SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Bob Filner and police Chief William Lansdowne are scheduled to announce Friday whether they will maintain the city of San Diego's red light camera program.
The cameras have been operating at 15 busy intersections for years, but a contract with the private firm that operates them is set to expire Thursday night at midnight, and the cameras are set to be shut off.
During the election campaign, Filner said he wasn't in favor of the program as it was set up. His predecessor, Jerry Sanders, declined to bring a contract renewal to the City Council before he left office last month.
Filner scheduled his news conference for N. Harbor Drive and Grape Street, used by some drivers leaving Lindbergh Field for Interstate 5 and by others as a way to depart the downtown waterfront. Long lines form at the intersection's traffic signals, so desperate drivers often try to squeeze onto Grape Street after the yellow traffic signal has blinked to red.
The cameras are designed to automatically take photographs of red-light runners, capturing the vehicle's driver and license plate. Fines are nearly $500.
The intersection accounted for almost 25 percent of the nearly 20,000 citations issued by the program in 2011, according to a report by U-T San Diego. However, statistics show no accidents at the location since 2001, the newspaper reported.
According to the city of San Diego's website, red light cameras are set up at the following other intersections:
Los Angeles and Houston got rid of their red light cameras last year.
A firefighter from Washington state who's been battling the Woolsey Fire was injured Thursday morning when he was struck by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway, and containment of the blaze increased to 57 percent.
Authorities have identified a 69-year-old man who was gravely injured when he was struck by a car while walking in the same Poway intersection where sheriff's deputies were investigating a collision in which his wife struck and injured a pedestrian about 30 minutes earlier.
Arraignment is scheduled Thursday for a transient accused of repeatedly burglarizing the office of a South Bay community group before torching the premises last week.
A 92-year-old man, who allegedly shot and killed his 51-year-old son Wednesday night inside an Old Town San Diego apartment was arrested Thursday.
Offshore winds will weaken throughout the day Thursday. Gusty winds are possible in the mountains and inland valleys, though weaker and less widespread.
Students from Central Elementary School and other San Diego elementary schools on Wednesday took part in a special Thanksgiving dinner with their True Blue Buddies.
Firefighters were able to halt the spread of two small brush fires – one in Carmel Valley and another Sorrento Valley on Wednesday night.
The death toll from the massive Woolsey Fire burning through Malibu and surrounding areas appeared Wednesday to have risen to three, with authorities confirming the discovery of a charred body in a burned-out Agoura home.