Automated speed enforcement cameras
- Automated speed enforcement cameras include radar and laser devices that are permanently placed in a location, often on existing traffic lights or signs
- Cameras are used to penalize speed violations and automatically generate tickets for offenders
- Fines and penalties linked to automated speed enforcement cameras range from $100 to $1,000. Higher fines are generally associated with higher-risk areas, like areas around schools
- In 2008, speeding was a contributing factor in 31 percent of all fatal car crashes and associated with more than 11,000 fatalities
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that speeding-related crashes cost more than $40 billion every year
Strength of evidence
Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)
Proven (highest tier)
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
Outcomes and impact
- Reduced fatal and non-fatal injuries from car accidents
- Reduced average traffic speed
- Reduced number of car crashes
- Estimated 20-25% reduction in crashes that result in injury
Keys to successful implementation
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- Legislation is generally required to implement automated speed cameras on city streets.
- Once legislation has passed, automated enforcement programs generally require four to six months to plan, publicize, and implement.
- Work with community members to identify high-risk areas and ensure widespread knowledge of speed camera implementation.
- It is important to ensure that using this technology is permitted by state government, as regulations around automated equipment vary from state to state.