Millbrae approves red-light cameras
Enforcement at two intersections could bring $1.76 million a year in revenue to city
By Christine Morente, STAFF WRITER
MILLBRAE — Prompted by a large number of red-light violations and collisions in the last five years, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved camera enforcement at two dangerous intersections.
Councilwoman Linda Larson was absent.
Millbrae police Chief Tom Hitchcock expects the five cameras will catch at least 10 drivers a day at the intersections of westbound Millbrae Avenue at Rollins Road, eastbound Millbrae at Rollins, northbound Rollins at Millbrae, southbound Rollins at Millbrae and at the Millbrae Avenue-Highway 101 southbound offramp.
Cameras — which will show clear pictures of the front and back license plates and the driver — could also be added on the Millbrae Avenue and El Camino Real intersections after American Traffic Solutions monitors it and if Caltrans approves it in the next six months, Hitchcock said.
Traffic enforcement has been difficult because of the growing volume of traffic in that area, Hitchcock said.
In the last two years, there have been nine injury accidents and 16 cases of property damage at the Millbrae Avenue and Rollins Road intersections and at the southbound 101 offramp.
Last month, the American Traffic Solutions studied the intersections during a four-hour period — catching
1,060 red-light violations.
Meanwhile, the city is expected to reap $1.76 million a year in revenue from the red-light violations. A red-light violation brings a $271 fine. From that, the city will get $147.
Now, Hitchcock will hire a police officer — at a cost of $100,000 — who will run the program, go to court when someone contests a ticket, look at the allegations and authorize the city to issue citations.
Also, each camera has a flat fee of $5,300 a month, which includes maintenance and processing citations.
Staff writer Christine Morente covers Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno and Hillsborough. She can be reached at (650)