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Automated Photo enforcement PROGRAM - Red Light Cameras

I RECEIVED A NOTICE OF INFRACTION - WHAT NOW?

If you received a notice of infraction in the mail for running a red light, you can view the images and video of your vehicle at ViolationInfo.com

The fine for a red light infraction is $136.

You must use the Notice # and PIN printed on the front of the notice you received to log in.

Questions? Contact:
Chris Steel | chris.steel@seattle.gov | 206-733-9809

In late July 2006, the City of Seattle initiated a 12-month pilot project designed to test the effectiveness of traffic safety cameras – also known as red light cameras – at selected arterial intersections. The purpose of the project was to gauge the extent to which these cameras might reduce the frequency of red light running and associated accidents, events which have become all too frequent in recent years, not only in Seattle but throughout the country.

Altogether, six camera systems were deployed at four intersections in the pilot project. After 12 months, through July 23, 2007, 16,539 citations were issued. The Final Evaluation Report, summarizes the results of the pilot and evaluates the performance of the red light cameras and the City’s red light camera vendor, American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Based on the favorable findings of the pilot project, the City approved a significant expansion of the program in 2008, 2009, and 2013 involving the addition of 25 new cameras at intersections throughout Seattle. Four factors were weighed in choosing locations for the new cameras: right-angle crashes, serious pedestrian injuries, the frequency of red light running based on video observation, and geographic distribution.

With the completion of construction in September 2013, the City now has 31 “red light” traffic safety cameras operating at 23 different arterials intersections. Through June 2015, the City's red light cameras have captured 291,813 violations.

LOCATION OF RED LIGHT CAMERAS IN SEATTLE

North Seattle
EB NE 45th St & Roosevelt Way NE
EB NW Market St & 15th Ave NW
WB NW Market St & 15th Ave NW
SB 15th Ave NW & NW 80th St
SB Stone Way N & N 40th St 
NB Aurora Ave N & N 85th St
EB NE 80th & 5th Ave NE
NB 11th Ave NE & NE 45th St

Central Seattle
SB 6th Ave & James St
EB Spring St & 5th Ave
EB Denny Way & Fairview Ave N
WB Denny Way & Fairview Ave N
NB Broadway E & E Olive Way
EB E Olive Way & Broadway E
SB Boren Ave & James St
NB Boren Ave & Pike St
WB Pike St & Boren Ave
NB 9th Ave & James St
SB 23rd Ave E & E John St
NB 6th Ave & University St

South Seattle
NB Rainier Ave S & S Orcas St
SB Rainier Ave S & S Orcas St
EB S Cloverdale St & 14th Ave S
WB SW Avalon Way & 35th Ave SW
SB 35th Ave SW & SW Thistle St
NB Rainier Ave S & S Massachusetts St
WB S McClellan St & MLK Way Jr Way S
SB MLK Way Jr S & S McClellan St
NB MLK Way Jr S & S McClellan St
NB MLK Way Jr S & S Othello St
WB Othello St & MLK Way Jr S

These are the only red light photo enforcement cameras within the City of Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation maintains a number of traffic cameras that are frequently mistaken for photo enforcement.

HOw do the cameras work?

The Axsis RLC-300 camera system used by ATS has three basic components: a high resolution camera for taking still, color photos, a video camera that provides a broader view of the offending vehicle and any other vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists in the intersection, and a vehicle sensing device that activates the still cameras and captures video of approaching vehicles that the system “predicts” will violate a red signal.

RedLight Cameras

The stills show the vehicle behind the stop line with the traffic signal showing red in the image #1 photo and the same vehicle fully beyond the stop line with the traffic signal still showing red in image #2 photo. These two photos, together with a cropped image of the vehicle license plate are included in the citation (also known as the notice of infraction (NOI)) that is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. The still photos and video clip of the event are available to police reviewers, court personnel, and registered owners via secure ATS Internet Web site. All photos and video only show the vehicle from the rear, as Washington law prohibits taking images of the faces of vehicle driver or occupants.

Photos and videos of violation events are sent electronically from the traffic safety camera system to the ATS data center where they are reviewed against criteria established by the Seattle Police Department. Events that clearly are not violations are rejected at the data center. Events that appear to be a violation are forwarded to trained officers in the SPD Traffic Section, who authorize issuance of citations for those deemed in violation, review events that appear to meet SPD criteria.

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