How do I get traffic camera video footage after an accident in Maryland, DC or Virginia.

The following is based on limited research and constitutes one persons opinion. It is not legal advice and should not be taken as such. If you require specific legal advice or are seeking to obtain traffic footage because you've beein involved in an accident,  you may want to contact one of our attorneys directly. To speak with one of our attorneys, you can call us at 1-888-540-2599.

 

Traffic Light Cameras, Generally

We have on many occasions attempted to obtain traffic camera video footage. Whether it is possible to obtain such footage after an accident depends on the type of intersection the collision occurred at and of course the type of camera.

 

Generally speaking, most intersections have some type of "camera" in the form of a long, white, cylinder aimed at the intersection from all sides. From speaking to various departments of transportation in DC, MD and VA, we believe these cameras are not recording live video footage in real time, but rather are used to detect motion and/or route traffic as part of the green light distribution and traffic flow systems. Accordingly, in most accident cases, there is no such video to be obtained.  This can be problematic in red light/green light dispute cases where two adverse parties cannot agree on the sequencing of the traffic lights.



Traffic sequencing reports may be obtained from various government entities, depending on the county/state where the collision occurred, however this information may only be of limited use. Usually traffic sequencing can be used to determine the sequence and/or timing of the lights, and of course whether the lights were fully functioning at the time of the incident, however, often they will still reveal nothing as to which driver actually had the green light.

 

Certain major intersections and highways do have real time video cameras but it is not clear if footage is stored unless there is a crime or a serious civil liability facing the government. Most attorneys and police departments I have inquired to, indicate the footage is stored for stored for somewhere between 10 and 30 days unless there is an incident requiring longer storage.

 

Depending on whether a collision occurs at a major intersection where there is a camera, it may be possible to obtain the footage either under a Freedom of Information Request (FOIA) request, or by subpoena, but in any event, a letter would need to be sent to the appropriate authority requesting preservation within ten days.

 

Additionally, at many intersections there may be Red Light Cameras that are triggered when someone runs a red light. Typically these cameras take multiple photographs, which are stored and then incorporated into a citation, which, is sent to the offending driver. Under these circumstances, certainly the photos may be obtainable under subpoena or an FOIA request.

 

This is one good reason to hire an attorney if you've been involved in an accident at a major collision.

 

MAJOR INTERSECTIONS IN THE TRI-STATE AREA


Here are some of the resources I have found. I will supplement this list as I continue to research this.

 

VIRGINIA
Real Time Traffic Cameras in Virginia

http://www.511virginia.org/

 

 Maryland
Real time Maryland Cameras

http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/Traffic_Cameras/Traffic_Cameras.cfm

 

Counties tend to also have their own sites for camera locations. For example:

Montgomery County

http://atms.montgomerycountymd.gov/jpgcap/TL/

 

 Montgomery County Md Red Light Camera Locations

Red Light Camera Locations: (Subject to Change)

NB Old Georgetown Road & Edson Lane
SB Rockville Pike @ Grosvenor Lane
SB Georgia Avenue @ Randolph Road
NB N Frederick Rd & Montgomery Village Ave
EB River Road & Goldsboro Road
SB Georgia Avenue & Norbeck Road
SB Georgia Avenue @ Connecticut Avenue
NB Wisconsin Ave & Montgomery Lane
WB Shady Grove Road & Research Blvd.
NB Connecticut Ave @ Randolph Road
EB East Gude Drive & Southlawn Lane
SB New Hampshire Avenue & Lockwood Drive
SB Rockville Pike & Halpine Lane
EB University Blvd @ Inwood Avenue
SB Colesville Road & Fenton Street
WB River Road & Wilson Lane
NB Columbia Pike & University Blvd.
EB University Blvd @ Columbia Pike

SB New Hampshire Ave @ Dilston Lane
SB Georgia Avenue @ Colesville Road
NB MidCounty Hwy & Goshen Road
SB Viers Mill Road @ Twinbrook Pkwy
NB Viers Mill Road @ Newport Mill Road
WB Randolph Road @ Kemp Mill Road
WB Randolph Road @ Selfridge Road
EB Randolph Road & Dewey Road
WB E Gude Drive & Crabbs Branch
EB Redland Road & Crabbs Branch Road
SB Frederick Road @ Middlebrook Road
SB Georgia Avenue @ 16th Street
NB Connecticut Avenue @ Knowles Ave
WB Shady Grove @ MD 355/Frederick Rd
SB Wisconsin Ave. @ Cheltenham Drive
NB South Frederick @ Shady Grove Road
NB Quince Orchard Road @ Firstfield Road
WB Randolph Road @ Dewey Road
NB Colesville Road @ Dale Drive
NB Columbia Pike @ Tech Road
SB Columbia Pike @ Tech Road

