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

Intersection Lighting

Additional intersection lighting is required in conjunction with the operation of the camera units. The additional lighting will need to be installed in accordance with the equipment manufacturer's specifications as well as with State or local ordinances that govern the amount of lighting that is permitted in the driver's field of view.

For camera units that record violations with one or two photographs or digital images, flash units synchronized with the camera shutter provide additional lighting at the intersection at time of exposure so the driver and vehicle license plate can be more clearly photographed. Typically, one flash unit is installed as an integral part of the camera housing. Additional flash units may be installed at intersections where there are more than two lanes being monitored or to maximize the amount of backlighting in the vehicle interior as it traverses the intersection.

For camera units that record a video clip for each violation, continuous additional lighting will be considered. This may be provided by curb or overhead mounted lighting equipment, as specified by the equipment manufacturer.