Red Light Q&A

Automated enforcement systems are well regulated by state law and have many safeguards that have been legislated in order to give the public a high level of confidence in their application. When a violation is captured, all data is reviewed by the program administrator before a citation is issued.

Questions and Answers about Red Light Camera Programs

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What is red light running?
A violation occurs when a motorist deliberately enters an intersection after the signal light has turned red. Motorists who are already in an intersection when the signal changes to red — while waiting to turn, for example — aren't red light running and are not ticketed.

What is the cost of a violation?

Fines for a Red Light Violation are $436. Drivers are reminded that an approach for a right turn that is regulated by a red light requires a complete stop. Specifics on this right of way condition can be located in the California Drivers License Handbook. This handbook can be located at your   

Do the cameras photograph every vehicle passing through an intersection?
No. The cameras are set so only those vehicles that enter an intersection after the light has turned red are photographed. Drivers who enter on yellow and find themselves in an intersection when the light changes to red are not photographed. This technology is intended to catch vehicles driven by motorists who intentionally enter an intersection well after the signal has turned red. 

Does someone review the citation before it is issued?
Yes. Trained Police Officers review each citation before it is issued to ensure that the vehicle is in violation. Tickets are mailed to vehicle owners only in cases where it is clear the vehicle ran the red light and where the photographed driver’s gender matches that of the licensed owner or a licensed driver in their household.





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