Tramel: Cameras ‘reflect a significant positive improvement’
Traffic & Transportation Director Tony Tramel’s latest status report on the SafeLight/SafeSpeed program is piled high with data suggesting the camera-equipped intersections are having the intended effect on changing driver behavior and reducing collisions. The full report save for an addendum of diagrams and spreadsheets is reproduced below.
Analyzing a 14-month period prior to and after the installation of the cameras at intersections, Tramel’s report finds that total crashes fell from 357 to 141, or 61 percent. Of those, right-angle crashes fell from 142 to 78 (45 percent) and rear-end collisions dropped 69 percent, from 127 to 40.
There are 12 intersections equipped with cameras. That’s 6.3 percent of the 190 signalized intersections in the city limits of Lafayette. Four additional intersections and two more speed vans will be added to city streets as part of the renegotiated contract with Redflex.
Since its inception and through May 2012, the SafeLight/SafeSpeed program has generated $11.5 million in revenue. Prior to renegotiating the contract with Redflex late this spring, Lafayette Consolidated Government received 54 percent, or $6.3 million of the total collected; Redflex got 46 percent ($5.2 million). The new contract ups LCG’s take to 60 percent.
Roughly 62 percent of motorists who receive citations actually pay them. But as of May 2012, 104,070 citations are past due 120 days or more for a total in unpaid fines of $6.6 million, of which LCG’s share is $4.3 million.
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