Red-light enforcement cameras were activated today at two of Citrus Heights' busiest intersections.
Cameras and violation sensors now monitor the intersections at Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard and Greenback Lane and Sunrise Boulevard. The program is intended to improve safety and the flow of traffic, according to a Citrus Heights Police Department news release.
Drivers are granted a 30-day grace period following installation of the cameras before authorities begin issuing citations. During January, warning notices will be issued for red-light violations at these intersections. Beginning Jan. 31, violators will receive citations and will be responsible for a $481 fine.
Police remind drivers that a right turn on a red light, without stopping, is a violation. Drivers must come to a complete stop behind the limit line to make sure the intersection is clear of traffic and pedestrians before continuing with the right turn.
"Our goal is to make Citrus Heights intersections the safest in Sacramento County," Chief Christopher Boyd said in a written statement. "We want red light running to become as socially unacceptable as drunken driving."
Citrus Heights' red-light enforcement program will be administered by Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.