Red Light Safety Camera Program

Share this page:

The City of Colorado Springs is working to make it safer for people in all transportation modes and across all abilities to get around town. Photo red enforcement is a valuable tool to change driver behavior and has been implemented to improve safety by reducing red-light running violations, collisions and injuries without affecting city funds. 

The program acts as a force multiplier, allowing our police officers to be more safely and effectively deployed while still addressing traffic enforcement.   

FAQ: Why do we need red-light safety cameras?

FAQ: What does this program cost taxpayers?

Red-Light Safety Camera Locations

You will know when you are crossing a red light intersection. Each intersection is marked clearly with signs to alert drivers that cameras are in use ahead. Cameras will capture red light runners from a single approach at each of the intersections.

Two intersections will go live on April 9, 2019, with a 30 day warning period.

  • East Platte Avenue @ Chelton Road (eastbound approach, through lanes and right turn)
  • Briargate Boulevard @ Lexington Drive (westbound approach, all movements - left turn, through lanes and right turn)

Two additional intersections are anticipated to go live later this spring.

  • Academy Boulevard @ North Carefree Circle (northbound approach)
  • Academy Boulevard @ Dublin Boulevard (southbound approach)

FAQ: How were the locations determined?

30-Day Warning Period

As red light cameras at each intersection are implemented motorists will have a 30-day education and warning period for violations at that intersection. The registered owner of a vehicle may receive a notice by mail that a red-light running violation has occurred, but no fine will be issued for the first 30 days. After the 30-day warning period, violations confirmed by staff will be issued to the registered owner.

FAQ: What should I do if I receive a violation?

FAQ: How much is the fine and are points assessed on my license?

How Red-Light Safety Cameras Work

A red-light running violation occurs when a motorist ENTERS an intersection AFTER the traffic signal has turned red.

  • The system activates when motion is detected just prior to the stop bar AFTER the traffic signal has turned red. The cameras capture two images of an alleged violation, taken from the rear of the vehicle. 
  • The first image shows the vehicle at the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.
  • The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated. 
  • The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured.
  • Data, including the time, date, and duration of the yellow and red lights, also is recorded.
  • Cameras also record a 12-second digital video of the violation, including six seconds prior to and six seconds after running the red light. 
     

 

FAQ: Why does the camera flash when no one actually runs the red light?

Additional Driver Resources

Safe driving protects you and our community.  Here are some tips for how to be a safe driver:

Distracted driving is a dangerous and growing concern for all communities. Learn more and commit to safer and distraction-free driving from  www.distraction.gov