New Red Light Camera at Bond and Elk Grove Florin

Cameras will be activated at the intersection Wednesday.

Red light cameras: Love 'em or hate 'em, they're on the increase in Elk Grove.

A new one will be activated at the corner of Elk Grove Florin Road and Bond Road Wednesday, according to the Elk Grove Police Department.

Drivers who run the light between now and 12:00 a.m. April 27 will receive warning notices. After that, it's a $470 fine.

Police said they chose the intersection for its high numbers of accidents and drivers disobeying the traffic light.

“Photo enforcement has a greater deterrent effect if drivers are aware it’s out there,” Lieutenant Paul Solomon said in a press release.  “The Elk Grove Police Department wants to make sure that drivers know we are using photo enforcement and that they have time to learn about this new safety program.”

The department already operates four other red-light cameras at intersections around Elk Grove, including Elk Grove Blvd and Bruceville Rd, Laguna Blvd and Franklin Blvd, Laguna Blvd and Bruceville Rd, and Laguna Blvd and Laguna Springs Drive.

Jim March 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
If you think these cameras are a scam, put in mostly for the revenue, here's something you can do. Call your state senator, your assemblymember, and the governor, and ask them to support AB 2128, which will cut the fine for rolling rights in half and lengthen the yellows for left turns. Also ask them to vote NO on SB 1303, which is a bill pretending to be red light camera reform, but actually makes things worse. Finally, ask them to write a bill to stop the abuse of "protected plates" - the confidential license plates found on over 1.5 million vehicles in California. (Protected plates make those vehicles effectively immune from red light camera and toll tickets. If you want to know more about protected plates, read Cal. Veh. Code 1808.4.)
Bwood March 29, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Well said, Jim. I've always looked at red light cameras as an easy source of income for the city, nothing more. Regardless of what the powers that be want you to believe, they have little to do with safety. http://www.motorists.org/press/revenue-drives-red-light-cameras-not-safety
Brubeckelscmittzen March 30, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I read that article you submitted with your response and could not agree more!! Cities don't want to reduce traffic issues, they want to profit from them. We recently had a speeding "Sting" (if you will permit that term) on Laguna Blvd. supposedly to reduce the number of speeding violations on the stretch of road from I-5 to Hwy 99. However, they conducted this operation after the morning commute traffic had quelled. Those who received tickets, for the most part, are not the ones typically violating the spirit of the law. The morning commuters are traveling at greater speeds in larger numbers, weaving in and out of traffic and get away with it constantly. I drive that stretch 2-3 times a day and have seen unbelievable driving go unchecked. If they want to enforce the laws (properly) then be there when the majority of offenders are there.


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