Red Light Photo Enforcement Program

Red Light Photo Enforcement Program

Red Light Camera - Video Citation

We currently have two officers assigned to this program.  They are available to assist you with your violation each Monday in the Traffic Office between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.  No appointment is necessary.

If you cannot come to the office during that time, the video and photos are available for you to view up to 60 days from the date of violation at:  Use: SANLDO as the City Code and follow the instructions.

If it is 60 days past your violation and you are unable to access your information on the website and need to make an appointment to view the video please call 510-577-3270.  Leave your name, citation number and telephone number and an Officer will return your call.

For additional information, call 510-577-3270

Camera Installation Status

Installation of the red light photo enforcement camera systems has been completed at all five intersections, with the final two being completed in May 2006. Signage about the City's red light photo enforcement program has been posted at all major entrances to San Leandro and at each of the intersections where camera systems are installed.

Red light running causes about 260,000 crashes each year nationwide, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and numbers are on the rise. A recent survey also found 56 percent of Americans admitted to running red lights. San Leandro expects that its program will help improve traffic safety and police officer safety, while freeing officers for other important enforcement work.

For more details on the program, visit the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page:

  • City Council Resolution for Red Light Photo Enforcement Agreement
  • San Leandro's Red Light Photo Enforcement Agreement
  • April 18, 2011 Staff Report Presented to City Council on Redflex Contract Renewal 
  • Guidelines for Screening Violations
  • Reflex Customer Management Report
  • Yellow Light Certification       
  • Redflex Presentation to City Council - April 4, 2011

    A red light photo enforcement program was adopted by the San Leandro City Council in fall 2005 to reduce red light running and cut down on auto-related accidents and fatalities. As part of the program, camera systems have been installed at specific approaches of five different high-risk intersections in San Leandro. The intersections are:

  • Fairmont Drive & E. 14th Street
  • Floresta/Halcyon & Washington Avenue (2 approaches)
  • Davis Street & E. 14th Street
  • Marina Boulevard & Teagarden Street

    Each approach includes a system of two cameras - a main camera that photographs the car and rear license plate and a camera that captures images of the driver's face. Cameras also capture 12 seconds of video showing the vehicle in the intersection surrounding the time of the violation. The photos and video are reviewed by a police officer before a citation is issued. Citations run $351 and violators will receive four full-color digital images imprinted with the date, time, location, lane of travel, vehicle speed and posted speed of each violation.

    Red Light Camera FAQ

    Do major U.S. cities use red light cameras?

    Red light cameras are used for law enforcement in New York City, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver and Scottsdale, Arizona, to name a few larger cities. Similar systems have also been successfully used in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.  

    Do red light cameras unreasonably violate privacy?

    Most people agree that driving on public roads is a regulated activity as well as a right. By obtaining a license, motorists agree to abide by certain rules - to obey traffic signals, for example - for the health and safety of all. Neither the law nor common sense suggests that drivers should not be observed on the road or have their violations documented. When citations are issued, the only recognizable person in the photos is the driver - all passenger faces are carefully blocked out.

    Does someone review the citations before they are issued?

    Trained Police Officers review each citation before it is issued to ensure that a vehicle is in violation of the law. Tickets are mailed to vehicle owners only in cases where it is clear a vehicle ran a red light and the photographed driver's gender matches that of the licensed owner or a licensed driver in the owner's household.

    Does the American public support the use of red light cameras?

    The American public strongly supports the use of red light cameras. Two 1995 surveys sponsored by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety revealed that nationwide, 66 percent of 1,006 people polled said they favor the use of red light cameras, compared with only 28 percent who opposed. A 1996 survey by the Insurance Research Council found that the highest support for red light cameras was in large cities, where 83 percent of respondents supported their use. Strong support is also found in communities where cameras are used; recent red light camera programs in Oxnard, California, and Fairfax, Virginia, for instance, were supported by 80 percent of residents polled.

    Is red light running a serious problem?

    Drivers who run red lights are responsible for an estimated 260,000 crashes in the U.S. annually, killing over 800 people each year. Nationally, red light running fatalities increased by 15 percent between 1992 and 1997, far outpacing the 6 percent rise in all other fatal crashes. Red light running crashes are also the most likely to cause injury. Occupant injuries occur in 45 percent of red light running crashes, compared with 30 percent for other crash types.

    Isn't conventional police enforcement sufficient?

    Enforcing traffic laws in dense urban areas by traditional means poses special difficulties and dangers for police who, in most cases, must follow a violating vehicle through a red light to stop it. This can endanger other motorists and pedestrians. Also, communities such as San Leandro do not have the resources to allow police officers to patrol intersections as often as needed to ticket all red light runners. Camera programs work around the clock and free police to focus on other enforcement needs.

    What is red light running?

    A violation occurs when a motorist deliberately enters an intersection after a signal light has turned red. Motorists who are already in an intersection when the signal changes to red — while waiting to turn, for example — are not red light running and are not ticketed.

    What safety benefits do red light cameras provide?

    Camera enforcement programs have been proven to reduce red light violations as well as crashes and injuries at intersections. In Oxnard, California, for instance, red light running dropped by 42 percent through the use of a photo enforcement program. In other cities, intersection crashes have fallen by at least a third and serious injuries have fallen by 10 percent.

    Who runs red lights and why?

    All types of people run red lights. The most common reason (47 percent) for red light running is impatience. Red light runners are more likely to be younger, have poor driving records and drive older, smaller vehicles. They are also less likely to use seat belts and are three times more likely than other drivers to have multiple speeding convictions. This means that red light runners are typically at a higher risk of injury in a red light running collision and so are the people they crash into. Motorists who are fatally injured running red lights are much more likely (35 percent) to be over the standard drunken driving threshold (blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent) than drivers of the other vehicles involved in these crashes (6 percent).