By Bay City News Service:
The San Rafael Police Department is putting a stop to its red
light camera enforcement program.
Police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said the contract with Redflex
Traffic Systems Inc. of Phoenix Ariz. will not be renewed when it expires
this month because the number of red light violations has fallen.
Police also reviewed the program's effectiveness last year and
determined accident rates were only slightly reduced at the two intersections
with the cameras, Rohrbacher said.
"Drivers became aware of the cameras and their driving habits
improved," Rohrbacher said.
San Rafael began the camera enforcement program in 2009 at
westbound Third Street at Irwin Street and northbound Irwin Street at Third
The busy intersections in the downtown corridor were chosen with
the goal of improving vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Motorists initially received a 30-day warning period starting on
Oct. 31, 2009. Red light violation citations were issued starting Dec. 1,
In 2010 there were 4,221 red light citations, 3,195 in 2011 and
2,313 citations in 2012, Rohrbacher said.
There were 443 red light citations in the first quarter of 2013.
Other intersections also were considered, but the data did not
support the additional installation, Rohrbacher said.
Redwood City, Haywood and Belmont also have discontinued their red
light camera programs, Rohrbacher said.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported the number of
cities nationwide using red light cameras has decreased from a peak of 540 in
2012 to 507 in 2013, Rohrbacher said.
The cameras in San Rafael were mounted on a pole on the curb line
near the traffic signal pole, and a sign about two blocks from the camera
informed motorists of the red light camera enforcement ahead, Rohrbacher
A red light on the camera flashed when a driver went through a red
light, Rohrbacher said.
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