Red-light runners beware. Police officers in Palo Alto and throughout Santa Clara County will be watching -- and writing citations this week.
It's "National Stop on Red Week," an effort to reduce crashes and heighten awareness of the dangers of red-light running. There were 6,839 injuries and 19 deaths due to red-light running in Santa Clara county between 1994 and 1998, according to a California Highway Patrol study. Red-light running accounted for 22 percent of all crashes, the study noted.
Monitoring takes place on Aug. 5 through Aug. 11. Thirteen city and county law enforcement agencies will be involved in the operation, according to a press advisory from the Traffic Safe Communities Network in Santa Clara County.
The highest risk intersections are being targeted for installation of "rat box" devices that are wired into traffic-signal controllers and allow enforcement officers to easily identify, pursue and cite red-light runners. Violators are fined $100, according to the California Vehicle Code.
In Palo Alto, the targeted intersections are:
Arastradero Road at Terman Drive
El Camino Real intersections at California Avenue, Embarcadero Road, Page Mill Road, Arastradero Road, Los Robles Avenue and Stanford Avenue
Middlefield Road at University Avenue
Middlefield Road at San Antonio Road
Foothill Expressway at Oregon Avenue
Oregon Avenue at Middlefield Road
Embarcadero Road at St. Francis Drive