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The County of Sacramento, in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and Sacramento Police Department, have implemented a red light photo enforcement program. The purpose of this program is to provide 24hr automated intersection enforcement and increase traffic safety by reducing collisions as a result of red light running violations. Traffic collisions caused by red light running are among the most serious, often resulting in severe injuries and fatalities.
How It Works
A Red Light Photo Enforcement System consists of high-speed cameras mounted in bullet resistant housings at signalized intersections. The cameras are aimed at an approach to the intersection and also behind the approach. Multiple lanes can be monitored by one camera housing. The system is connected to the traffic signal controller and is only able to monitor the changing of the traffic signal light. Sensors are placed in the pavement behind the limit line and are activated at a preset time after the signal turns red for the monitored approach. When a vehicle enters the intersection during the red cycle after the preset time has elapsed; the sensor triggers the camera, which then takes pictures and video. These pictures and video show the vehicle’s progression through the intersection. The driver’s face, vehicle license plate and other visible environmental conditions are recorded. The use of a flash produces clear images under a wide range of light and weather conditions. Sacramento Metropolitan Red Light Photo Enforcement Program has 25 cameras currently in use at various intersections. The registered owner of the violator vehicle will receive a citation in the mail and is considered a moving violation. Every violation is screened by an officer and a citation is issued by the officer if the evidence supports the violation.
Frequently Asked Questions
• What do I do if I receive a citation?
If you receive a citation in the mail you should follow the instructions on the back of the citation. It explains how to pay or contest the fine. If you contest the fine you will have to appear in court.
• What if someone else was driving my car?
You should fill out the affidavit of Non-Liability located on the back of the cover sheet that came with your citation. The affidavit will be reviewed by our office once it is received. If the information on the affidavit is accepted, the citation will be dismissed and reissued to the person who was driving. If you no longer have the affidavit form you can download it here. Be sure to include your citation number on your affidavit.
• How much is the citation bail amount?
A driver caught running a red light may receive a negative point on their driving record and a fine of $470 (fine amount as of July 11, 2012). However, certain circumstances could increase this amount on an individual basis.
For the correct bail amount please contact THE CAROL MILLER JUSTICE CENTER, 301 BICENTENNIAL CR. RM 100, SACRAMENTO, CA 95826 PHONE: 916-875-7800
• Can I go to traffic school?
There are several factors that will determine if you are eligible for traffic school.
• I think I ran a red light but I have not received a ticket. How can I find out if a citation was issued to me?
Approximately 2 weeks after the proposed violation contact the Sacramento Metropolitan Red Light Photo Enforcement Office at 916-876-6643. If it has been over 6 months since the proposed violation you may also contact DMV or THE CAROL MILLER JUSTICE CENTER, 301 BICENTENNIAL CR. RM 100, SACRAMENTO, CA 95826 PHONE: 916-875-7800.
• What address do I send my payments to?
We do not accept any payment mailed to this office. Please send all payments to:
• Is the citation valid if it was not issued in person by a sworn peace officer?
A photo red light citation is a valid traffic ticket, per California Vehicle Code 21455.5. Violators are subject to monetary penalty. Peace Officers specially trained in red light photo enforcement, review violation data including photographs, video and registration data of red light runners prior to issuing the citations.
Viewing Red Light Citations
If you wish to view the photographs and video associated with your citation please visit this web site www.photonotice.com. You will need the citation number, license plate number, and the city code SCMTCA.
If you do not have access to the internet, there are kiosks located at:
THE CAROL MILLER JUSTICE CENTER, 301 BICENTENNIAL CR. RM 100, SACRAMENTO, CA 95826
You may view you photos and video and also pay your citation all at the kiosk.
You may also call to make an appointment to come to our office at
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