Dover — Taking consideration of public comment, state official proposed revisions to Delaware’s red light camera program. The revision proposed to the use of safety and crash criteria in determining whether and where to post the electronic intersection monitors.
It also species that all intersections using red light cameras must follow exactly the duration of the yellow light change interval; that means that it must be not less than interval specified in DOT developed manual.
The aim of the revisions is to clarify the rules for meeting a red light camera violation notice which vales a fine of around $112.50.
Dover Police Chief James Hosfelt stated that the camera damaged at the corner of White Oak Rd. and U.S. 13 for the last 16 months was not only vital amount revenue lost to the city but makes less safer the streets of Dover.
For the 2013 Fiscal Year budget that was taken up in the review session on March 22 with city officials, Donna Mitchell who is Dover controller reported that the city will fall nearly $800,000 short on revenue at the end of the year in June.
She stated that an essential portion of the shortfall was due to the revenue coming from Civil Traffic Penalties Fund, which they projected to be around the range of i $750,000 when the budget was created. But as of late March, the projection was lowered closer to $350,000; that means $400,000 less than the original projection.
According to Mitchell, the negative projection could be attributed to the red light camera at White Oak Road and U.S. 13 that was no longer functioning from October 2011 to January 2013. She added that the camera at this intersection is one of the state’s highest revenue producing cameras.
Dover Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit commander, Lt. Alan Rachko said this intersection produced 5,073 citations in 2010 and 2,935 in 2011.
Every citation was fine $112.50, with $12.50 paid to the red light camera contractor, the American Traffic Solutions, based in Tempe, Ariz. The remaining amount of $100 is a 60/40 division between the city and state, with the city receiving the majority amount.
The camera in the area was destroyed after an automobile accident knocked it out. It took more than one year to be replaced as ATS has to follow government red tape.
Senior V-P of ATS Public Affairs/Marketing Communications Charles Territo said it seems unusual for one of their cameras to be down for more than a year. Motorists have become used to the lights at an intersection, so they are more careful and stop running them; it follows that there were fewer citations.
The use of red light camera is a statewide effort for safety on the road that the Department of Transportation in the cities of Dover, Elsmere, Newark, Seaford, and the Delaware State Police are work together to implement.
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