17th St and Tustin Ave

by jeremy on June 13, 2013

Red Light Camera at Intersection of 17th St and Tustin Ave in Santa Ana, CA - west bound camera pictureThe city of Santa Ana contracts with the private company Redflex Traffic Systems to operate a red light camera system at the 17th St and Tustin Ave intersection. There are two cameras located at the intersection of 17th St and Tustin Ave, one monitoring westbound traffic on 17th St., and another monitoring southbound traffic on Tustin.

17th St and Tustin Ave Red Light Camera

The speed limit at this intersection is 40 mph, which means the CA Vehicle Code and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices requires that each yellow light must be at least a minimum of 3.9 seconds in duration for through traffic.

The camera monitoring westbound traffic on 17th St. captures approximately 300-350 incidents per month, from which an average of about 150-200 tickets are issued. The camera monitoring southbound traffic on Tustin captures approximately 150-220 incidents per month, from which an average of 60-80 tickets are issued. Many of the tickets issued at this intersection are for rolling right turns.

Overall, the city of Santa Ana has 20 red light camera approaches at 15 different intersections within the city limits. The city issues roughly 2,200 red light camera tickets per month. At a cost around $500 per ticket, the potential revenue generated by these cameras could reach more than $13 million a year.

The city of Santa Ana originally agreed to a contract with Redflex in 2002. In 2010, the city signed a five year extension with an option for two renewals of one year each, so it is likely these cameras will remain in Santa Ana until at least 2015. The city pays $3,900 per approach, per month, for each of the 20 cameras, which equates to $936,000 a year.

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