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    Government to benefit from cameras at intersections

    Friday, June 28th, 2002.

    (AP) – At least 10 intersections in the metropolitan area will have video cameras by the end of this year. The cameras are expected to help police prevent traffic infractions by allowing them to issue fines that may yield $2.9 million a year for the government.
    According to published reports, the Department of Transportation and Public Works will pay the installation and a monthly fee to the company operating the system, which has yet to be chosen.

    The government has estimated that approximately 16 drivers run red lights every day, which would mean $8,000 a day and up to $2.9 million in fines in a year.

    However, fines could easily exceed that figure if the government installs cameras in more intersections.

    Meanwhile, Evan Gonzalez, executive deputy director of the department’s Highways and Traffic Division, said the system is intended not only to collect money for the government but also to save lives.

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    Perhaps cameras will only be placed at busy intersections in tourist sections of San Juan. Should you put them elsewhere, Puerto Ricans will find themselves forced to stop at red lights during the wee hours of the morning when it can be dangerous to do so. I don't know if it is legal or not to run red lights after a certain time at night, but it is done routinely with safety in mind.


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      New video system to be implemented in traffic lights

      Monday, October 7th, 2002.

      SAN JUAN
      (AP) – The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) will be implementing a video system that will record drivers who fail to stop at a red light.
      "We are in the process of acquiring it [the system]. We are going to begin with the most dangerous intersections in the metropolitan area,” said DTPW Secretary Jose M. Izquierdo.

      According to published reports, the official believes that this kind of system will have a positive result on the island streets.

      "The reduction in deaths with this type of system is documented. And once citizens get used to being watched they behave better,” the secretary said.

      The initiative is expected to bring considerable revenue to the gneral fund, since the fines imposed by police agents for not stopping at a red light vary from $40 to $75.