Menlo Park Continues Red-Light Camera Operation

City remews red-light cameras for five years.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Sep 2, 2013  |  Updated 3:47 PM PDT
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Menlo Park is seeing red -- for safety.

The Peninsula city -- one of the state's "least safe... in terms of traffic safety" -- will have red-light traffic cameras for another five years, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Menlo Park is the eighth-most dangerous city among 93 in California with populations between 25,000 and 50,000, the newspaper reported, with many speed-related accidents.

Police also said they "haven't operated a fully functional traffic team in going on four years now," so the cameras can both catch scofflaws and slow down motorists in the way that police cannot, according to the report.

There are four cameras now at three intersections, and the city approved plans for a fourth at Bayfront Expressway and Chilco Street.

Some members of the community dislike the cameras -- and dislike them strongly. Councilwoman Catherine Carlton, for example, said that the cameras "are raising the number," as well as the "severity of accidents."

Police said there were 141 crashes in the areas where the cameras are installed before installation, and 103 after.

The cameras also raised some cash. There were 3,898 red-light violators nabbed in 2012, which meant net revenue of $66,877 to the city.

Redflex is the company with which Menlo Park is contracting for the cameras.

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