The world’s largest supplier of traffic enforcement equipment, the Sensys Gatso Group, has been awarded two new speed enforcement contracts in New York State and Iowa through its North American subsidiary, Sensys Gatso USA.
Sensys Gatso USA has been awarded a three-year contract for the management of a school zone safety program by the city of Buffalo in NYS. The contract is and was awarded on September 30, 2019, US-time. The value of the award is US$1m each year for three years, and also makes provisions for two additional one-year contract extensions. The program, managed entirely by Sensys Gatso USA through its TRaaS (Traffic Enforcement as a Service) model, will become operational by the fourth quarter of 2019. Cameras will be positioned on fixed poles at 20 school zone locations around Buffalo and will be actively capturing speeding vehicles during the hours of 7:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.
In August, New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo signed a key bill into law allowing automated traffic enforcement cameras to be used in school zones during school hours, stating, “We know that speed cameras are effective at cracking down on reckless driving; just look at the successful program in New York City which is literally saving lives every day. By signing this measure into law, we will ensure motorists who selfishly endanger children and families around Buffalo’s schools will be held accountable and help prevent future tragedies.”
Andrew Noble, president of Sensys Gatso USA, said, “Hard-work and perseverance on the part of the Buffalo stakeholders ultimately got the bill passed to allow this very important program to be launched. School zone safety programs, such as this one, brings peace of mind to families and community leaders knowing that speeding vehicles will not be tolerated. We are so pleased to have been chosen as Buffalo’s enforcement partner.”
Sensys Gatso USA has also received a five-year speed enforcement contract from the city of LeClaire in Iowa. Valued at US$400,000 each year for five years, the award also makes provisions for two additional one-year contract extensions. The program is expected to become operational by the end of the first quarter of 2020. The company will manage the entire speed enforcement program, starting with the permitting process to the equipment installation and maintenance, as well as citation issuance and fine collection. Through the collection of speed data, the LeClaire Police Department determined that additional traffic enforcement was needed on two major routes, the Interstate 80 corridor and Highway 67 (Cody Road).
Noble said, “We are very pleased to be working with another city in the state of Iowa, where speed enforcement is taken seriously and where the police and city officials understand the value of fully-managed service programs such as this one. We look forward to building a long-term partnership with the City of LeClaire.”
According to Police Chief Shane Themas, “Residents understand our capabilities are limited with a department of our size. Automated speed enforcement is active 24/7, which allows our officers to focus on other important matters.”