Los Angeles announced they will remove red-light cameras this month, since they were rarely enforced. Reports suggest that 40% of tickets resulting from the cameras, were thrown out of court or went unpaid. To make matters worse, the city lost over 1.5 million dollars a year, because the ticket payment was voluntary. Seriously? If they expected citizens to pay a ticket out of the “goodness of their hearts”, it was a ridiculous program from the start.
The City Council voted 13-0 to cancel the program, which makes sense. If they were not generating revenue and it was costing money to produce and maintain the cameras, what was the point?
Red-light cameras have also been known to actually cause accidents and have no affect on safety. It has also been hard to prove who was actually driving the car, therefore enforcing the tickets was a challenge.
Now the big question comes, will Chicago cut their cameras too? Well it is doubtful, I have never heard of anyone getting out of a ticket here. It appears we don’t have the luxury of deciding whether we will pay it or not.
Maybe that’s why California is more financially strapped than Chicago. Wouldn’t that be a treat, “No, I don’t think I’d like to pay for this ticket your honor.”
It would be good news to hear they will eliminate cameras in Chicago as well, but don’t hold your breath.