In mid-July, Littleton will turn on red-light cameras at the intersection of South Broadway and Littleton Boulevard to catch drivers going through …
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In mid-July, Littleton will turn on red-light cameras at the
intersection of South Broadway and Littleton Boulevard to catch
drivers going through them.
For 30 days, violators will be mailed only a warning.
In mid-August the fine is $75.
“Improving safety is our priority, and this red-light camera
program will help us reduce violations, crashes, and injuries
caused by red-light violators,” said Littleton Police Chief Heather
Coogan at a Littleton City Council meeting.
“This safety program will save lives, help the traffic flow in a
more orderly way, and make Littleton roadways safer by reducing the
number of red-light violations.”
Three intersections (Littleton Boulevard and South Broadway,
Santa Fe Drive and Mineral Avenue, and Santa Fe Drive and Bowles)
have historically averaged 30 to 40 accidents each year, according
to Littleton Police.
Cameras are set to be installed at the remaining two
intersections later this summer.
Included in the city’s contract with American Traffic Solutions
Inc. is an extensive performance tracking system so Littleton can
determine whether the program actually is reducing red-light
They can match the number of actual violations against the
violations during the trial run, according to Bill Kroske, vice
president of business development for ATS.
Once operational, the system will require at least one officer
to review violations for about 30 to 60 hours a week, according to
Violations recorded by camera will be forwarded to a police
officer, who will then evaluate the evidence. If the officer
confirms that the captured images indeed show a violation, a
summons will be issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.
The owner can choose to pay for the violation by mail — there
are no points assessed against a person’s driver’s license for
red-light camera violations — or contest the issue in Littleton
The owner will be provided with the captured images of the
violation at the time the summons is issued.
This also will be the case during the trial period.
The cost of the camera system and equipment is expected to cost
between $5,000 and $10,000 per year, depending on the number of
violations, according to the contract.
There are no set-up costs associated with the cameras and the
city doesn’t owe any money to ATS until the cameras are
At a July 7 council meeting, Councilmember Jose Trujillo
suggested lowering the amount of the fine.
“If we decrease the fine from $75 to $50 it won’t take long to
accomplish slowing people down at the intersections,” he said.
In Littleton, the fine is $88 if a red-light violator is handed
a written ticket by an officer.
Trujillo and Mayor Doug Clark voted in favor of lowering the
amount. The motion failed.
Clark was the only councilmember to vote against the red-light
Littleton joins more than 300 local governments nationwide with
traffic cameras, including Denver, Lone Tree, Aurora and Greenwood
But the red-light camera program is not without controversy.
Some say the technology leads to an increase in rear-end
collisions. Others say it is nothing more than a money generator
In the past, photo enforcement programs have been seen as a
traffic safety support system for areas difficult for the police
department to manage effectively, said Bill Kroske, vice president
of business development for American Traffic Solutions.
“That is still the case for the most part: monitoring
intersections, school zones and road ways that are difficult for an
officer to cover, or areas where the camera system is more
efficient,” he said.
According to a media report by the Federal Highway
Administration, some cities have seen an increase in rear-end
accidents because of traffic cameras.
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