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Six red-light cameras may be going down

If the Council approves the measure, a half-dozen cameras will be taken down, and all cameras will no longer issue citations for speeding.

Say goodbye to red-light cameras at:

Academy and Wyoming

Central and Eubank

Menaul and Carlisle

Coors and Montaño

Coors and Paseo del Norte

Jefferson and Paseo del Norte

Mayor Richard Berry got the results of a study by UNM’s Institute for Social Research. The study found that those six intersections saw no reductions in crash-related costs. He’d asked them to look into the cameras’ effectiveness in March.

The study also states:

There is no proof that ticketing for speeding via camera improved safety; there were more rear-end collisions in some cases; and 30 percent of the intersections saw an increase in property damage.

On a positive note, citizens have saved more than $2 million overall in crash-related costs, injuries decreased (even though rear-end wrecks increased) and the program prevented about 120 injurious accidents.

Citizens have learned how to avoid getting tickets, too. Initially, each camera was issuing about 600 citations per month. By 2008, that number dropped to 100 per month.

If the Council approves Berry’s proposal, the city will also look for a third party to administrate the program and would have a contract ready by the end of this year. In early 2007, the city was being sued by people who argued that it had created its own court.

Berry’s doing what he said he would during last year’s campaign cycle.