Red Light Camera Statistics:
2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010| 2011 | 2012
Rockville began operation of cameras to enforce red light laws on Nov. 1, 2002. The program was an initiative of the Mayor and Council to protect pedestrians and motorists alike. The program began with three cameras and in 2003 expanded to seven cameras. In 2006, one camera was added, and in 2008 two additional cameras were added. The City’s Traffic and Transportation Division worked jointly with the City Police Department to implement the program. From 2002 to 2008, the City’s Traffic and Transportation Division was responsible for site selection while the Police Department processed the violations. In 2008, the Police Department created a full-time Photo Enforcement Unit and took over the photo red light program.
The cameras are part of the City’s effort to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety in Rockville. Cameras in other locations have proven effective, with the City experiencing an 80 percent drop in the number of violations in the seven months since new technology was implemented.
Between April and August of 2012, the City transitioned vendors for the red light camera program. During this time period, all of the original ten cameras were removed and new camera systems were installed. As of August 2012, five new camera systems were installed at the intersections listed below. The City will have a total of ten red light cameras in the near future.
Here are the locations of the current red light cameras and the date of installation:
- North Washington Street at Beall Avenue (South Bound) - August 2012
- West Gude Drive at Gaither Road (West Bound) - August 2012
- West Gude Drive at Research Blvd. (East Bound) - August 2012
- West Gude Drive at Research Blvd. (West Bound) - August 2012
- Seven Locks Road at Fortune Terrace (North Bound) - August 2012
- North Washington Street at Middle Lane (North Bound) - March 2013
- Park Road at N. Stonestreet Ave (West Bound) - March 2013
- Gaither Road at Redland Blvd (North Bound) - March 2013
- Locations for a ninth and tenth site are currently being evaluated
Starting after April 15, 2013, citations will be issued at the three newest locations:
- North Washington Street at Middle Lane (North Bound)
- Park Road at N. Stonestreet Ave (West Bound)
- Gaither Road at Redland Blvd (North Bound)
Violators are fined $75, but points are not be assigned to the vehicle owner’s driving record (similar to a parking ticket), and insurance companies cannot consider these tickets in calculating insurance rates. However, failure to pay fines will result in the inability to renew vehicle registration with the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles and the credit report of the vehicle owner may be affected. The vehicle owner may simply pay the fine, or request a trial in District Court to contest the violation.
All photographs and video evidence of an alleged traffic signal violation taken at a Rockville intersection are reviewed by the Rockville Police Department before a citation is issued to the violator.
On Patrol: Right on Red Cameras
Watch this video to learn more about red light cameras in Rockville
The cameras work by utilizing cameras and sensors embedded in the roadway to detect vehicles and their speed in each lane of traffic as they approach the stop bar on a steady red light. If the speed of a vehicle at a certain distance prior to the stop bar is at or above a pre-determined threshold speed, then the cameras will initiate the photo sequence to photograph the vehicle prior to the stop bar and again once the vehicle has fully entered the intersection on a steady red light. Should the vehicle come to a complete stop at or before the stop bar, no violation has occurred and the photographs are voided. The full-motion video camera is also activated during the red light sequence of the traffic signal.
According to Maryland Law TA 21-202(h), a vehicle facing a steady red signal must come to a complete stop at the near side of the intersection at the stop line or, if there is no stop line, prior to the crosswalk and before entering the intersection, and remain stopped as long as the signal is red. Unless a sign prohibits turning on a red signal, after coming to a complete stop as prescribed, you may turn right or you may turn left from a one-way street to another one-way street.
Cameras record violations when a vehicle travels straight through, makes a left hand turn at an intersection that has a red light, or makes a right turn on red, where permissible, without coming to a full and complete stop.
There are three factors that help to determine the location of a red light camera:
- Volume-metrics (traffic studies of crash data)
- Consultant recommendation
- Must be a City maintained road/intersection
Yes. All cameras installed in the City are equipped with full-motion video capability. Prior to issuing a citation, the Police Department reviews a video clip of each citation to ensure that a traffic signal violation has indeed occurred. The images and video are made available for the vehicle owner to view by logging on with the citation and PIN number at http://www.cite-web.com.03/21/2013
If you have any questions, you need to request a flag release (VR-119) for your vehicle, or talk to a customer service representative, please call 866-818-3844 or send an inquiry via e-mail.
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You will need your ticket number and/or license plate number to pay a red light camera ticket online at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/safespeedpay . A convenience fee of $2.00 will be charged for each ticket paid online. Only Visa and MasterCard transactions are accepted.