Anaheim wants ban on red-light cameras in the city
At a time when some cities have found red-light cameras to be a source of revenue, one city is vowing never to allow the cameras. Ever.
The Anaheim City Council on Tuesday night expressed support for an city charter amendment that would ban the systems that photograph and ticket motorists for allegedly running red lights from being installed in the city.
Under the proposal, the ban on red-light cameras would require the approval of Anaheim voters, which could come as early as November.
Red-light camera programs are highly controversial. Backers argue they improve safety and allow authorities to punish those who run red lights. Critics say the cameras can be inaccurate and worry cities are installing them to generate more revenue.
In Los Angeles, a recent report found the city's photo enforcement program, which catches tens of thousands of
violators annually, appears to be generating about $3.8 million a year
Anaheim officials said they have no plans to follow other neighboring cities such as Santa Ana, which has red-light cameras.
"It's very discouraging when government thinks its sole purpose is ... to use public safety as a revenue-raising
-- Shelby Grad