May 21, 2008
Red light camera watch: Hello, Austin!

Get ready, Austin. The red light cameras are coming soon.

Red-light cameras at some of the city's busiest intersections will begin helping enforce traffic laws beginning May 23, when more motorists are on the road for Memorial Day weekend, Austin officials said Monday.

The first camera will be at the intersection of 11th Street and the northbound frontage road of Interstate 35, but crews will continue installing the cameras at eight other intersections across Austin during the next several weeks.


Authorities said there will not be a warning period once a camera is at an intersection. They have instead developed public service announcements to warn motorists against running red lights. The announcements are being distributed to local media outlets.

You can see video of the PSA here, and a list of camera locations here. Not having a warning period is different - it's unique to Austin as far as I know. The warning signs will be there, but I suppose if you're going fast enough to blow through a red light, you might not see it in time anyway. So, consider yourself warned. Thanks to The Walker Report for the heads up.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 21, 2008 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Well, I saw part of the publicity campaign here in Austin. KVUE, the local ABC affiliate, had a story on the 6 and 10 o'clock news about it.

Posted by: Syd Polk on May 22, 2008 9:34 AM

Big Brother


by any other name...

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