Encinitas City Council considers option to end red light cameras

2 key intersections could be affected

ENCINITAS, Calif. - Encinitas could soon be the fourth city in San Diego County to pull the plug on red light cameras at busy intersections.

City council members requested a staff report on the effectiveness of the cameras which catch drivers running red lights at two intersections along El Camino Real, one at Encinitas Boulevard, the other at Leucadia/Olivenhein Boulevard.

According to the staff report, the red light cameras have decreased both accidents and the number of people running red lights. 

Some drivers who spoke to 10News doubted that.

"I've seen personally, right here in the past week, at least two or three accidents that I think it's mostly related to the cameras, people trying to avoid those red lights," said Gilberto Cardenas, who works at the Shell gas station at the corner of Encinitas Boulevard and El Camino Real.

Cardenas, who admits to getting a red light ticket in Vista, said he deserved his ticket, but disputed whether the cameras keep drivers from running red lights.

"I don't think that machines should be in charge of law enforcement," said Scot Wozniak, who wants to see the cameras unplugged.

Mark Neel thinks the cameras should be kept.

"It prevents a lot of accidents here, especially at this big signal here at El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard," he said.

Encinitas City Council did not take a vote at Wednesday's meeting. There is no deadline for a decision to be made.

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