Monday, January 31, 2011

At Least One Good Thing to Come Out of Those Red Light Cameras

by Rachel Swan
Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 3:12 PM

A so-called "rolling right turn" on a red light can land you up to $400 in the hole, if you do it at the intersection of Powell and Christie Streets, in Emeryville. It's been the bane of many drivers' existence since the city first installed them in 2004. Now, the Southern California city of Murietta is trying to alleviate the sting of its own red light cameras by donating the fines to charities, the Associated Press reports. Murietta city councilman Rick Gibbs put forth the idea as a way to convince drivers that safety, rather than greed, is the primary motivator for these cameras. East Bay cities — take note!

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