RED LIGHT SAFETY CAMERAS
SAVING LIVES THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Miami Beach Intersection Safety Program
WHY ARE RED LIGHT SAFETY CAMERAS NEEDED?
Red light cameras have led to significant decreases in intersection violations and crashes in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. Photo enforcement is a proven deterrent that can bring about a behavior change that results in motorists obeying traffic signals, respecting fellow drivers and avoiding the crashes, injuries and loss of life caused by red light running.
Numerous studies have shown that red light cameras reduce violations. Recent studies show that photo enforcement leads to reduction in intersection injury crashes as well.
RED LIGHT CAMERAS ENHANCE SAFETY
The purpose of red light camera photo enforcement is to discourage drivers from running red lights, which often cause crashes resulting in injuries and death.
To help deter the serious problem of red light running the City of Miami Beach has implemented a Dangerous Intersection Safety Program that includes red light camera photo enforcement. The program utilizes photo and video technology to enforce State Law 316.0083, F.S. fairly and consistently with the goal of reducing infractions, preventing crashes and injuries, and saving lives.
Photo enforcement cameras are clearly not a replacement for Miami Beach police officers. A photo enforcement program is one component of a comprehensive traffic safety program including engineering, education and traditional law enforcement.
Red light camera photo enforcement is designed to change behavior, encouraging drivers to think twice before running a red light.
Each year in the United States, car accidents caused by people running red lights result in nearly 1,000 deaths and about 90,000 injuries. When one car collides with another in a car crash at the high speeds to which people travel when running a red light, the effects can be catastrophic.
In 2003, the Florida Highway Patrol reported that running red lights alone caused 8,900 collisions, 115 deaths, more than 10,000 injuries and $77 million in property damage.
From 1997 to 2004, on average about 38 percent of all fatal crashes at signal controlled intersections involved at least one driver who ran a red light.
HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS (Click Here)
The traffic signals are timed by traffic engineers through careful studies of each individual’s intersection using nationally recognized standards.
The Dangerous Intersection Safety Program’s camera system is synchronized to the traffic signal using non-invasive detection equipment.
The camera system only photographs a vehicle if it enters the intersection after the light has turned red. A second photograph is taken as the vehicle progresses through the intersection.
Vehicles that enter intersection on a yellow light phase are not photographed; even if they are still in the intersection when the light changes to the red phases. The technology is designed to record motorists as they enter an intersection after the signal turns red.
The camera photographs the vehicle from the rear – not the driver. The camera records the date time, lane, location, and speed of the vehicle.
This information is included on the Notice of Infraction and is then evaluated by specially trained members of the Miami Beach Police Department to verify that an infraction has occurred and to determine whether a Notice of Infraction should be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.
RED LIGHT CAMERA ENFORCEMENT CRITERIA
The following is the criteria the Miami Beach Police Department uses to determine whether a red light camera infraction has occurred. The criteria outlined below are the same standards that are utilized by police agencies in the State of Florida to enforce state traffic laws.
A red light camera infraction will occur when:• A vehicle crosses the stop bar or lateral line of the intersection when the light is red or flashing red.
• A vehicle fails to come to a complete stop prior to the stop bar or lateral line of the intersection and turns right on a red light or flashing red light.
• A vehicle that fails to stop prior to the stop bar or lateral line of the intersection and makes a left turn on a red light or flashing red light.
A red light camera infraction will not occur when:• A vehicle is in an intersection past the stop bar or lateral line when the light is yellow or turns red or flashing red light.
• If a vehicle comes to a complete stop prior to the stop bar or lateral line of an intersection and makes a right turn on a red light or flashing red light.
• If a vehicle is in an intersection to make left turn and the light turns yellow or red or flashing red.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Where are the cameras located throughout the city?A: The camera safety systems will be installed at the following locations:
1. Washington Ave. at 17th St. – Eastbound2. Washington Ave at 17th St. – Southbound3. Chase Ave. and Alton Rd. – Northbound4. 63rd St. and Indian Creek Dr. – Southbound5. 41st St. and Prairie Ave. – Northbound6. 71st St. and Indian Creek Dr. – Northbound7. Dade Blvd. and 23rd St. – Westbound8. Alton Rd. and 17th St. – Westbound9. Washington Ave. and Dade Blvd. - Eastbound10. Indian Creek Dr. and Abbot Ave. - Southbound
Q: What if I am already in the intersection when the light turns red, will I receive an infraction?A: No, you will not receive an infraction, the camera only records an image when the vehicle crosses the violation point and enters the intersection above the threshold speed after the light turned red.
Q: How much is the fine? Q: Will a fine affect my driving record?A: Red Light Cameras payment of fines and the new Florida State Law (click here)
Q: What recourse do I have, if I believe the notice was issued erroneously?A: If you feel you received a notice of infraction erroneously or if you have a legal justification for going through the red light, you may contest your violation. On the back of your notice of infraction are instructions for filing an appeal.
INFORMATION | RESOURCES (Click Here)
Public education is the key to making our streets safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. These brochures are available at most municipal buildings or can be downloaded from Public Safety.
The following Web sites provide more information about red light enforcement and other traffic safety issues:
National Campaign to Stop Red Light RunningStop Red Light Running
Federal Highway Administration, Stop Red Light Running ProgramStop Red Light Running Program
Insurance Institute for Highway SafetyHighway Safety
Advocates for Highway and Auto SafetySafe Roads
Governors Highway Safety AssociationGovernors Highway Safety Association
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