Thursday, March 8, 2012

(Shasta County) Grand Jury: Red Light Cameras A Success

UPDATED: 11:45 am PST March 8, 2012

REDDING, Calif. -- The Shasta County Grand Jury is giving Redding's red light camera program a "thumbs up."
The 2011-2012 Grand Jury took a fresh look at the program because the City's contract with Redflex Traffic Systems is scheduled to be renewed.
According to the jury, it reviewed the existing agreement between the City and Reflex, the income and expense balance sheet for the program and the Redding Traffic Operations Manual. A number of Redding police officers were interviewed, video and photographic evidence of several red light violations were looked at, and Superior Court red light traffic violation cases were attended. The jury also timed yellow light intervals at several different intersections.
Citations and revenue and operating costs of the program were reviewed and the actual operation of red light cameras was demonstrated for the Grand Jury during the investigation.
The investigation revealed that monitored intersections have shown a decrease in accidents by 30 percent from 2007 to 2010.
The grand jury determined that the program continues to be a valuable law enforcement tool that increases traffic and pedestrian safety for local citizens and visitors to Redding.
The full report on the red light camera program can be viewed at the Grand Jury Link on the Shasta County website home page.

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