Beverly Hills is bucking the statewide trend and turning on its idle red-light
cameras. The city has even ordered some additional devices.
City officials have made some tweaks to the system; for example, first-time
violators may receive a warning in the mail instead of a citation. But, for the
most part, it’s back to business as usual in certain busy intersections.
Both the old and new cameras are expected to be up and running by the end of June.
The World Capital of Plastic Surgery has picked a bad time to turn its
cameras back on. Not only are the
political winds blowing in a different direction, the statistical evidence concerning
yellow lights does not bode well for photo enforcement.
A recent study conducted in six California cities found that a half-second
yellow light extension dropped red-light violations by 50 percent; with
a full second added, the reduction was over 90 percent.
Jay Beeber, the Executive Director of Safe Streets LA, bluntly concluded
that people run red lights not because they are speeding or driving carelessly,
but because “the yellow interval is likely too short for the needs
of approaching traffic. Regardless of the yellow interval time that may
have previously been calculated, red light running can be reduced simply
by increasing the yellow interval.”
One city, which shall remain nameless here, tried to buck the system by
shortening the yellow interval when revenue dropped, but was forced to
drop the cameras once people found out what was going on. If there was
any lingering doubt that Bakersfield installed red-light cameras to increase
new study should put those questions to rest.
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