When I first heard of the City of Littleton’s plan to install red-light cameras at a busy intersection, I wasn’t happy. Stay away “Big …
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When I first heard of the City of Littleton’s plan to install
red-light cameras at a busy intersection, I wasn’t happy.
Stay away “Big Brother,” I thought.
Besides the Orwellian feel to it, wasn’t this just a convenient
way for the city to make money?
Well, the plan was approved, the cameras were installed and the
citations are in the mail.
My thoughts now? Doesn’t bother me. In fact, I kind of like the
The truth is, the intersection of South Broadway and Littleton
Boulevard, where the cameras were installed, is a problem. During a
30-day warning period before fines began being issued in late
August, notices were mailed to 397 registered owners of vehicles
who ran the red lights.
In 2007, this same intersection had the second highest number of
accidents in the city. Plans are for the intersection with the
highest number, Santa Fe Drive and West Mineral Avenue, to also
have the cameras. And No. 3, South Santa Fe Drive and West Bowles
Avenue, will be part of the city’s Intersection Safety Program
Stats and other information off the city’s Web site aren’t
really what changed my mind, however. Neither is the fact a few
other area cities, including Lone Tree, have the same type of
One summer afternoon after leaving our Littleton office, I found
myself stopped in the left-turn lane on Littleton Boulevard on my
way to get a burrito. Only one vehicle, a large pickup, was in
front of me at the red light.
The coast was clear and his truck was fast.
With the light having been red for a good three seconds, the
pickup emerged from a complete stop, ran the light and sped onto
South Broadway. No one was injured, but I was really seeing red
This happened during the warning period or just before it, so no
$75 fine was coming this guy’s way.
He was not the only red-light runner I’ve seen at this
intersection, just the most blatant about it.
Thing is, you don’t have to be brazen to end someone’s life when
you’re driving — just a second too late.
So long summer
I was fortunate enough to attend the Denver Broncos’ home opener
It was hard for the actual game against the struggling Cleveland
Browns to live up to the pregame festivities. Former Broncos great
Shannon Sharpe parachuted onto the field before kickoff. Quite an
entrance on the day he was tearfully inducted into the team’s Ring
The weather was warm when Sharpe descended from a blue sky on
the penultimate day of summer. By the time the Broncos had secured
a commanding lead in the fourth quarter, the sky was gray, the air
was cool and I was regretting not having brought a jacket.
To me, a Florida transplant only two years removed, that was one
of the most interesting things about my first Broncos outing.
What’s that saying Coloradans are fond of? “If you don’t like
the weather, wait 10 minutes.”
Well, I waited and waited, but for three days following the
Broncos game, the temperature here barely got above 50, it rained
almost constantly and talk of snow circulated around the media and
Was that Old Man Winter on Sharpe’s back when he landed on the
I haven’t looked at Tampa’s forecast in some time, but I’m
pretty sure it’s hot and humid with a 40 percent chance of
After trying to get my mind around this state’s climate for a
couple of years now, I think I’ll give up trying to figure it
I just need to remember my jacket.
Chris Rotar is a news editor for Colorado Community
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