Thursday, October 27, 2011

UPDATE: It's official: No red-light cameras next year

Posted By on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

The red light cameras are still on the way out — apparently even sooner than originally reported.

Now they're out on October 31.

Red light cameras will be discontinued — CORRECTED END DATE
Program will end October 31

Earlier this month, Mayor Steve Bach and Interim Chief Peter Carey proposed ending the photo red light enforcement program that was piloted at four intersections. Today, the decision was made official that the contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of this month (October 2011). The pilot program did not meet safety expectations. Ending the program will free up 2.5 full-time Police Department employees for reassignment. The photo speed enforcement program, which features a mobile speed van, will continue.

“We had hoped the program would make a significant difference in motorist safety,” explained Interim Police Chief Pete Carey. “A review of the data up to this point does not clearly show if there is an impact on dangerous front-to-side collisions or rear-end collisions at those intersections. We believe citizens will be better served if we reassign personnel to other priority functions.”
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Remember that the city was proposing doing away with red-light cameras, pending further discussion?

Well, apparently, the discussion is over, and those red-light cameras are going the way of the dinosaur in Colorado Springs.

Red light cameras will be discontinued

Earlier this month, Mayor Steve Bach and Interim Chief Peter Carey proposed ending the photo red light enforcement program that was piloted at four intersections. Today, the decision was made official that the contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of 2011. The pilot program did not meet safety expectations. Ending the program will free up 2.5 full-time Police Department employees for reassignment. The photo speed enforcement program, which features a mobile speed van, will continue.

“We had hoped the program would make a significant difference in motorist safety,” explained Interim Police Chief Pete Carey. “A review of the data up to this point does not clearly show if there is an impact on dangerous front-to-side collisions or rear-end collisions at those intersections. We believe citizens will be better served if we reassign personnel to other priority functions.”

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