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September 18, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Response to red light camera letter

Letter to the Editor: Response to red light camera letter

In response to a recent letter to the editor regarding the red light camera at Auto Mall and Fremont Boulevard, there was no mention of potential accidents being avoided. We use red light cameras in Fremont to enforce the law and reduce crashes. In our city and across the country, the law is clear: red means stop. Under the law, drivers must always come to a complete stop at a red light, including stopping completely before making a legal right hand turn.

Unfortunately, many drivers treat red lights as a yield sign and believe there is nothing wrong with a "rolling stop." Their actions are dangerous and put people at risk, which is why we use our safety cameras to enforce this violation.

Changing the law or the way we enforce it, as suggested in the recent letter to the editor, at the intersection of Auto Mall Parkway and Fremont Boulevard would send the erroneous message to drivers that enforcement of red light running laws in our community is not consistent and that application varies across intersection to intersection.

We continue to use red light cameras at this intersection and across the city to enforce crucial traffic safety laws and reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Chief Craig T. Steckler
Fremont PD

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