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Chicago officials announce 50 red-light cameras be removed

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has announced that 50 controversial red-light cameras will be taken down from about two dozen locations citywide.

The move comes as the Democrat seeks re-election and faces questions about the cameras impact on safety.

Chicago Department of Transportation officials announced the move on Sunday. After the removal, about 300 cameras will remain. That's about a 20 percent reduction. The cameras record and ticket drivers who run red lights.

The camera program was established years ago to make roads safer, but critics say they can make mistakes and prohibit due process for motorists wanting to contest tickets.

Emanuel's challenger in next month's election has called for taking them down. Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia questioned the political motivations on Sunday, saying it's too little, too late.

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