Red light cameras have other uses

Hialeah cops use red light cameras to fight crime

Published On: Feb 21 2013 11:27:42 AM EST
HIALEAH, Fla. -

Police in Hialeah are using red light cameras to fight crime.

El Nuevo Herald reported Wednesday that police are installing cameras at eight intersections and equipping an undercover patrol with four high-definition cameras. It is part of an effort to curb a wave of robberies that recently hit the Miami suburb.

The cameras send alerts to police when tags of stolen vehicles are detected, or when a car's owner has an arrest warrant or suspected driver's license.

The system was established with $200,000 in federal funds. During the first two weeks, cameras captured the license plates of more than 156,000 vehicles, including 14,790 which belonged to drivers with suspended licenses.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the cameras are giving residents the impression that they deter crime.