You may have to look closely but there’s been a new color added to some of Santa Clarita’s traffic signals lately.
In February the City of Santa Clarita installed a new traffic enforcement tool called blue light enforcer, which aids in determining red light violations.
In total, 15 blue lights were installed at seven intersections throughout Santa Clarita that were considered high red light infraction areas.
- Bouquet Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road
- Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road
- Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road
- McBean Parkway and Magic Mountain Parkway
- McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road
- McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard
- Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road
When you stop at an intersection that has one, you see a red light per usual but simultaneously on the back side of the light a small blue light illuminates. People driving in the opposite direction of travel can see it, including Police Officers, making it easier to tell who’s illegally going through the light and then pull them over.
No cameras are involved with this technology, just two lights running on one circuit.
Santa Clarita is one of the first in Los Angeles County to try out these new violation detectors but they aren’t just for catching red light violators.
“It puts the officer in a safer spot to make the enforcement stop instead of having to chase someone through the intersection” says Sgt. David Shoemaker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.
The City says they have additional blue lights in stock but have no set plans or timeline of when they’ll install more.