PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- In a surprise move, the City of Phoenix plans to get rid of red light and speed enforcement cameras by the end of 2019.
Wednesday the Phoenix City council voted 5-4 to not renew a contract for the cameras. It will put an end to the use of the devices that are behind seven million dollars in revenue over the past ten years.
Chris Barrett works near the intersection of 12th Street and Camelback Road where a red light camera is located. "This street, Camelback [road], is kind of like a racetrack," Barrett said. "Some nights it looks like a disco," talking about the fast cars and flashing lights of the camera taking pictures of speeders.
Come January, the music stops for these disco lights when the contract comes to an end. Some drivers were pleased to find out that 12 cameras across Phoenix will be gone. "It's a way for the city to make money," a driver told us.
Others are hoping the change won't make their intersection more dangerous.
Phoenix Police told us they will continue issuing citations related to red light runners caught on camera until the end of the year.
We reached out to several Phoenix City Council members to ask them why the cameras will not be renewed. They have not gotten back to us.