Step 1: Detecting Violations

Fixed SafeSpeed Systems

  • SafeSpeed's inductive loop systems are exceptionally trustworthy violation detection systems which accurately detect red light and speeding violations in both good and bad weather, 24 hours a day.
  • A SafeSpeed inductive loop detection system consists of coiled electrical wires and sensing circuitry embedded in the road pavement, as well as a computer installed on the same pole as the photo enforcement camera.
  • The pole-mounted computer is wired not only to the sensing circuitry in the pavement, but also to the traffic light circuitry and to the red light camera. The computer constantly monitors both the traffic signal timing and the inductive sensors.
  • When a vehicle passes over the inductive loops in the pavement, the metal in the vehicle causes a fluctuation in the magnetic field of the loops, which triggers the sensor's output and sends a signal to the computer.
  • The SafeSpeed computer receives signals for all vehicles sensed by the inductive loops, but its programming causes the photo enforcement camera to start capturing violation images only if the traffic signal light is red and/or a certain speed limit has been exceeded.

Mobile SafeSpeed Systems

  • SafeSpeed's mobile speed limit enforcement cameras also function as detection units. Their laser sensor systems accurately detect speeding violations in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions.
  • The mobile system's laptop computer program allows wireless configuration of the speed limit in the camera's laser sensor system.
  • When the computer calculates that a speeding violation is taking place, it causes the camera to automatically capture images of the speeding vehicle.

Step 2: Capturing Images

Fixed SafeSpeed Systems

  • When the SafeSpeed computer, alerted by inductive loop sensors, causes the photo enforcement camera to capture violation images, the camera's wide-angle lens first captures an image of the vehicle in the context of the surrounding area.
  • In the case of red light violations, the SafeSpeed camera captures a wide-angle image of the vehicle entering an intersection against a red light and, after a short-programmed delay, another wide-angle image of the vehicle in the center of the intersection.
  • In the case of speeding violations, the SafeSpeed camera captures only one wide-angle image of the speeding vehicle.
  • For both red light and speeding violations, the SafeSpeed camera then uses its telephoto lens to capture a close-up image of the vehicle's license plate.
  • SafeSpeed automatically superimposes the time, date, and location of the violation on each image. For speeding violations, the vehicle's speed is also recorded on all images.
  • The pole-mounted SafeSpeed computer stores violation data and images. Periodically, the computer encrypts the data and images, and transmits them to the SafeSpeed data processing center.

Mobile SafeSpeed Systems

  • When the mobile camera's laser sensors detect a speeding violation, the SafeSpeed computer causes the camera to automatically capture two images of the speeding vehicle.
  • The mobile system's laptop computer program allows wireless configuration of the speed limit in the camera's laser sensor system.
  • The camera then zooms in to capture an image of the speeding vehicle's license plate.
  • SafeSpeed automatically superimposes the time, date, and location of the violation and the speed of the vehicle on each image.
  • The system's laptop computer stores all captured data and images. When police officers return to base, they upload violations data and images over a secure channel to the SafeSpeed data processing center.

Step 3: Processing Citations

Depending on your community's choice of a SafeSpeed photo-enforcement solution, citation processing differs, as follows.

For community-run SafeSpeed photo-enforcement programs:

  • A violation image review technician, employed by your county or municipality, accesses the captured images stored at the SafeSpeed data processing center, using a standard Internet browser and a secure login.
  • If the captured images are clear and the license plate number is legible, the technician notifies the police officer charged with photo-enforcement evidence review.
  • Upon review of the photographic evidence and confirmation that a traffic violation was committed, the police officer cites the vehicle's registered owner.
  • Your county or municipality places the violation images on a secure page at its web site in anticipation of review of the images and online payment by the vehicle owner.
  • Your county or municipality prints a violation notice, which contains the images of the violation, and mails it to the registered owner of the vehicle.

For SafeSpeed-managed photo-enforcement programs:

  • A violation image review technician, employed by SafeSpeed, accesses the captured images stored at the SafeSpeed data processing center, using a standard Internet browser and a secure login.
  • If the captured images are clear and the license plate number is legible, the technician notifies your law enforcement department.
  • If your law enforcement personnel conclude that a traffic violation was committed, they cite the registered owner of the vehicle shown in the images.
  • Your law enforcement personnel then use a secure channel to confirm the violation and provide the name and address of the registered owner to SafeSpeed.
  • SafeSpeed places the violation images on a secure page at the web site it has set up for your community in anticipation of review of the images and online payment by the vehicle owner.
  • SafeSpeed prints a violation notice, which contains color images of the violation, and mails it to the registered owner of the vehicle.
  • Recipients of photo-enforcement violation notices can refer to the FAQs page on the SafeSpeed web site set up for your community if they have questions.

Step 4: Collecting Fines

For community-run Safe Speed photo-enforcement programs:

  • Upon receipt of the violation notice, the vehicle's registered owner can pay the fine in person, mail a check or money order to you, or pay the fine using a credit card at a secure page at your web site.
  • If there is no response from the responsible party, a second violation notice, again containing the images which document the violation, is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.
  • If there still is no response and the fine remains unpaid, a late penalty may be imposed and eventually the responsible party's driver's license may be suspended, his or her vehicle impounded, and a judgment rendered against him or her.

For SafeSpeed-managed photo-enforcement programs:

  • Upon receipt of the violation notice, the vehicle's registered owner can pay the fine by mailing a check or money order to SafeSpeed or by paying the fine using a credit card on a secure page at the SafeSpeed web site set up for your community.
  • If the registered owner opts to pay the fine in person at your town hall, a link with the SafeSpeed data processing center ensures that the in-person payment is accounted for in the SafeSpeed database.
  • Instead of your personnel following up on the details of unpaid photo-enforced violations, SafeSpeed personnel send out additional violation notices on your behalf.
  • SafeSpeed tracks all photo-enforced violation fines and penalty payments collected, and each month provides you with the total amount outstanding, along with a collection report.