The Escondido City Council voted unanimously to take out the red-light cameras in the city.
Even though their contract doesn’t end until December, the police chief said that he and his officers would immediately stop issuing tickets for red-light camera violations.
Escondido is hardly the first city to stop using red-light cameras. San Diego, El Cajon, and many other California cities recently stopped using them. As they grew more effective, cities began to lose money on them. The number of citations in Escondido has dwindled to the point where it doesn’t make sense to continue funding the program.
Instead, the city will take other measure to reduce collisions, including adding left turn lanes and synchronizing stoplights.
It is good that the city recognized the problem and addressed it so they won’t continue to lose money.