Report Says LA’s Red-Light Cameras Aren’t Working

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An audit by the Los Angeles city controller finds that red-light cameras haven’t shown to improve public safety.

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The audit released Wednesday blames police for not adequately compiling statistics at the 32 intersections where red light cameras are installed, making it difficult to conclude whether they are effective.

The cameras were installed four years ago to increase safety by catching drivers who run red lights. However, the audit found that police did not install cameras at some of the most dangerous intersections because of budget constraints.

Moreover, the audit found that despite issuing about 45,000 citations last year, the cameras did not generate revenue. Instead, operating the cameras cost the city about $1 million.

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  • g

    Who cares its just a money making ploy for the city anyway….

  • Brent

    How can they when they shortened the yelllow light everywhere to collect more revenue? They actually made the intersections more dangerous.

  • Martin

    Maybe now those stupid lights will get taken down. Let’s be honest here, most of those lights are located in areas with a high number of low-income residents who are probably just trying to make their way to work.

    It’s also interesting to note that in most of these intersections, the photo-enforced lights actually encourage more dangerous driving as motorists speed through trying to avoid getting a ticket.

  • DD

    “Moreover, the audit found that despite issuing about 45,000 citations last year, the cameras did not generate revenue. Instead, operating the cameras cost the city about $1 million.”

    Okay, I know that a red light ticket costs around $300, so $300 X 45,000 would be $13,500,000…If the cost to operate the cameras is only $1 Million, how is this not “generating revenue” ???? In addition, as I understood it, private companies operate and maintain these systems, and get a “cut” from the proceeds of the ticket, making it a pure profit center for any government implementing the devices.

    • FF

      You made an error with your english. The cost to operate the cameras according to your math should have been $14.5 m-$13.5m(from tickets)= $1m cost to the city.

      Stay in school. Please for the sake of our future.

  • Buck

    Check the ones on fountain in Hollywood the stop hand is times different then eveyw other red light in the city

  • Carolyn G

    So then…can I be reimbursed my $520 please.

  • Orca

    Another good idea that wasn’t

  • Charlie

    To DD: After they collected the money it still cost them $1 million…so it costs $14,500,000 to operate the cameras if those are the numbers.

  • Michael

    I can’t believe that people haven’t torn down the red light camera at Sepulveda and National– the light for the left turn lane lasts EXACTLY 5 seconds before turning yellow, and the yellow lasts only one second before turning red. Approximately 3 cars are able to make the light with each cycle, despite it being right off of a highly trafficked 405 Freeway exit. It contributes to massive congestion at that intersection and is only there to generate revenue. It’s disgusting. I know of no other lights/turn signals in the area that cycle so quickly.

  • Big D

    I got one and it cost me $450. At that rate, the net gain is $20.25million. How is it not profitable unless the operating costs are much much higher than $1million? What a racket!!!


    45000 citations i got one it cost me $500.00 do the math 45k x $500.00 is 22,500,000.00 where is this money going can anybody say TO FILL THEIR FAT POCKETS

  • Richard

    The cameras are not profitable for a number of reasons. The cameras are owned and operated by a company in Arizona. They get to charge a certain amount per ticket as well as maintenance fees. The problem is, lost of people are not paying their tickets. So, the city pays for the processing, but is not collecting any benefit.

    Intersections should have standardized yellow light times. The easiest way to reduce accidents is having longer yellow lights. All its going to take is one person getting into an accident, finding out that yellow light times on a red light camera intersection was reduced, and suing the hell out of the city

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