Daly City installs red-light camera

Cameras will soon be used at one Daly City intersection to catch red-light runners red-handed.

The city will install its first red light photo enforcement cameras at the intersection of Junipero Serra Boulevard and San Pedro Road, which has experienced 30 collisions in the past two years, according to police.

“It’s a real difficult intersection for traffic officers — there is nowhere safe to sit there for observation,” said Chris Ledwith, red light camera administrator at Daly City Police Department.

Ledwith called the cameras the way of the future.

“It puts eyes and ears out there for us,” Daly City police Capt. Mike Edwards said.

Several other red light photo cameras, which cost the city $6,000 a month to operate, may also be installed later in the year on El Camino Real, Ledwith said.

Daly City’s program will be administered by Redflex Traffic Systems, an Arizona-based provider, which is also used in San Mateo. Daly City will get a portion of the money generated by the citations, which cost nearly $400.

Once the cameras are up, there will be a 30-day grace period before citations are issued. The city will advise the residents when the cameras are running by posting signs at major entrances to the city.

The cameras will take pictures and a short video of the violators. Those caught will receive photographs of themselves in the mail and a link to the video.

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