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V.20 No.45 | 11/10/2011

Council Watch

Change the Channel

The battle over public access TV, and red means stop for the city’s cameras
V.20 No.41 | 10/13/2011

Council Watch

Same Old Crew

There were no new faces at the Wednesday, Oct. 5 City Council meeting. The day before in the municipal election, incumbent Councilors Brad Winter and Trudy Jones beat two candidates vying for their seats. Councilors Debbie O’Malley and Rey Garduño faced no opposition.
V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011

Election 2011

Voter FAQ

The city wants to know what you think about red-light cameras. Speak up! We’ve got the low-down on how to cast your ballot.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011

Council Watch

Seven-Hour Cram Session

The Council crammed a lot into their last meeting before summer recess. Councilors voted to: review APD’s deadly force policies; allow big restaurants not to install fire sprinklers; and let the city to vote on red-light cameras.
V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011

Council Watch

Families Stand Against APD Shootings

There have been four officer-caused deaths this year. Another 14 people were shot last year, resulting in nine deaths. “A police force working for a city is supposed to protect and serve. Citizens count on them to help but not in Albuquerque. Here, citizens are afraid to call 911 because of APD’s shoot-to-kill policies,” said Mike Gomez, father of 22-year-old Alan Gomez who was killed by an APD officer on May 10.
V.19 No.43 | 10/28/2010

news

Six red-light cameras may be going down

If the Council approves the measure, a half-dozen cameras will be taken down, and all cameras will no longer issue citations for speeding.

Say goodbye to red-light cameras at:

Academy and Wyoming

Central and Eubank

Menaul and Carlisle

Coors and Montaño

Coors and Paseo del Norte

Jefferson and Paseo del Norte

Mayor Richard Berry got the results of a study by UNM’s Institute for Social Research. The study found that those six intersections saw no reductions in crash-related costs. He’d asked them to look into the cameras’ effectiveness in March.

The study also states:

There is no proof that ticketing for speeding via camera improved safety; there were more rear-end collisions in some cases; and 30 percent of the intersections saw an increase in property damage.

On a positive note, citizens have saved more than $2 million overall in crash-related costs, injuries decreased (even though rear-end wrecks increased) and the program prevented about 120 injurious accidents.

Citizens have learned how to avoid getting tickets, too. Initially, each camera was issuing about 600 citations per month. By 2008, that number dropped to 100 per month.

If the Council approves Berry’s proposal, the city will also look for a third party to administrate the program and would have a contract ready by the end of this year. In early 2007, the city was being sued by people who argued that it had created its own court.

Berry’s doing what he said he would during last year’s campaign cycle.

V.19 No.5 | 2/4/2010
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