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Gone in a flash: The end of the red-light camera era

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Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red-light camera anymore. 

A Police Commission vote on Tuesday to end the contract with its red-light camera operator means that the program is over, effective this weekend. LAPD will no longer have access to the data, video, and photos of you gesturing offensively at the traffic signal as it snapped your picture and stole your soul. 

In July, the L.A. City Council voted to shut down the expensive and controversial program, amid questions about whether it actually saved lives. Since that time, the city has not aggressively pursued outstanding tickets and has no plans to do so. 

The police department kept alive the contract with American TrafficSolutions to collect revenue from unpaid tickets on a voluntary basis. Gross revenue has declined from $191,539 in September to $69,905 in January, says the L.A. Times.

Glendale also recently ended enforcement of their red-light camera program.