Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2012

Intersection Safety Program Red Light Cameras

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The City of Boca Raton has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS) to install safety cameras at intersections. The cameras will capture still images and video of red-light running violations. The cameras will operate 24-hours a day and capture images of every vehicle running a red-light at the intersection.

The Boca Raton Police Services Department will review and approve each violation before it is issued. Red-light runners will be issued a citation which includes a fine of $158. No points will be assessed on the driver’s license.

If you receive a notice of violation, go to www.violationinfo.com to view the violation, pay the violation, dispute the violation or view FAQs.

Road Safety Program FAQs

What do I do if I receive a Notice of Infraction/How do I appeal?

Why has the City of Boca Raton implemented an Intersection Safety Camera Program?

What is a red-light running violation?

Where are the intersection safety cameras located?

How does the intersection safety camera work?

Why does the camera flash when no one actually runs the red light?

Can I still make a right on red?

Why has the City of Boca Raton implemented an Intersection Safety Camera Program?

In 2009, nearly 700 people were killed and 113,000 were injured in red-light running crashes. A recent study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) found that during the period from 2004-2008; cameras saved 159 lives in 14 U.S. cities with large populations, and could have prevented 815 deaths had all large cities in the country used the cameras.  According to the IIHS, nearly 2 million crashes annually occur in intersections. The purpose of this program is to increase traffic safety in Boca Raton. The goal of the program is to reduce red-light running violations, crashes, and injuries.

What is a red-light running violation?

A red-light running violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. Motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, waiting to turn for example, are not considered red-light violators.

Where are the intersection safety cameras located?

The intersections with camera installations are listed below. Each intersection is marked clearly with signs.

East & West bound Glades Rd at NW 15 Ave
East bound Glades Rd at St. Andrews Blvd, North bound St. Andrews Blvd  at Glades Rd
North and South bound Federal Hwy at NE 20 St
North and South bound Military Trail at Spanish River Blvd
North and South bound Congress Ave at Clint Moore Rd
East and West bound Glades Rd at NW 2nd Ave

How does the intersection safety camera work?

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.

The first image shows the vehicle at the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.
The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.

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.

Why does the camera flash when no one actually runs the red light?

The road safety program is designed to take two rear photographs of a vehicle that may be committing a violation. The first rear image captures the vehicle prior to entering the intersection with the traffic signal red, and the second image shows the vehicle continuing through the intersection during the red signal phase.

On occasion, a vehicle approaching an intersection with a red light may come to a stop before entering the intersection yet trigger the red-light camera system, causing the flash to discharge. In addition, a vehicle approaching the intersection and making a right turn may not come to a complete stop but only slow before continuing to turn, triggering the road safety program and causing the flash to discharge.

The Boca Raton Police Services Department reviews each violation event captured by the road safety program and makes the final decision to issue a citation. All flash incidents do not equate to a citation; however, the imaging results in 80%+ accuracy in identifying excessive speed approaches.

Can I still make a right on red?

Yes, red light cameras do not affect a driver’s ability to legally make a right on red after coming to a complete stop.  The presence of red light cameras do not nullify any other Florida State Statute.

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