Red light runners beware!

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Red light runners beware!

by: Eugene H. Santos | .
Senator James V. Espaldon | .
published: June 24, 2016

Senator Jim Espaldon (R-Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon) has introduced legislation to establish an automated traffic safety enforcement program for major Guam highways. He is joined in this effort by Senator Frank F. Blas, Jr. (R-Barrigada) and Senator Frank B. Aguon, Jr. (D-Yona).

“Our community has seen a major increase in the number of drivers who choose to run a red light at busy intersections. First and foremost, the legislation we are proposing seeks to curb this behavior by harnessing technology to enforce this violation and make our intersections safer. Secondly, Bill No. 342-33(COR) allows the adoption of a new schedule of traffic fines that will be imposed on the drivers of cars that continue to ignore the traffic signals,” said Senator Espaldon.

Said Senator Blas, “The establishment of this program will allow our Guam Police Department (GPD) to allocate more of its resources to the patrolling of neighborhoods and business locations. High visibility helps to deter crime and the more visible GPD is, the safer our residents and visitors can feel while at home or when out shopping or dining.”

“The funds that can be realized via this program will be available to the Judiciary of Guam to expend. As the Legislature entertains the need for an additional trial court judge, it can be anticipated that standing up a new courtroom and its staffing requirement will mean an increase to the Judiciary’s annual operating budget. This measure could bring some relief by allowing the Judiciary to access these funds as it sees fit to do so,” stated Senator Aguon.

Bill No. 342-33(COR) also includes other traffic violations that are currently on the books to be included in the type of offenses that an automated traffic safety enforcement program could detect and issue citations. Some of these violations are texting or using a cellphone while driving, failure to use seat belts, failure to display or to cover a license plate, and speeding. Before the program is operational, appropriate signage will be erected within 200 feet of an intersection to warn motorists of the use of cameras ahead. When properly implemented, this program can assist in the promotion of better safe driving habits and allow GPD to place more of its resources in our neighborhoods and business districts.

For more information on Bill No. 342-33(COR), please contact Senator Espaldon at the telephone number or e-mail address listed below.

155 Hesler Street, Hagatna, Guam 96910, Tel.: (671) 475-4JIM, Fax: (671) 475-0004, Email: senjvespaldon@gmail.com

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