Jun 8, 2010 3:58 AM by Jeannette Hynes

Red light cameras coming to Colorado Springs

Soon, you may not need to have a police officer hand you a ticket for running a red light or speeding.  You may just receive the ticket in the mail.

If Colorado Springs City Council votes to approve the ordinance, installation of the "red light" cameras will begin in mid-July, likely to be up and running by mid-October.   The city will start with four intersections, chosen for the number and severity of crashes: Nevada Avenue & Bijou Avenue, Platte Avenue & Circle Drive, Platte Avenue & Murray Boulevard, and Oro Blanco & Barnes.  If the program is successful, the city has identified several other intersections.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Richard Myers says when a person receives a citation, they'll also receive a weblink where they can see the violation on video.  Officers in the department will be reviewing the video for offenders.

"A violation where any one of you could go, 'well that car went through the red light.' That's the kind of tickets we're talking about," says Myers. "If there's any doubt, let it go."

The cost to the city - nothing.  The company slated to put up the video cameras, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), will invest in the hardware, software, installation and upgrades.  Once the program is running, ATS will get its money back from the fines paid.

The ordinance allows for a photo radar program, but details are still in the planning phase.

Councilmembers will vote on the ordinance tomorrow, and vote on the second reading June 22.


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