Police from all law-enforcement agencies in Santa Clara County are joining forces this week to target red-light runners throughout the county.
The partnership between the 14 local agencies -- sponsored by the Traffic Safety Community Network -- is the county's response to a continuing trend of collisions caused by red-light runners, Palo Alto police said in a news release. Between 2003 and 2006, drivers who ran red lights caused 4,485 collisions in the county. These incidents involved 4,231 injuries and 13 deaths, police said.
The new campaign will last from April 20 to May 17. Police will add extra patrols to target red-light violators during this period. The fine for running a red light is a minimum of $340.
Palo Alto Interim Police Chief Dennis Burns said in a news release that the risk made to run a red light is not worth the cost, particularly when it comes to risking injury or death.
"Slow for yellow, and stop for red," he said.