Dear Editor – More Red Light Cameras Coming to Culver City?

Light-bulb-0003-300x198Dear Editor,

I wrote to you in December about the then-proposed expansion of the Culver City red light camera program.

The new cameras have been in operation since April, and I’ve now received official ticket counts up to June 30. Based upon those counts my estimate is that by the end of 2017 the City will have issued 45,757 tickets, compared to 21,530 in 2014 and 23,303 in 2015.

At their meeting of the 12th the Culver City city council will consider a police recommendation to install six red light cameras at three new intersections.

The police are recommending two cameras at each of the intersections, monitoring just the NB and SB traffic. Doing the math, 68% of the NB and SB violations in the survey were right turns. Based upon the 1000 (avg.) right turn tickets the City’s Sepulveda/Green Valley camera has generated since last December when the City turned on right turn enforcement there, I expect that the City will not hesitate to issue similar quantities of right turn tickets at each of the proposed new intersections.

Finally, I want to ask you to let your readers know that in LA County, red light cam tickets can be ignored. Hard to believe? Do a search on red light camera no consequence.

Regards,

Jim Lissner

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