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Former Fremont cop admits red light cameras do little to change driver behavior

Lt. Mark Riggs was in charge of Fremont's Red Light Camera Program until 2012. He now represents Redflex, Fremont's camera vendor. Recently he and Menlo Park police were studying the feasibility of installing a new camera. In less than one day over 100 right-on-red violations were recorded. The Menlo Park officer asked if driver behavior changes, won't we see a drastic reduction? Riggs said the number of violations will be high for a few months and then stabilize. "I can say that most intersections that have right turns enforced continue to produce consistent numbers." Riggs should know. Fremont has not seen a decrease in violations in over 3 years.

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Jasper Stein May 18, 2013 at 01:30 PM
The Red Light Camera's have proven to be ineffective in preventing accidents, in fact they cause many rear enders. The next time you go by a red light camera, look at all the skid marks and broken glass. I question our City Councils integrity on this. $400+ for a right turn on a red light
Roger May 18, 2013 at 01:58 PM
How would someone measure the effectiveness of RLC's? #1 - do they reduce violations? Answer is no. Violations have not decreased in 3 or 4 years. They have increased. #2 - Have they reduced collisions due to red light running? Answer: There is no evidence in Fremont that these collisions have been reduced. Solution: Extend the length of yellow lights by at least 7/10's of a second. This will reduce violations and collisions. Why is this not done? Answer: $$$$ If I am wrong, just show me. Show the 9,000 folks per year tagged with a ticket.
Jasper Stein May 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Hayward has eliminated Red Light Camera's, even before the contract was up with the vendor. Redwood City is in the process of eliminating Red Light Camera's the reason is they are ineffective at reducing accidents. In order to generate more revenue, they shorten the caution light as short as law allows. So, in effect they are taxing us. I question the Integrity of the entire Fremont City Council. Please cancel the Red Light Vendor Contract. Show that you represent the people of Fremont, not some contractor
Nick May 21, 2013 at 06:44 PM
There are right on red cameras in Fremont. I laugh at the ones in Newark, because I have noticed exaggerated stops there. Especially the one at the Shell station. Cars hold at least a good 20-30 seconds then go, it's just funny to watch. As a pedestrian I feel safer walking into the right on red intersections, those cars actually stop.
S T May 22, 2013 at 03:52 PM
So what? Let those who run a red pay, I don't care. They don't tax ME, and you know why? Because I'm not ****ing run a red signal and always stop on "STOP" sign. Learn how to drive or pay a stupidity tax.

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