Bakersfield red light camera contract up for vote

BAKERSFIELD - The City of Bakersfield will look to keep red light enforcement cameras rolling.

City Council members will vote to extend the city's contract with Red-Flex Traffic Systems Wednesday.

The cameras were first installed at intersections in 2003.

Since then, the Bakersfield Police Department says it has seen more than a 50 percent decrease in broadside crashes and a decrease in rear-end crashes.

Other cities have taken out the cameras because of complaints and costs.

BPD says in a time when the force is short staffed, the cameras help catch violators.

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