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San Bruno to consider red light cameras
August 26, 2008, 12:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Drivers in San Bruno could soon find themselves on camera for running a red light if the City Council directs staff to move forward with implementing such devices at busy intersections.

The council will hear information and give direction regarding potentially putting red light cameras at one or more intersections within San Bruno. Talk of a red light enforcement program in San Bruno began in 2007 during a budget study session. Since then, staff identified 10 intersections with the highest number of collisions. El Camino Real at Interstate 380 topped the list, however it is overseen by Caltrans, as are eight other locations on the list.

Moving forward at any of these locations would require Caltrans approval.

San Bruno estimates a 20-hour per-week position would need to be created to review videos. Such a program could cost the city $75,000 to $300,000 for the equipment depending on the intersection selected and number of directions enforced. Administration costs would be an estimated $47,000 annually.

These costs, it is presumed, would be covered by revenue generated by tickets.

If directed to, city staff will begin looking for a company to install the system. That information would be brought back to the City Council for a public hearing.

If it moves forward, San Bruno would join a list of other local cities which have red light cameras including Millbrae, Daly City, Redwood City and San Mateo.

The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Senior Center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno.

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