Red-light runners beware: Menlo Park will start a trial run of its new red-light photo enforcement system on Tuesday, May 6.
That's when cameras installed at the intersection of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway will start snapping photos and capturing video footage of drivers who run red lights on northbound Bayfront Expressway, according to Diel Hutchins, a program manager with the Menlo Park Police Department.
For 30 days, drivers caught running red lights at the intersection will receive warnings in the mail. After the trial period expires, violators will be ticketed via mail for at least $378, Ms. Hutchins said.
Included with each ticket will be photographs of the location of the car in the intersection, the license plate of the car, and the driver's face, she said. Ticketed drivers will also be able to go online and view video footage of their alleged violation.
Cameras will soon be installed at the intersections of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue; El Camino Real and Valparaiso Avenue; and on Sand Hill Road at the entrance to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Ms. Hutchins said. She noted that the police department will announce when the trial periods for each intersection's cameras will begin.
Public officials have stressed that the purpose of the program is to decrease accidents, but it could add up to $500,000 a year to the city's coffers.
The camera system was approved unanimously by the City Council in November 2006.