Shorter Yellow Lights A Safety or Business Issue

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San Diego reduces half a second to one-tenth of a second to help prevent collisions at intersections resulting from drivers running red lights. The city council claims they could have issued 65% more tickets if the time was reduced. Is this a safety issue or a business issue? Shortening the time will generate the city $191,000 annually in added revenue, city staff told the council. The program is slated to generate $1.52 million in total revenues in the fiscal year 2007. The city's red-light camera program was first initiated in 1998 but halted in 2001 after lawsuits were brought over the way the program was run. The city restarted the program in 2003.