The intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Manchester Avenue in Westchester is one of ten intersections throughout Los Angeles that will be equipped with new Photo-Red-Light (PRL) monitoring systems, which record license plate numbers of cars that run red lights, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Twenty-two additional city intersections will be outfitted in the near future.
The monitoring system is scheduled to be activated at the Sepulveda Boulevard and Manchester Avenue intersection in July.
The Los Angeles City Council approved the contract in November with a new vendor, Nestor Traffic Systems. The city’s earlier contract with Affiliated Computer Services was not renewed in June, after 20 percent of captured violations were dismissed in court due to lack of clear evidence to prove the violation, police said.
The dual-digital video camera system will record violators as they approach and travel through an intersection, after the light has changed to red. The license plate will be photographed from the front and rear.
Officers said they anticipate that the addition of the rear-facing camera will increase the likelihood of convictions, as it will record the signal light and document the distance the violator was behind the limit line the moment the light turned red.
The digital video system will record 30 still frames per second for each violation, allowing a greater opportunity to get a clear photograph of the driver.
The new system has added features, such as the ability to monitor and adjust the equipment remotely via a satellite. It will also provide live photographs from the intersection during a breaking emergency.
An LAPD sergeant and four officers will be assigned full time to administer the program. They will use a laptop computer in court to present the digital evidence during disputed cases.