Curtains Close on Los Angeles Red Light Cameras July 31


We made the bold prediction right here that the LA red light scamera program would be “overwhelmingly voted down” by city council. Alas, we miscalculated a bit as it was UNANIMOUS, just as it was in the LAPD Commission and the council committees this week.

The city of Los Angeles is done with their red light cameras and the rest of the country is certainly taking note.

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24 Responses to Curtains Close on Los Angeles Red Light Cameras July 31

  1. They could take all those scaemras out to the LAPD Gun Range.

    I am sure the police can use them for target practice.

    If not, take it out to a civilian range and charge admission for your chance to legally blast a scamera.

    I would pay to do that! It is better than skeet shooting clay targets I bet!

    Afterwords just toss them in Ocean for artifical reefs or melt them down for toasters!

    • jean says:

      the cameras may actually still save lives…

      …if the LAPD decides to use them for target practice instead of, say, residents.

  2. photoradarscam says:

    Wow, what a desperation move. Use the cameras to determine proper yellow light timing? Traffic engineers do that every day on intersections throughout the world without using red light cameras.

  3. Steven says:

    Best way to determing the “proper” length of a yellow light would be to use the cameras to send $500 tickets to traffic engineers every time someone runs a red light. Think of how many lives would be saved at intersections around the world with this truly unbiased information.

  4. B says:

    Councilman Zine – “Cameras need to come down immediately to not create a smokescreen to affect the hope that we may turn them back on.”
    ***************************
    The City of Tempe could learn something from this man…

  5. B says:

    BTW – On the downside: This was ultimately driven by revenue and not safety for far too many decision makers. The camera companies will also adjust their business model so they don’t have anymore higher-profile contract losses like this one.

    However, regardless of the reasons, this is another victory for common sense.

  6. StoptheTsa says:

    ATTORNEY GENERAL TOM HORNE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    Friday, July 29, 2011

    Contact: Amy Rezzonico (602) 542-8019

    Attorney General Horne Finds Reasonable Cause to Believe Open Meeting Law Has Been Violated in Quartzsite

    PHOENIX (Friday, July 29, 2011) – Tom Horne, Arizona Attorney General, today released partial information regarding the Attorney General’s Office investigation of events in Quartzsite. Horne stated:

    “Normally, we do not release the results of an investigation until it has been completed. However, because this is a matter of unusual public interest, we are prepared to say that, based on review of a video of a July 10 meeting, there is reasonable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the Open Meeting Law, inasmuch as the public was excluded. The meeting was held under the misconception that an emergency meeting can be conducted without the public present. Independently of the question of whether the Town Council had a legitimate reason to hold an emergency meeting, even proper emergency meetings must allow the public to be present. The exception is if there is a legitimate basis for an executive session, and the City Council did not attempt to hold a proper executive session during the emergency meeting. The investigation of this and other alleged violations of Open Meeting Laws is ongoing.”

  7. Thanks to everyone who supported us. There will still be battles to fight as the scamera supporters will try every maneuver they can think of to keep the equipment in place. Just remember though that you can fight city hall. ATS spent over $150,000 on lobbyists in their desperate attempt to keep the ticketing program in place. We spent about $100, mostly on photo copies and travel to downtown LA. Next up, the scamera systems in the surrounding cities of West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Culver City.

    Jay Beeber
    Executive Director
    Safer Streets L.A.

    • This was really a great news for us. You should win your battle. And American Traffic Solutions Inc. grew its business in the second quarter, signing up 28 communities to get its red-light and speed camera services. Really it would be fine if they increase their services and efforts of work. Thanks for sharing.

  8. StoptheTsa says:

    Where is the link to the meetup? Also, what happened to thge Flickr photos?

  9. 4409 says:

    I still don;t think they are gone. It seems as if it is voluntary to pay and they have not actually been banned. Before you post get the whole story… http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-red-light-cameras-20110727,0,6729565.story?obref=obnetwork

  10. Anonymous says:

    camera malfunction in globe az due too weather light green cars going speed limit camera flashing every time car goes thur intersection

  11. Frank Monteith says:

    Since Red Light Cameras are calibrated for cars, I believe that large vehicles and buses may be falsely charged.
    I have performed small scale tests, and I have witnessed a large vehicle stranded at a loop controlled intersection, due to inability of the loop to detect the vehicle. I have driven two different buses into the same intersection, with two different detection positions.

    I have been unable to have anyone help me verify these issues.

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