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UPDATE: Council members vote to extend red light camera contract

Posted: March 26, 2014 3:08 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2014 7:20 p.m.

Red light camera at the intersection of McBean Parkway and Magic Mountain Parkway. Signal file photo

Santa Clarita City Council members have voted to extend the city’s contract with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., the company contracted to provide the city’s red light cameras.

The council’s vote Tuesday night extended the term of the city’s contract with Redflex on a month-to-month basis, during which time city staff will continue to study the program and whether the cameras are meeting the city’s goals of improving roadway safety.

City officials have said the program has had a positive impact on roadway safety, citing figures showing the number of certain types of collisions has decreased at intersections where the cameras are installed.

According to city figures, the average yearly number of broadside collisions decreased 60 percent at intersections monitored by red light cameras, compared to a 12 percent reduction at intersections citywide.

The average yearly number of total collisions has also fallen 18 percent at monitored intersections compared to 7 percent citywide.

While the annual number of other types of collision has decreased, the average yearly number of rear-end collisions has increased 13 percent at intersections monitored by red light cameras but decreased 4 percent citywide.

Every month there are roughly 550 red-light violations at the intersections monitored with red-light cameras, according to city figures. The fine amount for a red light ticket is $490 and the city receives roughly $150 per ticket.

That adds up to $674,790 in average yearly revenue, but after factoring in the cost of the program, the city sees an average yearly net revenue of $92,553.

The contract with Redflex had been set to expire on April 1 and red light cameras have been in place in Santa Clarita since 2004.

Red light cameras are set up at seven intersections throughout Santa Clarita — McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard, McBean Parkway and Magic Mountain Parkway, McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road, Newhall Ranch Road and Bouquet Canyon Road, Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road, Whites Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road, and Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road.
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