Mar 30, 2011 7:47 PM by Greg Boyce
The City of Colorado Springs plans to use a mobile speed van to track speeders in various neighborhoods.
As a vehicle passes the van, the speed is recorded and if that vehicle is speeding, a picture is taken as it approaches the van. A second picture is taken as the vehicle passes the van. Only vehicles going more than five miles per hour over the speed limit are photographed.
Similar to the photo red light enforcement program a ticket is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle after the Police Department reviews and approves the images.
A driver will receive a warning if they were going less than nine miles per hour over the limit the first time they are caught by the mobile speed van. If a driver is going more than 10 mph over the speed limit no warning will be issued and a ticket will be issued. Once a driver has received a warning they will not receive another one. The fine amount for a penalty assessment notice is $40 in neighborhoods, construction zones, the perimeter streets of municipal parks, and $80 in school zone areas. This is significantly lower than if a driver received the citation at the time of the violation from a live officer.
In addition to the public awareness campaign, signs identifying the area as a mobile speed zone will be posted.
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