Currently, there is a pilot program (January 2008 to January 2009)
to evaluate the use of red light cameras in Nevada.. Cameras are
placed at busy intersections to catch red light runners. The
cameras are only activated when a violation occurs. The
intersection cameras will stay if the data shows that crashes from
motorists running red lights have decreased.
Red Light Cameras have been under some scrutiny because of the
increased incidence of rear-end collisions. Red light cameras may
panic a driver and cause unnecessary, abrupt braking; however, many
States have seen great success in the reduction of red light violations
after installing the red light cameras, and Nevada is hoping for the
Because of the high tourist population, Nevada’s roadways are often
riddled with pedestrians and motor vehicles. Red light cameras
take a picture of the vehicle and vehicle’s license plate if a driver
runs a red light, so locating the driver and issuing the citation will
not pose a problem.
In January of 2009, Nevada red light cameras will be reassessed and new
statistics issued. Nevada red light camera advocates are hoping
for a reduction of traffic accidents and citations at intersections
where red light cameras have been installed.