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Should red light cameras come back to Colorado Springs

Should red light cameras be brought...

COLORADO SPRINGS - Red light cameras may be coming back to Colorado Springs.

The city got rid of them six years ago, but now, the Police Chief and the Mayor are talking about reviving the program for safety.

"I think red light cameras are a deterrent, and if people find out there are now red light cameras, I think the likelihood is people will start paying more attention," said Mayor John Suthers.

Mayor Suthers is backing Police Chief Pete Carey's proposal to re-issue them.

"There's some really dangerous intersections along Powers and Academy, and it's something we might want to look into," said Chief Carey.

When the city got rid of its four red light cameras in 2011, the public was the driving force.
In order to bring them back…

"We'll need to look at what the expense would be versus more traffic officers," explained Mayor Suthers.

Mayor Suthers went on to say, "A red light camera is simple if you drive through the crosswalk when the light is red the camera will snap a photo and you'll get a ticket."

Tickets range from $40 to $80.

The idea got mixed reactions from people KRDO NewsChannel 13 talked to in the downtown area.

"A lot of people don't want it just because they're worried about getting caught, but I think it's a good idea," said Darren Gorner.

“I think it’s a really, really bad idea because people try to beat the light,” said Michelle Warren.

Mayor Suthers says it comes down to safety.

"I think you'll get mixed reactions from the public, people saying big brother looking at me, but the ultimate bottom line is it's pretty darn effective," he said.

The question now, will the city council buy the idea or will public outcry win again?

Chief Carey says he plans to present a proposal to the city council soon, but no date is set.


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