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Menlo renews contract for red-light cameras

Original post made on Sep 3, 2013

City will add a fifth camera at Chilco and Bayfront Expressway.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 12:00 AM


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Posted by ESchortgen
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Am I reading this correctly - the annual cost for the existing cameras has been $5,397 per month for 4 cameras. That's $21,588 per MONTH or over a quarter of a million dollars per year for these cameras. And the "reduction" in red light related accidents since 2008 has been ONE less accident on El Camino and THREE fewer accidents on Bayfront. It would have been interesting to include ticket revenue from the cameras, to see if this really is "revenue neutral". Because based on the limited info here, it sounds like a very expensive solution to a not very big problem!

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Posted by real culprits
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Sep 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Big government at its worst, doing something really stupid. Lengthen the yellow a half second.

There, done.

Ticket bicyclists for running stop signs and lights all the time, if you need revenue. Double the fine if they are wearing more colors than a peacock.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 22, 2014 at 7:47 am

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Red-light cameras being stopped

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Red light cameras at Vanowen Street and Balboa Boulevard, Friday, April 22, 2011. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer)
By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
POSTED: 01/21/14, 5:34 PM PST |
Red-light camera facts

Local cities with red-light cameras: Baldwin Park, Beverly Hills, Commerce, Covina, Culver City, West Hollywood, Walnut, Lynwood, Ventura, Cerritos, Oxnard, Highland, Riverside, Metro (MTA at transit line crossings), Hawthorne, Los Alamitos, Montebello, Santa Clarita,

Cities that have removed or banned red-light cameras: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Pasadena, Long Beach, Glendale, El Monte, Bell Gardens, Corona, Maywood, Escondido, El Cajon, Gardena, Compton, Whittier, Fullerton, Grand Terrace, Upland, Moreno Valley, Lancaster, Murrieta, Los Angeles County (unincorporated), Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Santa Fe Springs, Montclair, South Gate, Yucaipa, Inglewood (February 2014)

Number of cities in the United States with cameras: 500

A.B. 612: Would lengthen yellow light times by an additional second

Red-light cameras — controversial traffic enforcement devices that can ding an unsuspecting motorist for $500 a pop for minor infractions like illegally turning right on red — are slowly fading to black.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

rather than "fading to black" they need to be switched off. Especially in Menlo Park. They are nothing more than money makers for the city. They add zero to safety and are installed at intersections with no history of red light accidents.

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Posted by Mike Keenly
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

I'd be interested to know where Councilmember Keith got her data ("Red-light cameras correlate to a 13 to 29 percent reduction in all types of injuries").

I suspect that most Menlo Park residents know at which intersections the cameras are located. For the driver, it then becomes a question of deciding whether to slam on the brakes when the light changes to yellow (possibly initiating a rear-end collision), or speeding up to clear the intersection (creating other potential hazards). Extending the yellow could avoid these unsafe conditions.