Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Another red-light camera starts snapping Sept. 1

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click to enlarge WALTER BAXTER
  • Walter Baxter
Get ready to get caught on camera by the city at another intersection, starting Sept. 1.

The northbound approach at Academy Boulevard and North Carefree Circle will be added to two other sites to be monitored by a red-light cameras.

The camera will snap photos of violators, but a 30-day warning period is being observed before any $75 fine citations are issued, the Colorado Springs Police Department said in a news release. Violators will get a warning by mail during the 30-day period.

The other cameras are at Platte Avenue and Chelton Road, and  the intersection of Lexington and Briargate boulevards.

Later this year, red-light cameras will be mounted at Academy and Dublin boulevards.

Ten cameras will be installed at locations around the city, with the remaining six sites yet to be determined.

From the CSPD:
Cameras operate 24-hours-a-day and capture images of vehicles when they run a red light at an intersection. Violations are issued after police personnel confirm a violation has occurred. Signs posted along the street will alert drivers that red light safety cameras are in use at the intersection ahead. For more information about the program, visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/RedLightSafety.

“2018 witnessed the highest number of traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs. Intersections can be one of the most dangerous places in the city for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski. “Our goal is to reduce the number of red light runners, thus decreasing the number of violations and their potential for crashes and injuries on our roadways. We want drivers in Colorado Springs to stop on red, drive attentively, and follow the rules of the road.”

The automated red light safety camera enforcement program works to change driver behavior through increased enforcement of red light laws and increased public awareness of red light running.

Data shows that red light safety cameras can change driving behavior and city officials chose the locations after evaluating several factors including crash data and where the technology would have the most impact.

Colorado Springs contracts with Verra Mobility as their red light safety camera vendor. Verra Mobility is the leading provider of red light and speed camera enforcement programs across North America.

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