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Middletown's Red Light Cameras Are Back
Thursday, May 14, 2009 8:21:12 AM - Middletown Ohio

Middletown Brings Back The Red Light Cameras
By: Randy Lewis

On May 17, 2009 Middletown will once again enforce its red light cameras. The safety system is currently being used, but only warning citations are being issued till the 17th of this month. The fine will be $100.

How does this work? Sensors detect when a car passes and an automatic camera takes pictures. These pictures are sent to the red light camera company's headquarters (which is in Arizona) and then beamed back to Police for review. If it appears a violation has occurred, a ticket is mailed to the vehicle owner, who has 30 days to pay or appeal.

In 2004, the city established eight red-light cameras at select intersections throughout Middletown. The original contractor for the red light cameras was Peek Traffic, a Florida based company. Peek Traffic was later bought out by the Maryland Company Traffipax. The city had issues from the start with Traffipax. Among the problems were, poor record keeping of accidents and other monitoring at each of the camera locations.

Middletown police records show there were 5,708 citations issued from April through December 2005; 5,752 citations issued in 2006; and 5,415 citations issued in 2007, which was the transition year from the original vendor to Traffipax. From January through May 2008, only 1,844 citations have been issued, with seven of the eight cameras in operation.

Middletown has now partnered with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc to monitor the system. Redflex is the longest consistently-operating company in the photo enforcement industry. The company, with U.S. operations based in Arizona, has more than 20 years experience partnering with cities on public safety programs. As the industry leader, Redflex has more contracts in more states than any other vendor.

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5/18/2009 3:22:06 PM Jim Baxter

Has anyone ever gone out and timed the yellow light interval at these intersections? The yellow light interval should be three seconds for intersections with approach speeds (not the speed limit)of 25 MPH or less. For every five MPH increase in approach speed the yellow light interval should increase one-half second. If the lights don't meet these MINIMUM standards their only purpose is to generate revenuue, while causing more accidents. BTW, the approach speed is almost always higher than the posted speed limit, because speed limits are routinely posted five to ten MPH slower than prevailing speeds.

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