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Motion to keep some red-light cameras voted down

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The L.A. City Council unanimously voted in July to pull the plug on the citys money-losing red-light traffic camera program.

The L.A. City Council unanimously voted in July to pull the plug on the city's money-losing red-light traffic camera program. (KABC Photo)

A motion to keep some red-light cameras in place in Los Angeles for data collection was voted down on Tuesday.

The City Council voted to end the program in July, but Councilmen Bernard Parks and Mitchell Englander sought to keep cameras at four intersections to test whether extending the length of yellow lights would lead to fewer red-light violations.

However, the council voted 10-3 to get rid of the cameras.

The city was losing $1.5 million a year because many drivers weren't paying the mailed citations. There are currently about 65,000 outstanding unpaid tickets, Englander said. The courts don't report most scofflaws to the Department of Motor Vehicles so failure to pay doesn't affect a driver's license or insurance.

Supporters of the program say red-light cameras prevent accidents, but critics say there's some evidence they actually cause fender-benders.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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