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California Cities Dropping Red-Light Camera Enforcement

December 13, 2010  | 

Several California cities are discovering that red-light camera enforcement is becoming too costly, because much of the revenue from the tickets goes to the state and the camera operators.

Loma Linda is the latest city to drop red-light enforcement, joining Whittier, Redlands, Anaheim and others. In addition, Houston and other cities outside of California are questioning the program, reports California Watch.

Also an audit in Los Angeles revealed the program is costing the city money, because the city's share of the fine amount is only one-third of the citation.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the cameras reduce accidents and save lives, even though the program is losing million due to unpaid tickets, reports the Los Angeles Times.

About 56,000 citations worth more than $7 million remain tied up in court.

Read the full story at CaliforniaWatch.org.


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Morning Eagle @ 12/13/2010 11:16 PM

Well, how silly of me! I was under the impression that the purpose of traffic law enforcement was to enhance public safety, NOT to fatten the city's coffers. Apparently that is only an illusion.

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