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Controversial red light cameras returning to Colorado Springs

Four locations announced Tuesday

Drivers prepare for return of red light cameras in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - We told you they were coming, now we know where the first four red light cameras will be placed in Colorado Springs.

According to Colorado Springs police, the decision was made on July 31 to place them at the following intersections:

  • 1.       North Carefree Circle @ Academy Boulevard
           Northbound Approach 
  • 2.       East Platte Avenue @ Chelton Road
           Eastbound Approach 
  • 3.       Briargate Boulevard @ Lexington Boulevard 
           Westbound Approach
  • 4.       Dublin Boulevard @ Academy Boulevard
           Southbound Approach

More details about the city's plans will be released in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that the cameras are needed to reduce the number of drivers who run red lights.

The city currently has 32 traffic fatalities this year, on pace to break last year's record high of 39.

Suthers said although there have been court challenges to red light cameras in other cities, the Colorado Legislature has confirmed the cameras are legal here.

Colorado Springs previously installed red light cameras in the fall of 2010, but they were removed the following year after strong public opposition and a police officer shortage that made camera enforcement personnel better used elsewhere.

The upcoming red light camera program will assess collision data, intersection volume and construction, speed issues, pedestrian safety and other issues, police said.

The initial costs of the program were covered by the city, but ongoing costs will be covered by fines from red light violations. Police also clarified that the fee being paid to vendors is based on the cost of the equipment and not on the number of violations issued.

Pueblo also installed red light cameras in 2010 and two remain in operation.

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