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Council Approves Red Light Photo Contract with Arizona-Based Company

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Los Angeles will not turn off red light enforcement cameras at 32 intersections this summer. The City Council this morning unanimously voted to extend a contract with Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions for 10 months. When the issue comes up again next year, the Council will have to decide to either keep ATS, find a new vendor -- either based in Arizona or not -- or scrap the program altogether.

Despite councilmembers' intention to approve the project -- the Arizona boycott was hardly an issue at play -- a lengthy discussion ensued about how safe the cameras actually make intersections. Citing a CBS2 investigative report that claimed traffic collisions were up at red light photo intersections -- the LAPD, in their view, later debunked it -- officials played 20 questions with police administrators.