Red Light Enforcement Program: End of the Thirty-Day Warning Period

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In an effort to reduce collisions and enhance traffic safety, the Redding Police Department has been monitoring the intersection of Hilltop Drive and Cypress Avenue as part of the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program.

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:01 pm, cameras and violation sensors began monitoring the intersection of Hilltop Drive and Cypress Avenue. This started a 30 day warning period as required by California State Law. During the 30 day warning period, violators received only a Warning Notice as required by California State Law. As of April 27, 2015, there were 2,556 red light violations captured at the intersection.

 Citations for red light violations will begin being issued on May 1, 2015 at 12:01 am. The total fines and fees for a red light violation is $469.

The cameras and violation sensors at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Churn Creek Road will be disabled on May 1, 2015 at 12:01 am.

Redding’s Red Light Photo Enforcement Program is administered by Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. Redflex is partnered with over 220 communities and operates over 2,000 traffic safety systems in the United States and Canada.

For further information go to www.reddingpolice.org and click on the Red Light Camera link. You can also visit www.redflex.com.

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29 Responses

  1. Avatar name says:

    That pencils out to over $1 million in fines, just within that first 30 days (if it had been a fine and not a warning)

    How much vig goes to Redflex, before the city gets paid?

  2. Avatar Henry says:

    If you stick close to home you’re at little risk from red light cameras; you know where the cameras are in your neighborhood.

    Just don’t travel. Nowadays, most cameras focus on rolling right turns (in Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Newark and San Leandro, 90% or more of the tickets are for rolling rights and in Marysville the figure is 75%), the fine is $500.00 – and the ideal target is visitors from out of town.

    But if you must travel:

    If you are flying in or out of SFO, do not drive on nearby Millbrae Avenue between El Camino, the BART station, and the 101 freeway, or on the offramp from the southbound 101, because in October and November the City of Millbrae issued 2397 red light camera tickets (worth $1.2 million in fines) in that half mile stretch, nearly all for rolling right turns. If you have friends who will be going thru SFO, or renting a car there, warn them.

    Down South, the Beverly Hills council just voted to expand their already-punishing camera system by 2/3. Neighboring Culver City is adding more right turn enforcement to their system.

    Be prepared. Do a search on snitch ticket and another search on red light camera no consequence. Because just one of California’s camera tickets can ruin your whole week.

  3. Avatar K. Beck says:

    Instead of not traveling, how about not running the red light or stop sign? Just stop when you are supposed to stop. How hard is that?

    Once when I was in traffic school one of the people who was ticketed for running a stop sign wanted to know the definition of “stop”.

    The instructor replied: “Wheels are not turning.”

    A “rolling right turn” is not a “stop”.

    Of all the laws we are supposed to follow this one seems pretty simple and straight forward. Ignore it. Get caught. Pay a fine. Just stop and you are then on your way with no costly repercussions.

    • Avatar EasternCounty says:

      Amen, K. Beck. Don’t be a fool, play by the rules. As one saying goes, it’s not rocket surgery.

      • Avatar trek says:

        Now that’s kinda funny! George Bush is credited as having mixed his metaphors and come up with ‘it’s not rocket surgery’ (or ‘brain science’, depending on what you read). Still laughing!

        • Avatar EasternCounty says:

          The unfortunate part of mixing metaphors is that there are those who don’t understand the joke. Some others I’ve heard: I’d go at the drop of a pin; he marched to an indifferent drummer; they were leaving in groves; I was in the limelight of fire; he was jiggling the books; I didn’t know him from head nor hair — and the fun goes on.

  4. A. Jacoby A. Jacoby says:

    And here I thought S-T-O-P spelled ‘hesitate.’

  5. Avatar Henry says:

    K. Beck said, “Just stop… how hard is that?”

    Answer? In the real world, “Impossible.”

    The annual totals of tickets, available at the highway robbery website, show that ticketing in Redding has been steady over the last several years instead of decreasing as we hope would have happened after the issuance of 34,000 tickets bearing $17 million in fines.

    In other words, people are running the lights just as much as ever and the residents of Redding are no safer than before the cameras – and must continue to practice defensive driving.

    I am reminded of another unrealistic program promoted by the law enforcement Industry, where the slogan was, “Just say no.” The slogan for red light cams should be, “Just say dough.”

  6. Avatar EasternCounty says:

    I’m missing your point, Henry. Why is stopping “impossible?” So the coffers are $17 million richer because geniuses don’t stop at red lights. Tickets wouldn’t be issued if drivers applied their brakes and drove at the speed limit.

  7. Avatar cheyenne says:

    Wyoming has no red light or speed cameras except on school buses to catch violators driving through flashing lights while buses are loading or unloading children.
    Colorado has a big debate going over cameras right now. There is talk of having voters decide whether cameras should be used but the camera people don’t want the voters to choose because the cameras are so unpopular that they are afraid the voters would vote no. Also Denver News has been doing a number of articles on how some of the little towns, some are actual Denver suburbs, get as much as 50% of their budget from traffic fines. In at least two towns the city council told police officers if they didn’t write more tickets there would be layoffs.
    The trouble with these cameras is that in most towns the majority of the money generated goes to companies outside the area and doesn’t stay local where it could fund more police officers. And there is debate over whether the cameras actually make a difference.

