Quebec roads since August 2009 says they have already generated $4.8 million in revenue for the province.

But they're also credited with helping to reduce accidents with injuries and are dramatically reducing speeding in areas where they were set up.

The photo-radar program cost $13.4 million to set up and by Sept. 30 of this year it has brought in $18.2 million in fines.

Quebec Transport Minister Pierre Moreau insists the province isn't looking at photo radar as a cash cow and says it is helpful in making drivers slow down and reducing the number of accidents.

Money from the program goes toward road safety.

The legislature committee looking at the photo-radar program's future recommends the installation of more photo radar traps in areas where there are a high number of crashes or spots that are difficult for police to patrol.

Officials added that police patrols are still the best way to enforce traffic laws.