West Miami-Dade

July 17, 2014

Sweetwater considering adding four red-light cameras

Sweetwater could be adding additional red-light cameras.

Sweetwater could be adding additional red-light cameras.

At a special City Commission meeting on Monday, Police Chief Jesus Menocal, recommended adding four cameras to city streets.

The proposed locations:

• Northwest 102nd Avenue and West Flagler Street.
• Northwest 107th Avenue and Northwest 25th Street.
• Northwest 114th Avenue and Flagler.
• Northwest 105th Place and Flagler.

Currently, the city has eight cameras in different locations, Menocal said.

“I recommend we should put them because the impact of traffic is going to be a lot more than what we have,” he said.

Some of these neighborhoods will be getting shopping centers with large retailers. Target and Panera Bread will be in a center at 102nd Avenue and West Flagler. A Walmart, L.A. Fitness and other retailers will soon open on 96th Avenue and West Flagler.

“I am looking at the future,” he said. “A lot of business means more transit.”

However, the commission’s president, Orlando Lopez, says now is not the time to add the cameras.

“We have to pay for each camera. We aren’t in a situation where we have to put a camera in every intersection if the revenue is not going to be there to justify the enforcement,” he said.

The city pays $4,750 per camera, according to Orlando Torres, Florida account manager of American Traffic Solutions, which operates the cameras.

The citations are $158, with the city keeping $75. Installation takes about 120 days.

The commission will revisit the recommendation in August, when it will review the contract with the company. The contract will be up in February.

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