Drive Smart Colorado says red light cameras will help save lives

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Two red light cameras went active in Colorado Springs this week. 

Police say the goal is to protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians from people running red lights. 

The two cameras are active at the Platte Avenue and Chelton Road intersection, and the Briargate Boulevard and Lexington Boulevard intersection.

Two more cameras will go live later this spring, with six more expected to be installed in the near future. 

Maile Gray, executive director of Drive Smart Colorado, said these cameras will help save lives. 

“We see people running red lights at those intersections all the time,” Gray said. “Some people will say it is an increase in rear-end crashes, to which I say, rear-end crashes typically have a much less chance of severe injury and fatality. It’s those side impacts that we are really concerned about.” 

Drivers receive a written warning for the first 30 days after a camera goes active. After that, a $75 fine is given out for each red light infraction. 

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