Automated Photo Red Light Enforcement Program
According to statistics, red-light running is the leading cause of urban auto accidents. Motorists are more likely to be injured severely in accidents involving failure to obey traffic controls than in any other type of the accidents.
Recent advances in photo detection systems have provided law enforcement agencies means to curtail red-light violations without the associated danger to officers or the public. These advances have produced automated traffic intersection enforcement systems which produce photographic evidence of vehicles illegally running red lights. The systems combine a computer with a high-speed industrial camera and detection system to provide around the clock intersection enforcement.
RED LIGHT SYSTEM
A typical system consists of two parts, a fixed camera cabinet / pole and detection loops dedicated to each intersection, and a portable camera/computer unit which can be easily moved.
The County currently provides photo enforcement at five (5) intersections throughout the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Based on our analyses, these locations have had the highest rate of accidents caused by red-light running and thus, were selected to be the first locations incorporated into the County's Red Light Photo Enforcement Program.
RED LIGHT PHOTO ENFORCEMENT
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) plays a key role in the success of the County's Photo Enforcement Program. The CHP is responsible for the review of photos, approval of citations, checking time and speed charts, and appearances in Court.