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7:42 AM PDT on September 14, 2011

Featured Headline: 62%, 22%, 0.  Somehow these numbers were absent from the debate and the coverage of the debate of the city's Red Light Traffic Camera Program.  Scofflaw drivers and unsafe driving advocates argued that red light cameras were ineffective and because the courts wouldn't enforce the tickets were confusing.  Others claimed the enforcement was all about revenue collection and still others that the cameras caused more crashes than they stopped.
During the red light camera program, there was a 62% drop in traffic crashes at the 32 red lights that had cameras compared to a 22% drop city-wide.  There were 0 deaths.
So while the City Council and driving scofflaws celebrate their "victory" yesterday, the rest of us should mourn that the urban jungle that is L.A.'s streets just got a little less safe.

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