The purpose of these guidelines is to assist jurisdictions who are considering the implementation of red light camera systems and help them avoid inconsistent or incorrect application of such systems. Questions have been raised regarding the contracting, design, implementation, operation of red light camera systems, and the legality and intent of photo enforcement systems. In a broader perspective, for continued use of red light camera systems and other technologies to improve transportation operations and safety, it is vital these technologies are perceived as accurate and reliable and are applied fairly. Red light cameras are currently in place in more than 95 communities in the United States. As red light camera programs continue to be implemented across the nation, there is much to be learned from previous experiences. Traffic engineers, law enforcement officials, and other State and local agency managers can benefit greatly from guidance and research that provides effective and comprehensive procedures for implementing a successful red light camera program. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have developed these operational guidelines for use by State and local agencies for the implementation and operation of red light camera systems. Although not a regulatory requirement, the guidelines are intended to provide critical information for State and local agencies on the relevant aspects of red light camera systems in order to promote consistency, proper implementation, and operation; and to ensure that this effective tool and other forms of technology remain available to transportation and enforcement agencies around the nation. These guidelines can be used by State and local agency managers, transportation engineers, and law enforcement officials to identify and properly address safety problems resulting from red light running within their jurisdictions. The guidelines outline proven and effective practices implemented in the United States, and provide operational guidance that can be followed to ensure that cost-effective solutions are implemented by State and local agencies.


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Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00987769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-043 758
  • Files: HSL, NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2005 12:00AM