Warning Period Scheduled To End In One Week For 20 City Of Houston Red Light Safety Camera

September 25, 2007 - Notices of Violation for new approaches and illegal turns on red set to begin October 1.

HOUSTON (September 25, 2007) - The City of Houston’s Red Light Safety Camera Campaign has announced that the 30-day public education period for 20 approaches at intersections where red light cameras are already in use will end in seven days. The cameras monitor those same 20 intersections, but from additional directions (approaches). This period began on August 31, 2007. Motorists photographed by the cameras running red lights at one of the new approaches, or making an illegal turn on red at any of the 70 camera locations across the city, will receive warning notices through the end of the month. Beginning October 1, registered owners of vehicles photographed making red light violations will receive a formal Notice of Violation and $75 penalty.

A red light running violation occurs when a vehicle faces a steady red traffic signal and proceeds into an intersection without stopping and standing until an indication to proceed is given. A turn on red violation occurs when a vehicle makes a right turn, or a left turn from a one-way street onto another one-way street, while facing a steady red signal, without first coming to a complete stop and not proceeding until it is safe to do so and yielding right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully in an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.

For a map of all 70 red light camera locations and more information about the City of Houston’s Red Light Camera Enforcement Program, please visit www.houstontx.gov/police/trafficsafety.htm.

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.