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Palm Beach County board agrees to keep red-light cameras

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Updated: 2/04 2:09 pm
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (Palm Beach Post) -- Palm Beach County commissioners today agreed to continue to operate the county’s network of red light traffic cameras in unincorporated areas.

Commissioners voted unanimously to rebid the contract for operating the red-light ticketing system. American Traffic Solutions currently runs the county’s 20 traffic cameras and its contract with the county expires in June.

The commission first considered the issue last month, but delayed their decision at the request of the Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions. Representatives for company told commissioners they needed more time to evaluate a county report on the system.

The county’s engineering staff reviewed accident data over a 44-month period at four key intersections. The analysis found that there was no clear reduction in accidents at all four of the intersections.

The review found that rear end crashes were up, while left turn and angle accidents were down.

Several commissioners said the data showed a reduction in the number of serious accidents.

“It should be obvious that the bottom line is that red light cameras reduce serious injuries and death,” Commissioner Jess Santamaria said. “That is the main reason we should all support it.”
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