Some Texas drivers still have questions about red light cameras as to how they work, are they used to catch drivers who speed and who makes money off them. Defensive Driving Texas has the answers to the most popular red light camera questions. Let us break it down for you!
How exactly do red light cameras work?
Red light cameras are connected to high-speed cameras or in some cases video technology to capture drivers who proceed through an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. Depending on the technology method, images will show the violator prior to entering the intersection on the red light followed by the progression through the light.
Red light cameras do not capture images of all vehicles passing through the intersection. In fact, vehicles that entered the intersection on a yellow light and are still in the intersection when the light turns red are not photographed. Cameras will only capture those who enter the intersection after the light has turned red.
All images are time stamped before intersection entry and advancement through. Law enforcement officials are trained to review in detail, the photographs or video of the violation. If law enforcement identifies a violation, the registered owner of the vehicle will be mailed a violation notice.
Do red light cameras capture other violations such as speed or railroad crossings?
Texas law does not currently allow red light cameras to capture drivers who are speeding, making illegal right turns or doing U-turns when a no U-turn sign is posted. State law restricts red light cameras to solely capture drivers who run through red lights.
Who received the revenue generated from red light cameras?
Profits from fines received from red light cameras initially cover operational costs. Operational costs include installation, operation, administration and maintenance of software or system. Once operational costs have been paid, remaining funds are required to be divided between a regional trauma account and local safety programs.
The purpose of red light cameras is to increase safety in and around intersections. Drivers who run through a red light are breaking the law and will be fined. Next time you ponder running through an intersection to save time or beat traffic, beware a red light camera may be present.