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September 11, 2012 > Letter to the Editor: Red light camera program has minimal impact

Letter to the Editor: Red light camera program has minimal impact

The red light camera program in Fremont continues with only marginal impact on reducing red light running. Data from the last 3.5 years at any intersection or time period or overall results reflect that sometimes violations go up; sometimes they go down. There is no real discernible reason or pattern. Could fluctuations in the average daily traffic be a factor? Perhaps. Could results from intersections carrying commute traffic differ from intersections carrying largely local traffic? Perhaps.

There is one, and only one, location where a positive result has undeniably been achieved; at Mission Blvd. and Mohave Dr.

Why? Because on Nov 18, 2010, the yellow light was extended 7/10's of a second.

The result has been that the incidents of red light running were reduced by half. This reduction occurred overnight. To all who say such an engineering strategy would only be temporary and that the rate of violation will rebound, I say, where is that evidence? There has been no rebound and it has been 20 months.

So, why has this simple solution not been implemented at the other nine photo enforced locations or at the other 180 signalized intersections in Fremont?

Roger Jones

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