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Tear down the cameras

Posted: November 19, 2009 9:36 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Let us hope that some of the members of the Santa Clarita City Council watched a special report on red light cameras that aired on Channel 2 recently.  

The investigation was for the purpose of determining if the cameras installed in Los Angeles had resulted in greater safety.

Guess what? They found the number of fatal collisions had increased at 80 percent of the intersections where the cameras had been installed. They compared the number of fatal collisions in the year prior to installation with the year after installation.

It would appear that the primary beneficiary of the cameras is the city coffers, which receive the obscenely large fines imposed on the violators.  

The study was not performed in Santa Clarita, but there is no reason to believe that a similar study in our city would not result in the same findings.  

To paraphrase President Ronald Reagan, “City Council, tear down these cameras.”

Editor’s note: In late 2008, the city reported that collisions involving red light violations decreased 58 percent since the cameras were installed in 2003. Of the $436 ticket fee, the city keeps $146.31 — about 60 percent of which goes to the company that maintains the cameras — the state receives $219.40 and Los Angeles County receives $70.29, according to City Traffic Engineer Andrew Yi.

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