Sites in the United States
Arizona has both photo-radar and red-light
cameras in operation.
Chandler has installed 4 red-light cameras.
Flagstaff is acquiring 1 photo-radar unit.
According to the Glendale,
AZ Traffic Safety Issues web page, "The City of Glendale is
carefully examining all options related to photo radar as an enforcement
tool. For over two years, the city's traffic engineers have been
studying the volume of traffic and accident rates a major intersections
throughout Glendale. They have also documented these statistics at major
arterial streets and residential streets in Glendale."
The Mesa web site is well written and hosted by
the City and reflects the City's primary concern for safety rather than
just revenue -- they post the locations of all cameras.
Paradise Valley has one of the the most proven
systems in Arizona and the U.S. It is one of earliest photo-radar system
installed in the U.S. and is still in operation.
Phoenix will soon add 20 red-light cameras to
serve 20 intersections.
California has it all: photo-radar, red-light
cameras, and photo-enforcement of tolls. They also recently changed the
law increasing the fine significantly.
hills has installed 6 red-light cameras.
The following sites were provided by http://www.tooch.org/.
Photos of the intersections can be found at that site. Thomas Guide®
numbers are provided for reference.
- West Bound Fletcher Parkway to South Bound Magnolia
Avenue -- 1251 F-4
West Bound Fletcher Parkway to South Bound Marshall Avenue -- 1251
North Bound Fletcher Parkway to West Bound Navajo Road -- 1251 B-4
- West Bound Washington Ave. to South Bound El Cajon Blvd --
- West Bound Main Street Thru Mollison Ave -- 1251 G-5
- Broadway at Mollison Direction Unknown At This Time -- 1251
- Photos of the intersections can be found at that
site. Thomas Guide® numbers are provided for
East Bound Ted Williams Parkway to North Bound Pomerado Road --
West Bound Poway Road thru Community Road -- 1190 E-4
East Bound Poway Road to North Bound Pomerado Road -- 1190 C-5
East Bound Scripps Poway Parkway thru Pomerado Road -- 1190 C-7
East Bound Camino Del Norte Thru Pomerado Road -- 1190 C-1
Twin Peaks Road and Community Road -- 1190 E-2
Highway 67 and Poway Road -- 1191 D-1
Scripps Poway Parkway and Community Road 1190 E-7
Sacramento is expected to install 10-20 red-light
San Diego has selected a vendor for 19 red-light
The following sites were provided by http://www.powayonline.net/Cameras/San_Diego.html.
Photos of the intersections can be found at that site.
- South Bound Black Mountain Road to East Bound
Mira Mesa Blvd -- 1209 E-3
- West Bound Imperial Ave. Thru Euclid Ave. --
- West Bound F Street Thru 16th Street -- 1289
- East Bound Garnet Ave. to North Bound Mission
Bay Drive -- 1248 C-5
- North Bound Bernardo Center Drive to West
Bound Rancho Bernardo Road -- 1170 A-2
West Bound El Cajon Boulevard thru 43rd Street -- 1269 H-4
West Aero Drive to South Murphy Canyon Road -- 1249 F-4
East Palm Avenue Thru Beyer Way -- 1330 D-7
West Bound La Jolla Village Drive to South Bound Towne Centre Drive
-- 1228 D-2
South College Avenue to East Bound Montezuma Road -- 1270 C-2
West Bound Harbor Drive thru 32nd Street -- 1289 F-7
Black Mountain Road and Mira Mesa Boulevard -- 1209 E-3
West Bound Garnet Avenue thru Ingraham Street -- 1248 A-6
Hawthorn Street and Pacific Highway -- 1288 J-2
Garnet Avenue and Mission Bay Drive -- 1248 C-5
Euclid Avenue and Imperial Avenue -- 1290 A-4
Miramar Road and Camino Ruiz -- 1209 D-6
Poway Road at Sabre Springs Parkway -- 1189 H-6
El Cajon Boulevard at Fairmont Avenue -- 1269 H-4
Paraise Valley Road at Woodman Street -- 1290 F-6
Sunset Cliffs Boulevarf at Nimitz Boulevard -- 1248 A-5
Rosecrans Street at Sports Arena Boulevard -- 1268 E-5
F Street at 16th Street -- 1289 C-3
In 1996 the State Legislature amended the California Vehicle Code to
allow "automated enforcement" of red light violations for a
trial period of three years. Earlier this year as this law reached its
sunset, the Legislature debated its value and voted to make it
permanent. Governor Wilson came out in full support, signing it into law
on June 1, 1998. Thanks to Assembly Bill (AB) 1191, authored by Assembly
member Kevin Shelley, red light violation fines increased on January 1,
1998 from $104 to $271. This increased fine results in increased revenue
to local agencies essential for funding automated enforcement efforts
Over the past five years, red light violators have caused an average
of 786 reported collisions and 1,324 injuries annually in San Francisco
according to the Department of California Highway Patrol. These
collisions cost the local economy an estimated $40 million annually not
including property damage. Considering the high incidence of unreported
collisions, the actual cost is much higher.
