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Published on Aug 23, 2011
Thanks to filmmaker and activist Jay Beeber, Angelenos will no longer live under the watchful irises of the city's red light cameras, which mostly just catch people making right turns on red.
"Seventy-five percent of this multi-million dollar program is going to try to change a behavior that doesnt actually cause any accidents," says Beeber.
Reason.tv's Tim Cavanaugh sat down with Beeber to discuss his one-man crusade to rid Los Angeles of red light cameras, which he says actually make intersections more dangerous and, incredibly, cost the city money despite promises of greater efficiency. Following this interview, Beeber and his group Safer Streets LA won their battle when the city council voted unanimously to end the red light camera program despite tough oppositiion from special interests and local politicians.
Interview by Tim Cavanaugh. Shot by Zach Weissmueller, Alex Manning, and Paul Detrick. Edited by Sharif Matar.