POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 5:54pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:30pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The Baton Rouge Metro Council will soon decide if it will keep red light cameras at busy intersections.
The Red Light Camera Program started in 2008 to reduce intersection crashes, and overall, they have, but Ashley Lucas and Natalie Domingue believe it's a waste of money.
"I think they should vote on removing the red light cameras," Domingue said.
"I know when I'm driving, I don't even think about it. I stop because it's a red light," Lucas said. "I don't stop because it's going to flash and get a ticket, and I think probably most people think that way."
"I don't think it really deters anybody. I don't think anybody pays attention to it and are kind of de-sensitized to it," Lucas said.
"The punishment comes so much later because you get it in the mail later that it's almost ineffective, and I know a lot of them are not even turned on. So, I kind of see them as like 'what's the point?'" Domingue said.
More than 150,000 tickets have been issued since the cameras were installed, but only 40 percent of those tickets have been paid.
"Yeah, I know several people who haven't paid them. They want to fight them because they don't think that they're fair," Lucas said.
"I mean, I'm sure they were put there for safety reasons and deter people from running yellow lights, but I don't see a decrease in running yellow lights since they've been placed there," Domingue said.
"It may come in handy if there was an accident, and somebody ran a red a light and there were no witnesses," Lucas said. "Then the camera would be there to show that they did run a red light. I think it could be used in that way
The Metro Council will vote Wednesday, Oct. 9 on whether or not the cameras will stay.