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Poway Considers Effects Of Turning Off Red Light Cameras

Aired 10/15/13 on KPBS News.

The Poway City Council will consider whether turning off the red-light cameras in the city has had an effect on safety.

Poway’s research reveals what many cities are finding: Turning off the red-light cameras saves the city money and does not appear to affect traffic safety.

The city first installed the cameras at three intersections back in 2005. Since then, the number of tickets generated has declined.

The council ordered the cameras turned off back in March. Now, a new report shows there were fewer accidents at those intersections in the six months after the cameras were turned off than in the six months before they went dark.

Escondido, El Cajon and the city of San Diego ended their red-light camera programs this year.

Several cities, including Oceanside and Del Mar, still operate them, however.

The cities of Imperial beach, La Mesa, National City and Santee never signed contracts to operate red-light cameras in their cities.

A state law in 2008 required cities to pay a flat fee for the camera contracts, rather than taking a cut from the fines levied.

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Avatar for user 'franciscocroquer'

franciscocroquer | October 15, 2013 at 10:16 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

A study done during just three months ( 3 before 3 after) and with 8 accidents doesn't prove anything.

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Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | October 15, 2013 at 11:01 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Harbor drive is so bad now that the camera is gone.

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Avatar for user 'Derek'

Derek | October 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

The Federal Highway Administration found that red-light cameras increase rear-end collisions but reduce more severe right-angle collisions, saving $50,000 in collisions per intersection per year in medical and repair costs: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/05049/

Because "There were no serious injury accidents during this period" according to Poway's report, the safety data is incomplete and therefore the results are inconclusive. Franciscocroquer is correct, the study doesn't prove anything. Please revisit this topic in another 6 months.

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sdreefer21 | October 15, 2013 at 4:53 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

I wish the city would bring them back.

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