San Rafael gets 1st Red Light Cameras in Marin County

Today the City of San Rafael began using Red Light Photo Enforcement Cameras to catch red light runners. Marin County’s first Red Light Cameras were installed free of charge to City of San Rafael by Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., of Scottsdale Arizona.

Drivers will encounter Red Light Cameras at the intersection of Third and Irwin Streets in downtown San Rafael in both the West and Northbound directions. The City of San Rafael will be paying Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., a monthly fee of $5,900.00 for the Red Light Cameras at Third and Irwin. This will be the first of ten intersections to receive the Photo Enforcement Cameras.

According to the City of San Rafael, drivers alleged to have run the Photo Enforced Red Light will receive a warning during the first month. Thereafter, the ticket for running the Photo Enforced Red Light will carry a $503.00 fine.

The use of Red Light Cameras in California is subject to the requirements of Vehicle Code section 21455.5. Among the requirements of that section are the need for proper warning signs and notice to motorists before a Red Light Camera can be used at an intersection.

Marin County drivers who get Red Light Camera tickets would be wise to fight their tickets in the Marin County Superior Court. The City of San Rafael’s issuance of Photo Enforcement tickets is subject to the numerous foundational requirements in the California Vehicle Code. Many Red Light Camera tickets are dismissed, or drivers found guilty at trial due to problems with warning notices, calibration, illegal contracts, mixed signals and lack of substantial evidence.

The use of Red Light Cameras is on the rise in cities throughout California. I would not be surprised if we see Red Light Cameras in other Marin County cities in the near future.