Mayor Orders Independent Study of Traffic Camera Enforcement Program
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry has ordered an independent study to be conducted of the city’s traffic camera enforcement program.
The study will examine crashes, citations, timing of yellow lights, fiscal data and contractual terms with Redflex, the company that provides the equipment for the program.
The cost of the study and completion date has yet to be determined. The city is in the process of negotiating with the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Social Research to conduct the study. In the meantime, the city has extended its contract with Redflex for four months to allow time for the study to be completed
Once the study is complete, Mayor Berry will decide whether to keep the program as is, eliminate it or narrow its scope.
“For years we have heard a variety of data about the effectiveness of the traffic camera enforcement program,” Mayor Berry said. “I want an independent study. First and foremost this needs to be about safety.”
The traffic camera enforcement program was launched in October 2004. There are 20 intersections in Albuquerque with cameras that send civil citations to speeders and red light runners.