Can You Subpoena Traffic Camera Video Footage?

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Thousands of highway and intersection traffic cameras are utilized for observing traffic flow and also being silent witness to traffic accidents. If you were involved in an accident, first check out our Traffic Camera Map to see if there was a traffic camera recording at that intersection.  You can also check out your State's Department of Transportation’s website.  Many traffic cameras are owned by other entities (the city, the county, another local municipality, a local news station, or a private company).

To obtain the video footage of the camera, you’re going to need to obtain a court ordered subpoena to obtain the video on the camera. In addition to that, you’ll want to do this in a very timely manner, as not all the video is kept for prolonged periods of time.  You may have a two weeks or up to a month, at best, before the video gets deleted.

Who owns the intersection cameras?  Some are owned by the Department of Transportation (DOT), and some are privately owned. Most organizations are not going to simply hand footage over to you just because you ask.  Let our attorneys do the hard work for you.

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