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Colorado Springs adds 2 more red light cameras

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 15:34:58-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Two additional red light cameras are going live Friday morning in Colorado Springs, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The two new lights will be up at Lake Avenue and East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard and at the intersection of Airport Road and South Academy Boulevard, making these the fifth and sixth cameras to go live in the Springs.

There are cameras set up at four other intersections: Academy Boulevard at Dublin Boulevard, East Platte Avenue at Chelton Road, Briargate Boulevard at Lexington Boulevard, and Academy Boulevard at North Carefree Circle.

A 30-day warning period is in effect at the newest intersection before the department begins issuing the $75 fine for running a red light. A red-light violation will not add points to your license. Sometimes a camera will flash when no one is running a red light, so each photo capture is reviewed by a CSPD staff member who makes the determination whether or not a violation happened.

Red light cameras made its return to the Springs last April. In our Driving Change series, we learned the department plans examine the data closely to figure out where the technology is most effective.

"There's a lot of research that goes into this and a lot of analysis of the data to figure out how to do it right," said Lieutenant Steve Noblitt, who recently began overseeing the red light camera program. "Ultimately our goal is to change driving behaviors in a way that cause people to recognize that intersections are extremely dangerous locations."

CSPD will release monthly statistics on its website, but each report will be 60 days behind.

According to the department, there will be a total of 10 red light cameras installed throughout Colorado Springs. The other intersections in this project have not been identified yet.