Wenatchee could have more red-light cameras later this year. Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins says American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the red light cameras located at three intersections in Wenatchee, is conducting intersection analysis at four locations: northbound Wenatchee Avenue at Maiden Lane, northbound Miller Street at Wenatchee Avenue, southbound Chelan Street at 9th Street and southbound Mission Street at Ferry Street. Robbins says since the camera system started in 2010, collisions at those three intersections are down by 37 percent and red light violations are down by 33 percent. He says the camera system is much more efficient than having officers stationed at intersections.
It's estimated that after court costs and payment to American Traffic Solutions, red light violations the city will neet $300,000 in 2012. A number of callers to Thursday's It's Your Turn Program on KPQ commented on that aspect of the issue.
Robbins says while the fines go to the city's general fund, that money pays for a variety of law enforcement related costs.
In addition to those four intersections, Robbins says they are also studying possibly placing speed zone cameras near elementary and junior high schools in Wenatchee.