Red Light Photo Enforcement
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. In 2011, 714 people were killed and an estimated 118,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running. About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by the red light runners.
An Institute study of urban crashes found that those involving drivers who ran red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls were the most common type of crash (22 percent). Injuries occurred in 39 percent of the crashes in which motorists ran traffic controls (For further information, check here IIHS ).
Above are three videos taken of crashes or near crashes on our Napa city streets from Red Light Runners.
The goal of the red light camera program is to change driving
behavior using technology rather than manpower. The program is not intended to generate revenue. Citations are not issued for every violation for many different reasons. Some of these are lack of driver identification, blurred pictures of the driver or license plate and officer discretion. Whether a citation is or is not issued, the activation of the camera (flashing white
lights) at the intersection serves as a good reminder to those drivers, directly and indirectly involved, to drive safely when approaching an intersection.
Revenue generated from imposed fines has been adequate to sustain all costs associated with the red light camera program. With excess revenue, the red light program has purchased 12 radar speed feedback signs that are scheduled to be installed and operable by the beginning of the school year of 2013. These radar speed feedback signs will be strategically placed in the vicinity of numerous schools and other areas that have been determined as a traffic concern by City staff and resident input.
These cameras have had a positive impact upon changing driving behavior and prove to be more cost effective and efficient then the utilization of police officers for intersection enforcement. Currently the Napa Police Department is tasked with enforcing traffic laws for the City’s 215 miles of road with only a Sergeant and 3 motor officers in the Traffic Division. The cameras are serving their intended purpose of changing driving behavior, while being financially sustainable. Additionally, the cameras do have the potential of generating additional revenue that will support other traffic related safety and educational programs.
The City of Napa has installed red light photo enforcement cameras at the
-Trancas Street at Big Ranch Road
-Jefferson Street at First Street
-Soscol Avenue at Imola Avenue
-Highway 29 at Highway 121 (to Sonoma)
Guidelines for screening violations:
Contact Photonotice.com and follow instructions on your ticket. You must have your citation number and your license plate number. The City Code is NAPACA. If you have questions or wish to make an appointment to view the alleged violation you may call (707)257-9249 or send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .