Jun 8, 2010 7:29 PM by Greg Boyce
The Colorado Springs City Council passed Tuesday afternoon an ordinance that will allow red light cameras at intersections around the city.
The ordinance passed on first reading on a 5 - 4 vote, with council members Gallagher, Paige, Purvis and Glenn opposed. A picture of the driver and the vehicle license plate will be taken when a red light violation occurs but it also will take a twelve (12) second video of the violation; six (6) seconds before the violation occurs and six (6) seconds after the violation occurs. Tickets can then be sent to the owner of the car.
Four intersections will be included in the project initially:
Construction will begin in August and end in mid September. The issuance of red light violation warnings will begin in mid September and the issuance of citations will not begin until mid October. The construction isn't expected to have any significant impact on traffic.
The program would be run by American Traffic Solutions of Scottsdale, Arizona. The ordinance still needs to be passed on second reading. That may happen on June 22.