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|Anaheim City Council Approves Ballot Initiative to Prohibit Use of Red-Light Cameras|
ANAHEIM, CA - (April 15, 2010) - The Anaheim City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted in favor of Mayor Curt Pringle’s proposed charter amendment to prohibit red-light cameras in city limits. The proposal will go before Anaheim voters in November.
“I believe there is enough evidence now that demonstrates that red-light cameras do not necessarily cause safer intersections,” said Mayor Pringle at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “I believe many red-light cameras that are placed around the county and around the state are done for the purpose of local governments’ revenue collection as opposed to traffic safety.”
The measure passed with a 5-0 vote. After the city council approves a formal resolution at its April or May meeting, the amendment would be placed on the November ballot. Because a November election is planned for statewide elections, there is minimal cost to the city for this ballot measure.
Pringle expressed his concern that use of red light photo cameras can be abused by some local officials to generate revenue.
Should voters approve the measure in November, red-light cameras in Anaheim would be prohibited as a way in which traffic is monitored. Although Anaheim does not utilize red-light cameras, the mayor and city council’s move will prohibit future elected officials from putting the cameras to use in years to come.
“I personally think that there are many other things that we should focus on to bring about safer intersections, and I think we need to be cautious about potentially what these cameras can be used for,” Mayor Pringle concluded.
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