A red-light camera could come to Dublin's east border as soon as spring.

A red-light camera could come to Dublin's east border as soon as spring.

After determining that more red-light cameras would be installed, Columbus City Council has identified the intersection of Hard and Sawmill roads as part of the first phase of program expansion.

In May, Columbus City Council voted to expand its red-light camera program by 20 cameras, council spokesman John Ivanic said.

The city's public-safety department looked at 40 intersections around Columbus and "studied, worked with (the Mid- Ohio Regional Planning Commission). Police looked at what sites would be best," he said.

"Columbus currently has 18 intersections equipped with red-light cameras," said Columbus deputy safety director George Speaks. "We're expanding by an additional 20 and (the intersection of) Hard and Sawmill is one of the five in the first phase. The city has 17,000 intersections of which 992 are signalized. Of those, 18 are equipped with red-light (camera) technology."

The Sawmill and Hard Road intersection, which falls under Columbus' jurisdiction, was identified for the program after Columbus looked at "three years of empirical data showing which are the most dangerous intersections, and Hard and Sawmill is one of those," Speaks said.

Between 2007 and 2009, there were 892 accidents at Hard and Sawmill roads, he said.

Columbus began installing red-light cameras in 2005 and credits them with "reducing dangerous right-angle crashes at some intersections by more than 75 percent," information from the city said.

The cameras take photos of vehicles that run red lights and Columbus police make the final call on whether to issue drivers a $95 fee.

Dublin has no red-light cameras.

"Red-light camera-automated traffic enforcement is something we've sort of kept tabs on," Dublin's interim police chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said. "Never to my knowledge have we ever looked into getting them."

If engineering deems it feasible, the intersection of Hard and Sawmill roads could be outfitted with a red-light camera as soon as April, Speaks said.

"Once we get the infrastructure in place, there's a 30-day grace period," he said.

Drivers who get caught running a red light by the cameras will receive a warning letter within the first 30 days, but after that could face a $95 fine.

"What happened with the other 18 intersections was we have a very high frequency (of tickets) the first three or four months, then we see the trend decrease," Speaks said. "It's been shown to decrease accidents."