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City to decide on recommendation for more red-light cameras

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Posted at 11:51 AM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 14:51:50-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Wednesday, the Bakersfield City Council will submit its response to the Grand Jury's report on adding more red light cameras in the city.

The Grand Jury is recommending that the City of Bakersfield look into adding more RTL (right to turn left) intersections to further reduce red light running and primary/secondary accidents.

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 a response, the city says 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. In result, the city say they must consider and weigh the impact of devoting additional man hours against their overall traffic safety approach and strategies.