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News Release

Friday, August 4, 2006

Media Relations

Photo Red Light Intersections Redux

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department announced the reactivation of the second intersection in Operations-Valley Bureau (third in the City) with new Photo Red Light (PRL) monitoring systems.  This system records vehicles and license plates that run red lights.  Thirty more intersections will be outfitted in the near future for a total of 32 intersections Citywide.

In June 2005, the City's PRL contract was not renewed after many years because of poor quality photographs.  In November 2005, the City Council approved the contract with a new vendor, Nestor Traffic Systems, Inc.  The new system will be an improvement over the former system.  The dual-digital video camera system will record violators as they approach and travel through an intersection after the light has changed to red.  The vehicle and license plate will be photographed from the front and rear.

It is the addition of the rear-facing camera that officers anticipate will increase the likelihood of convictions.  The new system will record the signal light and document the distance the violator was behind the limit line the moment the light turns red.

The digital video system will record 30 still frames per second for each violation, allowing a greater opportunity to get a clear photograph of the driver.

The new system has added features, such as the ability to monitor and adjust the equipment remotely via a satellite.  It will also provide live photographs from the intersection during a breaking emergency.

A sergeant and four officers will be assigned full time to administer the program.  They will use a laptop computer in court to present the digital evidence during disputed cases.

Media inquiries regarding the system may be referred to Sergeant Matthew Mac Willie, Traffic Coordination Section, at 213-847-1630.

A list of the current and former Photo Red Light intersections is available from Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586, upon request.


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