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

Red Light Camera System Installation

Where a contractor does the installation work, the normal construction inspection procedures employed by the State or local agency should be carried out for the installation of the red light camera equipment. Proper installation includes:

· Installation consistent with the equipment manufacturer's guidelines and State or local agency specifications;
· Inspection of all installation work by State and local agency officials and, where necessary, by the project engineer;
· Testing of the red light camera equipment prior to its cutover for unattended operation; and
· The preparation of as-built drawings that reflect actual construction conditions.

Installations should be thoroughly inspected before testing begins. A comprehensive testing program should then be conducted using both simulated and actual traffic before the system is placed into unattended operation. No warning letters or citations should be issued until it is determined that the system is working accurately and reliably.