Red Light Safety Camera Program

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The City of Colorado Springs is working to make it safer for people in all transportation modes and across all abilities to get around town. Photo red enforcement is a valuable tool to change driver behavior and has been implemented to improve safety by reducing red-light running violations, collisions and injuries without affecting city funds. 

The program acts as a force multiplier, allowing our police officers to be more safely and effectively deployed while still addressing traffic enforcement.   

FAQ: Why do we need red-light safety cameras?

FAQ: What does this program cost taxpayers?

Red-Light Safety Camera Locations

You will know when you are crossing a red light intersection. Each intersection is marked clearly with signs to alert drivers that cameras are in use ahead. Cameras will capture red light runners from a single approach at each of the intersections.
  • Austin Bluffs Parkway and North Academy Boulevard (westbound approach)
  • East Platte Avenue and North Murray Boulevard (westbound approach and right turn lane)
  • Platte Avenue and Union Boulevard (westbound approach and left turn lane)
  • Woodmen Road and Duryea Drive (eastbound approach)
  • Lake Avenue and East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard (eastbound approach and left turn lane eastbound to northbound)
  • Airport Road and South Academy Boulevard (northbound approach and left turn lane from northbound to westbound)
  • Academy Boulevard @ Dublin Boulevard  (northbound approach and left turn lane)
  • East Platte Avenue @ Chelton Road  (eastbound approach and right turn lane) 
  • Briargate Boulevard @ Lexington Boulevard (westbound approach and left turn lane)
  • Academy Boulevard @ North Carefree Circle (northbound approach and left turn lane)

FAQ: How were the locations determined?

30-Day Warning Period

As red light cameras at each intersection are implemented motorists will have a 30-day education and warning period for violations at that intersection. The registered owner of a vehicle may receive a notice by mail that a red-light running violation has occurred, but no fine will be issued for the first 30 days. After the 30-day warning period, violations confirmed by staff will be issued to the registered owner.

FAQ: What should I do if I receive a violation?

FAQ: How much is the fine and are points assessed on my license?

How Red-Light Safety Cameras Work

A red-light running violation occurs when a motorist ENTERS an intersection AFTER the traffic signal has turned red.

  • 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  and one image taken from the front of the vehicle.
  •  The license plate and driver’s images are close-ups from the images captured.
  • Cameras also record a digital video of the violation, including footage prior to and after running the red light.
  • 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, also is 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. 


FAQ: Why does the camera flash when no one actually runs the red light?

Additional Driver Resources

Safe driving protects you and our community.  Here are some tips for how to be a safe driver:

Distracted driving is a dangerous and growing concern for all communities. Learn more and commit to safer and distraction-free driving from