Los Angeles Times - - California - LOS AN­GE­LES — Rich Con­nell

Red-light cam­eras are au­dited

A much-de­bated red­light cam­era pro­gram has by­passed some of the city’s most dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tions, cost more than $2.5 mil­lion in the last two years and failed to ad­e­quately demon­strate an im­prove­ment in safety, ac­cord­ing to an au­dit due to be re­leased Wed­nes­day by City Con­troller Wendy Greuel.

The first in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment of a pro­gram that catches tens of thou­sands of vi­o­la­tors an­nu­ally comes as of­fi­cials are hop­ing to add to the city’s 32 photo-en­forced in­ter­sec­tions.

Au­di­tors found that some of the most ac­ci­dent­prone cor­ners don’t have cam­eras. And only half of the in­ter­sec­tions equipped with cam­eras showed a re­duc­tion in ac­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to Greuel’s of­fice.

A more com­pre­hen­sive means of eval­u­at­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of cam­eras is needed, the re­port says.

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