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County Police Release Photosafe Results for First Month of Enforcement
1/11/2011

Albemarle County’s PhotoSafe Program, a photo-based traffic safety system to monitor red light runners at dangerous intersections in the County, began active enforcement on Sunday morning, December 12, at 1:00 am.   Cameras are installed at the intersection of Route 29 North and Rio Road as the first PhotoSafe location in the County. 

From December 12, 2010 until January 7, 2011, the PhotoSafe system captured 998 violations. Of that number, 412 were accepted by law enforcement following close scrutiny of each recorded incident, with only clear and compelling incidents being accepted as violations. 586 were rejected by the camera vendor and/or by County police officers, some of the reasons for rejections are as follow:

  • Camera Issues (sun glare, camera blurry, no flash, etc.) 
  • Red light not visible
  • Vehicle obstruction
  • Police Discretion
  • Incorrect or incomplete DMV information
  • Multiple vehicles in frame
  • Emergency vehicle responding

The 998 violations reflect a significant decrease compared to the 2040 violations that were captured during the 30-day warning period that lasted from November 11 – December 7, 2010. 

“We are pleased to see what appears to be a positive impact on red light violations since the enforcement phase of PhotoSafe began in December.  That impact translates into improved traffic safety  for all vehicles using that intersection which is the objective of our PhotoSafe program,” said Police Captain John Parrent. 


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