Denver’s red-light cameras were anything but picture perfect in their first month of operation, says the Rocky Mountain News. More than 60 percent of the 2,545 suspected red-light violations caught on camera from the end of a 30-day grace period to Aug. 15 have been tossed out. Most of the citations were rejected because the “threshold speed” that helps trigger the cameras was set too low, generating hundreds of false readings.
In Denver, police officials expect the city’s $838,800 red-light camera system to perform more smoothly in the future and chalk up the incorrect threshold speed to kinks that are to be expected in introducing a new system. The camera setting glitch is only the latest in a series for the red-light cameras. Police Chief Gerry Whitman said Monday that the police department is backlogged in reviewing the 12-second videos of suspected red-light runners. “They’ll get into about the third clip and the computer slows down,” Whitman said. An officer must review each case before a ticket is mailed.