An automated enforcement system is an electronic device used by law enforcement to enforce traffic laws. An Automated Speed Enforcement System (ASE) is an increasingly common type of automated enforcement system that monitors vehicle speeds and captures images of speed limit violators. A Red Light Camera (RLC) is also a common type of automated enforcement system. Even though ASE differs from RLC in terms of technology and application, both are often accused of being deployed for revenue generation purposes. However, these accusations appear to be exaggerated after an examination of legal, engineering and policy issues.

The relationship between automated enforcement systems and traffic safety has sometimes been disputed. In analyzing this complex issue, authors have all too often been content with just using news headlines or cursory summaries instead of carefully examining safety reports performed by experts. This applies equally to both proponents and opponents of automated enforcement systems.

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