As of June, 2005 the City of Alpharetta has initiated a red light camera program to get drivers to stop at red lights through awareness and enforcement. Initially, red light camera enforcement will be at the following intersections:
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is a Red Light Camera Enforcement System?
The red light camera enforcement system is part of a citywide safety program operated by the Alpharetta Police Department in an effort to reduce the number of red light violations and intersection crashes. The system operates twenty-four hours a day to capture evidence of red light runners.
2. What is a red light violation?
A red light violation occurs when a vehicle crosses a stop line and proceeds through an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red.
It is not a violation if the vehicle’s front tires have already passed the stop line at the time the signal turned red. At no time will a citation be issued a citation if the vehicle crosses the stop line while the traffic signal is still yellow.
3. What do the cameras photograph?
The cameras capture video evidence of a violation, including rear images of the violating vehicle. One video shows the vehicle crossing the stop line and proceeding through the intersection while the traffic signal is red. The second video, recorded simultaneously, captures images of the rear of the vehicle and the license plate. No images of the driver or passengers are captured.
4. Do the cameras photograph every vehicle?
No. The Red Light Camera Enforcement System only captures vehicles that run the red light.
6. What if I wasn’t driving at the time of the violation?
If you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation, you have several options. All of the information is explained on the back of the printed citation.
7. Can I view the evidence of the violation?
Yes. You are encouraged to view the event either over the Internet or in person. The violation can be viewed online through the Alpharetta Police Department website by clicking the following link.
An in-person viewing can be scheduled with an officer by calling 1-866-684-8383.
8. How much is the fine? How do I pay?
The fine for a red light violation captured by the red light camera system is $70.00.
To pay the fine, detach the bottom portion of the citation and send with payment to the address listed. Payments should be sent using the window envelope included with the citation. Acceptable forms of payment include Check, Money Order, MasterCard, or Visa (credit card authorization on payment voucher must be completed).
9. Will this affect my insurance? Will I get points on my driving record?
No. Red light violations captured by the red light camera system are considered civil violations, similar to parking tickets, and will not affect insurance premiums, nor will points be assessed to the driving record.
10. What if I want to appeal or contest the citation?
To request a court hearing, detach and complete the section entitled, REQUEST FOR COURT HEARING FORM, found on the bottom portion of the citation.
11. What if I lost the original citation?
Duplicates of the original citation can be obtained by calling 1-866-684-8383
12. How can I find out more information?
Additional information, including statistics and benefits of automated red light enforcement can be found in the MORE ABOUT RED LIGHT ENFORCEMENT section.
For questions not answered here, please call toll free hotline 1-866-684-8383.
Facts About the System:
1. What is the goal of the Red Light Camera Enforcement System?
The goal of this program is to increase intersection safety and reduce the number of crashes caused by red light running. This goal will be accomplished by changing driver behavior through educating the public on the dangers of red light running and through consistent enforcement of red light violations.
2. What are the dangers of red light running?
Red light running is a serious problem. Approximately 1,000 people die each year, and another 200,000 are injured as a result of red light running. These figures not only include violators, but also include innocent motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
The annual cost of red light running in the United States is a staggering $14 billion.
3. Are red light cameras effective and what are the benefits?
Statistics show that red light cameras have proven to be effective in reducing red light violations and right-angle crashes. Throughout the United States, communities using automated enforcement typically experience a 40% to 60% reduction in violations and a 25% to 35% reduction in right-angle crashes.
Red light cameras serve as an effective deterrent to red light running and have a positive safety impact. Cities using these systems consistently report safer roads with fewer intersection collisions.
4. Does the City of Alpharetta need red-light cameras?
The goal of the red light camera enforcement system is to reduce the number of crashes caused by red light running and to make city roads safer for residents and visitors.
The City of Alpharetta has a very proactive law enforcement division with a strong focus on traffic safety. The red light camera program is intended to be a supplement to existing law enforcement methods, helping the police department achieve more consistent traffic enforcement.
This consistent enforcement will send a strong message to residents and visitors that the City of Alpharetta is committed to providing safe and passable streets.
5. How does the red light camera enforcement system work?
The system uses multiple cameras placed at the intersection to record video evidence of the red light runners. Using time and distance calculations, the system predicts that a vehicle will run a red light and then activates three independent video cameras. These cameras capture video evidence of the rear of the vehicle, the license plate, and a video showing the vehicle behind the stop line while the light is red and then proceeding through the intersection while the light is still red.
6. What intersections will have red light cameras?
This program is about getting drivers to stop at red lights through awareness and enforcement. With that in mind, the City of Alpharetta will post signage at each intersection that is has a red light camera system. Initially, red light camera enforcement will be at the following intersections:
7. Where else are red light cameras used?
Red light cameras have been in operation worldwide for over 30 years and were first introduced to the United States over ten years ago. There are presently over 120 programs in operation in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
8. What state law authorizes the use of red light cameras?
House Bill 182, signed in June 2003, amends Title 40 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to motor vehicles and traffic, so as to provide for enforcement of certain uniform rules of the road by use of traffic control signal monitoring devices.