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Support California Red Light Camera Reform

Dear Legislator:

 
More than fifty California municipalities use traffic safety cameras to reduce crashes and save lives in their communities, and these programs have had enormous success. Reports show that traffic cameras significantly reduce the incidence of injuries and fatalities caused by red light running, and jurisdictions that implement photo enforcement systems see a dramatic drop in red light violations, creating safer roadways for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

 

Despite the program’s tremendous success, red light cameras are still being challenged up and down the state.  The results from these decisions have the potential to be deadly, as cities such as Houston reported near 600% increases in red light running within months of turning off their cameras.

 

Last year, the California Legislature took the first steps toward reforming the red light camera program. Now, we need take these efforts further to ensure we have a program that builds on this success and ensures those who break the law and run red lights are held accountable.

 

Assembly Bill 666, recently introduced in the California Legislature makes improvements to the state's safety camera program by:

 

  • Keeping the state’s traffic safety camera programs focused on safety.

  • Establishing a reasonable fine structure.
  • Reducing the burden on the state’s court system to ensure scofflaws do not get away with breaking the law.
  • Ensuring those who wish to contest a red light ticket can easily do so.

 

California law is clear and the data indisputable: red means stop and red light cameras save lives.  A 2011 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found red light cameras led to:

 

  • 62% reduction in fatal red light running crashes in San Diego
  • 53% reduction in fatal red light running crashes in Sacramento 
  • 44% reduction in fatal red light running crashes in Santa Ana 
  • 34% reduction in fatal red light running crashes in Long Beach

 

Photo enforcement is a proven deterrent that changes behavior and leads to safer driving habits. We must support Assembly Bill 666 to ensure those who break the law and run red lights are held accountable. The result will be the preservation of a critical life-saving law enforcement tool and safer roads for all California road users. 

 

Signed,

 


Paul and Sue Oberhauser

National Co-Chairs, Traffic Safety Coalition


 


Snapshot: California Crashes in 2010
  • 2,739 Fatalities
  • 599 Pedestrian Fatalities
  • 99 Cyclist Fatalities
  • 229,354 Injuries
 
What We're Hearing
"I watch them look up. They see that camera enforced sign and they slow down. They think twice about running the light."
 
   Sean O’Neill, Bakersfield driver
   June 8, 2011
   KGET-TV
 
 "People talk about the fact that Culver City has the cameras. That makes them extra cautious around the city because of that fact."
 
   Sgt. Omar Corrales, Culver City Police Department
   June 9, 2011
   NBC Los Angeles
 
Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said there is no doubt the cameras accomplish what they were installed to do, citing a reduction in the number of red-light cameras being triggered since all four were fully operational in February 2010.
 
   Capt. Jeff Troendly
   Napa Police Department
   June 20, 2011
   Napa Valley Register
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Safety Cameras are working   
in California:
Safety cameras in California led to:
 

50% reduction in crashes in Oakland.

64% drop in broadside collisions in Santa Clarita.

62% decrease in red light collisions in Los Angeles.

 
A 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found safety cameras cut fatal red light running crashes by:
 
   63% in San Diego
   53% in Sacramento
   44% in Santa Ana
   34% in Long Beach
 

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle. October 9, 2012, Los Angeles Times. July 29, 2011, Los Angeles Times. June 8, 2011, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, February 2011.

California Partners
More Information
Click here to view our California Information Packet.
 
Click here to view the letter we sent to members of the Los Angeles City Council from more than one dozen safety advocates across the state of California.