Cameras Mayor Filner SDPD End Red Light Camera Program

Mayor Bob Filner spoke with NBC 7 reporter Megan Tevrizian about the red light cameras that will be taken down from city intersections.

However most drivers would probably agree that driving habits tend to change when you approach a red light camera intersection.

The system charged everyone the same fine for a red light violation. Attorney Mitchell Mehdy believed not every violation deserved such a stiff penalty.

Filner made the announcement at the intersection of Grape Street and North Harbor Drive — the citys most prolific red light camera intersection. The program lasted almost 15 years and survived three contracts. In total, the number of unverified citations given as a result of the camera was more than 196,000.

Thats one reason why officials with American Traffic Solutions said these cameras force people to drive safer.

Now, the city will bring police officers back to the 15 intersections that up until Thursday had operating red light cameras. The officers will patrol the areas and cite those who run red lights.

The program charges violators up to $490 when the automated cameras catch motorists running red lights. The program contract with the city expired Thursday night and will not be renewed, Filner said.

I did not see any real data that showed [the cameras] increased safety or decreased accidents, Filner said. The police chief and I decided we have better respect for what is going on if actual police officers on motorcycles, Cameras, for example,new york asian escort and talking to the drivers. You get more awareness and more of a respect for the law.

Mayor Bob Filner will decide whether to continue a red light camera program in the City of San Diego Friday.

SDPD Chief William Lansdowne joined Filner Friday in the announcement and echoed Filners concerns over having boots on the ground as opposed to cameras at intersections.

Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday that the city will be ending a controversial red light camera program.

If you make a right hand turn half a second or barrel through a light at 12 seconds almost killing somebody, its the same price. That doesnt make sense, he said.

The most effective way to Cameras Mayor Filner SDPD End Red Light Camera Programcreate safety in traffic is with officers, he said of the joint decision between his department and the city.

On this episode of Politically Speaking with Mari Payton, Attorney Mitch Mehdy debates the citys Bill Harris about the effectiveness of red light cameras.

The state and company make money, Filner said of American Traffic Solutions, the company that contracts the cameras to the City of San Diego. But its a wash for us, he said.

It does make you slow down further back if you see that yellow light, said Kearny Mesa resident Nathaniel Brown.


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