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Photo Enforcement Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the City of Renton decided to implement the Photo Enforcement Program and install red light cameras?
What is a red light running violation?
What is a fixed speed violation?
Where are the red light and speed cameras located?
What should I do if I get a ticket? 
Who can I talk to if I have other questions?

Man on ladderWhy has the City of Renton decided to implement the Photo Enforcement Program and install red light cameras?

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly 2 million crashes occur annually in intersections. In 2005, red light running resulted in 800 fatalities and over 165,000 injuries in the U.S.

Red light running and speeding are problems.  Implementing an automated red light camera program will reduce red light running violations, red light crashes, and red light injury crashes without impacting city funds.

What is a red light running violation?

A red light violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has phased to a steady red light. Motorists must stop prior to entering the intersection. Any motorist who has already crossed into the intersection when the green or yellow traffic signal has phased to a steady red has not completed a violation. When a motorist approaches an intersection and is attempting to make a right turn and the traffic signal is a steady red signal, they must come to a complete stop (cessation of tire rotation) in front of the stop line before the right turn is completed. 

What is a fixed speed violation?

A fixed speed violation occurs when a motorist exceeds any posted speed limit in the area.  Please see City of Renton Municipal Code 10-12-1 for more information.

Where are the red light and speed cameras located?

Cameras are installed at four intersections based on crash and violation statistics compiled by the Renton Police Department. Each intersection is clearly marked with signs. Intersections in the city equipped with red light and speed camera systems are:

     N 3rd and Sunset N
     SW 43rd and East Valley Road 
     Rainier S and S Grady 
     Sunset N / SR 169 / Bronson Way N

What should I do if I get a ticket?

Please see court process of notice of infraction.

Who can I talk to if I have other questions?

You can talk to Sgt. Keyes (425-430-7511) in the Traffic Unit.