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Red Light Camera Enforcement

Each year, approximately 1.8 million intersection crashes occur on our nation’s roadways. In 2003, more than 200,000 crashes, 176,000 injuries and 934 deaths were attributed to red light violations. In 2006, these numbers decreased to 171,000 crashes, 144,000 injuries and 887 deaths nationally. Overall, 55.8% of Americans admit to having run red lights, yet 96% of drivers fear a red light violator will hit them when they enter an intersection.

In September 2003, the Inglewood Police Department took a proactive approach to address this problem and became the first city in the South Bay to implement a Red Light Photo Enforcement program.

Automated Red Light Enforcement programs have proven to be effective tools in accident reduction. In a national public opinion survey 75% of the public were in favor of automated Red Light Enforcement. Where Red Light Photo Enforcement is used there have been significant decreases in red light violations and major increases in motorist awareness at targeted intersections. Due to this increased awareness, drivers are less likely to run a red light even at an unmonitored intersection. In Inglewood, the Red Light Photo Enforcement program reduced red light violations at monitored intersections by 30 percent from 2005 to 2008.

Inglewood currently contracts with the Phoenix, AZ based company, Redflex Traffic Systems, for its photo red light enforcement. Under this contract, Redflex has installed 21 photo and video enforcement cameras to cover thirteen (13) of our most crash-ridden intersections.

WHAT IS A RED LIGHT VIOLATION?

Drivers facing a steady circular red signal or arrow are required to stop at a marked limit line or before entering the crosswalk of the intersection and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown. A red light violation occurs when a motorist crosses these marked limit lines and enters an intersection after the signal light has turned red. Right turns on a red light are permitted, providing there are no signs prohibiting such a turn, however a complete stop and yield to any cross traffic or pedestrians is still required.

WHAT IF I GET A PHOTO RED LIGHT CITATION?

• Each red light citation is a moving violation and carries the associated monetary and DMV penalties established by law.

• All violations are reviewed by a police officer and citations are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle within 15 days of the violation.

The citation will include four photographs of the incident:

One image shows the position of the vehicle prior to entering the intersection after the light has already turned red. The red light is shown in this image. Another image, taken about a second or two after the first image, shows the vehicle within the intersection while the light is still red. A close-up of the driver's face and the vehicle’s license plate are also included. In addition to the photographs, a 12 second moving video of the violation is recorded.

Motorists who are already within the intersection when the signal changes to red (waiting to turn left, for example) are not red light runners.

The photographs and video can also be viewed on the internet for up to 60 days after the violation date at: www.photonotice.com Enter the citation number, vehicle license number and city code: ING and follow the directions. If you have problems viewing the video, call (877) 847-2338 for technical assistance. If necessary, the registered owner/violator may view the photographs and video at the Inglewood Police Department Traffic Division Monday through Thursday, between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Failure to respond to the citation, pay the fine or appear in court on the violation will result in additional penalties levied against the registered owner or driver by the court. Online payments, traffic school and other information is available through the court’s website at: www.lasuperiorcourt.org.

WHAT IF I WASN’T THE DRIVER?

f you were not the diver of the vehicle at the time of violation, or you sold the vehicle prior to the violation date, you may “nominate” or identify the actual driver or owner. Simply fill out the Affidavit of Non-Liability provided with your citation and mail it back to Redflex. The appropriate driver/owner information will be amended to the citation, resent to the police department and the original notice will be dismissed.

Most questions can be answered by reading the documentation which came with your citation. If you have questions which cannot be answered by reading this documentation, please call (310) 412-4304.

RED LIGHT CAMERA LINKS AND FAQ’S

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running

How Stuff Works (A Discovery Company)