Mar 11, 2015 1:08 PM by News Staff
Two of Redding's busiest and most dangerous intersections are about to get another set of eyes, despite a recent push to stop the installation of red-light cameras on California streets.
Currently there are four Redding intersections equipped with red-light cameras, and police say they effectively stop drivers from speeding through yellow lights and make intersections safer.
The existing cameras have been so successful in Redding, new cameras will be live at the East Cypress and Hilltop Drive Intersection as well as the Shasta and Market intersection in downtown Redding in the next two weeks.
The cameras in place around the city snap about 300 citations a month, with the average violation costing drivers $518. The city doesn't receive any money from the citations, but Redding Police Sergeant Brian Barner the payout is in the form of safety.
Sergeant Barner says since the cameras were installed, accidents at the intersections are down 40 percent, overall traffic has reduced by 5 percent and red light violations dropped 15 percent from 2013.
Despite the positive statistics in Redding, a lot of state lawmakers claim red-light cameras actually increase the number of rear-end accidents as drivers make sudden stops to avoid a possible violation.
Last week State Assemblyman Matthew Harper introduced a bill to prohibit the installation of red-light cameras in California. The bill would also require safety studies for cities that already have cameras installed.
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