Voters pull the plug


In Albuquerqu­e, the red-light cameras have recently been disconnect­ed and removed based on voting results from residents of the city who disliked the cameras from the outset.

Some people in Albuquerqu­e were of the opinion that the police were the only people who wanted to keep the cameras. Some cynically thought that the cameras do police officers’ work at the busy intersecti­ons, so that the police don’t have to do so much work. The police saw the use of the cameras as a way to monitor traffic with scarce resources.

Of course, there’s also the theory that only the people who are prone to speeding and/or running red lights object to the installati­ons. Because I try not to do either, having the red-light cameras really didn’t affect my driving habits to a great degree. Elizabeth Tamol


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