More Relief Possible For Drivers Upset About Red Light Cameras

DENVER (CBS4) – More relief may be in store for Denver drivers upset about red light cameras.

The red light cameras are only in four major intersections in the city. One is at 6th Avenue and Lincoln Street.

The fine for just creeping over the white line was recently reduced from $75 to $40. On Tuesday a committee of the city council discussed making the first offense just a warning. After that drivers would get a ticket.

The city says the changes are about safety for people in the crosswalks, especially those who are disabled.

“I think we can create an awareness with people about how dangerous it is to stop in a crosswalk, especially for people in wheelchairs and people who are blind or who have children in strollers and can’t see people,” Councilmember Mary Beth Susman said. “Let’s just make a warning so they understand this and in the second violation assign a fine.”

“On a daily basis when I am navigating the streets there is almost always a situation where there is a car in the crosswalk; a car that doesn’t notice me because they are turning, or a car that is wanting to back up because they are in a crosswalk, and that’s especially dangerous for someone who’s only 4 feet tall.” Julie Farrar with the Commission for People with Disabilities said.

For the new program to take effect a council member would have to draft an ordinance and then have the whole council vote on it.

  • Dave

    Two separate violations. If I run a red light I deserve a ticket. If I park on the line maybe I do, too, but not from a led light camera. That’s nothing but a money grab,

  • Stephen Donaldson

    This is not about safety. Citting someone because their tires “touch” the stop line is NOT safety, it is PETTY! and it is wrong.

    IN fact the vendors actually use different difinitions of “violations” to churn tickets.

    The stop lines are no different!
    Eatontown, NJ

    The main camera captures photos of an offending vehicle when all four of its tires pass an intersection’s white stop line while the corresponding traffic light is red.

    Tuscon, AZ

    At the Oracle location, for example, the violation line appears forty-three feet after the stop bar. This means a driver who clears the crosswalk on yellow would still get a ticket if he did not clear the violation line before the light turned red. At 40 MPH, the practice has the same effect on violations as shortening the yellow light by 1.3 seconds.


    Ban the CAMS!

  • Craig

    Stupid! There shouldn’t be any relief for red light runners! Their talking about extending the yellow light, that will just give red light runners more time to hit the gas and go through from farther back at a higher rate of speed! People also talk about more rear end collisions because of people trying to stop for the light. Pay attention, leave more room and stop texting and this wouldn’t be an issue. Where the fire are you in that big of hurry to get to work 2 minutes earlier?

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