Red-light cameras may return
Red light cameras watched Colorado Springs’ intersections for less than a year before then-Mayor Steve Bach pulled the plug on the program. But with recent changes to the technology, police say the devices might deserve another shot.
Mayor John Suthers recently gave police chief Pete Carey the green light to see if reintroducing the cameras might help the department curb traffic violations and address staffing shortages at the same time.
“We’re looking at the different technologies that are out there,” police Lt. Howard Black said. “The biggest piece of change is that there’s no longer that big flash that occurs if you hit that intersection and you’re in violation. That’s all gone.”
Newer cameras use lasers instead of lights, he said. This and other changes would allow police to program the cameras to focus on legitimate violations rather than minor mishaps.
While Suthers might be able to order new cameras, the department is considering 10 intersections, It won’t happen without City Council support though, spokeswoman Jamie Fabos said.