Red-light cameras taken down
MONROE - The city’s traffic cameras have been disabled.
The city’s contract with Redflex ended Dec. 31, 2013, and city administrator Gene Brazel said the city removed the signs indicating photo enforcement the following week.
Monroe Police Department spokeswoman Debbie Willis told the Tribune that the department is concerned that speeding in school zones will continue.
The cameras were “effective in capturing violations,” Willis said. The cameras were responsible for more than 5,200 tickets in 2012 and 4,500 tickets in 2013 for speeding in school zones.
“The department will be discussing other ways to address this problem,” Willis said.
The city had contracted for four traffic cameras. Two red-light cameras were located at the intersection of U.S. 2 and North Kelsey Street, and two school zone cameras were located at Fryelands Elementary and Frank Wagner Elementary.
The last day that the school zone cameras captured violations was Dec. 19 because of Monroe School District’s winter break, Willis said.
The cameras became operational on Jan. 1, 2011, though photo enforcement did not begin until that June. Due to “problems with the citations,” it wasn’t until that November that the Police Department began processing violations, said.
The City Council approved the use of traffic cameras in February 2007.
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