For the second straight year, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) has vetoed bills that would ban cities from using cameras to generate tickets for speeding and running red lights.
The governor's decision means drivers can keep getting those tickets, not to the chagrin of the city of Fort Collins.
“You know the city is growing, we're getting a lot of new people coming through and this is a tool that really helps keep folks safe,” Fort Collins Police spokeswoman Kate Kimble said.
The city first started using traffic cameras in 1998, when the speed limit compliance rate was 33 percent. In the nearly 20 years since, that rate has doubled to 66 percent.
“The main issue here is safety. We want to make sure our kids are safe and the streets in the summertime and during the school time it doesn't matter,” Marv Sannes said.
Sannes is a civilian officer that monitors traffic on side streets with cameras in Fort Collins.
He says an average day will produce around 50 citations that are mailed to the driver.
“I have to be careful because my wife drives down here a lot,” he said laughing.
Fort Collins Police also point out that injury traffic accidents in Fort Collins are down since the cameras have been in use.
“Yeah this program is about a lot more than just writing tickets or even generating revenue contrary to popular belief,” Kimble said.
Any tickets issued by cameras do not carry a point penalty.