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

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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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