Why is this program being launched?

With intersection-related traffic accidents creating safety risks for city residents, businesses and visitors, the Napa Police Department is launching an Automated Red Light Enforcement System at four high-injury intersections that were identified as part of Napa’s Local Roadway Safety Plan. 

Napa City Council approved the new red-light enforcement program in August 2023. Similar programs in cities across the country have proven successful in reducing intersection-related accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), after introducing red-light cameras in Oxnard, Calif., for example, the city saw a 29% reduction in injury crashes at intersections with traffic signals. Historically in large cities with red light enforcement programs, fatal red light running crash rates have been reduced by 21%, IIHS reported. Conversely, studies have shown that fatal red light running crash rates in U.S. cities increase by as much as 30% after red-light safety programs are discontinued. 

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1. What is “running a red light”?
2. The citation or notice says that I ran a red light; but I know I stopped.
3. In the pictures my brake lights are on, showing that I stopped. Why did I get this citation?
4. How can I view the video?
5. How can you take my picture without my permission?
6. I was making a right turn and there was no sign saying that I could not do that.
7. I slowed down and there were no cars coming. It was safe.
8. The driver in the picture is not me or I sold the vehicle. What should I do?
9. What happens if I ignore this citation?
10. Who calibrates Napa’s traffic signals?
11. How much is the fine?
12. The fine is too expensive. What can I do?
13. Can I go to traffic school to remove the point from my driving record?
14. I still have more questions. Who can I call?
15. How do red light enforcement systems work?
16. When does the program begin?
17. Why is this program being launched?
18. How will this affect crash fatalities and road safety in Napa?
19. How will violations be determined?
20. Where will the photo speed vehicles be located?