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Anaheim Vote on Banning Red Light Cameras, Measure K (November 2010)

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Ballot measures about red light cameras
A Vote on Banning Red Light Cameras was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the City of Anaheim in Orange County.[1] It was approved.

Anaheim was California's tenth largest city in 2010 and it did not have any red light cameras. City leaders, however, wanted to act preemptively to ensure that the city never would have red light cameras by putting a measure on the ballot to amend the city charter to ban the unpopular traffic control and revenue-enhancement devices.

From 2007-2009, there were 12,858 accidents in Anaheim. 2,397 of those accidents, or 18%, were at intersections. Red-light violations accounted for nearly 40% of the intersection accidents.[2]

Election results

Measure K
Approveda Yes 47,246 72.8%
These final, certified results are from the Orange County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure K: That new Section 1213 be, and the same is hereby, added to the Charter of the City of Anaheim to read as follows:


No ordinance shall be adopted by the City Council which would permit or authorize any red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system in the City of Anaheim. Any ordinance adopted by the City Council in violation of this section shall be null and void.

Neither the City Council, nor any officer or employee of the City when acting in his or her official capacity, shall (i) take any action which would directly or indirectly result in the authorization, approval or installation of any red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system in the City of Anaheim; or (ii) acquiesce or concur in any action or decision of any other governmental agency or governmental official having jurisdiction concerning such red light cameras where a protest or objection procedure is available to the City and where failure to so protest or object could result in the authorization, approval, or installation of any red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system in the City of Anaheim; or (iii) approve, authorize, execute or enter into any agreement or understanding, or take any other action of any nature whatsoever, which would authorize, approve, or in any way facilitate or result in the installation of any red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system in the City of Anaheim, including, but not limited to, any agreement or understanding relating to the installation of any red light camera or automated traffic enforcement system which would result in the receipt by the City of any revenue of any kind from such cameras or automated system.

The term “red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system” as used in this section shall mean and include any automated traffic enforcement system, as that term is used in California Vehicle Code Section 21455.5, or any successor legislation thereto, which is used to enforce any provision of the California Vehicle Code.[3]


Curt Pringle, Anaheim's mayor and the former speaker of the California State Assembly, said, "I believe there's enough evidence now that demonstrates that red light cameras do not necessarily cause safer intersections. I believe many red light cameras that are placed around this county or around the state are done for the purpose of local government's revenue collection as opposed to traffic safety... I am very disappointed when government thinks its sole purpose is to raise revenue and use public safety as a revenue raising tool as opposed to using public safety as the first requirement of the city."

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