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
Evidence and impacts
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
- 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
Best practices in 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.
Evaluation overview from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Centers for Disease Control: "Automated speed-camera enforcement" (2015) US Department of Transportation: "Speed enforcement camera systems operational guidelines" (2008) US Department of Transportation, "Automated speed enforcement: Statement of Michael Geraci, Director of Office of Safety Programs, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration" (2010)