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If you run a red light along Shields Street, get ready for your close up.
Fort Collins Police Services added red light cameras to two Shields Street intersections this summer, with one going active at Mulberry and Shields Street in July and another installed at Prospect Road and Shields Street in mid-September.
The cameras, which joined Fort Collins’ existing duo of red light cameras at the intersections of Drake Road and College Avenue and Harmony and Timberline roads, are designed to reduce red light violations and broadside collisions, according to Sgt. Sara Lynd with the traffic enforcement unit.
The cameras were installed to capture red light violations along east and westbound Mulberry Street and north and southbound Shields Street at Prospect Road, she added.
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In 2019, Fort Collins’ existing red light cameras resulted in nearly 5,200 tickets, according to a February report in the Coloradoan. Red light camera tickets cost drivers $75, compared to the $160 cost one issued by an officer would run. They neither affect car insurance rates nor put points on your driver’s license.
Each intersection has two camera approaches. The approaches cost $10,000 each to run per month, coming in at a monthly cost of $40,000 for the new cameras, Lynd said. Money from red light camera tickets go toward operating the cameras, with the ultimate financial goal of the systems paying for themselves.
Any money left over goes into Fort Collins Police Services’ camera radar and red light fund, which paid for the new red light cameras.
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