Red light cameras on Tuesday's ballot

Published: Nov. 2, 2015 at 3:49 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2015 at 4:42 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - One of the most talked about propositions on the Tuesday ballot is Prop. 201, which would ban red light cameras in the city limits.

On Aug. 5, the Tucson City Council decided to put the proposition on the ballot with a 6-0 vote.

The decision was made after a group turned in a petition with more than 50,000 petition signatures in hopes of getting their initiative to ban red light cameras on the ballot.

However, a few months later, the Tucson Police Department released numbers of their own.

A report showed between 2006 and 2015, accidents decreased by 70 percent in intersections with red light cameras.

According to the report, there were 188 accidents at the eight intersections included in the data in 2006, but that fell to 57 in 2015.

A yes vote on the ballot would get rid of the cameras for good.

Pima County supervisors voted to remove dozens of speed cameras two years ago after public concerns and lack of revenue generation.

According to the report, the Tucson red light cameras generate $1.7 million.

The public has very different views about the ban.

"I think they cause more harm because just when people are approaching the light and think they are going to get a red light ticket, they punch it and it creates more danger than was previously out there," said Rocco Bene.

"I say keep it, I mean if it helps slow people down if they are there to catch an accident, then all the better," said Ethan Glenn.

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