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Sep 16, 2012 3:06 PM by Lacey Steele

National Nonprofit advocates red light cameras

DENVER (AP) - A national nonprofit is creating a new chapter in Colorado and is working with several groups to promote the use of red light cameras in an effort to prevent traffic accidents.

The Denver Post reports the Chicago-based Traffic Safety Coalition has chapters across the country advocating for the cameras, which take pictures of vehicles that blow through red lights.

The coalition says cameras have helped cut the number of crashes caused by failure to stop at red lights in several cities.

But not everyone is on board.

Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe of Greeley says "we don't have the data to prove cameras have increased safety."

He tried unsuccessfully to introduce legislation this year that would have banned the cameras.

Other critics argue the cameras are used by cities merely to collect revenue from traffic tickets.

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