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June 1, 2010 > Public Hearing Tonight

Public Hearing Tonight

Red Light Camera Proposal

The City Council of Fremont will conduct a public hearing tonight, Tuesday June 1, during its regularly scheduled meeting about the continuing use of Red Light Cameras for the next 7 years. The meeting will take place at City Council chambers at 3300 Capitol Ave at 7:00 p.m. Further details of the proposed new contract with Redflex Traffic Systems will be unveiled. Redflex has provided photo enforcement cameras for nearly 10 years in Fremont. The city has issued approximately 90,000 citations since their installation. The fine for red light running is $446.00.

Red Light Cameras have been the subject of continuing controversy. Many motorists have complained about the amount of the fines for rolling right turns and that a majority of violations are for this type of violation. Fremont Police reported 49% of violations at its camera intersections which require such a stop are for right turns. They started keeping records earlier this year.

Other California cities are exploring alternative measures to curb red light running. Loma Linda in southern California reports a 92% reduction in straight through violations since extending yellow lights by one second. San Diego, also, has shown reductions in violations by 50-80% by extending yellow light times.
A 2002 report from the California State Auditor stated that 88% of Fremont citations occurred within a fraction of a second after the light turns red.

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