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Red Light Cameras Under Debate in Peoria

Red light camera tickets may end in Peoria, Arizona, according to The Arizona Republic. The City Council will have to decide whether or not to renew its contract with Redflex Traffic System, which expires in October, reports the newspaper. The City Council's decision will depend significantly on crash data, according to the news source. The four intersections that had cameras installed saw a combined 100 or more accidents each year during the three-year contract with Redflex. The year prior to the cameras, accidents in the intersections only totaled 82, according to the newspaper. Peoria Police Lieutenant Doug Steele told the media outlet that he will be examining the data more closely to see if the increase in accidents was caused by the red light cameras. According to the National Motorists Association, red light cameras can increase rear-end accidents because drivers often stop short rather than risk receiving a citation. The Peoria police department will also be considering the financial impact of the cameras, according to The Arizona Republic. The city has actually been losing money on the red light cameras. The news source reports that although Peoria received an estimated $300,000 from citations last year, once all costs were factored in the city lost $3,194.
Posted in Government, Red Light
Jul 26th, 2011