TAMPA — In a contentious 4-3 vote, the Tampa City Council on Thursday approved five more years of red light cameras despite arguments by some members that they don’t make driving safer. The issue has surfaced in the mayor’s race, with candidate David Straz promising to pull the plug on the cameras if elected. His opponent Jane Castor, a former Tampa police chief, has been supportive of the controversial program, which advocates say improves safety at intersections and opponents claim increases rear-end crashes and burdens poor people with large fines. Council members largely broke along those lines at Thursday’s meeting. Chairman Frank Reddick and council member Yvonne Yolie Capin, both supporters of Straz, led the fight against renewing the contract for 54 cameras with American Traffic Solutions, which has been the city’s vendor since Tampa debuted the program in 2011. Reddick pulled the item off the consent agenda to force discussion and a roll-call vote on the issue. He expressed frustration that city officials struggled to explain the program’s details, a point echoed by his colleague Harry Cohen. The real problem, Reddick said, isn’t peo...