Those dreaded red-light cameras at Redding intersections appear to be working.
Redding Police Chief Peter Hansen says in his annual report that the automated cameras are responsible, at least in part, for a 5.49 percent decrease in traffic collisions throughout the city. More than 6,100 traffic notices were printed last year, up 50 percent from 2008 and way up from the 769 printed in 2007. The number of collisions has gone down each of those years.
Getting citations (or hearing about friends being cited) reminds drivers to be careful, and helps prevent accidents, according to police.
Crime was down 3.32 percent in Redding in 2009. Violent crime increased slightly, but that was offset in the statistics by a decline in property crimes. RPD made more than 8,700 arrests last year, including misdemeanors and juvenile crime.
To see the full report, click here.
- The Bistro at Shasta College is serving again, and it’s one of the best deals in town. Culinary students present three-course lunches on Wednesdays and Thursdays for only $7.95 per person. Details here.
- A four-year-old Scottish Terrier named Sadie took best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club championships. It was the eighth time a Scottie has won the title. Full story here.
- Mark Your Calendars for 10 a.m. Thursday, when the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department presents its annual awards at a ceremony in the board of supervisors chambers. Among those being honored as employees of the year: Sgt. Steve Solus, Deputy Gerry Maul, Sgt. Matt Mitchell, senior service officer Toni Schlapia and records supevisor Jeri Gannon. Congrats to all!
- Rules for Successful Living #43: If you emerge from the bathroom with something to tell us, it had better concern a magazine article you just read.
A journalist since 1975, Steve Brewer is the author of 16 books, most recently the thriller “Cutthroat.” He moved to Redding from New Mexico in 2003.