BPD: Red light cameras important safety tool

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The police department is hoping City Council gives the green light to red light cameras.

Police have asked City Council to keep red light cameras at eight intersections.

BPD says the cameras have proven to be a tremendous public safety tool, releasing the numbers to back up the claim.

Since 2003, side collisions are down over 63.41 percent at the intersections with red light cameras.

At the same intersections, rear-end crashes are down 32.48 percent.

The eight intersections are at Chester and Brundage, Bernard and Oswell, Coffee and Truxtun, Ming and Valley, Ming and Real, California and Oak, California and New Stine, and White and Wible.

"Those were intersections that were having a great number of accidents," says police Sgt. Joe Grubbs. "The cameras have succeeded in reducing accidents. That reduces injuries and people getting injured in car collisions."

BPD has asked City Council to extend an agreement that would keep the red light cameras in Bakersfield for at least four more years.

City staff has recommended the request be approved.
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