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Red Light Camera enforcement is under way at nine intersection approaches

The City of Round Rock’s brought online four additional approaches to its red light camera enforcement program in May 2012. The first redlight camera began operating Dec. 14, 2011, at the southbound approach to Forest Creek Drive and Red Bud Lane. Additional cameras were added in April, so the City now has 10 cameras operating at six intersections.

Fines are $75 per infraction, and motorists can review a video of the violations and pay the fine online at photonotice.com. A late fee of $25 will be assessed for fines not paid within 30 days.

Revenue generated from fines pays for installation, operation and maintenance costs of the system.

We are tracking the number of citations issued here.

Each year, nearly 1,000 fatalities in the United States are the direct result of collisions caused by red light running. Across the nation, communities are reducing the number of deaths and injuries from red light offenses by 20 to 50 percent, simply by implementing red light cameras.

“Red light accidents are typically side-impact crashes, causing the most severe damage and fatalities,” Round Rock Police Chief Tim Ryle said.

In addition to saving lives, red light cameras yield significant cost savings to motorists and the community. There are fewer property damage claims, lower insurance premiums, reduced medical expenses, and increased productivity for those commuting through once-dangerous intersections.

In August 2011, the Texas Transportation Institute released the results of a study of automated enforcement that showed that red light-related crashes dropped by 25 percent, and right-angle crashes (the most severe type) dropped by 32 percent.

Based on red light running crash data, citations issued, police officer observations, citizen complaints and engineering assessments, the City identified 14 intersections for further evaluation, including actual violation monitoring.

The City used the results of the data collected, engineering assessment and the violation monitoring to select the following intersection approaches for red light photo enforcement. 

IntersectionApproachStatus
 Business IH 35/Mays St and U.S. Highway 79/Palm Valley BlvdSouthboundLive
 Business IH 35/Mays St and U.S. Highway 79/Palm Valley BlvdWestboundLive
 RM 620/Round Rock Avenue and Deep Wood Drive WestboundLive
 IH 35 Northbound Frontage Road and RM 620/Round Rock Ave NorthboundLive
 IH 35 Southbound Frontage Road and RM 620/Round Rock Ave SouthboundLive
 US Highway 79/Palm Valley Blvd and A.W. Grimes BlvdEastboundLive
 US Highway 79/Palm Valley Blvd and A.W. Grimes Blvd Westbound Live
 US Highway 79/Palm Valley Blvd and Sunrise Rd SouthboundLive
 Forest Creek Drive and Red Bud LaneNorthboundLive
 Forest Creek Drive and Red Bud LaneSouthboundLive

Background

Why Are We Concerned with Intersection Safety?

  • Public Safety
  • Loss of Life
  • Injuries
  • Property Damage
  • Economic Losses and Impacts Related to Wages, Productivity, Insurance and Property Damage

In the United States in 2008 ...

  • More than 7,700 people died
  • Another 773,000 people were injured
  • 762 fatalities were due to red light running
  • Approximately 165,000 people injured annually due to red light running.

Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

City officials conducted a comprehensive analysis of the problem of running red lights in Round Rock. Personnel studied data from national, state and local sources on crashes and citations, and City of Round Rock sources on field observations and citizen complaints. Transportation staff also conducted a formal engineering analysis of major intersections in the City to verify they were operating as designed. Finally, intersections were monitored with video cameras to validate that red-light running was actually occurring. The City will continue with its other, ongoing efforts to deter red-light running, including public education, engineering solutions and traditional police enforcement.

Survey results

The City conducted an online survey in January 2007 asking residents if they believed Round Rock had a problem with drivers running red lights. Of more than 300 respondents, 58 percent said that running red lights is a problem in Round Rock.

Download PDF of answers to the question "What intersection(s) in Round Rock do you think have a problem with motorists running red lights?"



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