    • Avatar K. Beck says:

      Here is the flip side of this argument. If people obeyed the law and stopped at stop signs and red lights there would be no need for cameras.

      However, it appears that there are large segments of the population who want to do whatever they want to do whenever they want to do it. They are the reasons we have cameras.

      It is called cause and effect.

      BTW, we are in California. Are you suggesting the people who want to run through intersections willy-nilly should all move to Wyoming?

  8. Avatar toldyouso says:

    A spray can of black paint should take care of this camera problem.
    G

  9. Avatar Joanne Lobeski-Snyder says:

    An ex-student of mine ran a red light and caused the death of the young child in the car she hit. I’ve seen too many people run lights in the last month. We may be getting a little lax on honesty in this country, but you can’t cheat on the physics of moving automobiles. The rules are reasonable. Follow them.

  10. Shoot. I was at that intersection today, making a right turn onto Hilltop off Cypress. The light was yellow as I was going through the intersection, but turned red as I rounded the corner. I saw a flash, but also saw a car go through the intersection after the light turned. PLEASE don’t let the flash be for me!

    Ugh.

    • Avatar K. Beck says:

      You should be ok…

      http://reddingpolice.org/resources/red-light-cameras/

      How does it work?

      A Redding Police Department Red Light Enforcement Specialist reviews each red light violation recorded by the photo enforcement cameras. If approved by the Specialists, a Notice to Appear (citation) is mailed to each red light violator, and includes the registered owner’s information, date to appear in court and contact information.

      The notice to appear will also include four photos of the red light violation: one of the vehicle behind the limit line when the light is red, one with the vehicle continuing through the intersection while the light is red, one showing the driver of the vehicle, and one will show a close up of the license plate.

  11. Avatar CoachBob says:

    My opinion: Those lights at Hilltop/Cypress are SO screwed up…I’ll be surprised if you got “picked”. I’ve seen soooo many cars run the red there after the cameras were installed. Those lights flash when absolutely no one is moving….it’s just silly.

  12. Avatar cheyenne says:

    The recent Allstate safest city report shows Fort Collins, Colorado has been the number 1 or 2 safest city to drive in for a few years. Denver is the safest of big cities. Colorado uses both red light and speed cameras.
    There is much debate over whether cameras are a safety investment or a money maker in all states, including California. As Colorado legislators are debating camera issues and are deciding to abolish cameras or keep them or let the voters decide it is possible the cameras will be abolished. This is because Colorado drivers have been said to hate them.
    If the cameras are abolished and Fort Collins stays as one of the safest cities then it would be obvious that the cameras don’t do what the out of state companies say they will do. If Fort Collins drops in the ratings then the cameras will be vindicated.
    The Cheyenne Police Department is at full staffing and anyone wanting to run willy nilly through red lights will get a ticket. With Wyoming’s low population there is not much need for red light cameras, a few well placed round-a-bouts have prevented any red light runners.
    The big issue about the cameras has been voiced that the majority of the ticket money generated goes to out of state companies. The bus cameras being installed on all Wyoming school buses are purchased by the school district and the videos are turned over to local police. Any fines are kept by the community where the tickets were given. The money stays local. Perhaps California could learn something from Wyoming.
    There are plenty of tech companies in Redding that could do the camera gig and keep the fine money locally while keeping some tech jobs in Redding.

  13. Avatar david kerr says:

    Cameras do nothing to arrest or deter DUI. My question: could spending more on patrolmen doing traffic enforcement do a better job than cameras? Certainly, it is nice that California is sending all that money to Arizona.

    I think patrolmen could be a better investment if the police department did not increase the number of sergeants, lieutenants, assistant chiefs, etc.

    Volunteers could park retired police cars at strategic locations and move them around every few hours to create the impression that there are more officers watching.

  14. Avatar K. Beck says:

    Apples and Oranges.

    1. In all comparisons California (or each individual city) must be compared to other states (or cities) with equivalent populations, ideally populations that match the driver to area ratios. Comparing what goes on here is irrelevant to what goes on in Colorado and Wyoming.

    2. People hate the cameras. If you are not running red lights the cameras are irrelevant. The true test is: do they decrease the number of right-angle, broad side, or T-bone collisions. These collisions usually kill people (as someone noted earlier), or severely maim and/or mutilate.

    3. Someone else gets most of the money. So what? Yes, it would be nice if the jobs were in the cities putting in the lights and all the money could go to those cities. But you are then talking about increasing the bureaucracy in all those cities, which costs money. Someone would have to manage the program. Nothing comes without a cost. My hope is that someone has done the cost analysis and found that it costs the cities less money to hire the “outsiders”.

    4. The Redding PD is NOT at “full” staffing.

    5. Red light cameras are meant to catch red light runners. They have nothing to do with catching drivers under the influence.

