Albuquerque Mayor Wants To End Speeding Tickets By "Red Light" Cameras

Albuquerque – Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry is recommending the City Council make changes in the city's red light camera program, including not using cameras to ticket motorists for speeding.

Berry also wants to eliminate cameras at six intersections where safety did not increase.

He made the announcement Monday after receiving a study he commissioned from the University of New Mexico's Institute for Social Research.

The study found that overall, injury crashes decreased at red light camera intersections, but rear-end collisions increased.

It also found no evidence the speeding part of the program improved safety.

Berry says he believes the speeding component contributes to rear-end collisions as drivers try to decide whether to speed up to avoid a red light citation or slam on their brakes to avoid a speeding ticket.

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