San Francisco has more than 1,000 signalized intersections. Using a
conservative estimate of ten violations occurring at each signal per
day, an estimated 3.5 million red light violations occur annually in San
Francisco. Last year, the San Francisco Police Department issued more
than 21,000 citations to red light violators. The Red Light Photo
Enforcement Program issued more than 5,000 additional citations during
that same period.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority authorized $250,000
from sales taxes to begin a pilot Red Light Photo Enforcement Program.
In October 1996 the City contracted with two vendors to install cameras
at six intersections. The City paid each vendor for construction costs
plus $17.50 per paid citation to cover operating costs. Early in the
pilot project it became evident that $17.50 per paid citation was
inadequate to fund a full scale program, when one of the vendors
withdrew citing financial difficulties.
Within the first six months of the pilot project the number of red
light runners at camera-enforced intersections dropped more than 40
percent. Since October 1996 more than 9,000 citations have been issued
through the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program. Since San Francisco
increased efforts to stop red light running, the number of collisions
and injuries caused by red light violators has dropped nearly 10 percent
citywide. The pilot project continues to operate at five locations under
the management of a California-based vendor.
The City is currently negotiating with a the same California-based
vendor to expand the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program to twenty-six
intersections. Caltrans agreed to fund five additional locations, and
the Moscone Center Expansion Project will fund four additional locations
in the near future.
The above information was adapted from a fact sheet
supplied by the City of San Francisco. For more information
Bridget Smith, DPT- 415/554-2346
- Redflex's Digital SMARTCAMspeed system is installed in San
Jose and is supported by Redflex's backend
- Traffic System's Notice Processing Service. It's the first all
digital site in the US.
Santa Rosa has installed 2 red-light cameras for
use in 8 housings.
SR-91 (Toll road)
An automated toll system has been running
for more than two years on a 10- mile stretch of Highway 91 in Orange
County, the state's first private toll road. The 91 Express Lanes, as
the toll road is called, consists of four extra lanes in the middle of
the freeway between the Riverside County line and Highway 55 on the
eastern edge of Anaheim. A private company, the California Private
Transportation Co., spent $126 million to put in two lanes in each
direction and pays for all maintenance and law enforcement on that
strip. A California company is providing the photo-enforcement
Boulder has 1 photo-radar and 1 red-light camera.
Denver has contracted with a vendor to install 3
to Ft. Collins web site:
Last year over 4,700 traffic accidents
were reported in Fort Collins, a number the community is not proud of.
Traffic crashes don't just happen, they are caused. And vehicle speeds
are a contributing factor to crashes and their severity. How can we
reduce the accident rate and make our streets safer for all users,
vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians? By reducing vehicle speeds.
