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First St and Euclid Ave

by jeremy on June 13, 2013

Red Light Camera at Intersection of First St and Euclid 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 First St and Euclid Ave intersection. There are two cameras located at the intersection of First St and Euclid Ave, one monitoring westbound traffic on First St., and another monitoring southbound traffic on Euclid.

First St and Euclid Ave Red Light Camera

The speed limit on First St. 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 speed limit on Euclid is 45 mph, which means the yellow light must be set to a minimum duration of 4.2 seconds.

The westbound camera captures approximately 150-180 incidents per month, from which an average of about 80-100 tickets are issued. The southbound camera captures approximately 60-80 incidents per month, from which an average of about 30-40 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 at least $3,900 per approach, per month, for each of the 20 cameras, which equates to $936,000 a year.

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