Some city leaders in Aurora want to ban red light cameras

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AURORA, Colo. -- Aurora city leaders took up the future of red light cameras Monday night and what it would mean if the city decided to get rid of them.

Nonprofit organizations receive a big chunk of the money brought in by red light cameras.

But some city council members say they can find other funds to support community groups and still get rid of the cameras.

Aurora police say the red light cameras prevent accidents and make the streets safer. But some city council members don't buy it.

"I think it could actually cause accidents and the best way is to have our patrol officers patrolling the streets," says Aurora City Council member Renie Peterson.

Peterson and council member Marsha Berzins want to get rid of the cameras when the contract runs out next summer. Berzins says 10 of the city's 14 cameras are in her district. "My constituents don't like them. They said absolutely get rid of them."

The tickets from the red light cameras generate more than $1 million. The city uses about half of that to help fund six nonprofit organizations like Sungate Kids.

But councilwoman Peterson believes the city can find a way to dump the red light cameras and still support those groups.

The proposal faces in uphill battle in Aurora. But Peterson notes the state legislature is expected to take another look at banning red light cameras altogether in Colorado. A similar proposal came very close to passing this past legislative session.

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