Menlo Park red-light cameras under scrutiny
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on Jul 18, 2013
Menlo Park transportation commissioners saw red, then gasped as they watched video footage of drivers running red lights at intersections monitored by cameras. The footage was part of a presentation given in advance of a council hearing next month that will decide whether or not to keep the cameras running.
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posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 11:38 AM
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Posted by James C. Walker
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2013 at 8:39 am
1) It is common for red light cameras to increase the crash rates.
2) It is common for cameras to be installed in locations where there were very few or zero crashes related to red light running because the purpose for the cameras is money, not safety.
3) Over 50 California communities have ended their red light camera programs or passed local ordinances to never install them. Menlo Park should join this list: Anaheim, Bell Gardens, Belmont, Berkeley, Burlingame, Compton, Corona, Costa Mesa, Cupertino, East LA, El Monte, Emeryville, Fairfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Gardena, Glendale, Grand Terrace, Hayward, Indian Wells, Irvine, LA County, Lancaster, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maywood, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Murietta, Paramount, Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Redwood City, Rocklin, Roseville, Rowland Heights, San Bernardino, San Carlos, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa, South Whittier, Union City, Upland, Westminster, Whittier, Yuba City, Yucaipa
4) In almost every case, straight through violations can be reduced by more than the cameras achieve by simply adding one second to the yellow intervals.
5) Federal research shows that only 0.06% of all crashes involve a right on red turn and an injury or fatality. Virtually all tickets for right on red turns are about money, not safety.
6) If you watch the videos of dangerous t-bone crashes and near misses, you realize that almost all are incidents where the driver entered the intersection after the light was red for at least two and usually more than five seconds AND the cameras did NOT prevent the violations. Cameras are about split second violations for money.
7) $325 of each $480 ticket (68%) leaves the city, doing serious damage to the local economy. Those monies should remain in the local economy to support local businesses, employees and the tax base.
8) Redflex was sufficiently corrupt to have been thrown out of Chicago for bribery - and it takes a LOT to get booted from Chicago for corruption.
9) Residents of Menlo Park need to contact all the City Council members to urge them to end the red light camera program.
James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association