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May 9, 2012 8:42 PM by KSBY News, John Reger

Good Question: Why Are There Signs in Santa Maria Saying It Has Red Light Cameras?

Our Good Question is about some signs in Santa Maria meant to stop people from running red lights. A viewer from Santa Maria wants to know: Why are there signs saying cameras are enforcing red light running when we don't have those cameras anymore? Good question.

Santa Maria doesn't have any photo-enforcing cameras anymore. They were taken out about a year ago by the company that owned them when it went bankrupt. But the signs are still up because the city wants to show it's commitment to stopping red light running. The Public Works Director says the city gets lots of citizen and police reports about people running red lights.

Traffic signals still have blue lights on the back to aid police officers in catching lawbreakers. The city says those cases are easier to prosecute because the officer is an eyewitness to breaking a law, while some judges have dismissed red light cameras as being hearsay evidence.

The city says if new technology warrants, it could bring back red light cameras.

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