RedLightCamera - iPhone Red Light Camera Alert
RedLightCamera overviewRedLightCamera is an iPhone application to alert people when red light cameras are close by. It can help the drivers to prevent getting the Red Light Camera tickets. This application will notify you with sound and text when you are close to a red light camera, so that you can pay careful attention. Red light cameras exist mainly to increase traffic safety and of course we want to be safe and we do not want to pay for red light camera tickets.
What is Red Light Camera?
A red light camera captures an image of a vehicle when the vehicle goes through an intersection when the traffic light is red. Since police officers cannot wait at the intersections at all times, the red light cameras are set up so that they can constantly and tirelessly watches the traffic signals 24-7. The red lights camera is connected to the traffic signal and takes a series of images starting from the driver entering the intersection on a red signal. Cameras record the date, time of day, elapsed time since the traffic light turns red, vehicle speed, and driverâ€™s license plate. Drivers are allowed to see the photographic images if they don't believe they run a red light and they can always challenge their tickets in the court system.
Red light cameras are traffic enforcement cameras and they help to enforce traffic laws when drivers run the red lights. A red light camera system with installation costs approximately $100,000. The costs can be offset by fines, savings from prevented accidents, and fewer enforcement efforts by police officers. States and cities decided the fines for such violations. Tickets are typically mailed to registered owners of violating vehicles. State such as California requires that the city set up signs to warn drivers that the cameras are there. They should be helpful as the fines in California can run up to $350 range.
Red light cameras have been used in many communities in the United States. The big cities that use red light cameras include Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, etc.
There are many discussions related to red light cameras. Some people believe red light cameras are an invasion of privacy while others believe they are legitimate. Many citizens have taken this issue to the court and successfully made this illegal. Like it or not, they are still in wide use and they are here to stay in the foreseeable future. When a driver has a red light and the oncoming traffic has a green light, the driver is likely to injure self or others if he runs the red light at dangerous intersections. Sometimes, the collision can be deadly. California state auditor examined accident data from 1995 to 2001 and concluded that California red light cameras had been improving traffic safety.
How does the red light camera work?
Generally (it could be different for different city) the city signs the contract with an operator. The operator will install the camera on the intersections and watch the video to identify the drivers that violate the traffic rules. City will send the citation out and send a cut from each citation to the contract operator. The city has big revenue with zero investment. What could be better?
Do Red Light Cameras Reduce Accidents?The simple question has no simple answer. The answer is YES, NO, or MAYBE, depends on which research and who sponsored the research.
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For a final, cynical look at whether red light cameras are truly run for safety or money, take High Point, NC. When the city was court-ordered to pay 90 percent of its citation revenue from red light cameras to the local school system, what did it do? It shut the system down and found a way to break its contract with the operator.
Which major cities use red light camera?The list is long and keeps growing, The easy money from the red light camera ticket provides good revenue for the city to cover the budget deficit.
How to handle the red light traffic TicketThere are tons of information on the internet, just Google it and you will find many suggestions. To summarize, some people get away with the ticket, and most people do not. The best solution is to avoid the red light camera ticket.
How to avoid red light ticket?if you know there is a red light camera ahead, you will pay attention to it to avoid a ticket. But many times our mind is full with other tasks. The iPhone application RedLightCamera is here to help you. Once you are close (within half mile) to the red light camera or speed camera, the application will send alert sound to remind you that there is camera ahead.
Where to Download Red Light CameraPlease download it from the AppStore for $0.99 at RedLightCamera in AppStore
Features of the iPhone app RedLightCamera
- RedLightCamera has pre-loaded with the red light camera and speed camera locations in the USA.
- you can add a new camera location if you find a new camera installed.
- if a camera has been removed or disabled, you may mark the camera is removed.
- The database of the traffic camera locations in USA is pre-loaded. If you are not in USA, you may add the camera location manually so that you can receive alert next time when you are approaching that location.
- The application has excellent balance between battery usage and GPS accuracy, thus the optimized algorithm can save battery power dramatically. Based on the test, leaving the application running in the background for one day does not use much battery power.