By Angela Greenwood

CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) – New red light cameras have recently gone up in Citrus Heights, but drivers say for the past week or so they’ve been flashing all day and all night – even when lights are green.

At the intersections of Greenback Lane and Parkoaks and Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard in Citrus Heights, new red light cameras are watching drivers.

The cameras were recently installed in the city’s highest risk intersections, aiming to cut down on red light runners and crashes. For the past several days, drivers have noticed a constant flashing light, around the clock.

“In the morning when I leave at 5:30 in the morning I see it flash, and then when I come back at 4:15, I see it flash as well quite a few times,” said Citrus Heights resident Ben Valenzuela.

It’s happening even when the signals are green, and drivers are worried they may receive tickets. But, according to Citrus Heights PD, the flashing lights are just the camera’s being calibrated.  No pictures are being snapped and no tickets will be sent out, for now.

“There’s no sign that says there doing the photo enforcement thing yet,” said Valenzuela.

Starting Friday, the cameras will be live, but drivers will be spared a fine for 30 days – instead only receiving a warning notice. However, starting Aug. 26, if the cameras catch you running a red light, you can expect a $481 ticket in the mail.

Police also remind drivers that red light cameras also apply to drivers making right turns on red lights. Those drivers are still required to make a complete stop before turning, or they will be cited.

Comments (2)
  1. James Walker says:

    Just remember, if the total crash rates go UP at camera intersections as they have in many camera cities, neither the for-profit camera company nor their for-profit city business partner will care in the slightest. The first, last and only purpose for the red light camera racket is profits.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  2. Darius says:

    It’s definitely NOT about safety when there is a statistical increase in injuries caused by red light cameras.

    From another article:
    However, despite the drop in overall collisions, police statistics show the number of injury collisions actually increased by 12 to 25 percent at the majority of intersections in Citrus heights where red light cameras are currently installed…
    …A red light camera study commissioned by the Chicago Tribune found a similar rise in injury collisions after the cameras were implemented in the city of Chicago, along with an overall drop in the total number of collisions. The 2015 study found a 22 percent increase of injury rear-end collisions occurred after red light cameras were installed, apparently caused by drivers hitting the brakes to avoid getting a red light ticket.

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