HAYWARD -- Red-light cameras will soon be a thing of the past here, after the City Council voting Tuesday to end the program as soon as possible.

Police had proposed removing the cameras, citing a lack of evidence that they reduce broadside accidents. However, rear-end accidents had increased at most of the eight intersections after the cameras were installed.

Although the police recommended phasing out the cameras as contracts began expiring later this year, several council members said that if the program was not working and there were more rear-end collisions, the city should pull the plug immediately.

Ending the contracts early will cost the city more than $108,000.

Even though the city is taking out the red-light cameras, "the message I want to send to the community is not that you can now run red lights. It's just the opposite," Police Chief Diane Urban said.

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