An East Tennessee family is asking local leaders in their community to reconsider their decision to stop using red light and speed cameras.

On Monday, the Oak Ridge City Council voted to stop using all four of the city's cameras on April 21.

The Paine family, of Oak Ridge, first started to push for more traffic safety regulations in the city after their 12-year-old daughter, Ashley Paine, was hit by a school bus.

Ashley Paine's grandmother, Judy Price, said she felt the council's 4-3 vote was shortsighted.

"It has made a very big difference, we haven't had any more fatalities and we don't want any," Price said.

The board said it decided to end its contract with camera company, Redflex, because they were unreliable.

Council members said they also feared the cameras were dividing residents.Ashley Paine's mother, Laurie, said she was hopeful the city had a plan in the interim that would help protect schoolchildren.

"They still need to have a backup way to have children protected in this area," she said. "Especially in the school zones."

WBIR 10News reached out to both the Oak Ridge City Manger and Oak Ridge Police Chief about the matter.

They declined comment.

But, the Oak Ridge City Council did say it would discuss new ways to curb the community's traffic problems with the Oak Ridge Traffic Safety Advisory board.

Redflex also released a statement on the city council's decision.

"Redflex is disappointed in the Council's decision to terminate their traffic safety camera contract," said spokesperson Jody Ryan. "Results from the program showed positive safety benefits for the community."

According to the company, at one camera intersection, crashes decreased by 33 percent from the beginning of the red light program compared to the four previous years when no devices were installed.

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