Police Chief, Keith Kilmer of San Bernardino requested council action to authorize a contract with American Traffic Systems (ATS) with a funding requirement of $950,000.
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In May 2005 the city authorized a Red Light Camera Enforcement System or (RLS) with a company that was purchased by American Traffic Systems in 2009. The initial plan to install four intersection cameras was expanded to eleven locations in 2008. Seven of these locations are active.
ATS has offered to convert the existing red light cameras to the new system which will bring many safety and efficiency improvements to the city.
Reduction in on site equipment. All enforcement is done by one pole at each intersection.
- Improved in ground sensor equipment. The ATS product uses inexpensive sensors to track violators and communicate with curb mounted camera poles. ATS provides these sensors at no cost to the city. Installation, replacement and repair are also completed at no cost.
- Improved strobe light technology to capture multiple red light violators.
- Improved web based software to provide better review capabilities for officials.
- ATS provides a large customer service call center for the public that may have red light questions.
- Lease discounts: ATS has offered the city $144,000 in leasing discounts.
Staff anticipates the additional intersections and improved operations at existing sites will generate $100,000 in fine revenue. Based on the experiences of other entities, the Police Department of San Bernardino estimates that the Red Light Traffic System from ATS will increase enforcement incidents10 to 15 percent.
Funds for this project are from the city’s Traffic Safety Program.