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Traffic and Red Light Camera Laws by State

Traffic and Red Light Camera Laws By State

Each state has separate traffic laws, but running a red light or stop sign is illegal in all states. States can use cameras to enforce traffic signals and speed limits. These cameras capture violations and vehicles' license plate numbers.

While many states use these traffic cameras for enforcing traffic laws, the practice remains highly controversial. Automated enforcement through cameras has raised questions about public safety, privacy, and drivers' rights.

Know what to expect before you drive. Understand your local laws to see whether your route might use traffic safety cameras.

Can I Get a Ticket From a Traffic Camera?

You can face a traffic violation in some states if a camera detects you are speeding or running a red light. But the use of red light cameras and speed detectors depends on state law.

States have different ways of implementing enforcement cameras, including:

  • Banning automated traffic cameras statewide
  • Limiting how and where law enforcement can use cameras
  • Allowing local governments to set up individual camera programs in their jurisdiction
  • Permitting cameras statewide to enforce speed limits, traffic signals at intersections, or both

Some states do not address the use of red light and speed cameras at all. Many states process automated traffic tickets the same way as a non-moving violation or parking ticket.

Are Traffic Cameras Legal in My State?

Check the chart below to learn about each state's speed enforcement and red light camera laws.

 

Speed Enforcement Camera Laws

Red Light Camera Laws

Alabama

Alabama permits speed cameras within specific jurisdictions, such as Center Point and Midfield.

Specific jurisdictions in Alabama can use red light cameras under the Red Light Running Camera Implementation Guide [PDF].

Alaska

No specific state law

No specific state law

Arizona

Arizona permits the use of cameras to enforce speed and red lights as long as the use complies with Arizona state standards.

Arkansas

Arkansas prohibits both types of cameras except for in limited circumstances: school zones, railroad crossings, and highway work zones when a police officer is present.

California

California allows speed camera programs in some cities, beginning in 2024.

California law permits red light cameras.

Colorado

Colorado law permits red light and speed enforcement cameras in limited circumstances.

Connecticut

Connecticut allows local governments to use automated traffic enforcement systems.

Delaware

Delaware's five-year trial period permits speeding cameras in specific jurisdictions.

Red light cameras are permitted in Delaware.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia permits cameras for speed enforcement and red light violations.

Florida

Florida permits traffic law enforcement through traffic infraction detectors such as cameras.

Georgia

Georgia allows speed detection devices.

Red light cameras are permitted in Georgia.

Hawaii

No specific state law

Hawaii's pilot program allows red-light safety cameras at select intersections.

Idaho

No specific state law

No specific state law

Illinois

State use is permitted. Local use is permitted in limited circumstances.

Illinois permits red light cameras if there is a local ordinance.

Indiana

Indiana's pilot program allows speed cameras in limited road worksites.

No specific state law

Iowa

There is no statewide law, but some areas of Iowa, such as Council Bluffs, operate programs for speed enforcement and red light cameras under local ordinances.

Kansas

No specific state law

No specific state law

Kentucky

No specific state law

No specific state law

Louisiana

Louisiana permits traffic cameras for both speed enforcement and red lights through local ordinances. However, signs must be visible where cameras are active.

State law determines that convictions from camera enforcement do not become part of a person's driving record.

Maine

Maine prohibits traffic surveillance cameras except toll monitoring systems.

Maryland

Permitted in work zones and school zones (by local ordinance)

Red light cameras are permitted.

Massachusetts

No specific state law

No specific state law

Michigan

No specific state law

No specific state law

Minnesota

No specific state law

No specific state law

Mississippi

Mississippi prohibits using automated recording equipment to enforce traffic laws.

Missouri

Missouri state law allows speed and red light cameras in local traffic enforcement programs. However, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled such programs are unconstitutional unless the state has proof of the driver's identity at the time of the offense.

Montana

Montana prohibits using automated enforcement systems to issue tickets.

Nebraska

No specific state law

No specific state law

Nevada

Nevada prohibits speed and red light cameras with limited exceptions. Traffic cameras must be installed in the vehicle or facility of a law enforcement agency, or hand-held by a police officer.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire prohibits most types of highway surveillance systems.

New Jersey

New Jersey prohibits red light camera enforcement following the end of its automated traffic enforcement pilot program.

New Mexico

New Mexico bans both types of traffic cameras on state and federal roads. However, localities may use them, such as in Albuquerque.

New York

New York limits speed cameras to school zones.

Select jurisdictions, such as Suffolk County, can create local ordinances to use red light cameras in New York.

North Carolina

No specific state law

North Carolina state statutes permit red light cameras in specific jurisdictions.

North Dakota

No specific state law

No specific state law

Ohio

Ohio law allows traffic cameras for speed enforcement or red light violations, but a police officer must be present.

Oklahoma

No specific state law

No specific state law

Oregon

Speed cameras are allowed if they comply with Oregon state statutes.

Cities can use red light camera programs if they comply with Oregon state laws.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania permits automated speed cameras in work zones.

Pennsylvania law permits red light cameras in cities with a population of more than 20 thousand, as long as there is a local ordinance.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island law permits speed cameras in school zones.

Red light cameras are legal under Rhode Island law for traffic violation detection systems.

South Carolina

South Carolina prohibits using traffic cameras to issue citations except due to an emergency.

South Dakota

South Dakota prohibits speed and red light cameras for traffic enforcement.

Tennessee

Traffic cameras are permitted in Tennessee.

Texas

Texas prohibits red light and speeding traffic enforcement cameras.

Utah

Traffic cameras are prohibited in Utah with limited exceptions: in school zones or roads with speed limits of 30 mph or less, when a police officer is present, and when a local ordinance allows them.

No specific state law

Vermont

No specific state law

No specific state law

Virginia

Virginia law only allows speed cameras in school zones and work zones.

Virginia permits red-light running cameras if there is a local ordinance.

Washington

Both types of traffic cameras are permitted in accordance with state statutes.

West Virginia

West Virginia prohibits camera systems for traffic enforcement.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin law prohibits speed radar cameras.

No specific state law

Wyoming

No specific state law

No specific state law

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Traffic Camera Restrictions

Understanding your state's specific laws could help you appeal a traffic ticket. If a city installed a traffic camera against regulations, you might have a legal basis to challenge the photo evidence.

For example, if a state only allows speed cameras near schools and work zones, local governments must follow that requirement. Photo evidence of speeding in a construction zone would be enforceable. Photos of speeding at a regular intersection would be unenforceable due to the state's laws.

Consult With a Traffic Attorney

If you face a red light or speeding violation, you may want to contact a local traffic ticket attorney. Minor infractions and tickets can lead to fines and even driver's license penalties in certain circumstances.

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