Franklin cited a number of reasons for axing the program, including the high cost of the citations and the cameras' extreme unpopularity among motorists.
"I have not heard from one citizen who has approached me and said please don't take the cameras down," Franklin said.
Several other cities in the county -- including
Cities that take the cameras down typically give a number of reasons, including the right to privacy and financial concerns. Some say the cameras so effectively discouraged red-light runners that cities could no longer cover the systems' operating costs.
"Despite the positive safety impacts, elected officials are coming under pressure from a small but vocal minority of drivers," Cavioli said. "Elected officials are feeling the heat."
Still, he said, more than 90 percent of their clients renew the contracts.
The decision to turn off the cameras comes less than nine months after the
Ritter and Aguilera said Wednesday that they abstained from the vote because they felt it was motivated by politics.
"I don't want to put politics ahead of public safety," Aguilera said."
None of the council members asked for data regarding the number of crashes at the five sites. In 2014, the last time city staffers crunched the numbers, the data showed the total number of wrecks at the five intersections had dropped from 47 in 2004 to 22 in 2012.
Campbell said the issue has been "evolving" for him for the last four years. When the cameras went in, they were needed, he said. The need is now reduced.
"I think we have far fewer accidents in
During the meeting, Franklin said he did not appreciate "the disparagement of my motives."
"Did I bring this issue forward at a time when voters are paying attention?" he said. "You're darn right I did."
On Wednesday, he said he was he believes voters don't like the cameras "and I believe I delivered a victory to the
Rigby, who is also running for re-election this year, has also long fought to end the city's red-light camera program.
The tickets for motorists caught by the cameras generally run roughly
It's a guess if any of those cities -- which also use
"We are still looking at it," Kristen Crane,
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