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

Operation and Maintenance

As with any integrated system, every element of a red light camera system should function properly for the system to produce the desired results. In addition to proper design and installation, procedures to ensure the proper operation and maintenance of the system should be developed and implemented by the State and local agency.

Proper operation should be consistent with the manufacturer's instructions and the documented operational procedures that have been developed, reviewed, and approved by all parties involved. Periodic checks and audits to verify that it continues to operate properly should also be conducted.

Proper maintenance should include both preventive and corrective maintenance. Preventive maintenance should be performed on a regular basis. Tests of operational performance should be conducted regularly, and actual operational results examined constantly in order to identify any variation from specified performance. If any flaw in the system operation or performance is detected, the issuance of citations should be immediately stopped and any citations previously issued with the possibility of flawed operation or performance should be withdrawn.

Red light camera system operations and maintenance should include the following tasks and functions:

· Collect images of recorded violations and related violations data from photo-enforced intersections;
· Inspect camera and vehicle detection system operations;
· Perform preventative maintenance and cleaning;
· Identify defective equipment and make repairs or replace the equipment;
· Store recorded violations data;
· Review recorded violations data to identify violations;
· Identify vehicle registered owner;
· Prepare draft citations for review and approval;
· Prepare and mail citations to vehicle registered owners;
· Answer telephone inquiries;
· Schedule violator appointments;
· Process vehicle registered owner certifications regarding driver identity at the time of the violation;
· Provide court-requested information and support court hearings; and
· Prepare monthly progress reports.