LAPD officials say collisions dropped 18 percent at the 16 test intersections during the four-year pilot program. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week San Fernando Valley Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith supported such a further testing period. “I have no stake in any of the companies involved,” said Zine, a former traffic cop. “My only concern is we have the best system.” Smith objected to a contract provision that would have the city’s Department of Transportation do the installation work itself. The majority of the panel, though, was won over by the police officials who negotiated the contract and were confident in Nestor. “They provide the best technology at the lowest cost to the city,” said Capt. Kevin McCarthy. A plan to double the number of Los Angeles intersections with cameras to catch red-light runners won the endorsement of a key City Council panel Monday, despite objections that more study is needed. The Public Safety Committee voted 3-2 to approve a potential five-year, $15.6 million contract with Rhode Island-based Nestor Traffic Systems to put up to 32 cameras at high-traffic corners across Los Angeles. The city previously had a pilot program with cameras at 16 intersections, and, although the equipment remains, the program is dormant until a new contract is signed. Officials with Redflex Traffic Systems said the city’s bid process gave the firms a very close numerical ranking and they urged the panel to delay the final contract to hold a competitive test run for the two companies’ products, as several other cities have done.