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Red Light Cameras

October 21, 2019, 2pm PDT
The Chicago Sun-Times responds to two Illinois state legislators who have recently proposed bills that would ban red light cameras statewide.
Chicago Sun-Times
June 26, 2019, 8am PDT
Milwaukee wants Wisconsin to overturn its law that prohibits red light cameras throughout the states. New state legislation could help achieve the city's goal.
Urban Milwaukee
June 3, 2019, 10am PDT
The state of Texas decided to preempt local traffic safety laws by banning all red light camera programs.
KVUE
April 10, 2019, 7am PDT
A committee chair changed his mind about the consequences of a bill that would ban red light cameras in the entire state of Texas. The legislator didn't want, to paraphrase, blood on his hands.
The Dallas Morning News
August 2, 2018, 1pm PDT
Despite rising death tolls for pedestrians, cities around the country are getting rid of red light cameras. New York City will be next.
Streetsblog USA
May 19, 2018, 5am PDT
Melissa Wandall has been fighting for safer conditions for Florida streets since the death of her husband Mark Wandall in 2003. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Florida upheld a traffic safety law passed in his name.
Streetsblog
January 20, 2018, 9am PST
Republicans and the American Civil Liberties Union back bills to ban red light and speed cameras in Iowa, while Democrats and law enforcement want to allow cities and counties to retain automated traffic-enforcement tools.
Sioux City Journal
December 6, 2017, 7am PST
The 300-foot wide Queens Boulevard has been known as the Boulevard of Death. Since 1990, it has claimed 186 lives, 74 percent being pedestrians, including 18 in 1997 alone. A series of safety improvements have brought fatalities to zero since 2014.
The New York Times
July 22, 2017, 5am PDT
Opponents of red light cameras have achieved a major victory against the Rahm Administration in Chicago.
Chicago Tribune
March 23, 2017, 12pm PDT
A Northwestern University study found that Chicagoans ran fewer red lights after cameras were installed, even at intersections that don't have cameras.
Chi.Streetsblog
August 2, 2016, 11am PDT
Calling it 'mind boggling' that municipalities are removing 'proven safety tools,' the Governors Highway Safety Association strongly endorsed the use of the controversial red light cameras to 'to improve safety for all road users.'
Governors Highway Safety Association
July 31, 2016, 11am PDT
A new study shows what happens when cities remove red light cameras, which have become targeted by many motorists and eliminated by at least 158 cities. Fatal crashes increased 30 percent compared with area cities that kept the controversial cameras.
CNBC
January 17, 2016, 11am PST
Similar to a local proposal by San Francisco cyclists to reduce priority for for ticketing cyclists for rolling through stop signs, a state senator hopes to do with state legislation for motorists making "California Stops" at red lights.
San Mateo Daily Journal
January 5, 2016, 9am PST
The backlash against the use of red light cameras has legislative backing in the Missouri State legislature.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 19, 2015, 11am PDT
Some cities take their surveillance of traffic violations very seriously. Washington, D.C., this time we're looking at you.
Vox
August 18, 2015, 11am PDT
Eric Jaffe of CityLab looks at what went wrong with what should have been a clear way to employ technology to reduce crashes and save lives, and what can be done to stem the tide of cities removing red light cameras.
CityLab
June 2, 2015, 9am PDT
If Lee has his way, San Francisco will join other cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. by employing speed cameras to issue citations to offending motorists in school zones. But first he needs to find a legislator to draft a bill.
San Francisco Chronicle
May 29, 2015, 9am PDT
Active Transportation Alliance, a Chicago pedestrian advocacy group, urges Mayor Rahm Emanuel to improve red light cameras rather than remove them. Despite complaints from drivers, well-advertised cameras can reduce pedestrian fatalities.
Chi.Streetsblog
March 9, 2015, 11am PDT
The nation's largest automated red light enforcement program will get a trim. How much is mayoral election politics responsible for the change?
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2014, 12pm PDT
Red light cameras are usually controversial. In Houston voters chose to remove 50 cameras at high-risk intersections. Since then, crashes have increased 117 percent.
Houston Chronicle