Speed and Red Light Cameras

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The chart below describes the statewide laws related to the use of safety cameras to enforce speed or red-light-running laws. Use the arrows below the chart to toggle through the states in alphabetical order. To advance slowly, click the single right arrow (>). To jump to the end, click the double arrows (>>). Or use the filter by state feature to jump to a specific state.
 
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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

Speed Cameras: State Law

None

Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide; not permitted on state highways; not permitted within 600 feet of posted speed limit change except near school crossing

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

School zones or rail crossings, though a police officer must be present and issue citation at time and place of violation

Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide; not permitted on state highways; not permitted within 600 feet of posted speed limit change except near school crossing

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

Speed Cameras: State Law

None

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide; not permitted on state highways; not permitted within 600 feet of posted speed limit change except near school crossing

Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide; not permitted on state highways; not permitted within 600 feet of posted speed limit change except near school crossing

Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

School zones or rail crossings, though a police officer must be present and issue citation at time and place of violation

Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

Speed and Red Light Cameras

Speed and red-light cameras are a type of automated enforcement technology used to detect and deter speeders and red-light runners. Some jurisdictions use similar technology for other traffic violations, such as illegal rail crossings or toll violations.

Many states have enacted legislation either permitting, limiting or prohibiting the use of speed or red-light cameras at the state or local level. Enforcement can be limited to a particular area or community. Penalties usually are more lenient than those used with traditional enforcement. For example, the fine may be lower, points may not be assessed or the citation may not go on the driver's record.

Some localities operate speed and/or red-light cameras even if the state does not specifically permit or prohibit it. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety maintains a list of all communities operating automated enforcement. This list changes and is updated regularly.

Speed Cameras

  • 19 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that permit the use of speed cameras.
  • 8 states have passed laws that prohibit the use of speed cameras.

Red-Light Cameras

  • 21 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws permitting red-light camera use.
  • 8 states have passed laws that prohibit the use of red-light cameras.

NOTE: GHSA does not compile any additional data on speed and red-light camera laws other than what is presented here. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Offices.