Red Light Camera Safety Program
Updated 2/25/14: Facts About Red-Light Safety Camera Programs in Florida
Update #4 (2/25/14): Public Service Announcement Video Released to Raise Awareness About Florida's Red Light Camera Safety Program
Key Biscayne Police Department Lt. Pedro Zayas received the following link to a public service announcement video from American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the provider of the Village's red-light safety cameras.
The video, which is accessible on YouTube, takes viewers on an educational tour of the process at work behind ATS' red-light safety cameras. According to ATS' February 25, 2014, press release,
"Viewers will see how the camera system works, how violations are captured, what safeguards are in place to ensure accurate processing, and the criteria police follow when deciding to issue a violation. Also explained is the distribution process for each dollar collected from a paid ticket. Among those recipients are state trauma care centers and cutting edge research into cures for paralysis.
Florida is the 3rd deadliest state in the nation for red-light running fatalities. In 2012, red-light runners caused 4,803 traffic injuries in Florida, costing communities more than $646 million. According to a recent Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) report, fatalities have fallen 49 percent at intersections with red-light safety cameras.
A recent Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) report found that 95% of the drivers receiving a violation did not receive a second. These results indicate red-light safety cameras are operating as designed, which is to reduce the number of right-angle intersection crashes by changing driver behavior through traffic law enforcement.
For more information visit http://www.atsol.com/florida-facts/."
Update #3 (1/28/14): Florida Red Light Safety Camera Facts
Key Biscayne Police Department Chief Charles R. Press received this PDF of Florida Red Light Safety Camera Facts (4.2 MB) from American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the provider of the Village's red-light safety cameras.
Update #2 (2/21/13): New Video Details Red-Light Safety Camera Violation Video Review Process
Key Biscayne Police Department Chief Charles R. Press received this information from American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the provider of the Village's red-light safety cameras.
ATS launched a new video on February 19, 2013, detailing the careful review process every red-light running event captured by red-light safety cameras passes through before a violation is issued. The Violation Process Review video, available on YouTube here, emphasizes how every detail is checked, re-checked and checked again by ATS employees and police to ensure that every event captured that results in a violation being issued meets all of the issuing authority's legal requirements.
The Violation Process Review video is a companion to an earlier ATS video explaining how red-light safety cameras work. This latest version covers the review process for more than 3,200 ATS' red-light, speed and school bus stop-arm safety cameras currently operating in the U.S. and Canada. While the nature of the violation may vary, the review process is essentially the same with ATS employees handling the initial review. The issuing authority makes the final review and approves the violation for a ticket.
Update #1 (10/3/12): As of October 3, 2012, citations can be paid over the telephone as well as online or via mail.
The Village's Red Light Camera Safety Program began on January 17, 2011. Cameras take photographs and videos of cars running red lights 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. They are installed along Crandon Boulevard at three intersections: Harbor Drive, Key Colony/Key Colony Place, and West McIntyre Street/Galen Drive.
The campaign kicked off with a 30-day warning period. During this time, warning notices were issued to the vehicle's registered owner. No fines were attached to these warnings. After February 14 (the end of the 30-day warning period), citations were issued.
American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the camera/technology provider, has created a simple "How It Works" video that is a comprehensive overview of the technology and the process behind road safety programs.It provides new insight into how the cameras capture potential violations, how the data gets processed and the subsequent review process by the issuing authority. This video was released in June 2011.
An overview of the process to be followed in the Village of Key Biscayne is given below. If you need more information, please consult this compilation of Frequently Asked Questions for Florida residents (PDF) provided by ATS or contact Chief Press at (305) 365-5503.
Chapter 316.0083 of the Florida State Statutes (PDF) created the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Program for the purpose of Red Light Camera programs, moving it from a civil infraction to a statutory violation.
What Happens After an Infraction Occurs?
- Once a red light event occurs, the alleged violation is automatically forwarded to American Traffic Solutions (ATS) where an initial determination of violation is made.
- If ATS personnel believe a violation has occurred, a still photo along with a video of the violation is forwarded electronically to the Key Biscayne Police Department.
- Trained personnel from the KBPD Traffic Unit will review the evidence and make an official determination of violation. That information is then forwarded back to ATS for processing.
- Within 30 days after a violation, notification must be sent to the registered owner of the motor vehicle involved in the violation specifying the remedies available under s318.14.
- The violator must pay the penalty of $158.00 to ATS through either a check, on-line bill pay, or credit card, or furnish an affidavit in accordance with paragraph (d), within 30 days following the date of the notification in order to avoid court fees, costs, and the issuance of a uniform traffic citation (UTC).
- Included with the notification to the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the infraction must be a notice that the owner has the right to review the photographic or electronic images or the video evidence. The notice must state the Internet location where the evidence may be examined and observed.
- Penalties assessed and collected by ATS shall be paid to the State of Florida Department of Revenue weekly, via electronic funds transfers. Of the $158.00 penalty,
- $75 goes to the Village,
- $70.00 is remitted to the Department of Revenue for the General Revenue Fund,
- $10.00 remitted to the Department of Revenue for the Department of Health Administration Trust Fund, and
- $3.00 is deposited into the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund (Miami Project to Cure Paralysis).
- ATS is responsible for making all payments to each entity, including the Village of Key Biscayne. Our funds are placed in a trust account and the predetermined payment to ATS will be paid each month. In the event we do not reach the predetermined amount, whatever funds are available will be paid to ATS.
- Once the violation becomes a UTC, the County Courts will handle the receiving (if any) of fines and or court costs, and distribute to all entities the funds due.
- Village of Key Biscayne Police Officers will NOT testify at a court hearing, but simply provide visual evidence for a judge or magistrate to determine innocence or guilt.
- In the event the violator is found guilty of the violation, a much larger fine may result. However, NO POINTS will be assigned to the violator's driving record.
The National Coalition for Safer Roads website http://saferoadssavelives.org/ has updated information and resarch results on red light camera and other programs that can save lives and change driver behavior.