This online article exposes the predicament some 700 municipalities have gotten themselves in by contracting with red-light camera companies. Hoping cameras will make statistically unsafe intersections safer by discouraging motorists from taking the chance with a yellow-light. Traffic camera companies promise new revenue and safer streets.
Municipalities are finding these traffic control devices are having the opposite effect—violations and traffic related fatalities increased. Cities wanting to remove the cameras are in a bind. While replacing public employees (human police officers) with "RoboCops" was as easy as a pen stroke, firing Robocop is complicated.