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

Engineering Design of Red Light Camera Systems

The red light camera system installation plans should be prepared and signed by an appropriately licensed engineer. Installation plans should be prepared in accordance with the system manufacturer's standard plans and technical specifications, and with State and local agency standard plans and specifications for public works and traffic engineering improvements. The plans should address the placement of the red light camera system equipment and related components, including:

· Camera equipment;
· Camera housing and supporting structure;
· Intersection lighting;
· Vehicle detection system;
· Communications;
· Pullboxes, conduit runs, and conductor schedule;
· Electrical service; and
· Warning signs.

There are currently no standard plans and specifications for the acquisition and installation of red light camera equipment, except for the plans and specifications provided by the manufacturers and standard plans and specifications that have been developed by State and local agencies for their own use and application. The USDOT and the International Association of Chiefs of Police are developing performance specifications for red light cameras to maintain uniformity in performance.

The installation plans should be processed through the appropriate State or local agency plan check and permitting procedures.