Red Light Cameras Coming (Back) to Colorado Springs
Last week, news stations across the city broadcast that Colorado Springs is rejoining the ranks of cities with Red Light Camera Ticketing Systems. Will the return of red light cameras in our city make us safer while driving?
The Colorado Springs PD and City Council held meetings last year to solicit input from citizens to evaluate the level of community support for re-implementing this type of system. (A little less than ten years ago, Colorado Springs had red light cameras installed at the intersections of Platte & Murray, Circle & Platte, Nevada & Bijou, and Barnes & Oro Blanco). City lawmakers promised that if the system was reintroduced, the cameras would be used at intersections where high numbers of crashes occur due to motorists running red lights. The plan was to set up cameras at four intersections in the Springs of 2018 and expand to six other locations if the pilot program was successful in deterring red-light runners. Thus far, the cameras are not up and running and the intersections where they are to be installed have not been disclosed.
Red light cameras are already in place elsewhere in Colorado, including Denver, Aurora, Englewood, and Boulder. Republican lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to pass a statewide ban on the cameras earlier this year, citing concerns that drivers are unable to dispute the tickets in the same way as traditional citations. Red light camera proponents in Denver have argued, with supporting data, that the cameras make intersections safer by reducing the number of T-bone crashes where the cameras are installed. To address critics’ concerns that the program is a cash-grab for lawmakers, camera proponents have suggested that all money raised from red-light violations should be used exclusively to pay for local traffic safety and enforcement expenses.
No matter which side of the debate you are on, the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. would like to remind our friends and neighbors to follow other vehicles at safe distances, slow and be prepared to stop when your traffic light turns yellow, and drive like your mother is watching. If you’re injured because someone else on the road failed to follow these safety rules, call us at 719.634.0102 or click on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.
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