Some Navigation Systems Warn of Camera Enforcement Zones


It sounds like the fuzzbuster of the 2010s. But highway-safety advocates say police-camera-detecting navigation systems — which notify drivers as they approach an intersection with a red-light or speed camera — are consistent with the mission of using automated enforcement as a deterrent instead of a citation generator.

As traffic enforcers more frequently use cameras to dissuade speeders, red-light runners, intersection blockers and other traffic scofflaws, automakers are offering navigation systems programmed with the locations of speed and red-light cameras to warn drivers that they’re being watched. Navigation-info suppliers such as Navteq provide automakers with systems that contain camera locations. According to USA Today, GM and Mazda both have begun to offer camera-location info on some of their vehicles.

As of this month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety counts 653 communities in 24 states that use automated enforcement by way of either red-light cameras or both speed and red-light cameras combined, and even more communities use cameras for some other form of traffic management. The IIHS reports that the District of Columbia even uses automated enforcement to ticket drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.

Both the IIHS and Governors Highway Safety Association agree that publicizing the locations of cameras promotes the devices as the deterrent they are intended to be, although potential drawbacks include motorists choosing alternate routes to avoid cameras, USA Today reported.

Navi systems show speed and red-light cameras
(USA Today)
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By Matt Schmitz | October 22, 2013 | Comments (8)


A. Non E. Mouse

The cameras are run by private corporations who have a profit motive. Let's not make any pretense these devices are meant to serve as deterrents. They are revenue generators pure and simple, and I expect some 'protective legislation' banning the publication of camera coordinates as word spreads of published camera locations and the subsequent fall in revenues.

There are a few different apps that you can get on your phone for this same type of thing.


In California, about half of all red light camera tickets can be ignored!

It may be a Snitch Ticket, the fake/phishing camera tickets the police send out to bluff car owners into ID'ing the actual driver. Snitch Tickets say, at the top, "Courtesy Notice-This is not a ticket," and nothing happens if you ignore them! Skeptical? Google: Snitch Ticket.

Been to the LA area? Even a REAL red light camera ticket from ANY city in LA County can be ignored, as the LA courts do not report ignored camera tickets to the DMV. This was revealed in LA Times articles in 2011. Skeptical? Google: Red light camera no consequence.


Sorry but speed cameras in chicago suck. i got a warning notice for speeding on Pulaski bryn mawr and lawerence. Never have i ever got a ticket for speeding in the city. Its just plain dumb.


Hi, I'm interested in the source of your graph showing which US states have none/red-light/speeding cameras.

Jennifer Geiger, News Editor at

Hi David,
The map is from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


i am moving to Alaska - the only state (probably) where your life is not heavily monitored.

I can't image any logical reason that it would be illegal. I guess the state really is just set on taking money and not wanting you to be aware of it.

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