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Pasadena Joins List of Cities Ditching Red Light Cameras

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Drivers, count Pasadena as another SoCal city where red light cameras are a thing of the past.

Pasadena's contract with American Traffic Systems, the company that operates red light camera equipment and ticketing programs, ended on Saturday, and the city says they aren't going to renew the contract.

You may have already noticed that the cameras are being taken down.

Why are the red light cameras being given the big ol' red stop light? "Pasadena officials said the program wasted law enforcement resources," notes ABC7.

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In December 2011, when Pasadena officials first revealed that they would not seek a renewal of the ATS contract, the cost/earnings was broken down as follows by the Pasadena Weekly:

The city pays ATS $274,100 each year, and although the city made $344,013 in fiscal year 2010-11, that income has rapidly decreased while electricity and personnel costs for both the Police and Transportation departments run at least $74,000, creating an annual deficit of at least $4,487 that comes directly out of the city’s General Fund.

The City of Los Angeles stopped issuing red light camera tickets last July.