LA Official: Red-Light Cameras Don’t Help Safety

September 30, 2010

An audit by the Los Angeles city controller finds red-light cameras haven’t improved public safety at key intersections across the city.

The report says the city currently has 32 red-light cameras that are intended to improve public safety by catching drivers who break the law running red lights. But the audit found that the cameras were not necessarily installed at the most dangerous intersections.

City Controller Wendy Greuel’s report says only half the intersections had fewer accidents after the cameras were installed.

The audit comes as city officials hope to expand the program, which cost $2.6 million over the past two years.

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