There are many things throughout the Sacramento area that are done to try to make the roads safe for motor vehicles. Traffic laws are enacted and signs and stop lights are erected. Despite these efforts car accidents still regularly occur. One reason for the high frequency of these accidents is the behavior of the person behind the wheel. Drivers routinely ignore the traffic laws and posted signs and signals.
In an effort to change the behavior of motorists driving in the area of the WX Freeway's 16th Street off-ramp, authorities have installed a camera system that will record those who run red lights at the intersection. The idea behind the installation of the camera is to reduce the number of times the light is run. Doing so will hopefully, in turn, reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur at the location. At the end of a 30-day trial period, violators will receive tickets in the mail.
This is not the first intersection where the cameras have been used. The Sacramento Metropolitan Red Light Photo Enforcement Detail has installed and operates this type of camera throughout Sacramento County. They seem to work. At the intersections that have the cameras installed, there has reportedly been a 76 percent reduction in crashes due to vehicles that have run red lights.
Hopefully the addition of the new red-light camera at this intersection, that is so commonly used to access downtown Sacramento, will ultimately help to reduce the number of car accidents that occur. All drivers would likely agree that this would be a good outcome.
Source: KCRA, "Sacramento red-light camera goes live," Brian Hickey, May 30, 2012