To accomplish this, several Fort Collins
City Council members have asked Fort Collins Police Services to look at
new tools and technologies, such as camera radar, to help reduce
excessive vehicle speeding and red-light violations. In addition to
exploring camera radar, the Traffic Engineering Department is using or
considering several other tools, such as re-timing the traffic signals
to improve traffic progression, posting progression speeds on certain
streets, and using pavement markings to remind motorists of the posted
speed limits, as well as other more traditional traffic calming devices
to help control speed.
Many people are unfamiliar with camera
radar and have questions about what it does and does not do. The
following information is provided to help answer questions people have.
What is Camera Radar?
Camera radar is not a new technology (used
since 1971 in other countries) which combines a camera, a radar unit and
a computer set up in the back of a police attended utility vehicle t
track motorists speeds, take photographs of flagrant speed violators'
license plates and generates tickets that will be mailed to the
speeders. It is used to target excessive speeding and ONLY photographs
vehicles that exceed a designated speed above the posted speed limit. A
red-light camera radar system, used at high accident intersections,
works very similar to speed camera radar and ONLY photographs those
vehicles that enter the intersection on the red-light. If you drive the
speed limit and do not run red-lights your vehicle will NOT be
Why consider camera radar?
- Safer streets and school zones
- Fewer speeders
- Reduces speed related fatalities
- Enforces traffic laws without discrimination
- Puts the cost of the program on the violator, not
- Has the potential to lower insurance costs
- Offers savings for the community
- Increases safety for all
For more information about the Photo Radar please
For another view, check out one local citizen's
opinion of Photoradar in Ft.Collins
to County Executive, Charles
Deaths, injuries, and property losses due
to drivers running red-lights have prompted Howard County's initiative
to actively support state legislation approved this year to implement
red-light cameras. I am allocating $200,000 in this budget to implement
this law in our County. This will allow the County to issue fines based
on photos taken by cameras that snap pictures of automobiles when
ignoring a red signal As you know, Howard County was the first county in
the state to utilize these cameras. red-light running is a serious
safety issue that warrants this investment. The purpose of the cameras
at intersections is not to raise money, but rather to reduce the number
of people who break the law by going through red-lights. The purpose is
to save lives by increasing awareness of this dangerous practice.
The good folks of Howard County have been trying
to get red-light cameras for several years. Using Federal grant money,
they studied the issues in detail. They understand the technology as
well as, or even better than, any jurisdiction in America. Their first
shot at legislation, however, failed. That didn't stop them; they
piloted the technology at two intersections that regularly have
accidents. They have tested Peek, Redflex, and DRS digital cameras and
are looking forward to testing a new Bosch digital camera. They are
currently contracting with EDS and LeMarquis.
According to the Howard County Traffic
Engineering web page:
Red-light running is a serious problem. In Howard
County, motorists in one direction at a busy intersection on Little
Patuxent Parkway run a red-light on average every 16 minutes.
During the evening rush hour, the rate soars to every seven
minutes. Fortunately the State Legislature approved
the use of red-light cameras at signalized intersections so
violators can be sent
a ticket when they deliberately go through a red-light.
Research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
reveals that the most frequent type of urban crash is the violation of
traffic control devices. red-light running consistently ranks as
the primary or secondary cause of traffic fatalities and injuries
annually and affects both motorists and innocent pedestrians. Most
importantly, red-light running accidents are much more likely to cause
injuries. A 1992 study involving four urban areas showed that 45%
of red-light running accidents involved injuries, compared to just 30%
in other type of crashes.
Red-light cameras can dramatically assist us in
reducing the number of injuries and deaths resulting from red-light
runners. These cameras take pictures of vehicles that DELIBERATELY
enter the intersection AFTER the light has turned red. The cameras
are connected to a traffic signal with sensors embedded in the
pavement. The owner of the vehicle receives a violation notice in
the mail. Studies from New York City and Los Angeles show that the
use of cameras at intersections has dramatically reduced the number of
violations, changing driver behavior and significantly decreasing the
number of accidents. The cameras do not violate privacy because
the picture only identifies the vehicle's license plate and never shows
the driver's face. Since the cameras only activate after the
light turns red, only pictures of actual violations are snapped -
vehicles going through the intersection on a green or yellow light will
not have their picture taken.
