Posted: Oct 27, 2011 1:47 PM by Kirsten Bennett
The City of Colorado Springs has decided to end the red light camera program.
Earlier this month, Mayor Steve Bach and Interim Chief Peter Carey proposed ending the 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.
"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."
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.