About The Photoenforced.com Database
Started in 2001
a user generated or crowd sourced database of photo
enforced locations started in 2001. The open
database of locations and fines is continually
updated by anonymous users from around the U.S. The
majority of the database currently contains red
light cameras andspeed
cameras. However, as photo enforcement becomes an
increasingly popular source of revenue for cities
around the U.S. other photo enforcement techniques
such as fixed and mobile school safety zone speed cameras, illegal right turn cameras, bus lane
cameras, parking cameras, toll road cameras,
carpool lane HOV enforcement, Metro railroad cameras, license plate reader cameras will soon
be coming online.
The database consists of more than 10,000+ locations,
fines and it is changing & growing everyday.
Why Was Database
The database was
started in 2001 by Jeff Cohn to monitor and track
the locations and fines associated with photo
enforcement across the U.S. The crowdsourced
database has grown over 15% per year and now has
almost 10,000 locations across North America since
its' inception over a decade ago. Photo
enforcement laws vary significantly from state to
state; some authorize enforcement statewide, whereas
others permit it only in specified communities. The
use of red light cameras and speed cameras has grown
significantly in communities trying to enforce
traffic safety and also generate additional city
revenue. There are also
many safety hazards associated with the use
of these cameras due to erratic driving behavior,
sudden stops and speeding up.
Most of the photo enforced intersections chosen by
cities haven proven to be dangerous in the past with
accidents. It is our mission to
track these dangerous driving locations and monitor
photo enforcement laws and fines. It is our
goal to get mapping and navigation companies like
(Google, Micorsoft, Mapquest, Navteq, TomTom) to
publish our locations and make drivers more aware of
these potentially hazardous intersections while
driving. See additional details seePhotoEnforced.com
Company Overview PowerPoint.
How Do Red
Light Cameras Work?
A red light camera
system is connected to the traffic signal and to
sensors buried in the pavement at the crosswalk or
stop line. Traffic engineers determine the criteria
that will trigger the camera to photograph a
light cameras usually only photograph the license
tag of the vehicle, but they also can photograph the
driver. Typically, two photographs are taken, one
when the vehicle crosses the stop line and a second
when the vehicle is in the intersection. The
photographs also include the date, time and place,
vehicle speed, and elapsed time from the light
turning red to the time the photograph was taken.
Making A Right Turn?
Caught In The Intersection?
photographing the vehicles of drivers who
inadvertently get caught in the intersection,
traffic engineers program the system to photograph
only those vehicles that are moving in excess of a
predetermined speed and that enter the intersection
a predetermined time after the signal has turned
red. The minimum speed criteria eliminates the
possibility of issuing citations for vehicles making
legal turns on red or those that are stopped in
traffic before clearing the intersection. Drivers
who enter on yellow and find themselves in an
intersection when the light changes to red are not
photographed. The technology is intended to catch
vehicles driven by motorists who intentionally enter
an intersection after the signal has turned red.
How Do Speed Cameras Work?
Speed enforcement systems, also known as photo-radar, are
triggered when a vehicle exceeding the speed limit by a predetermined amount is
observed. Like red light cameras, speed cameras generate photographic evidence
that gives the date, time and place, and vehicle speed.
The pictures taken by road-rule enforcement cameras must
usually be viewed by a person before any infringement notice or ticket is issued
to the driver, and judged to be satisfactory or not. This step is known as
verification, and is a standard legal requirement in nearly all jurisdictions.
Verifiers typically must check some or all of the following:
no sign of interference with the
vehicle detector by objects other than the vehicle
license plate readable according to a
make and model of vehicle matches the
recorded license plate nunber
appearance of the driver in the
images is adequate or that it matches the picture on the
drivers license of the vehicle's registered owner.
How Is A Ticket
Most electronic flash cameras produce clear images of
vehicles under all light and weather conditions. Photographs are carefully
reviewed by trained police officers or other officials to verify vehicle
information and ensure the vehicle was in violation. Tickets are mailed to
vehicle owners only in cases where it is clear the vehicle ran the red light.
Typically this process takes one to three weeks and fines range from $50 in some
states up to $400.
Will I Get Points On My
A few states treat automated enforcement citations
just like parking tickets in that the registered owner is liable. Similarly,
just as parking tickets do not result in points and are not recorded on a
driver's record, many states do not assess points or make a record of automated
How To Add NEW Camera Locations to Map or Database
Ask Questions About Our History, Data and Goals.
Red Light Cameras, Right Turn Cameras,
Speed Camera, Traffic Camera (Type) City,
State, Zip Code (Click) "Locate" to find cameras in database
on Map? (Click) "Add" address or intersection & camera type Add,
Check back frequently for new locations posted
by others. PhotoEnforced.com is an open database of locations and fines which is
continually updated by anonymous users from around the U.S. PhotoEnforced DOES
NOT operate, run or manage any of the actual red light camera locations. Please
contact your local city with questions regarding tickets, fines or unpaid