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Old April 7th, 2011
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Default Colorado Springs expands photo enforcement

The City of Colorado Springs is continuing its Focus on Safety Program to increase traffic safety in the community with limited resources. The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) will expand the photo enforcement program by deploying a state-of-the-art mobile speed van. The van utilizes the latest equipment and technology to detect motorists speeding through residential areas, construction zones, the perimeter streets of parks and school zones.

A driver will receive a warning if they were driving less than nine miles per hour (mph) the first time they are caught by the mobile speed van. If a driver is driving more than 10 mph no warning will be issued and a penalty assessment notice will result instead. Once a driver has received a warning they will not receive another one. The fine amount for a penalty assessment notice is $40 in neighborhoods, construction zones, the perimeter streets of municipal parks, and $80 in school zone areas as mandated by city ordinance 10.5.104(F). There will be no points assessed to a photo enforcement infraction so none will be deducted from the driver's license at the time of conviction. This is significantly lower than if a driver received the citation at the time of the violation. That fine would be $10 per every mph over the posted speed limit, plus a $15 surcharge and four points would be deducted from their driver's license at the time of conviction. The intent of the program is to increase safety in our community and ultimately save lives. Individuals that receive a penalty assessment notice will have an option to pay the fine or dispute it in court.

In addition to the public awareness campaign, signage identifying the area as a mobile speed zone will be posted. "This traffic safety initiative will not be a surprise. Our goal is to increase traffic safety in our community by increasing compliance with posted speed limits," said Sergeant Steve Noblitt. "When driving in construction zones, near children and in school zones, expect the unexpected."

The mobile speed van will be deployed on April 5th and a 30 day warning period will begin. During this phase of the process drivers will only receive warnings in the mail. Starting on May 5th the regular enforcement phase will begin and those that drive above the speed threshold set by the operator will receive a warning if they were driving less than 9 mph over the limit and if they have not already received a warning (30 day warning period does not count). If a driver is driving more than 10 mph no warning will be issued and a penalty assessment notice will result instead.

For more information about Colorado Springs Focus on Safety Photo Speed Program visit
http://www.springsgov.com/SectionInd...x?SectionID=61
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