LOS ANGELES (AP) — The civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department has agreed to continue a red-light camera program despite a low ticket collection rate.
The five members of the Police Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to continue the enforcement program, which police officials say has been shown to reduce collisions.
A September audit questioned the effectiveness of the 4-year-old program, finding that 56,000 citations worth more than $7 million in potential revenue have gone unpaid. Police blame the court system for not aggressively going after violators who fail to pay their tickets.
Commission President John Mack says the cameras are intended to improve public safety and shouldn’t be viewed as a profit generator.
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