Where are red light cameras located in Baton Rouge?
There are currently 27 fully operational red light cameras at 18 intersections within the city limits of
Baton Rouge. Click here for detailed location descriptions.
Why install red light cameras?
The City of Baton Rouge is committed to the safety of the community and dedicated to reducing preventable collisions at signalized intersections. Every year, needless crashes occur
in Baton Rouge due to motorists that run red lights. The Stop Red Light Running Program reports that red light camera safety programs in other cities have resulted in crash reductions between 40 and 90 percent.
Time Saved by Running a Red Light is Only Seconds
Red light running is the leading cause of urban crashes
according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2006,
almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 144,000 were injured
in crashes that involved red light running.
Police Can’t Be at an Intersection 24/7
The City of Baton Rouge simply does not have enough officers to
set up conventional police enforcement at each intersection and
enforce red light running violations. In addition to manpower
limitations, traditional enforcement endangers the lives of officers
as well as innocent motorists and pedestrians due to the fact that
the officer typically follows a violating vehicle through the red
light to stop it.
Change Driver Behavior
The ultimate goal of the red light camera safety program is to
change driver behavior. Every driver makes a decision when
approaching an intersection where the light has just turned red.
Impatient drivers often choose to continue through the intersection,
ignoring the law and putting lives at risk. A 2005 review of red
light camera studies around the world concluded that cameras reduce
red light violations by 40–50 percent and reduce injury crashes by
How the system works?
Traffic signals are timed by the city’s traffic
engineers through careful study of each individual intersection
using national recognized procedures.
Red light safety cameras monitor intersection
approaches through advanced detection and imaging technology.
The safety cameras only photograph a vehicle if it
enters the intersection after the light has turned red. A second
photograph is taken as the vehicle progresses through the
Vehicles that enter an intersection on a yellow
light are not photographed even if they are still in the
intersection when the light changes to red. The technology is
designed to record motorists as they intentionally enter an
intersection after the signal turns red.
The camera photographs the vehicle from the rear –
not the driver. The camera records the date, time, lane number,
location and speed of the vehicle.
This information is included on the notice of
violation and is then evaluated by sworn members of the Police
Department to verify that a violation has occurred and to determine
whether a notice of violation should be mailed to the registered
owner of the vehicle.