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Restrictions on State Traffic Cameras

To maintain safety on the road, identify erring motorists, as well as observe road traffics, authorities make use of a traffic camera/video camera which is able to do all of these functions.

In the United States, a traffic camera assumes a key role in almost all intelligent transportation systems. In fact, its existence has become highly controversial as laws are enacted either allowing, limiting or banning the use of speed or red light cameras at a state in general or in a local level.

Most states are using cameras to enforce traffic signals and speed limits; however, different states have adopted different ways of implementing the functions of these types of cameras: some are banning their use completely or setting up limitations like using them only to enforce speed limits or to enforce traffic signals or both. But some states do not consider using speed and red light cameras at all.

It is the function of federal laws to regulate their uses. Here is an incomplete list of states that prohibit or limit to a great extent the use of traffic enforcement cameras as of 2012.

Arkansas – Speed & red light cameras are prohibited with narrow exceptions. They are use only on school zones or railroad crossings; officers must be in attendance and citations issued only at the time the offense took place.

Maine – Speed and red light cameras are prohibited. All municipalities disallow the use of enforcement cameras. Furthermore, all automated enforcement systems are banned.

Montana – Speed and red light cameras are prohibited except along railways.

Mississippi – Speed and red light cameras are prohibited but with narrow exceptions. All kinds of enforcement cameras are banned.

Nevada – Speed and red light cameras are prohibited with narrow exception; that is, they must be operated by an officer, they must only be installed in vehicles or law enforcement agencies. The maximum penalty is S1,000 for a violation.

New Hampshire – Speed and red light cameras are prohibited but they are allowed along toll areas or places which are given statutory exceptions.

New Jersey – Speed cameras are prohibited but red light cameras are allowed limited use if they have passed an ordinance and participated in a pilot program. A local ordinance is needed and must be applied and approved by the Transportation Commissioner for pilot use. The cameras are only to be used by its registered owners. Penalty up to $85 plus court cost.

New Mexico – The state allows limited use of speed & light cameras. Red light cameras are banned on state and federal roads. Local municipalities using these types of cameras are required to post warning signs and beacons. DOT has prohibited its usage on state and federal roads. Maximum penalty for violation is $75.

South Carolina – Speed and light cameras are prohibited except when state declares an emergency in the use of photo enforcement. Citations must be given in person by the officer and within an hour of the offense.

Texas – Speed cameras are prohibited while the use of red light cameras is limited as required by local ordinance. Cameras are to be used exclusively by registered owner. Maximum penalty for violation ranges from $72 to $200.

Utah – Speed cameras are prohibited with narrow exceptions. Speed cameras are only allowed within school zones or on roads with speed limit of 30 mph. The presence of an officer is a requirement. Maximum penalty for violation is $1,000.

West Virginia – Speed & red light cameras are prohibited as all municipalities are banned from using any enforcement cameras.
Wisconsin – Speed cameras are prohibited but made no mention of red light cameras.

The states that ban the wide usage of speed and red light cameras have passed rules for its specific application. For instance, in Washington D.C., red light cameras are limited only to intersections of arterial roads while speed cameras are allowed only in school zones. It does not set any limit on the use of enforcement cameras at railroad crossings.

If you have received a traffic ticket, please contact an experienced
speeding ticket lawyers. Protect your right to drive legally.

Source: Find Law Com
(http://traffic.findlaw.com/traffic-tickets/state-traffic-camera-restrictions.html)

Source: GHSA Org
(http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/auto_enforce.html)

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