San Francisco ticket cameras get extension

| Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill to make sure ticket cameras in the San Francisco area will survive a while longer.

California law allows the city and county of San Francisco to issue citations based on photos snapped of parking violations in transit-only lanes. Municipal Transportation Agency transit vehicles can be outfitted with cameras to record parking violations occurring in the nearly 15 miles of affected lanes.

Violators found in the Muni lanes face $100 fines.

The San Francisco program was slated to sunset at the end of this year. In response, AB1041 extends use of the cameras through 2015.

In the bill analysis, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, stated that “parking in these lanes can significantly increase the time it takes to make even a short bus journey and inconvenience other road users.”

Enforcement cameras are not uncommon in San Francisco. Since 1996, red-light cameras have been used around the city. Nearly 30 cameras are rotated around the city to keep an eye out for traffic scofflaws.

Fines for getting caught running a red light are nearly $400.

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