Burlingame considering red light camera
By Kristina Peterson
Daily News Group
Burlingame police will raise the idea tonight of installing a red light camera at the intersection of Broadway and El Camino Real.
In a presentation before the Traffic, Safety and Parking Commission, a representative from the company Redflex Traffic Systems and a police officer will begin the process by presenting a short report and answering questions on the city's options.
``Our main goal originally was to see if there was even an intersection where this city needed a camera, so we had Redflex do a study and they found only one viable intersection: where El Camino meets Broadway,'' said Burlingame police Cmdr. Mike Matteucci.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that nationally in 2004, crashes involving red light running killed 900 people -- half of whom were pedestrians -- and injured 168,000.
Other California cities using red light cameras include San Francisco, San Mateo, Redwood City and Millbrae, according to the institute.
``It's something we'd like to explore and possibly recommend to the City Council,'' commission member Steve Warden said. ``This would be done from a safety standpoint to protect citizens.''
Matteucci reiterated that the goal of the cameras is not to generate revenue for the city. ``Our only goal is to prevent accidents and increase public safety,'' he said.
Despite some resistance to the installation of red light cameras in other cities in San Mateo County, at least two Burlingame residents support the idea in their city. ``It wouldn't bother me a bit. I think if people knew there was a camera, it would provide an incentive to drive a little more safely,'' said Burlingame resident Chris Foley.
Susan Castner-Paine, also a resident of Burlingame, concurred. While driving an ambulance, her brother-in-law was hit by a car running a red light at Broadway and El Camino.
``And that was years ago, when people were possibly more courteous drivers. I think it's a wonderful idea now,'' Castner-Paine said.
The Traffic, Safety and Parking Commission will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers at 501 Primrose Road.