Missouri town drops red-light cameras

The city council in the eastern Missouri town of Washington is pulling the plug on red-light cameras.

The council voted Monday to stop using cameras at two major intersections, in large part because the number of accidents was not significantly reduced.

A report showed 101 crashes at the intersection of Highway 100 and Route 47 in the three-year period since red-light cameras were installed — 13 fewer than the previous three years. The number of injury accidents dropped from 15 to 13, but the total number of injuries in crashes actually increased by 11, from 21 to 32.

At the Route A/Highway 100 intersection, there were 51 crashes, down by four, though injuries dropped from 20 to nine.

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