NEW: #Phoenix City Council measure to expand red light camera program has failed. It was a close vote: 5 against and 4 in favor. #OperationSafeRoads confirmed last month how the city was exploring the possible change. https://t.co/UV8RJ7uj9I #abc15— Megan Thompson (@MeganABC15) November 20, 2019
Days after red light camera video of a crash from 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road went viral, the Phoenix Police Department told ABC15 they are exploring expansion of the red light program by increasing cameras.
Currently Phoenix has 12 red light cameras out of 1,100 signalized intersections in the city. According to the City of Phoenix the 12 intersections currently with red light cameras were identified as some of the most dangerous intersections in the city.
35th Avenue & Cactus Road
35th Avenue & Glendale Avenue
16th Street & Jefferson Street
Tatum Boulevard & Thunderbird Road
67th Avenue & McDowell Road
Central Avenue & McDowell Road
53rd Avenue & Indian School Road
50th Street & Ray Road
7th Street & Bell Road
12th Street & Camelback Road
35th Avenue & McDowell Road
24th Street & Thomas Road
Phoenix City Council members discussed adding more red light cameras briefly in a September 4 Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee meeting this year.
"I'm hoping that we can address some of the newer intersections that I think need them," said District One Councilwoman Thelda Williams.
AAA of Arizona says our state is number one in the nation when it comes to how many people are killed from drivers blowing through a red light.
"If we're number one in the nation I think we have an opportunity at this moment to say that we're looking, we're very concerned and safety is our number one priority." said District Four Councilwoman Laura Pastor.
Maria Munoz, who often crosses at 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road says she's seen the impact the red light camera has had in the area and thinks more of them at intersections would be better for pedestrians and drivers.
"I've seen a lot of drivers around here drive slower compared to other intersections and other streets because they know the camera's here," said Munoz.
The process to add more red light cameras would likely involve determining additional intersections and then presenting the findings to the Phoenix City Council for approval. Currently there is no timeline.