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In The Capitol: Privatization Safeguards

By Pedro Morillas
Legislative Director

SB 1303 (Simitian)—Provides clear guidelines and safeguards for the growing use of outsourced “red light cameras” for traffic enforcement.

Problem:

Nationally, almost 700 local governments have entered into deals with for-profit companies to install camera systems at intersections and along roadways to encourage drivers to obey traffic signals and follow speed limits.  Privatized traffic law enforcement may be a useful tool in keeping drivers and pedestrians safe. But when private firms and municipalities consider profits first, and safety second, the public interest is threatened.

Solution:

Among other provisions, this legislation protects the public interest by:

-    Prohibiting the use of red light cameras for the purpose of raising revenue
-    Requiring a demonstrated safety need
-    Requiring local jurisdictions to follow state standards in the placement and operation of cameras
-    Requiring adequate signage to notify drivers when red light cameras are in use

Communities with Red Light Cameras:
●    Arleta
●    Bakersfield (Redflex)
●    Baldwin Park (Redflex)
●    Bay Area Toll Authority (ATS)
●    Bell Gardens (Redflex)
●    Belmont  (Redflex)
●    Berkeley
●    Beverly Hills (Redflex)
●    Capitola (ATS)
●    Cathedral City (ATS)
●    Cerritos (ATS)
●    Citrus Heights (Redflex)
●    Commerce  (Redflex)
●    Compton
●    Corona (Redflex)
●    Costa Mesa
●    Covina (ATS)
●    Culver City (Redflex)
●    Cupertino
●    Daly City  (Redflex)
●    Davis (ATS)
●    Del Mar (Redflex)
●    El Cajon (Redflex)
●    El Monte
●    Elk Grove (Redflex)
●    Emeryville (Redflex)
●    Encinitas (Redflex)
●    Escondido  (Redflex)
●    Fairfield
●    Fremont (Redflex)
●    Fresno
●    Fullerton
●    Garden Grove (Redflex)
●    Gardena (Redflex)
●    Glendale (Redflex)
●    Grand Terrace (Redflex)
●    Hawthorne (Redflex)
●    Hayward  (Redflex)
●    Highland (Redflex)
●    Indian Wells
●    Inglewood (Redflex)
●    Laguna Woods (Redflex)
●    Lancaster
●    Long Beach (ATS)
●    Los Alamitos (Redflex)
●    Los Angeles County
●    Lynwood (Redflex)
●    Manteca
●    Marysville (Redflex)
●    Maywood
●    Menlo Park (Redflex)
●    Millbrae (ATS)
●    Modesto (Redflex)
●    Montclair
●    Montebello (Redflex)
●    Moreno Valley
●    Murrieta (ATS)
●    MRCA (Redflex)
●    Napa (Redflex)
●    Newark (Redflex)
●    Oakland (Redflex)
●    Oceanside (Redflex)
●    Oroville (Redflex)
●    Oxnard (Redflex)
●    Pasadena (ATS)
●    Poway (Redflex)
●    Rancho Cordova (Redflex)
●    Rancho Cucamonga
●    Redding (Redflex)
●    Redlands
●    Redwood City (Redflex)
●    Ridgecrest (Redflex)
●    Rio Vista (Redflex)
●    Riverside (Redflex)
●    Rocklin
●    Roseville (Redflex)
●    Sacramento City
●    Sacramento County (Redflex)
●    San Bernardino County
●    San Bruno (Redflex)
●    San Carlos (Redflex)
●    San Diego (ATS)
●    San Francisco (ATS)
●    San Juan Capistrano (ATS)
●    San Leandro (Redflex)
●    San Mateo (Redflex)
●    San Rafael (Redflex)
●    Santa Ana (Redflex)
●    Santa Clarita (Redflex)
●    Santa Fe Springs
●    Santa Maria
●    Santa Monica Mountain Park stop signs
●    Solana Beach (Redflex)
●    South Gate (Redflex)
●    South San Francisco (ATS)
●    Stockton (Redflex)
●    Union City
●    Upland
●    Ventura (Redflex)
●    Victorville (Redflex)
●    Vista (Redflex)
●    Walnut (Redflex)
●    West Hollywood
●    Yuba City (Redflex)
●    Yucaipa

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