 

 

 Prince Georges County Md Red Light Locations

http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Government/PublicSafety/Police/red-light-enforcement-locations.asp

Red Light Enforcement

Prince George's County
RED LIGHT CAMERA LOCATIONS

NORTHBOUND ROUTE 301 @ POINTER RIDGE DRIVE
NORTHBOUND ROUTE 5/301 @ CEDARVILLE ROAD
EASTBOUND ALLENTOWN ROAD @ BRINKLEY ROAD
NORTH BOUND ROUTE 410 @ ROUTE 450
EASTBOUND ROUTE 410 @ 64TH AVENUE
SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 210 @ KERBY HILL ROAD
NORTHBOUND SILVER HILL ROAD @ MARLBORO PIKE
NORTHBOUND ROUTE 301 @ OLD INDIAN HEAD ROAD
ROUTE 450 @ ROUTE 3
NORTHBOUND ROUTE 301 @ GOVERNOR BRIDGE ROAD
SOUTHBOUND SILVER HILL ROAD @ MARLBORO PIKE
SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 210 @ FARMINGTON ROAD
SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 301 @ POINTER RIDGE DRIVE
SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 301 @ SOUTH OSBORNE ROAD
WESTBOUND ROUTE 410 @ AGER ROAD
WESTBOUND ROUTE 223 @ OLD BRANCH AVENUE
SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 5/301 @ MCKENDREE ROAD
NORTHBOUND ADELPHI ROAD @ RIGGS ROAD
WESTBOUND SHERIFF ROAD @ VILLAGE GREEN DRIVE
WESTBOUND ROUTE 450 @ PRINCESS GARDEN PARKWAY
SOUTHBOUND ROUTE 210@ ACCOKEEK ROAD
WESTBOUND MARLBORO PIKE @ DONNELL DRIVE
EASTBOUND ALLENTOWN @TEMPLE HILL ROAD
EASTBOUND MARLBORO PIKE @ BROOKS DRIVE
WESTBOUND IVERSON STREET @ 23RD PLACE

 

 

DC

DC DOT

http://app.ddot.dc.gov/

Unfortunately, DDOT does not maintain footage from traffic/crime cameras.  Footage may be available from the Metropolitan Police Department and/or Homeland Security.  The contact information for both offices is as follows: DC also has 30 permanent CCTV cameras at these locations

http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/cctv-locations-permanent-cameras

First District

1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2 cameras)
200 block of Constitution Avenue, NW
500 block of North Capitol Street, NW
1000 block of Jefferson Drive, SW
300 block of Independence Avenue, SW
400 block of L'Enfant Plaza, SW
First Street & S Street, SW
Half Street & S Street, SW
South Capitol & Potomac Avenue, SE
Second District

1300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW
3600 block of M Street, NW
Wisconsin Avenue & M Street, NW
1000 block of Vermont Avenue, NW
700 block of 18th Street, NW
700 block of 19th Street, NW
800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW
Pennsylvania Avenue & 15th Street, NW (2 cameras)
19th Street & Dupont Circle, NW
5900 MacArthur Blvd NW
20th Street & G Street, NW
5400 Norton Street,NW
18th Street & H Street, NW
19th Street & H Street, NW
20th Street & H Street, NW
18th Street & G Street, NW
19th Street & G Street, NW
Sixth District

Kenilworth Avenue & Foote Street, NE
Benning Road & Anacostia Avenue, NE                          
660 Anacostia Avenue, NE
Virginia

1000 block of 19th Street, North (Rosslyn, VA)

Following is the list of the 18 permanent CCTV cameras in DC

1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (2 cameras)
200 block of Constitution Avenue, NW
500 block of North Capitol Street, NW
1000 block of Jefferson Drive, SW
300 block of Independence Avenue, SW
400 block of L'Enfant Plaza, SW
1300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, NW
3600 block of M Street, NW
Wisconsin Avenue & M Street, NW
1000 block of Nineteenth Street, North (Rosslyn, VA)
1000 block of Vermont Avenue, NW
700 block of 18th Street, NW
700 block of 19th Street, NW
800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW
Pennsylvania Avenue & 15th Street, NW (2 cameras)
19th Street & Dupont Circle, NW
Previous Permanent Camera Locations (no longer active).

 

Detailed information may also be available on the MPD's website at www.mpdc.dc.gov/cctv.

Additionally, footage from many DC traffic cameras can be accessed through Freedom of Information Requests online through  foia-dc.gov

 

Baltimore City

Some lawyers have been able to obtain footage in Baltimore City from a CityWatch (blue light) camera through the Baltimore City Police in the past, and they keep that footage for 30 days I think. There are also lots of live cameras at this website (http://www.chart.state.md.us/) but I was told they don't record because they don't have the hardware to support it.