Red Light Camera Now Operating at Six Intersections
By : : 12/15/05

San Leandro launched its new red light camera program on Tuesday.

Cameras are monitoring six high-risk intersections: Lewelling and Washington, Halcyon and Washington, Floresta and Washington, and Marina and Teagarden.

Two additional intersections (East 14th and Fairmont, and East 14th and Davis) will be activated soon.

Drivers will have a 30-day grace period during which only warnings will be issued. Beginning Jan. 12, 2006, actual citations will be given, with fines of $351 per ticket.

“Photo enforcement has a greater deterrent effect if drivers are aware it’s out there,” said Lt. Pete Ballew, program manager for the red light camera program. “It is important to us that all San Leandro drivers know we’re using photo enforcement and that they have time to learn about this new safety program.”

Mayor Shelia Young says the goal of the program is to make San Leandro intersections the safest in the U.S.

“We want red light running to become as socially unacceptable as drunk driving,” said Mayor Young.

San Leandro Police Chief Joe Kitchen says, “We hope that local drivers will respond by driving within the law to protect themselves and others.”