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Sierra Vista Police posts red light runner videos online

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SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Cars blowing through red lights and either nearly causing crashes or making major messes.

Video from Sierra Vista Police Department's website shows situations caught by their red light cameras. This comes as voters will decide if they want to keep them during the November election.

The site where these videos have been posted is very popular.

“So far there’s just been under 15,000 hits on that site, so we know people are interested in those,” said Deputy Chief Adam Thrasher.

He says the cameras started going up in 2011. Since then, traffic accidents have dropped more than 17-percent in the city.

“This is the first time in over 10 years, we’ve had less than 600 accidents in the city," he said. 

Thrasher says the cameras are part of the reason for that drop. But the life of these red light cameras could come to an end in November. Residents were able to get enough signatures tout this issue on the ballot.

Some drivers would be glad to see them go.

“I was in the turning lane up here and I kind of accidentally veered over in the lane and it just flashed. For no reason. So I think there’s something to be said for law enforcement and the job that they do and it needs to be left at that," said resident Johnny Rogers.

Others think they serve a purpose.

“Yeah it makes me slow down when I see them, that’s why I don’t get a ticket. A lot of people are oblivious to it, just run right through and get flashed,” said resident Shawn Menard.

But police hope these videos and stats that back up the clam that it reduces traffic accidents that people will vote to keep it alive.

“We do believe that it’s a vital part of our traffic safety program,” said Thrasher.

Tucson voters had an opportunity to get rid of the red light cameras last year. That did not pass. Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to let nearly a dozen speed enforcement cameras go when they let the contracts expire earlier this year.

Watch the videos: here.

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