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Red light cameras going live at two intersections Tuesday

Posted at 11:38 AM, Apr 08, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS – Starting Tuesday, April 9, red light cameras will be up and running at two intersections in Colorado Springs.

The red light cameras will go live at the following intersections:

Eastbound on East Platte Ave. at Chelton Rd.

Eastbound on East Platte Ave. at Chelton Rd. (Google Maps)

 

Westbound on Briargate Blvd. at Lexington Blvd.

Westbound on Briargate Blvd. at Lexington Blvd. (Google Maps)

The “Red Light Safety Camera Program” aims to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians from injuries and crashes caused by running a red light.

“2018 witnessed the highest number of traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs. Intersections can be one of the most dangerous places in the city for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said.

The program will begin with a 30-day test run at each new intersection.

Beginning April 9 through May 8, drivers caught running a red light will receive a warning by mail but no fine will be issued for the first 30 days.

Only drivers who enter the intersection after the light turns red will get a ticket.

Any verified violations captured at the first two intersections on May 9 or later will be issued a citation with a $75 fine.

“Our goal is to reduce the number of red-light runners, thus decreasing the number of violations and their potential for crashes and injuries on our roadways. We want drivers in Colorado Springs to stop on red, drive attentively and follow the rules of the road,” Niski said.

Red light cameras operate 24 hours a day. Signs will be posted along the streets to alert drivers red light cameras are in use at the intersection ahead.

Two more intersections will have red light cameras operating later this spring.

Those intersections will be Northbound on Academy Blvd. at North Carefree Circle and Southbound on Academy Blvd. at Dublin Blvd.

A total of ten right light cameras will be installed throughout Colorado Springs with the remaining six intersections to be determined and installed in the future.

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