Despite continually depressed revenues, more and more cities in California are dropping and banning the idea of installing or continuing red light camera systems. Most noticeably, Los Angeles’ program recently came under fire and was cancelled.

But cities much smaller than Los Angeles have abandoned their plans, often in response from overwhelming pressure from residents. For example, Anaheim recently asked its residents for input, only to discover 73% of residents thought the systems should be banned.

But according to the report in The, 29 cities have already taken steps against the red light systems.

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Three Southern California cities are taking steps to rid themselves of red light cameras. In Westminster, the city council decided unanimously on Wednesday to ask voters to ban the use of red light cameras in a referendum scheduled for November 2012.

“We gave very clear instructions… to city managers that this red light camera system will not be discussed or considered to be installed in any part of our city,” Councilman Andy Quach said on Wednesday. “Tonight is basically a reiteration of that already existing policy…. The council has historically never liked anything that could be considered monitoring its citizens by Big Brother.”

As in the nearby city of Anaheim, Westminster has never used automated enforcement. Anaheim’s mayor, however, wanted the people to have a say and 73 percent of residents agreed that cameras should be banned. The proposed Westminster measure would make it extremely difficult for politicians to install cameras in the future.

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