Cameras at 14 Albuquerque Intersections will be turned back on at 12:01 a.m. Friday, November 12, 2010.
City leaders have reached a temporary agreement with Arizona-based Redflex to turn on 14 of the City’s 20 red light cameras next week.
Under the 120-day agreement, the cameras will not check motorists for speed. On Oct. 26 all red light cameras were turned off after a contract with Redflex expired. At the same time, Mayor Richard J. Berry sent a proposal to the City Council eliminating six of the City’s red light camera intersections and the speed component of the program. The mayor also announced that he wanted to seek proposals from other vendors since the program, which was started in October 2004, was losing money. The mayor’s financial advisors estimate that taxpayers would have to supplement more than $370,000 by July 1 to keep the program running.
The mayor’s decision came after the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Social Research completed a seven-month study that found the cameras had moderately improved public safety at 14 of the 20 intersections. The six intersections Mayor Berry proposed to eliminate were those the study identified as having a negative impact on the cost of crashes and injuries.
A week after the mayor’s announcement, the Albuquerque City Council approved a temporary contract with Redflex while the City seeks proposals from vendors. Redflex can submit a new proposal. Mayor Berry said he will not approve a contract that is longer than a year plus options or one that will require taxpayers to bear the burden of the cost to operate the system. The temporary agreement with Redflex will expire Feb. 23, 2010
The following intersections will have active red light cameras beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday November 12, 2010:
Wyoming & Menaul (Westbound and Southbound)
Montgomery & Wyoming (Northbound and Eastbound)
Montgomery & San Mateo (Northbound and Eastbound)
Montgomery & Eubank (Westbound)
Montgomery & Carlisle (Westbound and Eastbound)
Menaul & San Mateo (Westbound and Northbound)
Louisiana & Menaul (Northbound and Eastbound)
Lomas & Wyoming (Southbound and Eastbound)
Juan Tabo & Lomas (Southbound and Eastbound)
Eubank & Lomas (Westbound and Southbound)
Coors & Quail (Southbound and Northbound)
Coors & Ellison (Southbound and Northbound)
Central & Louisiana (Westbound and Eastbound)
Central & Coors (Westbound and Southbound)