PHOENIX--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--For two decades, law enforcement agencies nationwide have used red light cameras to enforce traffic laws at intersections with a high incidence of red-light running violations and crashes. While the presence of photo enforcement has become commonplace in many regions, confusion still exists as to how red light cameras work, as well as their purpose and function.
“Not only can automated cameras capture evidence of potential violations on a large scale, but they serve as deterrents to breaking the law 24/7.”
“Red light cameras are one of the most powerful tools law enforcement has at its disposal to combat red-light running – a crime that often has deadly consequences,” said Jim Saunders, chief executive officer of Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., a leading provider of road safety technologies. “Not only can automated cameras capture evidence of potential violations on a large scale, but they serve as deterrents to breaking the law 24/7.”
Laws regarding enforcement and the citation process vary among cities and states, yet the technology and data capture procedures remain the same. Saunders explains further how red light cameras work:
- Placement of Red Light Cameras: A two-camera system is installed at an intersection to monitor approaching traffic.
- Incident Detection: The system is triggered to capture images of a vehicle if it progresses through an intersection following a specified time after the signal turns red, as dictated by local laws.
- Evidence Collection: Data of potential violations, including video and still images, is secured, encrypted and placed into an evidence file. Following a three-person review, evidence is submitted to local law enforcement.
- Officer Review: Local officers review evidence packages and have sole discretion as to who receives a citation. Drivers found in violation will receive a ticket in the mail.
For additional details on how red light cameras work, watch the video above or visit the Redflex Safety YouTube Channel.
About Redflex Traffic Systems®, Inc.
Redflex Traffic Systems®, Inc., a leader in road safety technology, operates more than 2,000 photo enforcement systems in more than 220 cities throughout the United States and Canada. With continuous development of new safety products, Redflex has helped reduce collisions and save lives for the past 25 years. Learn more: www.redflex.com.