The California State Legislature passed a law which raises the fine for running a red light to $351 (which includes penalty assessments) for a first time offense....higher for each addition offense within a year of the prior.
Right now, the #1 cause of car crashes in our cities is people who run these lights or think a yellow light really means "SPEED UP!!"
We're all in such a hurry to go nowhere REALLY important, and we don't want to sit at ONE MORE RED LIGHT because if we do, we'll lose a WHOLE......MINUTE OR TWO!!!!! WOW! Hey, isn't THAT worth risking your life and the lives of others?? How dumb can human beings be?
Automated Cameras Work:
FHWA Study Finds Red Light Running Violations Down 60 Percent
A report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration shows that red light running violations decreased by as much as 60 percent at intersections where cameras automatically enforce the law.
The report analyzed results of red light running camera programs
in Los Angeles County; San Francisco; New York City; Howard County, Md.;
and Polk County, Fla.
"These results indicate once again that innovation and new
technologies, such as cameras used to prevent red light running, can help
improve safety, which is President Clinton's and Vice President Gore's
highest transportation priority," U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E.
Slater said. "Red light running is dangerous, and aggressive driving
behavior can can result in tragic injuries and deaths for pedestrians and
In Los Angeles, cameras were installed at rail-grade crossings.
Reductions in violations by 92, 78 and 34 percent were found at each of
three crossings where cameras were initially installed.
Six months into the pilot program in San Francisco, the number of
vehicles photographed running red lights at intersections with enforcement
cameras decreased more than 40 percent.
A 38 percent reduction in violations in New York City led to the
extension of state legislation enabling the use of automated enforcement.
Maryland's public education and awareness program, which included
automated cameras at selected intersections, resulted in a decrease in
violations from 90 per day to 60.
Florida transportation officials reported that this technology
brought about a decrease in violations and proved to be accurate, safe,
reliable and cost effective.
"Using technology such as high-tech automated cameras at busy
intersections is key to making our highways safer," said Federal Highway
Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle. "These cameras are an important tool that
can help save lives."
In 1998, there were almost 1.8 million intersection crashes,
including those caused by drivers running red lights. The crashes
resulted in 1.2 million injuries and more than 8,000 deaths.
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