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A study showed that the number of fatalities increased at intersections after the red-light cameras were put in place

Red-light cameras have proved to be a controversial issue recently, with some saying their presence is vital while others say they're just moneymakers with the potential to be abused

While some members of Raleigh, North Carolina belong in that first category, the city voted to shut down the red-light program when the contract expires for its traffic cameras on September 30 according to WRAL.

Raleigh City Council's 4-3 vote on Tuesday was five votes short of extending the SafeLight Program contract with ACS Xerox, which began in 2003. The purpose of the contract was to reduce the number of auto collisions associated with 
running red lights.

According to a February study, Raleigh saw an increase in fatalities at intersections after the cameras were put in place. The study compared car crashes between 1992 and 1996 (before the cameras were in place) and between 2004 and 2008 (after the cameras were in place). It concluded that there were three fatalities between 1992 and 1996, and nine fatalities between 2004 and 2008. 

Mike Kennon with the Raleigh Public Works Department said he couldn't find the nine fatalities the study found between 2004 and 2008. 

City Manager Russell Allen said a council member could ask to bring up the contract again, and that's exactly what council members Mary Ann Baldwin, Nancy McFarlane and Nancy Crowder plan on doing. They hope to save the program, but it's unclear if they can do so before September 30.

A portion of the $50 fines for running red lights goes to the Wake County Public School System. The school system has received around $500,000 in funding courtesy of the red light cameras.





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