If you run a red light at one of four major intersections in the City of West Hollywood, WeHo’s digital paparazzi will be tracking you.
The city announced today that it will install new red-light photo enforcement technology at four current photo-enforced intersections. The new digital cameras, which are capable of documenting vehicles that run red lights from the front and the rear with video and still photos, are replacing the previously installed film-based cameras that only took photos of the front of vehicles.
The city will begin a 30-day warning period for red light photo enforcement — from this coming Monday through April 11. During that time, warning notices will be mailed to registered owners of vehicles who were photographed committing red-light violations.
After the 30-day warning period passes, notices of violation will be issued by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. People who receive citations will be able to view photos and video of the violation on a password-protected site.
Red-light enforcement will be conducted at eight intersection approaches (two approaches on each of four intersections), which have a history of red-light-based violations. Every intersection approach monitored by cameras is marked with a sign, notifying approaching traffic that the intersection is being monitored. The four intersections are:
• Beverly Boulevard at Robertson Boulevard, eastbound and westbound;
• La Brea Avenue at Fountain Avenue, northbound and southbound;
• Santa Monica Boulevard at La Brea Avenue, northbound and eastbound; and
• La Cienega Boulevard at Melrose Avenue, northbound and southbound.
The city previously used red-light photo enforcement cameras at 24 intersection approaches at eight intersections. In combination with upgrades to signal timing and enhancements to roadway markings, the program led to a successful reduction in accidents and violations. Traffic engineering analysis determined the other 16 intersection approaches no longer exhibit high instances of red light violations.