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Oceanside city council votes to end red light camera program in coming months

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - Oceanside's city council voted Wednesday evening to end its red light camera program some time in the next few months.

The city's current contract with an outside company that runs the program extends to March 2016. The city will pay $19,000 to end the contract early.

The red light cameras will remain operational, and red light tickets will still be enforced, over the next several months, according to Oceanside police.

The cities of San Diego, Escondido, Poway and Santee have eliminated their red light cameras over the past few years. Critics of the devices say they don't do much to decrease accidents, and question the $400 to $500 fine per violation. Supporters of the cameras say they help increase traffic safety.

Oceanside City Councilman Gary Felien, who made the proposal,  said there are better and more effective ways of keeping the streets safe.

"Simple things like increasing the timing of the yellow lights, having a space where all the lights are red for a fraction of a second," Felien said.


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