INTERSECTION SAFETY PROGRAM
Red-light running is a dangerous driving habit that can have serious consequences. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reports that in 2009, 113,000 were injured and 676 people were killed in red-light running crashes. In that same year, 62 Floridians lost their lives making Florida the 3rd most deadly state in the nation for red-light running crashes.
Red light safety cameras have been proven to reduce the frequency of dangerous red-light running and speed-related crashes. Hundreds of Road Safety Camera programs throughout North America have demonstrated that continuous and consistent enforcement provided by cameras changes driver behavior in a positive way, thereby decreasing the likelihood of crashes, injuries and fatalities.
The Cutler Bay Intersection Safety Program is designed to reduce the number of violations, crashes and injuries caused by motorists running red lights. The objective of the program is to change driver behavior, making the community safer as more and more drivers obey the traffic signals and stop on red.
What constitutes a Red Light Camera violation?
A straight-through or left turn violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection (crosses the stop line) after the traffic signal has turned red. A right turn violation occurs when a motorist completes a permissible right turn in a manner that is not “careful and prudent”.
Motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red are not in violation. For example, a driver who enters the intersection on a green light will not receive a violation notice even if that motorist must wait until the light turns red to safely complete a left turn.
How does the Red Light Camera system work?
The system activates when motion is detected just prior to the stop bar AFTER the traffic signal has turned red. The cameras capture two images of an alleged violation, taken from the rear of the vehicle.
· The first image shows the vehicle at the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.
· The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.
· The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured.
· Data, including the time, date, and duration of the yellow and red lights, also is recorded.
· Cameras also record a 12-second digital video of the violation, including six second.
What must drivers do after receiving a violation notice?
If you receive a notice of violation, log on to www.violationinfo.com with your Notice number and PIN to view the violation. Your options are:
A. Pay the fine
B. Schedule a hearing to appeal the violation
C. Transfer liability if you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the violation.
The website provides instructions on the procedures to follow for each of the options. If you have any questions or if you do not have access to a computer, you may also call Customer Service at 866-225-8875.
The notice of violation also provides mail-in instructions for all of these options.
What if someone else was driving my car?
If someone else was driving your car at the time of the violation, log on to www.violationinfo.com and follow the instructions for submitting and Affidavit of Non-Responsibility.
What are the penalties and consequences of a red light camera violation?
Red-light safety camera violations are assessed a $158 statutory penalty. If you request a hearing, additional court costs may apply.
Red-light safety camera violations are civil infractions. No points are assessed against your license and insurance companies are not notified, as long as you do not ignore the Notice of Violation.
If you do not pay the fine, schedule a hearing or transfer liability within the required time frame, a Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) may be issued. Once a UTC is issued, the fine may increase, points may be assessed and automobile insurance premiums may be affected.
Where are red light cameras located in Cutler Bay?
• South Dixie Highway (US 1) and Caribbean Boulevard
• SW 112th Avenue and SW 211th Street
What are some “best practices” for obeying traffic signal laws and driving safely?
· Pay attention to the traffic signal and surrounding conditions so you can react safely to all possible situations.
· Slow down and prepare to make a complete stop when a light turns yellow. Do not try to beat the light to save 2 minutes of time as a trade-off for proceeding in an unsafe manner, which puts your life and the lives of others in danger.
· Never tailgate so as to avoid rear-end collisions.
· Always yield to pedestrians.
The Town of Cutler Bay is committed to making our streets safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. If you have further questions about our program, please call the Town of Cutler Bay at 305-234-4262.
The following websites provide more information about red light traffic camera legislation, violations and traffic safety issues.
American Traffic Solutions FAQ
Federal Highway Administration
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Governors Highway Safety Association