March 19, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Red light cameras cancelled in Hayward
Letter to the Editor: Red light cameras cancelled in Hayward
The Hayward City Council voted 6-1 at its March 5 meeting in favor of a resolution to cancel its photo enforcement contract with Redflex effective at the "earliest practicable time."
The current contract calls for early termination upon 10-days notice with cancellation fees ranging from $108,000 to $138,000 depending on the actual date of cancellation during the next three months.
It was actually the Hayward Police who initiated the proposal to phase out photo enforcement. The motivating force seems to be that the program expenses may have been exceeding income. Numerous complaints from motorists, along with sketchy evidence as to the safety benefit, and damage to the local economy were cited as additional reasons for the decision.
In the Police Report to Council, it was acknowledged that right turn tickets made up about 60% of citations but rarely were a factor in collisions. The report went on to add that right-on-red violations were never considered when entering into the contract. Rear-end accidents have clearly increased the report went on to say. Broadside collisions sometimes even went up after the cameras went on-line. Police Chief Urban said, "data was consistently inconsistent."