By Steve Scauzillo | [email protected] | San Gabriel Valley TribunePUBLISHED: January 22, 2014 at 1:01 am | UPDATED: September 1, 2017 at 3:38 am Red-light cameras — controversial traffic enforcement devices that can ding an unsuspecting motorist for $500 a pop for minor infractions like illegally turning right on red — are slowly fading to black. For the first time since they were introduced in the 1980s, statistics show a large drop in the number of cities and counties using the photo enforcement systems. Yet many smaller cities are hanging on to the programs to keep the revenues they raise. According to a not-yet-released report on red-light cameras from the Reason Foundation, the number of communities with red-light cameras in the United States has dropped from about 700 in 2011 to 500 at the end of 2013. In California, 60 cities and counties have ended red-light camera programs, more than the number currently using the cameras — about 51, said Jay Beeber, a … [Read more...] about Red-light cameras being stopped
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A 25-year-old woman died and a man was injured in a five-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon that forced a four-hour closure at the west metro Denver intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Kipling Street. Lakewood police said they’re looking at speed and alcohol as factors in the crash. No names were provided. A 47-year-old man believed by police to be “the at-fault driver” also was hospitalized, with non-life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Rob Albrets said. “It looks like the female was stopped at a red light and got rear-ended. She was pushed into the intersection, where three other vehicles were involved,” Albrets said. “We’re still investigating. The man hasn’t been charged yet. It is likely that he will be after treatment at the hospital.” Police re-opened the intersection at about 5:15 p.m. … [Read more...] about Woman at red light rear-ended into Colfax Avenue intersection, then dies in a 5-vehicle crash
Joseph Gerth Louisville Courier Journal Published 8:53 AM EDT Sep 24, 2018 What is it with people who are in such a hurry they can't be bothered to stop at red lights? I've had it with you. So has Laurie Wolberton. She had just picked up her car at Heustis Service Center in Crescent Hill last February, paid $686 to replace a starter or something on her Honda CR-V and was headed home by way of Cannons Lane. WHAM! Just as she passed Holy Spirit Catholic Church and headed through the intersection at Lexington Road, "a nice young man" ran a red light and slammed into Wolberton. "He hit me in the driver's side. I'm lucky it wasn't worse," said Wolberton, whose car was totaled and who is still under a doctor's care for injuries she suffered in the accident. The other driver wasn't cited, she said. Read this: Fixing Louisville's busiest bridge means awful traffic but no tolls While Wolberton's injuries weren't life-threatening, over the past decade, 77 … [Read more...] about Why Kentucky doesn’t have red-light cameras, but needs them
click to enlarge After analyzing factors like collision data, traffic volume and speeding, the city has chosen four intersections for red-light cameras: • Northbound Academy Boulevard at Carefree Circle • Eastbound Platte Avenue at Chelton Road • Westbound Briargate Boulevard at Lexington Drive • Southbound Academy Boulevard at Dublin Boulevard Violators caught by cameras will be fined $75, not including court costs. It's not the first time Colorado Springs has taken a swing at red-light cameras. The first, short-lived attempt began in 2010 before Steve Bach's tenure as mayor. Cameras were placed at four intersections (completely different from the newly selected ones) for about a year. But the project got the red light in October 2011, just over a year later, when the city found it was "not meeting safety expectations" and Bach called for an end to the unpopular program. "According to data supplied by program partner, American Traffic Solutions, Inc. … [Read more...] about A map of the red-light camera locations chosen by the city
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