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City Council to evaluate needs for more red light cameras

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Posted at 9:52 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 00:52:10-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — There could be more red light cameras coming to Bakersfield intersections!

Tonight the city council responding to a grand jury report that says more cameras could increase drivers safety. In one of the findings, the Grand Jury said that Between October 1, 2013 and August 15, 2018, RTL intersections have had primary and secondary collisions reduce by approximately 81.35% and 41.51% respectively.

In their response – council members agreed that cameras could reduce speeding and the number of crashes at busy intersections.

The city said it would like to add more cameras however, the city says it also recognizes the need to devote hundreds of man hours annually for the review and prosecution of incidents captured at red light camera intersections within the City of Bakersfield.

They say they need to do more research to identify which intersections would benefit from the cameras and how many more they can add before needing more man power to review violations.

Currently when a camera is triggered Each image is viewed by officers who determine if a citation is deserved.