Los Angeles Closes Curtain on Red Light Cameras

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Red light cameras are getting no love in Los Angeles. The city's police department recently announced it would no longer use the traffic spy devices.

Both police officials and motorists say that the cameras are ineffective and not worth the cost.

"If you got a program that's not making money and is marginally successful, why would you continue to do it?" asked Councilman Greig Smith, who heads the council's public safety committee.

The LAPD's decision must now be approved by the city council, a step many officials are doubtful they'll take.

"There's not a lot of support on the council for it," Smith told Mercury News.

Unbeknownst to many motorists, there is no penalty for ignoring a red light camera ticket.

But advocates of the cameras argue that their purpose is not to make money, but to protect motorists. Authorities say that running red lights account for more than 850 deaths every year.

Should the city council back the LAPD's decision, Los Angeles will become the largest U.S. city to join the nationwide backlash against photo-enforcement programs.

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