SafeLight detects and automatically photographs cars and trucks that run red lights. If a vehicle enters an intersection while the signal is red, loop detectors trigger nearby cameras to collect two essential photos. SafeLight cameras are engaged only when the traffic signal is red – during the green and yellow signal phases the system is inactive.
Photos are transmitted from the camera to the central office and reviewed by trained technicians who objectively determine whether the vehicle in the photographs ran a red light. If the information is not clear or is in question, the notice of violation is not issued.
SafeLight is equipped with an all-digital photo system that ensures both the security and accuracy of the images. As a precaution, the digital photos are encrypted. Necessary information about the violation is also imprinted across each image at the time the photo is taken. Among other things, the time, date, time interval between photos, vehicle speed and how long the signal was red are recorded on each image. This allows personnel to establish and accurately illustrate the motorist ran a red light.
SafeLight notice of violations, which include two photographs of the violation, are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The digital system allows the processing of notice of violations soon after the violation. The civil penalty for a notice of violation is $125. Like a parking ticket, receiving a SafeLight notice of violation does not result in automobile insurance increases. If the owner was not driving at the time of the violation, they may transfer responsibility to the person who had the care, custody and control of the vehicle when it ran the red light.