30-day education period begins for safety program designed to curb dangerous driving
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Red light safety cameras will be implemented at two Colorado Springs intersections in an effort to prevent dangerous red-light running. The “Red Light Safety Camera Program” aims to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians from injuries or crashes caused by red-light running. The program commences April 9 and will begin with a 30-day warning period before a $75 fine is implemented. Traffic safety cameras will be implemented at four intersections with the remaining two intersections slated to go live later this spring.
Intersections to go live April 9
East Platte Avenue @ Chelton Road
Briargate Boulevard @ Lexington Boulevard
Intersections to go live this spring
Academy Boulevard @ North Carefree Circle
Academy Boulevard @ Dublin Boulevard
A total of 10 red light safety cameras will be installed at locations throughout Colorado Springs with the remaining six intersections to be identified and installed in the future.
CSPD implements 30-day warning period
Beginning April 9 through May 8, motorists captured by the red light cameras running a red light will be issued a written warning by mail. Only drivers who ENTER the intersection AFTER the light has turned 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 fine of $75 (no points will be assessed).
With each new intersection to use this technology, a new 30-day warning period will take effect before fines will be issued.
Cameras operate 24-hours-a-day and capture images of vehicles when they run a red light at an intersection. Violations are issued after police personnel confirm a violation has occurred. Signs posted along the street will alert drivers that red-light safety cameras are in use at the intersection ahead. For more information about the program visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/RedLightSafety.
“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,” said Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski. “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.”
The automated red-light safety camera enforcement program works to change driver behavior through increased enforcement of red light laws and increased public awareness of red-light running.
Data shows that red-light safety cameras can change driving behavior and City officials chose the locations after evaluating several factors including crash data and where the technology would have the most impact.
Colorado Springs contracts with Verra Mobility as their red-light safety camera vendor. Verra Mobility is the leading provider of red-light and speed camera enforcement programs across North America.