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UPDATE: State high court says no stricter red-light camera rules required

Posted: June 6, 2014 1:55 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2014 5:53 p.m.

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

The California Supreme Court has ruled the red-light camera evidence against a Southern California woman, who challenged a traffic ticket based on camera photos and video, was adequately authenticated and there is no need to adopt stricter evidence rules for red-light camera violations.

Carmen Goldsmith was accused of running a red light in Inglewood in 2009 and fined $436. A police officer testified at her court hearing.

Goldsmith’s lawyer had called for testimony from the camera’s manufacturer. But in a unanimous ruling on Thursday, the Supreme Court said the officer’s testimony was sufficient.

Santa Clarita is among the cities that continues to maintain a red-light camera program.

“The city of Santa Clarita supports its red-light camera program because it improves traffic safety and reduces the most dangerous accidents at city intersections,” city spokeswoman Jessica Jackson said Friday.

Santa Clarita City Council members voted in March 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 extended the term of the city’s contract with Redflex on a month-to-month basis, during which time staff will continue to study whether the cameras are meeting the city’s goals of improving safety on roadways.

Red light cameras are set up at seven intersections throughout the city: 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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