San Diego announced today it will no longer use red-light cameras to issue citations - citing ineffectiveness in reducing accidents, costs to enforce, an 82% unpopularity vote, and a preference for police officers to write the ticket when they talk to the citizen, lots of San Diego drivers will be saving that $490, say California DUI lawyers
The days of automated red traffic signal tickets in San Diego have come to an end, announced the Mayor at a press conference today. He talked to traffic engineers and San Diego residents before making the decision to end something that has gone unchecked for nearly twelve years.
Contracts were issued 15 years ago. Twenty-one cameras issued 20,000 citations two years ago, resulting in nearly Two Million Dollars in revenues for San Diego. The city netted 10% or $200,000 after paying cops, the camera vendor and operational costs.
Other San Diego California cities still run the red-light camera racket: Vista, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, El Cajon and Del Mar.
Other California cities have stopped this nonsense: San Juan Capistrano, Pasadena, Murrieta, Los Angeles, Glendale, Corona, Bell Gardens and Grand Terrace.
No one knows what will happen with 1,000's of pending red-light camera citations going through the San Diego County Superior Court. Other cities which stopped their programs often processed tickets business-as-usual.