Why doesn't the Police Department use existing personnel for this enforcement?
Each year red light violations account for 6% of the total traffic summonses issued by officers in our city. Newport News police officers issued 1,121 red light violation summonses in 2010, 1,242, and red light violation summonses in 2011 (a decrease from 2,095 summonses in 2008, prior to PhotoSafe). Cameras act as a force multiplier for the Police Department. The cameras will contribute to public safety at their designated locations 24 hours a day and free the police officer to address other community issues.

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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?