Southwest Riverside News Network
January 19, 2011
The Murrieta City Council gave the green light to expanding the city’s red light camera program late Tuesday evening.
In a 4-0 decision council members asked the city manager to draft an agenda item that will expand the red light cameras from three to five intersections. No vote was given because it was a discussion item but Council man Douglas McAllister expressed his concerns. Councilmembers said the public safety of residents outweighed any concerns about the city using the system to generate revenue and violating residents’ privacy.
The two new cameras will be placed at Interstate 215 southbound off-ramp at Murrieta Hot Springs and the Interstate 15 northbound off-ramp to Murrieta Hot Springs Road. The city will keep cameras at Murrieta Hot Springs Road/Whitewood Road, Murrieta Hot Springs/Margarita Road and Clinton Keith Road/Nutmeg Avenue. City officials decided on keeping the two lower performing red light intersections with the hope that the two new intersections would subsidize the lower performing.