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* Red Light Camera System Installed In San Rafael To Make Money Or Safety?

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Halloween could be scarier this year for red-light runners in San Rafael.Oct. 31 is the end of a monthlong warning period for drivers who drive through the red lights and when police begin issuing citations. The warning period begins Thursday.The city’s new red-light camera system is one of the first in Marin County, police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said. The first San Rafael intersection to be equipped with red-light cameras is Third and Irwin streets. All intersections that are being monitored by the cameras will be marked by an advisory street sign, Rohrbacher said.During the 30-day warning period, notices will be mailed to violators, Rohrbacher said.Drivers who are convicted of running a red light will have one penalty point attached to their driving record. Violators also face a fine up to $370.Police will issue citations for “straight through,” left turn and right turn red light violators. Drivers who do not come to a complete stop at the limit line before turning right will be cited, Rohrbacher said.The camera system by Redflex Traffic Systems of Scottsdale, Ariz. takes four photographs and a 12-second video of the violation. Violators then receive a notice in the mail to appear in court. The notice includes the four pictures, including one of the driver and the rear license plate of the vehicle.Violators can watch the video of the violation on the Internet for 60 days at www.photonotice.com. Violators without Internet access should call (415) 458-2395 to schedule an appointment to watch the video, police said.Traffic school is available for eligible violators, police said. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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