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Red light crashes that result in injury or death are on the rise, outpacing all other kinds of traffic collisions. Crashes caused by motorists running red lights are more deadly and damaging than any other kind of intersection crash. Red light running crashes not only cause more injuries and take more lives, they also result in higher medical expenses, excessive property damage repair costs, increased insurance premiums and lost productivity.

Research shows that the presence of cameras at intersections with traffic signals serves as a deterrent to red light running and reduces the number of crashes at intersections. Also, red light violations are more safely monitored and captured through the use of automated cameras than by requiring police officers to follow violating vehicles through red lights in order to issue tickets.

SafeSpeed’s red light enforcement cameras capture high resolution, digital color images of vehicles entering intersections after traffic signals have turned red. By utilizing the SafeSpeed system, any community can provide an inexpensive way to equip its intersections with automated photo-enforcement equipment and an automatic safety program for its community.


SafeSpeed records the date, time, and location of all images related to the vehicle, including the close-up of the vehicle’s license plate. Because of the undeniable photographic evidence, most violations are not contested and, as a result, administrative hearing costs are reduced.

SafeSpeed Systems

  • SafeSpeed’s wireless magnetic sensor system, coupled with newly formulated algorithms, accurately detects red light violations in both good and bad weather, 24 hours a day.

  • The sensors are small in size leading to a decrease in construction costs and construction time.

  • The modular camera system allows the SafeSpeed system to be deployed at any approach and can cover up to 10 lanes.

  • SafeSpeed's infrared LED Strobe light allows capture of violations at night without lighting up the intersection. This system does not create a hazard to drivers on the road that can occur from typical visible light flashes.



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The following steps outline the process that your community needs to follow in order to establish a SafeSpeed photo-enforcement program:


  1. Your municipality communicates to SafeSpeed its traffic safety concerns at specific intersections within your community.

  2. Your municipality lists all concerning intersections and approaches on a signed research agreement.

  3. Traffic studies are performed and crash data supplied by the Illinois Department of Transportation related to your community is compiled.

  4. A meeting is then scheduled to discuss the studies and identify which intersections and approaches are most concerning and how to proceed.

  5. Your municipality passes a local municipal ordinance to allow photo-enforcement and other traffic safety measures, if necessary.

  6. Your municipality signs an agreement with SafeSpeed to provide a traffic safety program.

  7. Your municipality completes the required photo-enforcement permit applications and program justifications so that you can obtain approval for the installation and operation of a photo-enforcement program in your municipality.

  8. Together, SafeSpeed and you develop and execute a public awareness campaign.

  9. SafeSpeed installs a photo-enforcement system at the approved intersection(s) in your community at no cost to the municipality.

  10. Your community’s photo-enforcement system goes live.

  11. SafeSpeed monitors, maintains and services your photo-enforcement system.

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