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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2009

Red-light Safety Camera Program expands

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department today announced that July 17 is the target date for activating additional red-light safety cameras at the intersections of U.S. Highway 71 and Red Bridge Road, and Bannister Road and I-435.

July 24 has been announced as the target date for activating additional red-light safety cameras at the intersections of N.E. Barry Road/Missouri Highway 152 and North Flintlock Road, 23rd Street and I-435, and Bannister Road and U.S. Highway 71.

It is anticipated that three more red-light safety cameras will be activated in late July, bringing the total number of active red-light safety cameras to 30 and the total number of program intersections to 18.

Consistent with past red-light safety camera installations, prior to inclusion in the safety program, intersections are evaluated by a registered traffic engineer to make certain they meet or exceed the Federal Highway Administration’s recommended countermeasures for reducing red-light running. Only after all recommended countermeasures are in place will the City consider activating an intersection as part of the Red-Light Safety Camera Program.

As additional intersections are added to the Red-Light Safety Camera Program, the public will be notified prior to each intersection activation. Active Red-Light Safety Camera locations are listed at http://www.kcmo.org/pubworks.

Red-light camera systems have proven effective in reducing the incidence of red-light running. Across the nation, more than 200 cities use photo enforcement technology as a traffic safety tool.

The City contracts with American Traffic Solutions Inc., to administer its Red-light Safety Camera Program. The company serves more than 130 communities across the U.S. with photo enforcement programs and is the largest provider of red-light camera systems in Missouri.

Media inquiries about installations and technical aspects of Kansas City’s Red-Light Safety Camera Program should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2659.

Media inquiries about enforcement of red light running laws and the review process for red-light safety camera violations should be directed to the Kansas City Police Department’s Media Unit, (816) 234-5170.

Media inquiries about American Traffic Solutions Inc., should be directed to Josh Weiss, director of Communications and Public Affairs, (480)-596-4613 or josh.weiss@atsol.com.

    
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