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LA City Council goes after 50,000 outstanding red light fines

The city of Los Angeles may be getting rid of red light cameras, but the 50,000 pre-existing fines won't be forgotten.

October 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles may be doing away with its red light cameras, but you still have to pay those fines if you've already been caught.

The city council is going after about 50,000 drivers who have yet to pay their red light tickets.

The panel voted to continue paying a contractor to track down those violators, and the Los Angeles Police Department will use the contractor's database to collect outstanding fines.

The city council voted to end its red light program on July 31 because of concerns over the safety benefits and the almost $500 price of tickets.