Isn’t the main purpose of red light cameras to make money?
No. The objective of the PHOTOSafe enforcement program is to improve intersection safety. Signs and publicity campaigns required by the 2007 General Assembly warn motorists that photo enforcement is in use. Revenue is generated by penalties paid by drivers who continue to run red lights. Penalties for red light violations in Virginia are limited to $50 per violation by legislation. Independent audits of red light camera enforcement across the country have found that these programs generally do not generate excess revenue. Camera equipment costs vary based on the type of camera, the complexity of the intersection, and technical requirements.

A typical red light camera system with installation, maintenance, and monitoring costs more than $100,000. The City of Newport News will incur limited financial liability (no up­front costs) and will maintain a “cost neutral” program. The monetary impact to the city is a fixed monthly fee paid to the camera company. The camera company does not get paid on a per ticket basis. Newport News tax payers and law abiding (or safe drivers) will not absorb the cost of the automated systems. In short, the violators alone will pay for the cameras.

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1. Do red light running cameras really reduce crashes at intersections?
2. Why doesn't the Police Department use existing personnel for this enforcement?
3. If ticketing drivers reduces crashes, why doesn't the Police Department enforce more red light running violations?
4. Do cameras photograph every vehicle passing through an intersection?
5. What kind of violation will be issued and what would the fine be?
6. How will I know which intersections have red light cameras?
7. What happens when a funeral procession or emergency vehicle continues through a red light at an intersection that it is photo enforced?
8. Who will determine what constitutes a violation?
9. How is the timing interval determined between the red, yellow and green traffic lights at an intersection?
10. Isn’t the main purpose of red light cameras to make money?
11. Does the system enforce running right turns on red?
12. What happens if my vehicle is caught running a red light?
13. How do I review the violation and pay the fine?
14. Does the City of Newport News have a local ordinance as required by Virginia State Code 15.2-968.1?
15. Why did the City of Newport News give drivers a 30-day red light running warning period at the location where a camera system is activated?
16. What happens if an officer issues a summons to the driver of a vehicle and the red light camera also captures the vehicle during the red light running violation?
17. What happens when the camera captures a Newport News city vehicle?
18. What happens when the camera captures a commercial motor vehicle or a vehicle that is owned by a company or state or local agency that has a fleet of vehicles?
19. What if I still have additional questions?