by Mike Masnick
Thu, Jun 9th 2011 5:10am
We've been hearing more and more stories of late about cities with red light cameras deciding that they're just not worth it. A lot of these have been smaller cities, however, so it's interesting to hear (via btr1701) that Los Angeles is now considering dumping its red light cameras. Apparently the civilian Police Commission that oversees the police department has put the program on hold, much to the chagrin of the police themselves, who were in favor of the proposal. The commission's main concern appeared to be the fact that for all the redlight camera tickets being sent, most were never collected, and there was no effort to collect -- raising questions about the effectiveness of the program. Separately, studies had shown "no evidence the cameras reduced accidents, deaths or injuries at the intersections where they were placed and in fact, found those numbers actually increased at some intersections."
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