A new red light traffic enforcement camera has been installed at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Airport Boulevard, near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), in Westchester.
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are scheduled to announce the activation of the new photo red light camera at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 9th, at the intersection.
LAPD officials will highlight the new camera’s functions and capabilities and will advise the public on the expected 30-day grace period that will take effect upon activation.
The Automated Photo Red Light Enforcement Program is a joint partnership between the LAPD and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
The city, which has over 4,200 signalized intersections, has actively pursued automated photo red light technology, officials said.
The automated enforcement system is planned for 32 intersections throughout the city to assist in reducing serious injury and fatal traffic collisions involving motorists who do not stop for red lights, city officials said. The intersections are evenly distributed throughout the city, officials say.
The dual-digital video camera system records violators as they approach and travel through an intersection after the light has changed to red. The vehicle license plate will be photographed from the front and rear.
The digital video system records 30 still frames per second for each violation, providing an opportunity to obtain a clear photograph of the driver, city officials said.
When an intersection is activated, warning notices will be sent to violators during the first 30 days, complying with legal mandate. At the end of the 30-day warning period, violations meeting issuance criteria will be mailed to the registered owner on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
A close-up photograph of the driver and vehicle license plate will be used for identification purposes.
The photo red light citation will be reviewed and approved by a sworn member of the LAPD and mailed to the registered owner.
According to LAPD, the citation includes four separate photographs of the involved violator/vehicle, as well as an affidavit for the registered owner/violator to complete, identifying the driver of the vehicle if different than the registered owner.
LAPD officials said that last year, 30 people lost their lives and another 2,482 people were injured in red light-related traffic collisions.
LAPD and Department of Transportation officials said they anticipate that full implementation of the Automated Photo Red Light Enforcement Program will have a significant impact on reducing these collisions.