    6. There have been cut backs in the RPD, where would the money come from to pay more police officers? Patrol officers, or others. We all want that, irrespective of the cameras.

    7. It is my understanding that the cameras are installed for free with the agreement that the company installing them gets half (maybe more?) of the fines. Someone correct me if I am wrong about that. So what “investment” are you talking about?

    8. “There are plenty of tech companies in Redding that could do the camera gig.” Really? Name some. There is not only the computer component, you have to have the hardware as well. And people to install everything. And repair it when it breaks. Remember that bureaucracy/cost analysis I mentioned earlier? Interesting that this is mentioned as an option when most people in Redding seem to dislike (or worse) the city government and city employees.

    “Volunteers could park retired police cars at strategic locations and move them around every few hours to create the impression that there are more officers watching.” I have heard this actually does work. Are you volunteering?

    I heard one funny story that went like this: They parked the car with a dummy wearing a police uniform sitting behind the wheel. When they went back to get the car they found a pink box full of doughnuts on the hood. Don’t know if that was a true story or a joke but I thought it was funny.

    However, in today’s environment the police car would probably either be broken into or stolen.

  15. Avatar K. Beck says:

    If there is a way I can post documents to this site I can post 2014 information the RPD has on before and after accident incidents at the 5 intersections in Redding with cameras. It is in .doc format, I can change it to .pdf if that works better.

    If nothing else, watch the videos on this site:

    http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/red-light-running/topicoverview

    Red light running
    Camera enforcement works to curb this dangerous behavior.

  16. Avatar cheyenne says:

    1-Fort Collins is the number one safest city to drive in and Denver is the safest big city to drive in. Colorado uses both red light and speed cameras so this would indicate that the cameras work despite what Colorado drivers feel about the cameras.
    2-Red light cameras do not eliminate right angle, broad side or T-bone collissions. What does eliminate those collissions are round-a-bouts as was proven by a survey here in Cheyenne at intersections that had round-a-bouts installed.
    3-I know personally students that have graduated from Redding high schools that have designed computor systems for those same high schools. There also are Redding tech businesses that could design these cameras.
    4-Redding is looking for more clean jobs, tech jobs. With the city as a test market an exsisting company could take over the red light program and the money would stay local. A business opportunity is just waiting for an enterprising individual that could be expanded to include other cities. Why is an Arizona company running tech programs in California? Surely if Wyoming can handle it’s own school bus camera program Redding can handle it’s own red light program.
    Sometimes I think I have a higher opinion of local Redding youth than some of the local adults do. Has Redding changed that much?
    Opportunity is calling.

    • Avatar K. Beck says:

      IRT #2:

      The only way to eliminate right angle, broad side, or T-bone collisions is for people to stop running red lights.

      YES! By all means, let’s put roundabouts in the following intersections:

      Pine at Tehema
      Market at Shasta
      Market at Lake
      Cypress at Churn Creek
      Cypress at Bechelli

      That is the best idea I have heard of in a long time.

      Too bad we didn’t have your input before they put the cameras in at Cypress and Hilltop!

      When did you leave Redding? In 1932?

      • Avatar EasternCounty says:

        Bakersfield had a “circle” long before the U.S. called them roundabouts. It was there as far back as the ’40’s and perhaps well before that. After so many collisions over the years, it was finally removed and replaced by traffic lights — much to the delight of nearly everyone.

      • Avatar cheyenne says:

        Phoenix has round-a-bouts, Denver has round-a-bouts. Both those cities have a lot more traffic than Redding. They make drivers drive more carefully.
        I worked on the corners of Hilltop and Cypress for half a dozen years and saw many accidents there. More than a couple were from people parking on the steep lot next to Burger King and their cars rolled, driverless, into the intersection. I saw a lady make a left hand turn from Hilltop to head east on Cypress, she turned the corner so fast that her little boy fell out when the passenger door opened. The lady lept out of the car and grabbed her kid so fast noone else had time to react. She just threw the kid back in the car and went on her merry way. I saw a motorist, in the middle of the day, come off the north bound exit from the freeway and cross Cypress, through the gas station on the northeast corner, cross Hilltop and rammed into the TV rental building and stopped after crashing through the front doors. Nobody, including the driver, was hurt. Nothing, not even red light cameras, can help that intersection. Making Cypress into a three lane road from a two lane road just made more traffic flowing into that intersection. It needs a whole total redo. If the city fathers had put $70 million into fixing that intersection, instead of spending it on a failed project, it would have eased traffic flow.

  17. Avatar david kerr says:

    A patrolman on traffic should be able to generate more revenue from tickets than it costs to employ him. He is not a cost, he is a net revenue producer, by a wide margin, including all the costs like vehicle, radio, training, collection of revenue from tickets.

    If Redding had signs saying: “No photo radar. No red light cameras.” travelers on I-5 would stay here. Nothing spoils a vacation like a photo radar ticket in the mail a week later. Locals know where the photo systems are in place. Visitors are apt to be caught by surprise. The first time I was stopped for a mordida in Mexico, I swore off travel there for ten years. Mexico took my $20 but lost out on thousands I would have spent there.