I believe most everyone would agree that drivers who dont obey traffic laws,
especially those who continually run red lights, make getting around the city very
frustrating for the rest of us. We have studied this situation and have taken 2 immediate
steps to lessen this problem.
First we have increased the number of police officers, particularly motorcycle
officers, who patrol our intersections. They cant be everywhere, but a higher
visibility has helped.
Secondly, we put up bright red signs at our major intersections that remind drivers
that the fine for a red light violation is $271. This has also helped; however the problem
is still more severe than it should be.
The third option is a worst case solution that few of us want to implement, but it
remains a possibility. Red light cameras have been used in several cities in California
and usually are successful in reversing the trend. They are not without their problems.
One is cost. Many people believe that we would catch many people and collect $271 from
each. The truth is that all of that money goes to the state and not a penny would stay in
Temecula. There is also a cost to the city for every violation that is processed and the
initial costs of the cameras are high. In addition there have been a few legal challenges
to the process that need to be sorted out.