The police need red-light cameras because they simply
don't have the resources to be everywhere. Cameras will allow
police officers to do other high priority crime enforcement. The
police can effectively utilize this new technology to drastically reduce
the number of accidents resulting from red-light runners, thereby saving
Maryland residents money in the form of reduced health care costs.
Howard County has completed phase I of a Federally
funded "Automated Enforcement Demonstration" Project. It
demonstrated the feasibility and reliability of photographic based
surveillance systems to detect and record red-light violators at traffic
signals. Partly as a result of that study, legislation was passed
by the 1997 Maryland General Assembly that authorizes Police Departments
to use such technology as part of traffic law enforcement at traffic
Phase II of the "Automated Enforcement
Demonstration" Project has just begun. It seeks to
demonstrate the feasibility of digital based red-light running detection
systems. We have identified plausible technology and began
installation of digital camera systems at four (4) sites. Vendors
from Australia, France, Great Britain and Israel are participating in
the demonstration. Digital cameras can electronically transmit
pictures to a central computer for identifying vehicle owners and
issuing violation notices. This speeds up the process between the
occurrence of a violation and issuance of a violation notice. More
importantly, there are substantial savings in time and manpower as
the cameras no longer need servicing on a daily basis.
Because digital technology has not yet been proven,
Howard County has begun installing photographic film based cameras under
a one year contract. The program will be implemented by May of
1998 with 10 cameras in operation. The first cameras should be
operational by the end of January 1998.
County is participating with Howard County in a test of digital
camera technology. We have installed a red light enforcement
camera in the Bethesda area. Montgomery County will be installing
more cameras in the near future in locations yet to be determined.
test camera is made by Peek
Transyt-Traffic. Drivers running red lights are detected by
either loops in the street or by a video camera. Once the camera
detects a violation, it takes a color photograph of the car just before
it crosses the stop bar. The camera then takes a narrow angle shot
showing the vehicle license plate. A short time later a third
photo (color) is taken, showing the car in the intersection.
Police confirm the event is a violation and a violation
notice (71kb) will be sent to the vehicle's owner.
receipt of a violation notice, the vehicle owner may simply pay the
fine, or request a trial in District Court to contest the
violation. Maryland law allows photo enforcement of red light
running, but a ticket by photograph is slightly different that one
issued by a police officer witnessing the violation. The photo
violation carries no points, and a fine of $75.00. Insurance
companies cannot consider the ticket for insurance rates.
Highlights of Montgomery County,
Red Light Enforcement Camera Program
- First Camera has been installed in the Bethesda area
- Fine is $75.00
- No points will be issued against vehicle owner's
driving record (similar to a parking ticket)
- Insurance Companies cannot consider the ticket in
calculating insurance rates
- Failure to pay fines will result in inability to
renew driver's license, vehicle registration
- Initially, warning notices will be sent out to
- After a test period, tickets will be sent to
- The Police Department and the Department of Public
Works and Transportation are working together to identify locations
for future cameras
Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT)
MNDOT purchased 1 red-light camera and 1
to an article in CIO:
The benefits of information technology
aren't always measured in increased revenues. In 1982, after a car ran a
red-light and hit an 18-month-old girl in a stroller, the New York
Department of Transportation (DOT) started to research automated law
enforcement systems to monitor and ticket drivers who don't know when to
stop. New York City's red-light Vehicular Monitoring System, which hit
the streets in 1993 after a series of delays, features 27 cameras that
photograph vehicles that run red-lights at high-traffic and
New York recently began plans to expand its
hugely successful red-light program from the eighteen existing cameras
to an estimated 68. As the first large red-light program in the U.S.,
the NYC red-light program has been a model to many cities.
