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Traffic school is an option for those who meet the court requirements, and information can be obtained through the San Mateo County Superior Court at https://www.sanmateocourt.org/traffic.
If you have received a red light citation at an intersection equipped with digital video, you can contact Red Light Enforcement in San Mateo, by calling 650-522-7747 or sending an email to email@example.com. View the Video Violation Online
Still, acceptance of cameras always has been strong. A 2011 the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety survey in 14 big cities with longstanding red light camera programs found that two-thirds of drivers support their use. A 2002 nationwide survey sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 75 percent of drivers supported red light cameras.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety study of urban crashes found that those involving drivers who ran red lights, stop signs and other traffic controls were the most common type of crash (22%). Injuries occurred in 39% of the crashes in which motorists ran traffic controls.
A study conducted during several months at 5 busy intersections in Fairfax, Virginia, prior to the use of red light cameras found that, on average, a motorist ran a red light every 20 minutes at each intersection. During peak travel times, red light running was more frequent. Analysis of red light violation data from 19 intersections without red light cameras in 4 states found that 1,775 violations occurred over 554 hours, for a violation rate of 3.2 per hour per intersection.
In a 2010 telephone survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 93% of drivers said it's unacceptable to go through a red light if it's possible to stop safely, but one-third reported doing so in the past 30 days. In a 2011 Institute survey in 14 large cities (population greater than 200,000) with long-standing red light camera programs, 82% of drivers believed running red lights is a serious threat to their personal safety, and almost all (93%) believed running red lights is unacceptable. Still, 7% of drivers said that they had driven through a light after it had turned red at least once in the past month.
Additional Safety information about Red light violations can be found at the U.S Department of Transportation: Federal Highway Administration and/or California Department of Motor Vehicles websites.
For more information regarding your citation options: San Mateo Superior Court Traffic Division