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Mayor Holden Announces Red Light Safety Program
Red Light  Safety Program image

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden's logo

Press Release

Friday, May 16th

Baton Rouge Enforces Photo Enforcement
of Red Lights to Improve Safety on the Streets

Motorists who travel some of Baton Rouge’s busiest intersections should be careful not to run red lights or they could receive a violation notice as part of the city’s efforts to use technology to make the streets safer.

As part of Baton Rouge’s “Red Light Safety Program,” cameras have been installed and are fully operational in five intersection locations to enhance street safety with scheduled plans to implementing five new intersection locations.

“Cities across the country have been using this technology to reduce accidents by changing the way drivers respond to traffic signals,” said Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden. “We are implementing this technology initially at some of our problem intersections with the goal of reducing accidents, preventing intersections from being blocked and keeping the traffic flowing.”

NEWLY INSTALLED RED LIGHT CAMERA LOCATIONS
Four new Red Light Cameras locations are scheduled to be activated and fully functional on Friday, September 25, 2009 at the following intersections.

O’Neal Lane (LA 3245) @ I-12 Ramp Northbound
Northbound
O’Neal Lane through movements;

Scenic Highway (US 61) @ Blount Road Northbound & Southbound
Northbound
Scenic Highway left turn, through, and right turn movements;
Southbound
Scenic Highway left turn, through, and right turn movements;

Florida Boulevard (US 190) @ Sherwood Forest Boulevard Northbound, Southbound, and Eastbound
Northbound
Sherwood Forest Boulevard left turn, through, and right turn movements;
Southbound
Sherwood Forest Boulevard through and right turn movements;
Eastbound
Florida Boulevard through and right turn movements;

Airline Highway (US 61) @ Florline Southbound
Southbound
Airline Highway through movements;


FULLY FUNCTIONAL CAMERA LOCATIONS

Airline Highway @ Goodwood Boulevard Northbound
Northbound Airline Highway through and right turn movements;

Airline Highway @ Old Hammond Highway Northbound
Northbound Airline Highway left turn and through movements;

College Drive @ Corporate Boulevard
Westbound Corporate Boulevard left turn, right turn and through movements;

College Drive @ I-10 Eastbound Off-ramp
Eastbound I-10 off ramp left turn movements;
Northbound College through movements;

College Drive @ I-10 Westbound Off-ramp
Southbound College left turn and through movements;
Westbound I-10 off-ramp left turn movements;

Coursey Boulevard @ Cedarcrest Avenue
Eastbound Coursey right turn and through movements;
Westbound Coursey right turn and through movements;

Essen Lane @ Hennessy Boulevard /umma Avenue
Northbound Essen left turn, right turn and through movements;

Essen Lane @ I-10 Eastbound
Eastbound I-10 off-ramp right turn, left turn, and through movements;
Northbound through movements;

Essen Lane @ I-10 Westbound
Westbound I-10 off-ramp left turn and through movements;
Southbound through movements;

LA 19 @ Blount Road
Northbound LA 19 right and through movements;

Lobdell Avenue @ Florida Boulevard
Southbound Lobdell Avenue right turn and through movements;

Nicholson Drive @ Burbank Drive
Northbound Nicholson Drive left turn and through movements;

Perkins Road @ College Drive / Lee Drive
Northbound Lee Drive left turn, right turn and through movements;

S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard @ N. Harrell’s Ferry Road
Northbound Sherwood Forest left turn, right turn and through movements;
Southbound Sherwood Forest right turn and through movements;

Winbourne Avenue @ Victoria Drive
Eastbound Winbourne left turn, right turn and through movements;
 

Mayor Holden said drivers will have ample warning of the photo enforcement of red lights through signs installed at the intersections and all fully functional and scheduled locations and upcoming locations.

Mayor-President Holden, Ingolf Partenheimer, DPW Chief Traffic Engineer, Arthur J. Boudreaux III, Baton Rouge City Prosecutor and Lt. Gary Traylor, Baton Rouge City Police details just how the program works.

The registered owner of the vehicle that runs a red light will receive a notice of violation that costs $117. The fine for subsequent violations within a 12-month period will cost $167 each. The fine is a civil penalty and will not be reported to the driver’s insurance company.

The cameras operate 24 hours a day and capture still photographs and video of every vehicle that runs a red light at the intersection. Cameras photograph only the vehicle and the license plate of vehicles running the red lights. No images of the driver or passengers are captured. Each set of images of a red light violation are reviewed and approved by the Baton Rouge City Police Department before a Notice of Violation is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

The registered owner who receives the notice has four options to resolve the violation: (1) pay the fine either by mail, phone using a credit card, or in person at City Court, (2) pay online at www.ViolationInfo.com, External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge (3) contest the violation through an Adjudication Hearing Officer, or (4) submit a “Declaration of Non-Liability” through the Court for its review stating that the vehicle’s registered owner was not driving the car at the time the violation was recorded. Violators may view a 12-second video clip provided by the vendor, American Traffic Solutions, Inc. at www.ViolationInfo.com External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge

The City of Baton Rouge contracts with American Traffic Solutions to provide the Red Light Camera Enforcement Program. ATS is installing and maintaining all equipment related to this program and process. For more information on ATS, visit www.atsol.com External web link not maintained by City of Baton Rouge