Cameras/Legality/USA

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The legality of photo/video enforcement of traffic laws varies from state to state and between the various jurisdictions inside a state depending on how the laws are written. Below is a list of the laws by state. DISCLAIMER: We are not attorneys and are not responsible for mistakes and/or outdated information.

State By State

Legend

Not Legal Statewide NOT LEGAL
Legal in Certain Jurisdictions SEE NOTES BELOW
Legal Statewide LEGAL STATEWIDE


State Red Light Cameras Speed Cameras
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut NOT LEGAL NOT LEGAL
Delaware
Florida LEGAL STATEWIDE NOT LEGAL
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois SEE NOTES BELOW SEE NOTES BELOW
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York SEE NOTES BELOW SEE NOTES BELOW
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio SEE NOTES BELOW SEE NOTES BELOW
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee SEE NOTES BELOW SEE NOTES BELOW
Texas
Utah NOT LEGAL NOT LEGAL
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia NOT LEGAL NOT LEGAL
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Notes By State

Illinois

See list of communities where red light cameras are legal here . Speed cameras may be in use in construction zones statewide.

New York

Red Light Cameras

Red light cameras are permitted only in the following locations (Vehicle & Traffic Law Article 24):

Speed Cameras

On August 1, 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation that permits New York City to establish a five-year demonstration program to monitor school speed zones in New York City with speed cameras and to allow evidence captured on camera to be used to impose liability for speeding. This new law will enhance the safety of children, pedestrians and drivers in New York City school speed zones by encouraging drivers to drive with caution through these areas and supplement law enforcement efforts to catch violations and prevent accidents caused by speeding. [1]

New York City is authorized to set up cameras in 20 school zones (there is some discrepancy in media reports if this means they are limited to just 20 cameras or if they can put multiple cameras in each of 20 school zones). These camera can be moved from school zone to school zone as the city sees fit. The cameras can only operate during school hours and/or after-school activities. This is a 5 year pilot program - the law is set to expire on August 1, 2018 unless it is extended by the New York State Legislature.

Ohio

See list of communities where cameras are legal here .

Tennessee

Each municipality may decide to use "unmanned traffic enforcement cameras", but they are all governed by state-wide laws contained in Tennessee Code Annotated Section 55, Chapter 8, Sub-Section 198 (TCA § 55-8-198).

  • All cameras must be signed (TCA § 55-8-198(c)(2))
  • No Cameras allowed on Interstates except for temporary work zones (TCA § 55-8-198(f))
  • No cameras allowed near speed limit changes of 10 mph or greater (TCA § 55-8-198(l))

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