LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department has put the brakes on the city’s red-light traffic camera program.
The Police Commission agreed Tuesday to reject a proposal from police officials to award a new contract to the company that has been operating the cameras.
An audit last year questioned the effectiveness of the program, finding that a majority of citations have gone uncollected. Commissioner Alan Skobin says that since the courts don’t pursue drivers who refuse to pay the tickets, the camera program lacks enforcement power.
The board’s decision could shut down the cameras in days unless the City Council decides to strip the commission of its authority on the issue and decide whether to continue the program.
The problems for red light cameras go back to 2009 when CBS2/KCAL9 Investigative Reporter David Goldstein found there is 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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It's about the money.
wish all of them went away
Getting "easy" money from the populace has been an interference with what government at all levels needs to do - cut bloated budgets to sustainable levels dictated by income like all citizens do.
They all seems to grasp at these kinds of possibilities, rather than make the hard choices necessary.
Safety is just incidental.
It's not like they don't like cameras per se. It's that they are loosing money on them that started this all action.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) proposal, continuing the existing thirty-two red light camera intersections would generate 45,000 tickets worth $21.4 million. The city's share would be $3,643,552 out of which ATS would take $2,943,180 and LAPD estimated $1,170,900 in costs for salaries of seven police officers funded from the red light camera budget. This accounting method claims a $470,528 loss for the city. The rest of the profit would be distributed to various state funds.
On the other hand I wonder, what happened to "if it saves only one life it's worth it" attitude. And how quickly they admit that there is no proof that RLCs eliminate accidents or saving lifes. All it takes is red on balance sheet for camera use.
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