Palm Springs stopped processing tickets Monday for red-light violations captured on camera at three major intersections along Congress Avenue, ending nearly three years of camera enforcement.
Faced with hiring a magistrate to hear appeals of tickets for red-light violations, as now required by state law, the village council decided last week not to renew its three-year contract with red-light camera provider American Traffic Solutions.
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Data comparing the first six months of the 2012 budget year with the first six months of the 2013 budget year showed that red-light violations captured by cameras dropped significantly in Palm Springs. Cameras did not signficantly reduce crashes at those intersections and in some cases increased rear-end collisions.
Red light violation data for four locations with cameras in Palm Springs:
- Westbound Forest Hill Boulevard at Congress Avenue: 18 percent decrease.
- Westbound 10th Avenue North and Congress Avenue: 40 percent decrease.
- Northbound Congress Avenue at 10th Avenue North: 17 percent decrease.
- Eastbound Lake Worth road at Congress Avenue: 29 percent decrease.
Source: Palm Springs Police Department