GUIDANCE FOR USING RED LIGHT CAMERAS
Federal Highway AdministrationNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration
March 20, 2003
LIST OF TABLES
RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
Citation Data Processing
The procedures and methods employed for system operations should be designed to ensure the preservation of the chain of custody of evidence for each recorded violation so that backup data and documentation can be easily retrieved when needed. The procedures and methods used for system operations should be comprehensive, clearly documented in writing, and followed without exception.
Citation data processing should be carried out in a secured facility using a data processing system with appropriate security features and firewalls. All personnel, especially those with access to motor vehicle registration and driver's license databases, should be cleared with appropriate background checks.
Internal quality control is essential and should be achieved by the use of double blind internal reviews of each violation, periodic audits by independent law enforcement or engineering staff, and other procedures. Procedures, especially important to ensure quality control, should be developed for each of the following areas.
· Guidelines to be applied for issuing a citation. In other words,
a very specific definition is needed to identify what constitutes a red
light running violation;
Only a qualified law enforcement officer should be authorized to issue a citation. Citations should not be created prior to review of appropriate evidentiary material by the officer. Under no circumstances should a citation be issued when the officer expresses any lack of confidence that a properly documented and provable violation has occurred.