Red-light cam­eras may re­turn

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Con­rad Swan­son

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.

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