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

Oversight Committee of Stakeholder Group

Any community considering the implementation of a red light camera system should first establish an oversight committee inclusive of all stakeholders: engineers, educators, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and most importantly, private citizens.

The Oversight Committee will serve to establish a broadly based partnership that is able to establish program objectives and to monitor program results. The necessary roject participants will vary by community but would typically include representatives from the following organizations:

· State Department of Motor Vehicles;
· State and local Police or Sheriff's Department;
· Traffic Engineering Department;
· Public Works Department;
· City, County, or State's Attorney's Office;
· City, County, or State Public Relations Office;
· Judiciary;
· Photo Enforcement Services Contractor, if one is hired;
· Selected Community Representatives; and
· Selected Outside Agency Representatives, such as a local Automobile Club.

A very high level of quality control and on-going coordination of activities is required for the operation and maintenance of photo enforcement systems. Clearly, the program also has significant visibility with the community at large and with their elected officials that require coordination primarily related to effectively communicating the program's objectives and program results related to achieving the objectives.