Red light cameras officially turned off

Published: Nov. 5, 2015 at 6:10 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2015 at 6:10 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The red light cameras in Tucson were officially shut off early Wednesday morning at 12:01 a.m.

Voters banned the cameras as part of the election on Tuesday, 65 percent voted yes to ban the cameras, compared to 35 percent who voted to keep them.

"I don't know who invented them but they do really suck. May that man stub his toe on accident," said John Sandoval, a Tucson resident.

Some businesses  near red light cameras also said they are happy with the outcome.

"I think people would be more open to coming to this intersection because there's no more red lights so I could see that being a benefit to the businesses here, said Bryanna Lantych, employee of Southwest Smokeless.

The cameras were shut down earlier than originally expected.

"The contract ends later on this month and of course the election hasn't been certified yet. But the city felt the voters were pretty clear about their wishes so we wanted to be as responsive as possible, said Lane Mandel, with the City.

The cameras and the signs are still up at eight intersections, but some of the signs have been covered up.

Members of Tucson Traffic Justice, the group who worked to get this proposition on the ballot, said they were very pleased with the city's quick response.

Officials said it is possible the cameras might flash as a car is going through the intersections, however. They said drivers will not be cited.

If a driver did run a red light before the shut off date though, they will still get a ticket and are expected to pay it.  

The Tucson Police Department said they will have officers out at these intersections now that the cameras are shut off.

TPD officials have said the cameras decreased accidents by 70 percent, and bring in around $2 million in revenue.

Opponents argue they punish drivers who miss the light by just a fraction of a second.

The Tucson City Council still needs to certify the election. Official results will be released by the end of November.

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