Task force to study effectiveness of Albuquerque's red-light cameras

Staff Report

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Mayor Martin Chavez has appointed a task force to study how effective Albuquerque's red-light cameras are at reducing traffic crashes.

The cameras photograph motorists who run red lights or speed through 20 intersections.

Chavez said Sunday the most recent data shows some reduction in traffic crashes.

He says the nine-member task force will collect data at intersections, gather public opinion and examine fines and how revenue could be better spent.

The task force report is due in January.

Chavez says he is prepared to halt the program, if that's what is best for public safety.

The cameras have generated more than $10 million between July 2005 and last July.

An internal audit has found the cameras have given the city a $5.8 million surplus.