Traffic violations and tickets stemming from red-light cameras in Los Angeles will be no more at the end of the month. The photo-enforcement program is to be phased out in the city, much to the delight of millions of motorists in Los Angeles. The cameras have been flawed and have come under fire since 2004, because most of the tickets that have been issued have been for illegal right-hand turns, not red-light runners.
The Future Of Enforcement Or A Gimmick That Didn’t Work?
Did any of you ever slam on your brakes to avoid running a red light at one of the several intersections that had red-light cameras? Did it seem like the cameras were making people overly cautious and not act instinctively? Did you ever even get a ticket after seeing the flash of the camera if you did run the light?
These types of questions were being posed amongst city officials, and more often than not, the cameras were deemed faulty. The session ended with a recommendation to stop issuing citations at the end of the month and “phase out” the program and the five-member committee recommended that the full City Council endorse an earlier decision by the Los Angeles Police Commission to terminate the camera program at the end of the month.
Cameras By The Numbers
- 32: intersections in Los Angeles containing red-light cameras
- 45,000: annual tickets issued by the cameras with a 60% collection rate
- 65,000: outstanding tickets in Los Angeles
- 180,000+: total tickets issued since 2004
No More Red-Light Cameras
Rumors, whether true or not, about the cameras and receiving a ticket include: the camera has to completely photograph your face and no other driver can be ticketed in your car, it has to capture your license plate (which caused speeders to swerve through intersections), and if you don’t sign and acknowledge the ticket you won’t have to pay it. However, all of these rumors will go away on July 31st.
The program mostly made motorists upset because they were being penalized with tickets from a robotic camera when no actual police officers were around. Thankfully, “penalization without representation,” will be a thing of the past.