The system activates when motion is
detected just prior to the stop bar AFTER the traffic signal has
turned red. The cameras capture two images of an alleged
violation, taken from the rear of the vehicle.
The first image shows the vehicle at
the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.
The second image shows the violator in
the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.
The license plate image is a close-up
from one of the images captured.
Data, including the time, date, and
duration of the yellow and red lights, is also recorded.
Cameras also record a 12-second
digital video of the violation, including six seconds prior to
and six seconds after running the red light.
How does the review process work?
Tampa police officers will review all potential violations. Officers
watch the video of a vehicle running the red light and view the
photos showing the light illuminated red both before and after the
vehicle enters the intersection. If an officer determines the
vehicle ran the red light, the officer verifies that the license
plate matches the vehicle and all information is correct before
issuing the citation.
Why does the camera flash when no one actually runs the red
Occasionally, a vehicle may trigger one of the two cameras when
coming to a rapid stop, yet not entering the intersection.
Additionally, a vehicle may approach the intersection but only slow,
rather than stop, before continuing to turn, triggering the road
safety program and causing the flash to discharge.
Importantly, all flash incidents do not equate to a citation. Our
police department will review each violation event captured by the
safety camera and make a final determination about issuance of a