Los Angeles drivers who felt “ripped off” by the red light camera program now have a reason to celebrate. The L.A. City Council has voted, 13 – 0, to end their red light camera program by the end of this month, also following an earlier vote by the Police Commission, after an audit issued by the City Controller’s office said that the cameras cost more than they bring in.
The system is pretty simple, as sensor driven cameras take pictures of the vehicles that drive through a red light and citations are being sent to the vehicle owner, as well as the photographs as evidence.
Good citizens who paid for the tickets suddenly feel ripped off because there are no immediately consequences for ignoring them.
But until the red light camera program is handled by the Government, the cameras aren’t going anywhere, the uncollected fines aren’t going anywhere, the legal consequences for not paying the tickets are not going anywhere and so on.
New York was the first city to introduce the red light camera program in 1993 and was followed by San Diego five years later, but in 2001 the program was challenged by a group of 400 local motorists who managed to win and shut down the cameras for a year.