City OKs addition of red-light cameras at four locations
Denton will have 15 operating red-light cameras by the end of the week.
In June of last year, the Denton City Council approved six additional cameras in four locations and extended through 2019 the city’s contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, the company that maintains the police department’s systems.
Officer Ryan Grelle,spokesman for Denton police, said the new cameras have been going up for the past two months and the last should be installed by the end of this week.
He said the new camera locations are: southbound Fort Worth Drive at Interstate 35E frontage road; northbound at Loop 288 and Spencer Road; eastbound and westbound at Lillian Miller Parkway/Loop 288 and I-35E frontage road; and eastbound and westbound University Drive/U.S. Highway 380 and the I-35 frontage road.
According to city records, the Automated Traffic Signal Enforcement Program began in May 2006 with six cameras monitoring four intersections based on a combination of red-light violations and red light-related accidents.
Capt. Scott Fletcher said that since the first camera installation, police have seen a downward trend in red-light traffic violations.
“For this past year, we had a13.3 percent reduction in violations at our nine camera approaches,” Fletcher said via e-mail.
Fletcher said that in 2013, 12,308 violations were reported by the nine cameras already in place.
Those nine camera locations are northbound at Bell and Hickory streets; eastbound at Hickory and Bell; westbound at Oak Street and Carroll Boulevard; eastbound at Shady Oaks and Woodrow Lane; northbound and southbound at Mayhill Road and Spencer; eastbound and westbound at University Drive and Mayhill; and northbound at Fort Worth Drive and I-35E.
The city pays a flat rate of$4,870 per month to operate each camera, he said.
From October 2012 through September 2013, the net profit from the camera citations paid was $322,989.98, according to Fletcher. Half of the profit, he said, has to be sent to the state to fund area hospital trauma centers and the city retains the other half to beused for traffic safety enforcement equipment/improvements.
Grelle said the new cameras being installed go into effect immediately and there is no grace period.
Violators are fined $75, he said.
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