How many intersections will be monitored?

The City of Chesapeake is authorized to monitor a total of 24 intersections by Virginia State Code guidelines of 1 intersection per 10,000 residents. Our City Council has approved the use of 20 camera enforcement systems. The process for selecting the intersections to be monitored includes (i) the accident rate for the intersection, (ii) the rate of red light violations occurring at the intersection, (iii) the difficulty experienced by law enforcement officers in patrol cars or on foot in apprehending violators, (iv) the ability of law-enforcement officer to apprehend violators safely within a reasonable distance from the violation, and (v) pedestrian safety concerns.

Process For Selecting Intersections

  1. The accident rate for the intersection
  2. The number of red light violations occurring at the intersection
  3. The difficulty experienced by law enforcement in apprehending violators (officer and public safety)
  4. The ability to apprehend violators within a reasonable distance from the violation

Approved Locations for Camera Enforcement

IntersectionWarning PeriodActivation Date
Military Highway (Route 13) at Greenbrier Parkway/Dunbarton DriveJanuary 12, 2011February 11, 2011
Greenbrier Parkway/Butts Station Road and Kempsville RoadJanuary 29, 2011February 28, 2011
Portsmouth Boulevard (Route 337) and Gum Road/Peek TrailJuly 22, 2011August 21, 2011
Indian River Road/Sparrow RoadJuly 22, 2011August 21, 2011
Battlefield Boulevard (Route 168) and Great Bridge Boulevard (Route 190)/Kempsville RoadFebruary 13, 2012March 14, 2012
Greenbrier Parkway and Volvo ParkwayJuly 1, 2018July 30, 2018
Battlefield Boulevard (Route 168) and Volvo ParkwayJuly 1, 2018July 30, 2018
Canal Drive and Military Highway (Route 13)October 15, 2018November 13, 2018
Taylor Road and Portsmouth Boulevard (Route 337)May 21, 2019June 19, 2019
Military Highway (Route 13) and George Washington Highway (Route 17)August 14, 2020September 14, 2020


  1. The intersections are listed in the order of approval and camera activation.
  2. An engineering safety analysis was conducted at all of the above intersections in accordance with state code. The analysis includes an automatic traffic recorder directional and classification count, turning movement counts, and a concurrent 12-hour video survey of red light violation counts. All intersections were approved for photo enforcement in accordance with the Code of Virginia 15.2-968.1.
  3. A 30 day automated enforcement or red light camera violation warning period is given at each intersection when the cameras are activated. The warning period is considered part of Chesapeake’s public awareness program.
  4. Signs warning drivers that red lights are photo enforced are installed within 500 feet of the intersection. 

Show All Answers

1. Why do we need this?
2. How does it work?
3. How many intersections will be monitored?
4. Do red light running cameras really reduce crashes at intersections?
5. Do cameras photograph every vehicle passing through an intersection?
6. What kind of violation will be issued and what would the penalty be?
7. How will I know which intersections have red light cameras?
8. How is the timing interval determined between the red, yellow and green traffic lights at an intersection?
9. Isn't the main purpose of red light cameras to make money?
10. Does the system enforce running right turns on red?
11. What happens if my vehicle is caught running a red light?
12. How do I review the violation and pay the penalty?
13. Does the City of Chesapeake have a local ordinance as required by Virginia State Code 15.2-968.1?
14. Why did the City of Chesapeake give drivers a 30-day red light running warning period at the location where a camera system is activated?
15. What happens if an officer issues a summons to the driver of a vehicle and the red light camera also captures the vehicle during the red light running violation?
16. What happens when the camera captures a Chesapeake city vehicle?
17. What happens when the camera captures a commercial motor vehicle or a vehicle that is owned by a company or state or local agency that has a fleet of vehicles?
18. What if I still have additional questions?
19. What is Virginia's "Right Turn on Red" Law?
20. What is the criteria for choosing intersections for photo enforcement?
21. What is the process for the violation enforcement?
22. What is the process for viewing the violation?
23. What is the Penalty?
24. How Can I Learn More?