Some city leaders in Aurora want to ban red light cameras

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AURORA, Colo. -- Aurora city leaders took up the future of red light cameras Monday night and what it would mean if the city decided to get rid of them.

Nonprofit organizations receive a big chunk of the money brought in by red light cameras.

But some city council members say they can find other funds to support community groups and still get rid of the cameras.

Aurora police say the red light cameras prevent accidents and make the streets safer. But some city council members don't buy it.

"I think it could actually cause accidents and the best way is to have our patrol officers patrolling the streets," says Aurora City Council member Renie Peterson.

Peterson and council member Marsha Berzins want to get rid of the cameras when the contract runs out next summer. Berzins says 10 of the city's 14 cameras are in her district. "My constituents don't like them. They said absolutely get rid of them."

The tickets from the red light cameras generate more than $1 million. The city uses about half of that to help fund six nonprofit organizations like Sungate Kids.

But councilwoman Peterson believes the city can find a way to dump the red light cameras and still support those groups.

The proposal faces in uphill battle in Aurora. But Peterson notes the state legislature is expected to take another look at banning red light cameras altogether in Colorado. A similar proposal came very close to passing this past legislative session.

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4 comments

  • Codswallop Hogwash

    Some city leaders in Aurora are very stupid.
    Aurora has the Worst drivers I have seen. They speed, cut you off, text, and frequently drive dangerously.
    KEEP THOSE CAMERAS AND GET MORE TRAFFIC COPS OUT THERE!

  • dougsmith42

    So it’s the Aurora leaders that are running the red lights. You can’t justify having to pay a $70 ticket when you are stealing millions of dollars???? Wes Welker foot in mouth disease?? How’d that Molly get in my mouth?…I didn’t smoke it.

  • John Parfrey

    I got caught in Denver by one of those cameras and it taught me not to run red lights. Then, several months later, in order to avoid having that happen again I hit the brakes to avoid running a red light and got rear-ended by a guy following too close and ended up with $5,000 damage to our new Honda. Doesn’t make me a fan of these things. But if the issue is really safety and not just playing “gotcha”, the cameras should also come with large signs warning drivers that the cameras are there and working. That will bring control, but it would reduce revenue, which is what I think these things are really all about.

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