Red Light Cameras

Red Light Camera Diagram

Travel Safely in Our Community

Pursuant to the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, the owner of a motor vehicle is liable for payment of a minimum civil penalty of $158 if the owner's vehicle proceeds into an intersection equipped with a photographic traffic control monitoring system when the traffic control monitoring system when the traffic control signal for that vehicle's direction of travel is emitting a steady red signal.

How it Works

The system activates when motion is detected just prior to the stop bar after the traffic signal has turned red. The cameras capture two images of an alleged violation, taken from the rear of the vehicle.

  1. The first image shows the vehicle at the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.
  2. The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.
  3. The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured.

Data, including the time, date and duration of the yellow and red lights, also is recorded. Cameras also record a 12-second digital video of the violation, including six seconds prior to and six seconds after running the red light.

The Benefits

An assessment conducted by ATS shows that red-light running is a problem at many intersections throughout the City of Milton. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 20 percent of all drivers do not obey intersection traffic signals. Red-light cameras help the City of Milton Police Department enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing vehicles whose drivers run red lights. The City of Milton is committed to the safety of the community and dedicated to reducing red-light violations and their potential for crashes and injuries on our roadways.

Run a Red Light - Save Only Seconds

Red-light violations contribute substantially to the millions of intersection collisions that occur nationally each year. Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2007, almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 were injured in crashes that involved red-light running.

Police Can't Be at an Intersection 24/7

The City of Milton's Police Department simply does not have enough police officers to enforce red-light running violations at every dangerous intersection in the city using conventional methods.

Change Driver Behavior

The purpose of this program is to increase traffic safety in the City of Milton by reducing red-light violations. The overall goal of the program is to change dangerous driver behavior. Each driver makes a decision when approaching an intersection where the light has just turned red. Impatient drivers often choose to continue through the intersection, ignoring the law and putting lives at risk.

An analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows red-light cameras saved 159 lives between 2004 and 2008 in 14 of the biggest US cities. Had cameras been operating during that period in all large cities, a total of 815 deaths would have been prevented. The Federal Highway Administration studies show a 40 to 50% reduction in red-light running.