Ask The Chief
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of it's many programs.
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Red Light Cameras
I've seen cameras being installed at many intersections around the city. What are these cameras for?
Each year, more than 1.8 million intersection crashes occur on our nations roadways. In 2001, 200,000 crashes, 150,000 injuries, and about 1,100 deaths were attributed to red light running. Overall, 56% of Americans admit to running red lights. Yet 96% of drivers fear a red light runner will hit them when they enter an intersection.
With these staggering facts the Oxnard Police Department's Traffic unit has taken the lead in photo red light enforcement. Being one of the first cities in the nation to implement a photo red light enforcement program, Oxnard has taken its program to the next phase with photo and video enforcement.
Automated red light enforcement programs have proven effective in accident reduction. In Oxnard, our red light enforcement program reduced red light running violations by 42 percent during the first seven years of operation. In a national public opinion survey 61% of the public were in favor of automated Red Light Enforcement. Where Red Light Photo Enforcement is used there have been significant decreases in red light violations and major increases in motorist awareness at targeted intersections. Due to increased awareness, drivers are less likely to run a red light even at an unmonitored intersection
Oxnard has or will soon install photo and video enforcement cameras to cover ten (10) approaches at our most crash-ridden intersections. I really believe this effort will continue to make a huge difference in our fatality crash rates.
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