Glendale police will no longerissue citations for red-light violations caught by cameras set up at four intersections throughout the city, officials said.
The decision, which took effect Feb. 24, was made because the program had become a burden on resources, and police needed the officer assigned to reviewing violations out in the field, officials said.
In short, the nearly 4-year-old red-light camera program became "cumbersome" and not "the best use of our resources," Capt. Carl Povilaitis said.
Police sent a letter last month to the camera system's operator, Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, to terminate the program.
Glendale's move comes eight months after the Los Angeles City Council and Police Commission unanimously voted to terminate their red-light camera enforcement for an array of reasons, including its cost effectiveness and payment of the tickets.
While state laws allow police agencies to use red-light cameras for enforcement, recent successful litigation challenging the legality of those citations also played a role in the decision to stop the program, Public Works Director Steve Zurn said.
"It just didn't make a lot sense to keep going forward with it," he said.
More than 5,800 citations were issued last year to motorists through the red-light cameras, police said.
Police have already started dismissing red-light violation citations, and local courthouses have been notified about the department's decision, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
Police will not pursue citations issued to motorists before Feb. 24, and will not contest a ticket that's challenged in court.
But red-light violators and those who paid fines and pleaded guilty to tickets before Feb. 24 will not be reimbursed, police said.
FOR THE RECORD: One of the intersections was incorrectly identified as Pacific Avenue and Central Avenue. The correct intersection is Pacific Avenue and Colorado Street.