Red light cam may debut Downtown Tuesday

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June 6, 2005 // UPDATED 1:55 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

The city's first red light camera will tentatively go live Tuesday, June 7, to reduce crashes at intersections, said Lt. Greg Reinhardt.

The city will begin with one or two cameras and hopes to have 16 installed within a month.

City spokesperson Casper Hill said the first camera would be either at 11th & Hennepin or at Lyndale & Broadway avenues north.

The city will start issuing warning tickets to owners of cars that run red lights, he said. The owners will be directed to a city Web site where they can see a video clip of the incident.

The grace period will last for 30 days after the first camera goes on line, Hill said. After that, the city will begin issuing $130 tickets.

The cameras only monitor one traffic direction, Hill said. The city plans to cover 12 intersections with 16 cameras.

A contractor monitors the cameras. A police officer reviews images and approves any tickets. The city will hold an explantory news conference once the system is running.