A RFP was issued by the City of New York in June
of 1999 for a new red-light system to replace the six-year old EDS
Locations of red-light cameras in New York City
as of 7/15/98.
2nd Ave @ 42nd
Houston @ 1stAve
West @ Houston
Amsterdam @ 72nd
3rd Ave @ 72nd
Hylan Blvd & Burbank St.
Victory Blvd. @ Morani St.
Draper Pl. @ Richmond Ave.
Caswell Ave @ Richmond Ave.
Metropolitan Ave @ Fresh Pond Rd.
Rockaway Blvd @ Brookville Ave.
Queens Blvd @ 58th St.
Ascan Ave @ Queens Blvd.
Northern Blvd. @ Douglaston Pkwy.
South Conduit Ave @ 89th St.
Northern Blvd @ 114th St.
Woodhaven Blvd. @ 62nd Rd
Beach Channel Dr. @ Hassock St.
Pelham Pkwy @ Stillwell Ave.
CrossBronx Expressway @ Rosedale Ave
Grand Concourse @ 167th St.
Boreum Pl. @ Atlantic Ave
Ocean Pkwy @ Church Ave.
Pennsylvania Ave @ Atlantic Ave
Hamilton Ave @ Clinton Ave.
4th Ave @ 41st St.
Eastern Parkway @ Utica Ave
contract for 20 red-light Cameras was awarded to a US vendor.
to Sarah Doll, Photo Radar Program Manager for the Portland Office of
Transportation, Bureau of Traffic Management:
Together, the Bureau of Traffic Management
and the Portland Police Bureau are using photo radar during a two-year
demonstration project to address citizen concerns about speeding
traffic. The goal of the project is to reduce speeding in residential
areas and around schools.
Photo radar is operated by a trained
police officer in a marked police van. The system combines a camera,
radar, and reader board that displays the speed of each passing vehicle.
If a speeding car is detected, a picture is taken of the driver and the
license plate. A ticket is then mailed to the registered owner of the
Portland has implemented education
programs and engineering solutions to encourage drivers to slow down,
but lacks sufficient enforcement resources to adequately address the
problem. The city and its citizens believe photo radar may be an
enforcement tool that will allow their Police officers to more
efficiently address speeding complaints without diverting existing
resources away from other Police activities.
Portland has 2 photo-radar units installed.
to the The Chattanooga Times:
The Tennessee Department of Transportation
recently approved his request for a high-tech camera to photograph those
who ignore traffic signals or fail in trying to beat the light.
In 1996, the Texas legislature passed, and the
governor signed into law, a bill requiring the Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT) to conduct a pilot program assessing the value of
using cameras at rail crossings. TxDOT contracted with The Texas
Transportation Institute (Texas A&M University) to assist. Six
locations were selected. Two each in Ft. Worth, Austin, and Houston.
Contracts were awarded to three companies for the one year pilot.The
results of the pilot are now being reviewed by The
Texas Transportation Institute.
Texas Transportation Institute
The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI),
established in 1950, is one of the 16 members of the Texas
A&M University System. The headquarters of TTI - a separate
state agency - are located on the campus of Texas
A&M University in College Station.
After two legislative sessions (bills passed and signed both
times) and an AG ruling, Virginia is finally taking pictures of
red-light runners. .
Subcommittee to Study Photo Enforcement of Toll Collections has been
Alexandria has 1 red-light camera rotating
between 3 intersections
There are currently two (2) cameras rotating
between eight (8) intersections. The county of Fairfax has a plan for
ten (10) cameras rotating between thirty (30) intersections.
Vienna will soon install 1-2 red-light cameras.
Clark County has 1 photo-radar unit.
Spokane's new systems are on hold waiting for
computer access and the resolution of legal issues.Read the reports by
Johnson in the The
Spokesman-Review and Tracy Ellig also in the The
Spokane has decided against the use of
A contract for 40 red-light Cameras was awarded
to a US vendor..
Chicago, IL.; Newark, DL; and Philadelphia, PA
February 03, 2007