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
- 2. East Platte Avenue @ Chelton Road
- 3. Briargate Boulevard @ Lexington Boulevard
- 4. Dublin Boulevard @ Academy Boulevard
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.
Pueblo also installed red light cameras in 2010 and two remain in operation.