GUIDANCE FOR USING RED LIGHT CAMERAS

Federal Highway AdministrationNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration

March 20, 2003


INTRODUCTION

UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEM

PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION

COUNTERMEASURES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS

RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

REFERENCES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX A PHOTO RED LIGHT ENFORCEMENT LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 5-1 SELECTED RED LIGHT CAMERA SYSTEM ACQUISTION,
INSTALLATION, OPERATIONS, AND MAINTENANCE
ALTERNATIVES

Table 5-2 PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR CONTRACTOR OWNED AND OPERATED RED LIGHT CAMERA SYSTEMS

Table 5-3 PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR AGENCY OWNED AND CONTRACTOR OPERATED RED LIGHT CAMERA SYSTEMS

Table 5-4 PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ELEMENTS USED BY SELECTED RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAMS

Table 5-5 CAMERA UNITS COMPARED

RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

Camera Unit

There are three general types of cameras units used to automatically record red light running violations. The types of camera units used in red light camera systems include:

· 35mm Conventional Film Units;
· Digital Still Picture Units; and,
· Digital Video Units.

Each type has both pros and cons, as shown in Table 5-5.

 

 

 


Table 5-5
CAMERA UNITS COMPARED

Camera Unit Pros Cons
35 mm Inexpensive installations;
Best resolution.
Collection and development of film.
Digital Still

Digital format;
Ease of use;
No film collection or development.

Relatively expensive;
Needs communication links between cameras and processing center;
Comparatively poor resolution.

Digital Video Provide video clips of alleged violations;
Provides circumstances in which violations occur.
High capital cost;
Impression of surveillance;
Needs communication links between cameras and processing center.