Las Cruces Not Adding New "Red Light" Cameras

Las Cruces – Las Cruces city councilors say red-light cameras will continue in the southern New Mexico city, but they won't add any additional ones.

Councilor Dolores Connor questions why Las Cruces should add more cameras when officials don't have enough information about the program.

Traffic Engineering Administrator Dan Soriano told a council work session Monday that red-light cameras do change drivers' behavior.

He pointed to data from two cameras the state Transportation Commission ordered deactivated in May because they were on state rights of way.

He says after the camera stopped issuing tickets at one intersection, the number of speeding violations and drivers running red lights increased.

But some questioned the reliability of the information because it covered a relatively short period.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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