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A traffic light in Denvet.

A plan to add more cameras to catch red-light runners at Denver intersections is on hold.

Denverite reports that the Denver City Council on Wednesday unanimously rejected a $1.2 million contract to add red-light cameras on Lincoln Street at 13th and 18th avenues, among other steps to improve traffic safety.

The plan was blocked amid opposition from Councilman Kevin Flynn, despite support from Denver police and Public Works officials.

Flynn complained that the contract misidentified the intersections where the cameras would be added, and argued that longer yellow lights at the intersections would be a better way to reduce red-light running.

Now, city officials will delay the camera plan for up to nine months while they change the light timing and study the effects.

Denver already has red-light cameras at four intersections -- at W. Eighth Ave. & Speer Blvd., Quebec Street & E. 36th Ave., W. Sixth Ave. & Kalamath Street, and at E. Sixth Ave & Lincoln Street -- and operates four photo speed vans for two shifts seven days a week, per the city Photo Enforcement Program web page.

According to city data gathered by Flynn and reported by The Denver Post, there were 61,298 traffic violations detected at red-camera sites in Denver in 2018.

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