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CSPD unveils red-light camera proposal to crowd of skeptics

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Colorado Springs Police Wednesday night unveiled a proposal to bring back the controversial red-light photo enforcement program that, in its previous iteration, lasted less than a year in 2010-'11.

Earlier this year, Mayor John Suthers gave CSPD Chief Pete Carey the go-ahead to pursue restoring the program.  Initially, cameras would be installed by mid-2018 at four yet-to-be-determined intersections shown to have high accident rates.  Up to six more intersections could also be equipped with cameras.

Attendees at Wednesday night's public meeting on the topic were largely skeptical of the proposal.  Most questioned whether the proposal is really in the name of public safety, or rather a method to drum up revenue for the city's General Fund.  Another attendee noted that some cities with red-light cameras have been caught shortening yellow light times in order to nab more red-light runners.  In July, News5 found yellow light times at Pueblo intersections with red light photo enforcement were shorter than national recommendations.

"What guarantees are there that yellow-light durations will not be substantially reduced, and where will any excess revenues from the program be directed," asked one attendee.  "I'm here to tell you and look you in the eye that I'm not playing any games with yellow lights and shortening that or anything like that," Carey responded.  "As far as any money or proceeds or revenue in this program, it will go into the city's General Fund, and that's decisions that they are made above my pay grade.  It doesn't go to the police department."

City Council will ultimately decide whether to move forward with the program.

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