|Published:||Dec 12, 2012 5:11 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 12, 2012 6:49 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Nearly one year after a Call For Action investigation showed red light cameras in Collier didn't reduce crashes or save lives, we've learned, they're coming down.
Today, commissioners voted 3-2 to end the controversial red light camera program, effective in early 2013.
Click here to read to original Call For Action investigation into these cameras.
The county's contract with American Traffic Solutions was supposed to last for ten years, with the option to cancel it after the first.
Commissioner Tim Nance, one of the commissioners who voted to end the contract, said since the cameras were installed, there has been more than 40,000 citations given. But he said the community wasn't on board. He adds because Collier County is a hospitality economy, issuing citations won't get those visitors to come back to the area. The Commission will now focus on synchronizing the lights and studying the timing of the yellow lights to try to make the roads as safe as possible. Nance said they believe that will be more effective than red light cameras.