Los Angeles May Abandon Red Light Cameras


In the past, we questioned the value of red light cameras, explaining that not everyone believed that the cameras were effective at preventing people from running red lights or saving lives.

A surprising group joined the ranks of those who question the efficacy of red light cameras: the Los Angeles City Police Commission. As reported in an LAWeekly article, last month, the Police Commission voted unanimously against the Los Angeles Police Department’s recommendation to continue the red light camera project for 5 more years at a cost of $15 million.

The Commission was convinced to vote against the project, in part, due to the work of an LA resident, Jay Beeber, a TV and movie producer. Beeber explains that the cameras do little prevent accidents and save lives and that their use is motivated by political gains and, rather than resulting in revenue for the city, cost it millions of dollars...

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