City of San Mateo Shutters Its Red Light Traffic Camera System

City of San Mateo Shutters Its Red Light Traffic Camera System



Vidia San Mateo is putting the brakes on all of its red-light cameras it's also dismissing hundreds of citations after one of those cameras malfunctioned the nightbeat's Maria Medina is in San Mateo just one of several Bay Area cities getting rid of the red-light program for more than six months one of the red lights here at this intersection was off by just point two seconds enough for the city to dismiss a refund 985 citations and get rid of its red-light cameras altogether after taking pictures of speeders and red-light violators for more than a decade San Mateo red-light cameras are being turned off city leaders came to their decision after discovering a construction project at Saratoga and Hillsdale inadvertently altered the yellow light timing of one of its cameras we did learn that the incident was isolated and for anyone that was impacted by it we'll be contacting them directly to either dismiss their ticket or issued city leaders suspended the program in May but when they began to take a closer look at the cameras placed at three intersections in the city they found that cameras had no impact on the number of accidents over the years what's more although the number of violations initially decreased when the program started it begins a level off an even increased over time in 2006 the number of violations hit nearly 16,000 it dropped to over 11,000 and 2011 but then jumped to more than 18-thousand last year I think getting rid of it it's not a good thing you'd actually want them to keep it yes despite the fact that they're malfunctioning yes still some say getting rid of the cameras is a mistake including Kristen Connelly I think ran through it I wasn't paying attention who got a red light ticket herself a couple years ago but it did teach me a lesson yeah because it's a pretty expensive fine so I think it'd be better probably just to fix it make sure that they function properly and put them back in and city leaders say it'll take about 90 days to wind down the program during that time no new citations will be issued on the Nightbeat I'm Maria Medina

4 thoughts on “City of San Mateo Shutters Its Red Light Traffic Camera System

  • July 12, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    This was never about reducing accidents, it was always about city revenue.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    If you think an intersection requires a Red Robber Camera then that intersection is badly designed and needs to be replaced with a smarter intersection or needs to be removed altogether. This has been done out East in cities like Cleveland, Ohio and the burbs around New York City. They actually removed entire streets and roads to improve traffic flow and it worked. Dramatically. Not every block needs a through street.

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