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Tuesday night, red light cameras got the red light in Abbeville.

A four to one vote putting the brakes on Redflex.

"The main thing we wanted to do was slow people down. If you don't speed this has nothing to do with you," says Chief Tony Hardy with the Abbeville Police Department.

Hardy initially brought the idea of Redflex to the council.

Redflex, bringing data showing a high number of violations in less than 12 hours of monitoring area intersections.

"I mean with the crime here in Abbeville, it could only help us. It could never hurt you," says Hardy.

But for many of the council members, their vote of no just echoes what they say they've heard from their constituents.

"And there's actually some pending litigation here in Louisiana involving the Redflex cameras. It's an issue we have not looked at lightly, we have looked at it very seriously. And I think we've come to the conclusion that its not in the best interest of the city for us to have it at this time," says Councilman At-Large Francis Plaisance .

While law enforcement and the council agree there does need to be some sort of camera surveillance in the city, as of now, those cameras won't be owned by Redflex.

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