Months after the city of Hannibal’s red-light camera system was removed from the intersection of U.S. 61 and Pleasant Street/West Ely Road so improvements could be made, no decision has been made regarding if the system can safely be re-installed.
“There are still plans to put them in, but there’s nothing really new to report. They’re still working on the plans,” said Lt. John Zerbonia of the Hannibal Police Department.
“They” would be Redflex Traffic Systems, which owns all the red-light camera systems in use along the U.S. 61 corridor in Hannibal. In October, Police Chief Lyndell Davis said Redflex was contacted when it became apparent there might be a space issue at the new and improved intersection.
“They’ll do an on-site inspection as well as look over any plans and drawings that MoDOT has as far as where things are, easements and things of that nature,” he said last fall. “There’s some options that Redflex will have to explore, everything ranging from getting some easements from property owners, to working something out with MoDOT, or using different types of technology.”
City Manager Jeff LaGarce is a proponent of bringing back the Pleasant Street/West Ely Road camera system.
“It is very important to reinstitute photo enforcement at that intersection. We’re exploring means to make that possible,” he said, adding that he could not elaborate on the options being reviewed.
According to Davis, it didn’t take long for police to notice a reduction in the number of incidents at that intersection after a red-light camera system was installed there in 2007.
“Within a matter of months we saw a significant reduction in people running the red light and accidents started dropping,” he said.
Another benefit of red-light cameras is the cash they generate for the city. According to Hannibal Finance Director Doug Warren, the fiscal year 2013 budget is projecting a net of $500,000 from red-light tickets.