Law enforcement is considered an important contributor for maintaining traffic safety. However, limited resources, such as staff and funds, constrain the efforts of police in traffic law enforcement. New technologies such as automated enforcement may offer a partial solution to this problem. Information on automated enforcement devices currently being used in the areas of speed enforcement, red-light traffic signal enforcement, and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane enforcement is provided in the report through summaries and discussions of current technology, experiences in the use of automated enforcement devices, legal issues, and public acceptance of automated enforcement. Examples of experiences include the use of portable billboard speed displays in Richardson, Texas, and Glendale, Arizona, as well as the use of automated speed enforcement devices in Arlington, Texas; Galveston County and LaMarque, Texas; Paradise Valley, Arizona; Pasadena, California; and Peoria, Arizona. Automated HOV lane enforcement experiences from Virginia, California, and Seattle, Washington, and red-light enforcement in Pasadena, California, and New York City are also discussed. Legal issues associated with automated enforcement include photographing of the driver, mailing the citation to the owner of the photographed vehicle, and requiring the owner of the vehicle to idenfity the driver at the time of the offense.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: Urban Highway Operations Research and Implementation Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Fitzpatrick, K
  • Publication Date: 1991-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 72 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00625536
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-92/1232-5, Res Rept 1232-5, TTI: 2-18-90/4-1232
  • Contract Numbers: Study 2-18-90/4-1232
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1993 12:00AM