No more seeing red

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Jonathan Leon of Norwalk was not a big fan of the red-light violation cameras at several major intersections in this city. So, he was quite pleased when he noticed they had disappeared. “It was like a war zone out here. There were three of these cameras within a mile radius of my house,” Leon, 25, said of the high-tech cameras that focused on the Pioneer Boulevard and Florence Avenue junction near his home. City Manager Fred Latham said Santa Fe Springs is revisiting the issue of the red-light violation program in Santa Fe Springs. It is a total review that could lead to selection of another company to operate a similar system. He said he expects that the issue will be presented to the City Council next month. “We’re determining whether or not it makes sense to come back to the council and see whether we want to … reinstall the program,” Latham said. Santa Fe Springs’ red-light violation cameras – at the intersections of Alondra Boulevard and Carmenita Road, at Pioneer and Florence, and at Bloomfield and Florence avenues – were in place for about a year. Latham said the city recently terminated its contract with Nestor Traffic Systems after city officials determined they weren’t satisfied with the company’s work. Fernando Tarin, director of police services, said Nestor recently bought out the previous red-light camera vendor and took over its agreement with Santa Fe Springs. But under Nestor, the services “couldn’t be maintained, and the system wasn’t working accurately,” Tarin said. Bose Gewusi, program manager for Nestor Traffic Systems, said she didn’t know details behind the termination and declined further comment. Tarin said he hasn’t heard complaints about the city’s red-light camera program. Instead, “we have had several individuals contact us and ask why we had the \ removed. They feel they were very helpful,” he said. Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer, who oversees traffic operations in Santa Fe Springs, reported that numerous citations have been linked to the cameras in the last year. Between January 2006 and November 2006, 539 violations were recorded at the Pioneer and Florence crossing, 27 at Alondra and Carmenita, and 49 at Bloomfield and Florence, Boyer reported. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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