Four Ways To Build A Better Automated Enforcement Program

In a recent survey, a team of academic researchers asked 1,500 U.S. adults what they thought about camera-based traffic policing as it exists in their neighborhoods today, and test-drove an alternative framework that they hoped that would earn more support for the controversial policy.

Decades of evidence that technology like speed cameras reliably reduces car crashes on the corridors where they’re sited — not to mention their potential to reduce dangerous encounters between BIPOC and human officers — but automated enforcement has become a flashpoint for legal and cultural battles across America. Today, roughly two-thirds of U.S. states don’t allow speed cameras at all, while the one-third that does usually restricts the use of cameras to limited circumstances, such as near schools.