OCEANSIDE — Drivers in Oceanside have until May 1 to get used to the two new red light cameras that were installed at the beginning of the month, making them the third and fourth systems in the city. However, after the grace period expires the violation will cost hundreds of dollars if a person is caught on camera driving through the red stop light.
The new cameras are located at the intersection of Vista Way and El Camino Real, and also at the intersection of Old Grove Road and College Boulevard, to reduce the number of accidents at these intersections, according to the Oceanside Police Department.
Violators of the stoplight laws at those intersections with the newly installed cameras will be given courtesy notices until April 30, according to the police department.
Lt. Leonard Mata, of the Oceanside Police Department said that during the grace period violators who run the light will be mailed a courtesy notice to their residence and no further action is required.
But once the grace period has expired, violators who are caught and cited by mail must follow the same procedure just as if an officer on the street gave them a citation, he said.
The fine for not obeying the traffic law and driving through a red light costs $480 for violators in Oceanside, according to Karen Dalton, of the public affairs department with the county court.
The city nets $83.30 for each ticket, and the breakdown shows that the county receives almost $15 for each citation.
Each camera system has three digital cameras and a video camera.
The first camera snaps a photo as a vehicle enters the intersection on the red light, the next camera captures a photo of the vehicle’s license plate and the last still-photo takes a picture of the vehicle past the limit line, according to Mata.
He said that the video camera captures 12 seconds of video.
Oceanside currently has camera systems in operation at the intersections of Oceanside Boulevard and College Boulevard, and Mission Avenue and Canyon Drive.
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