Santa Clara County law enforcement officials are conducting a red light traffic enforcement campaign through May 17 in an effort to reduce collision-related deaths and injuries.
The campaign, which began Monday, is a joint effort among police in San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos and Los Gatos, as well as the California Highway Patrol and the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
According to the CHP, between 2003 and 2006, red-light running accounted for 4,485 traffic collisions in Santa Clara County. Those collisions resulted in 4,231 injuries and 13 deaths.
In addition to the danger of injury or death, the average cost of a traffic ticket for running a red light is more than $340, according to the county Public Health Department's Traffic Safe Communities Network, which is coordinating the campaign.