News Release


For Immediate Release:
February 29, 2008

Yvonne Hester
Director of Public Information

Victorville Turns on Red Light Cameras

RedlightIn an effort to reduce collisions and make the streets safer, Victorville will begin its new red light photo enforcement program on February 29th. Cameras and violation sensors will monitor seven of the City’s highest-risk intersections. City Officials today announced the first site at Bear Valley Road and Amargosa Rd.

“This program is about saving lives. The City of Victorville is committed to public safety, and if one camera results in one saved life, we have done our job,” stated Bob Hunter. The program is seen by City officials as an important step to improve the safety and flow of local traffic.

The City is giving drivers who live, work or travel through Victorville a 30-day grace period before actual citations are issued. “We want to be as fair as possible with this new program”, said Bob Hunter.

According to Sgt. Mattke, the red light cameras will be operational tomorrow, but for the first thirty days, warning notices will be issued. “The notices will explain that beginning April 3rd, actual citations will be sent to violators, who will then be responsible for paying the minimum $391 fine listed on the citation,” stated Sgt. John Mattke.

Research data has proven that red light cameras have reduced intersection collisions and injuries.

During 2007, a total of seven fatal collisions and 91 injury collisions were caused by red light/stop sigh violations at intersections. This was approximately a 28% increase from the previous year.