Friday, December 01, 2006
Red Light Camera Enforcement Continues in SBDO County
New Red Light Camera Enforcement IntersectionWarning Period continues

In May 2005, the San Bernardino City Council authorized a pilot program to enact a red light camera video enforcement project at four intersections. The goal of this program is to reduce accidents and injuries caused by red light violations.

On August 1, 2005, the first system located at Waterman Ave and Hospitality Ln intersection began enforcement operations.On November 17, 2006, the second intersection started its official 30-day warning period. Motorists who fail to stop for the red traffic signals at Waterman Ave and 40th Street will receive warning letters until 12-16-2006.

On 12-17-2006 the warnings will be replaced with traffic citations that carry a $408.00 fine and add a violation point to the driver's DMV history. During the 12 months prior to enforcement there were five traffic collisions at this intersection caused by red light violations that caused seven injuries.

During the first 14 months of enforcement there have been no accidents and no injuries caused by red light violations. The City of San Bernardino expects to add a third system at the Highland Ave. and Arden Ave intersection before the end of 2006. The fourth intersection may be added in early in 2007. Traffic signal controllers at Waterman Ave and 40th St and at Highland Ave and Arden Ave are owned and operated by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Installation at these sites has been a joint effort between the City of San Bernardino and Caltrans District 8.

Each video captured violation is presented to the San Bernardino Police Department where a trained Police Officer approves and issues the violation after personally verifying the violation. Sgt Jarrod Burguan, who supervises the San Bernardino Police Traffic Unit, points out that some of the violations seen during the first few days of the new warning period are horrific. There are blatant high speed violations against the red signals.

In one case, a full size school bus can be seen failing to stop for the red left turn signal.The San Bernardino Police Department wants to remind motorists that red lights mean STOP and yellow warning signals mean SLOW DOWN.

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posted by Inland Empire at 1:29 PM