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http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb ... ticle-copy
Red-light cameras stop flashing
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner held a news conference Friday morning to follow through on a campaign promise he made to The Watchdog — ending the city's red-light camera program.
He held the news conference at the city's most prolific intersection for spitting out the $490 tickets, North Harbor Drive and West Grape Street, near San Diego International Airport. A work crew went to work immediately dismantling the equipment.
"Until midnight last night this system used robotic technology to capture unsuspecting motorists in the San Diego version of a traffic trap," Filner said in a statement prepared before the news conference. "This is not the way to enforce the traffic laws or teach people about the traffic laws. The best deterrent is a police officer, writing citations and talking to citizens.
"I have listened to residents who are angry and confused about the reliability of this system. I have heard from traffic engineers about accident statistics and changing traffic patterns on our roadways," he said. "These cameras are history on San Diego city streets."
Several other San Diego County cities continue to operate red light cameras, including Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, Solana Beach and Vista.
San Diego joins a long list of California cities that have ended their red light programs. Most recently, voters in Murrieta ended their program by ballot, banning the cameras from their city. Other cities that have banned cameras include Los Angeles, San Juan Capistrano, Pasadena, Grand Terrace, Bell Gardens, Corona and Glendale.
It was not immediately clear what would become of the thousands of tickets currently being processed through the justice system, but other cities that have ended their programs have usually allowed those to be processed as they normally would.
Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.
-- Mark Twain
Well gee, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that if a program LOSES money, you should probably end it. Way to go Filner. Even though he assaulted a woman (allegedly), I'm on board with this decision.
Please, Be-Leaf, Me, On, This.
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