Red Light Camera Presentation


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This is the presentation I made to our City\'s Transportation and Safety Commission, the Public Safety Commission, and various community organizations in favor of a red light camera system for out City.

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  • Red Light Camera Presentation

    1. 1. San Fernando Police Department Recommended Policy for Electronic Traffic Enforcement of Traffic Safety Issues
    2. 2. Purpose <ul><li>To benefit public safety by reducing the injuries, fatalities, and property damage associated with traffic collisions at intersections and grade crossings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Through research, planning, and implementation, determine the best method to accomplish this goal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This presentation provides an overview of one potential method, the Red Light Camera system </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. The Tragic Statistics <ul><li>Nationally, 40-45% of all traffic collisions occur at intersections </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, over 9,200 people died in intersection related collisions in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>805 of those 9,200 died in collisions caused by red-light running </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Tragic Statistics <ul><li>San Fernando statistics are even worse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>49% of all (1,740) collisions occur at intersections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six people have died in intersection related traffic collisions in the last five years </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. What is Red-light Running? <ul><li>Red-light running is defined when a vehicle enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Who Runs Red Lights? <ul><li>Based on data from numerous comprehensive studies, several generalizations can be made about drivers who run red lights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Younger than 30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have other moving violations on their driving history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be driving while unlicensed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speeding </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Who Is REALLY At Fault in Traffic Collisions?
    8. 8. Who Runs Red Lights? <ul><li>Actually, gender had no impact on who ran red lights </li></ul><ul><li>Of the types listed, unlicensed driving is more problematic locally than abroad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CA DMV estimates that 12% of the driving population in CA drives without a license </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Fernando data indicates that 24% of local area drivers drive without a license </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of all fatal traffic collisions involve an unlicensed driver </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Combating the Problem <ul><li>Enforcement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enforcement is the activity administered by the police department in order to change behavior, in this case to penalize dangerous driving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Penalties can range from fine, restriction or loss of driving privilege, traffic safety education (traffic school), or a combination of the three </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Combating the Problem <ul><li>Traditional Enforcement Methods: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Random Enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When an officer just happens to be at a location when a violation occurs in front of him/her </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted Enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Having one or more officers stationed at an intersection for a period of time monitoring for violations </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Combating the Problem <ul><li>Problems With Traditional Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The cost of maintaining officer presence at an intersection over a long period of time is inefficient </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining an officer at one location drains that resource from other priority assignments, requiring overtime to cover basic patrol functions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They can be dangerous to the officer </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Can Be Dangerous to Officers…?
    13. 13. Red Light Camera (RLC) Systems <ul><li>RLCs are one option in the effort to reduce traffic collisions caused by red-light running </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RLCs have the potential to reduce intersection related traffic collisions and the injuries, fatalities, and property damage that are associated with them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RLCs can be a cost effective option in the enforcement of red-light running violations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RLCs operate 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RLCs are permitted by law and have withstood legal challenges up to the United States Supreme Court </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. What RLCs Are Intended to Prevent
    15. 15. How RLC Systems Work <ul><li>A RLC monitors an intersection with one or more cameras 24/7 </li></ul><ul><li>Sensors alert the camera when the light is red and when a vehicle enters the intersection after the light has turned red </li></ul><ul><li>The camera takes a picture of the vehicle in the intersection, including the license plate and face of the driver (if required by the jurisdiction) </li></ul>
    16. 16. How RLC Systems Work <ul><li>Citation processing is normally done by the vendor processing and all evidence is forwarded to the PD for review </li></ul><ul><li>A police officer reviews the evidence and if justified, authorizes a citation to be issued </li></ul><ul><li>The citation, including the photographic evidence is mailed to the R/O’s residence </li></ul>
    17. 17. Determining RLC Locations <ul><li>The best location for a RLC system is obviously an intersection with a proven collision problem and a high likelihood of improvement </li></ul><ul><li>A proven collision problem is determined by reported collisions, traffic surveys, and traffic engineering studies. </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Five Most Dangerous Intersections <ul><li>Any Guesses? </li></ul><ul><li>Glenoaks Boulevard/North Maclay Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Glenoaks Boulevard/Arroyo Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Maclay Avenue/Truman Street </li></ul><ul><li>Maclay Avenue/First Street </li></ul><ul><li>Brand Boulevard/Truman Street </li></ul><ul><li>Were you even close? </li></ul>
    19. 19. How Much Do RLCs Cost? <ul><li>The real question is how much they can save </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs associated with traffic collisions include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hospital bills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Property damage to vehicles and private/public property </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Insurance expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Costs associated with litigation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The value of lost quality of life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other related costs </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. How Much Do RLCs Cost? <ul><li>The Federal Highway Administration conducted a study and estimated that non-injury traffic collisions cost society between $8,660 and $11,463 and injury traffic collisions cost between $53,00 to $63,500 </li></ul><ul><li>That same study estimated that RLCs save society between $39,000 to $50,000 at each intersection where RLCs are operational </li></ul>
    21. 21. How Much Do RLCs Cost? <ul><li>Vendors make acquisition of RLC systems by requiring no upfront costs for conducting traffic engineering surveys, cameras, or installation. </li></ul>
    22. 22. How Much Do RLCs Cost <ul><li>Vendors charge a flat fee per intersection monitored based on the services provided </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The fee varies between $5,300-$6,500 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is estimated that 1.2 paid citations per day per intersection monitored pays for the cost of the system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Excess revenue is retained by the City </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contracts can include provisions providing for guarantees to prevent deficit spending </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. The Process <ul><li>It cannot be emphasized enough…the primary goal when considering a RCL system is improving traffic safety! </li></ul><ul><li>The following 8-stage process is recommended to ensure that any potential RCL system is implemented appropriately with traffic safety remaining the top priority </li></ul>
    24. 24. The Recommended 8-Stage Process <ul><li>Conduct a traffic engineering analysis to verify the existence, extent, and causes to the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Implement traffic engineering countermeasures (alter signal durations, modify streetscape, etc.) and re-evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Consider implementing traditional enforcement measures </li></ul><ul><li>If engineering and/or traditional countermeasures are unsuccessful, then select potential RLC locations </li></ul><ul><li>Enter into a fiscally responsible financial agreement with a vendor, ensuring that public safety and the reduction of traffic collisions is the primary goal </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct extensive and perpetual public educational and informational campaign regarding the purpose and scope of the program utilizing all media methods </li></ul><ul><li>Based on analysis of intersection from both City and vendor engineers, implement RLCs at intersections with the potential for the highest traffic collision reductions </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a method to evaluate the progress of the RLCs and traffic collision reduction efforts in general on a regular basis </li></ul>