LAPD traffic cameras not the picture of success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But they still have not been installed at six of the intersections, and the success rate in issuing tickets to motorists who are photographed is about 65 percent – far below the promised 80 percent. “It’s better than the 50 percent rate we were getting before, but it is still far below the 80percent we were promised,” Councilman Bernard Parks said. “I went along with this recommendation because we were told we would get an 80percent success rate.” Officials with the contractor, Nestor Traffic Systems, said problems have included construction delays and difficulty identifying some motorists in the photos because of glare on windshields and unregistered vehicles. But Councilman Greig Smith wasn’t buying the contractor’s defense. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Los Angeles officials voiced frustration Monday with the status of the city’s $15 million red-light camera enforcement program amid installation delays and other problems. Designed to catch motorists who speed through red lights, the cameras were supposed to be operating at 32 intersections by June. “To say it has something to do with construction is ludicrous,” Smith said. “That has nothing to do with the quality of the tickets you write. I understand you have some problems but we have to look at this in terms of our budget. “We approved this contract with the expectation there would be a certain level of revenue. And it was known going in that there would be a problem with the glare from the sun. That there were cars without license plates. Your explanation, to me, sounds like a bureaucratic dance.” Officials with the company and the city said they are working on reducing the problems and increasing the rate of ticketing. And despite the problems, Los Angeles Police Department officials said the cameras have had a positive effect in reducing the number of accidents and speeding motorists. The cameras were installed as part of a public safety effort, officials said, and not for the revenue they would bring in through citations. Members of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee said they want an updated report from the contractor after the final six cameras are installed by the end of November. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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