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Peoria Wins Award for Innovative Traffic Project

Post Date:09/05/2017 3:49 PM

The city of Peoria was awarded the Traffic Engineering Council Technical Achievement Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) for designing an innovative pilot program that archived intersection video footage to aid police investigations.

“Peoria’s incredible forward thinking leadership has resulted in this successful multidepartment project,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “The safety of our residents is our most important priority, and this system is one more tool that helps our first responders better serve and protect our community.”

For the last two decades, traffic engineers have deployed CCTV cameras at intersections to monitor traffic levels to ensure traffic flows properly, while aiding commuters with timely notification of closures. The Peoria Traffic Engineering Division and the Peoria Police Department teamed up to find a way to harness the technology for public safety. A pilot project was launched to determine whether it was technically feasible to archive intersection video for a specified amount of time to investigate serious fatal and injury crashes and felonies. The team used a two-pronged approach when developing the program – technical and policy-based. Upon completion, the team was able to provide policy guidance and a technically feasible approach for improving the investigations of serious collisions and intersection safety for police and traffic departments worldwide. 

“This project was a culmination of efforts from our staff, the police department and our consultants,” said Peoria Engineering Director Adina Lund. “We are very proud of this accomplishment and continue to have organizations reach out to us for additional information on how we operate the system and the policies we put in place.”

The ITE has 14,000 members working in 90 countries. The association’s members work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users and help build smart and livable communities.