Potential Fairfax County Photo Red Light Program

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Potential Fairfax County Photo Red Light Program

  1. 1. County of Fairfax, Virginia Potential Fairfax County Photo Red Light Program Board Transportation Committee December 10, 2013 Department of Transportation
  2. 2. County of Fairfax, Virginia Introduction • Fairfax County previously had a PRL program – 2000 till 2005 • State enabling legislation allows re-establishment of Photo Red Light (PRL) programs, if certain engineering and safety requirements are met • Locations will require VDOT approval Department of Transportation 2
  3. 3. County of Fairfax, Virginia Current Legislation • Allows re-establishment of Photo Red Light Programs • Establishes requirements for: – engineering and safety / accident studies – minimum signal clearance intervals – public awareness and notice programs – ongoing evaluation and certification requirements • Requires law enforcement officer to swear / affirm certificate of violation • Establishes maximum $50 fine Department of Transportation 3
  4. 4. County of Fairfax, Virginia Existing PRL Programs in Northern Virginia Intersections in PRL Program Intersection Approaches in PRL Program Additional Pending Intersections Total Signalized Intersections (Approx.) Arlington 4 4 7 225 Alexandria 3 3 - 250 Fairfax City 3 4 3 61 Falls Church 2 4 - 15 Department of Transportation 4
  5. 5. County of Fairfax, Virginia Other Virginia Jurisdictions with PRL Programs • • • • • Virginia Beach Newport News Chesapeake Albemarle County City of Richmond Note: Some of these programs are limited to only one intersection Department of Transportation 5
  6. 6. County of Fairfax, Virginia Intersection Selection Factors • • • • Accident rates Red light violation rates Difficulty of apprehending violators Ability to apprehend violators safely within reasonable distance • Results of Engineering Safety Analysis Department of Transportation 6
  7. 7. County of Fairfax, Virginia Engineering Safety Analysis • Intersection and Signal Data – Visibility / line of sight / signal head placement and dimensions – Engineering countermeasures / pavement markings • Signal timing and phasing • Vehicle detection evaluation • Traffic volumes and movements (time of day / type of vehicle) Department of Transportation 7
  8. 8. County of Fairfax, Virginia Engineering Safety Analysis • Crash and Enforcement Data – 3-year history – Violation and accident rates – Enforcement issues • Significant inter- and intra-agency cooperation and coordination required – FCDOT – FCPD – VDOT Department of Transportation 8
  9. 9. County of Fairfax, Virginia VDOT Review and Approval Process • Complex Process • Request for land use permits to install Photo Red Cameras within VDOT right of way will fall under provisions for Special Request and Installation Process. • Input / Decisions required from: – – – – Regional Traffic Engineer Area Land Use Engineer Central Office Traffic Engineering Division District Administrator Department of Transportation 9
  10. 10. County of Fairfax, Virginia Photo Red Operation • Certificates sworn / affirmed by law enforcement officer (Legislative Requirement) • High rejection rate (right turn on red, emergency equipment, funerals, etc.) • Additional manpower required for affirmation of violations • Significant initial planning and engineering cost • May recoup ongoing operating costs Department of Transportation 10
  11. 11. County of Fairfax, Virginia 2000 – 2005 Photo Red Light Program • Fairfax County PRL program from late 2000 until mid 2005 • At its peak. there were 13 cameras used in a total of 15 locations. • County owned the equipment • Program was supported by 2 FTE positions in FCDOT and 5 FTE positions in FCPD • Over time the number of violations dropped at intersections with cameras • Program ended with expiration of legislative authority Department of Transportation 11
  12. 12. County of Fairfax, Virginia Evaluation of Previous Virginia PRL Program (2004) • Programs were technically feasible • Most of the Northern Virginia programs had costs that were higher than revenues. • However: – Did not account for cost of alternate safety improvements – Did not account for possible societal benefits – Data was limited due to ending of the programs (3 to 6 years total) Department of Transportation 12
  13. 13. County of Fairfax, Virginia Crash Evaluation Based on Fairfax County Data Only (2004) • Crashes Attributable to Red Light Running: – Decrease in crashes (-24% to -33%) – Decrease in injury crashes (-20% to -33%) • Rear End Crashes Attributable to the Red Light: – Increase in rear-end crashes (50% to 71%) Likely reduction in the severity of crashes and injuries but not explicitly studied Department of Transportation 13
  14. 14. County of Fairfax, Virginia Annual Net Revenue (2004 Data) Jurisdiction Net Revenue (NPW) Annual Net Revenue Fairfax County ($276,692) ($97,811) Alexandria ($218,755) ($40,382) Arlington $46,463 $12,499 Fairfax City $59,610 $11,004 Falls Church $1,541 $545 Vienna ($195,825) ($52,677) NPW: Revenue calculated in Net Present Worth Department of Transportation 14
  15. 15. County of Fairfax, Virginia Summary • 2012 Code amendment allows for renewal of Photo Red Light Programs by localities. • PRL programs currently exist at 12 intersections in several NoVA jurisdictions. Some intersections have cameras on more than one approach. • PRL programs in several other Virginia jurisdictions • Current technology provides more information that the PRL program that ended in 2005 Department of Transportation 15
  16. 16. County of Fairfax, Virginia Summary - Crashes • Likely to reduce total crashes caused by red-light running at selected intersections • May increase rear-end crashes at selected intersections • May reduce severity of crashes at selected intersections Department of Transportation 16
  17. 17. County of Fairfax, Virginia Summary - Costs • Significant start-up costs likely for location selection and safety studies: – Engineering Consultant to perform Engineering Safety Analysis for a 25 camera program. – Additional hours for follow-on evaluations to determine effectiveness. • Ongoing operational costs may be offset by revenues: – 2 Police Officers and a unit supervisor for 25 camera program ($300K + personnel costs) – Fewer incidents would be actual violations based on criteria included in the enabling legislation (approx. 2/3 Reduction) Department of Transportation 17
  18. 18. County of Fairfax, Virginia Questions? Department of Transportation 18

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