Anaheim Voters Ban Red Light Cameras

Measure K has passed and now prohibits the Anaheim City Council from using red light cameras or other automated traffic enforcement system. The city does not current use red light cameras or photo enforcement and this is simply a Here are the details:

Anaheim Measure K prohibits the City Council from enacting an ordinance which would permitor authorize any red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system in the City ofAnaheim. The term, “red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system” meansand includes any automated traffic enforcement system, as that term is used in California VehicleCode Section 21455.55 or any successor legislation, which is used to enforce any provision ofthe California Vehicle Code.

Measure K also prohibits the City Council and any City officer or employee from 1)taking any action in his or her official capacity that would directly or indirectly result in theauthorization, approval or installation of any red light camera or other automated trafficenforcement system in Anaheim; 2) acquiescing in any action or decision of anothergovernmental agency or failing to object to such action or decision, resulting in the authorization,approval or installation of any red light camera or other automated traffic enforcement system inAnaheim; or 3) approving, authorizing or entering into any agreement or taking any other actionof any kind that would result in the installation of any red light camera or other automated trafficenforcement system in Anaheim, including any such agreement that would result in the Cityreceiving any revenue from the installation of such camera or automated system.

If adopted, this measure will prohibit the installation of red light cameras or otherautomated traffic enforcement system in Anaheim without subsequent Charter Amendmentapproved by the voters of Anaheim. s/ Cristina L. TalleyAnaheim City Attorney

California Vehicle Code Section 21455.5 authorizes the installation of automated trafficenforcement systems, commonly known as red light cameras, at intersections or other placeswhere vehicles are required to stop, such as crosswalks. Any governmental agency that desiresto operate red light cameras must meet certain requirements, such as 1) identifying the placementof the cameras by signs that are visible to approaching traffic, 2) regulating the minimum yellowlight intervals, 3) making a public announcement of the existence of the camera at least 30 daysprior to its use, and 4) issuing only warning notices for 30 days prior to issuing citations basedupon the information obtained by a red light camera. California Vehicle Code Section 21455.5also sets forth guidelines for the operation and maintenance of the red light camera system andregulates the disclosure of information obtained from the system.

Red-light violations accounted for nearly 40% of the 2,397 accidents at Anaheim intersections between 2007 and 2009. In all, there were 12,858 traffic accidents during that period.

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