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City of Renton Reminds Motorists of Photo Enforcement

May 22, 2008  

For more information contact:

Kent Curry, Commander Police/Patrol Services, Renton Police Department 425-430-7555
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

Red-Light Camera Citations to Begin on June 1

RENTON- Starting June 1, 2008 the City of Renton will begin issuing citations to red-light traffic camera violators at select intersections throughout the city. The citations follow a month-long warning period that also included the testing of the cameras for efficiency, and a training session for law-enforcement officers. Beginning June 1, the registered owner of the offending car will receive a ticket for $124.

“We’ve worked hard to publicize the program and the public needs to follow the law,” said Mayor Denis Law. “If a driver violates the law and puts lives at risk by running the light, a citation will be issued.”

In May, the city installed red-light cameras at four intersections as part of the photo enforcement system that provides officers with both still and video footage to help enforce traffic regulations.

The computer enforcement tool used to issue the citations allows the officer to review a photo and video of the vehicle running the red light, view the light changing to red before the vehicle enters the intersection, and view the vehicle after it enters the intersection. If the officer judges that the vehicle did run the red light, the officer will then verify that the license plate matches the vehicle, and that the information is listed correctly on the screen before issuing the citation.

Cameras will operate 24 hours a day and capture images of vehicles running the red light at the intersections. Warning signs alerting drivers of the cameras were installed in May 2008.

The following is a list of intersections where cameras have been installed:

  • NE 3rd & Sunset Blvd. N.
  • E. Valley Road & SW 43rd
  • S. Grady Way & Rainier S.
  • Sunset N./SR 169/Bronson Way N. intersection

As of May 21, 2008, a total of 400 warnings were issued to traffic violators during the warning period at the listed intersections.
Drivers who receive a violation can log on to www.violationinfo.com to retrieve information on how to pay the fine. The City of Renton has a contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) to provide the red-light camera enforcement program.  ATS will send out the infraction notices, which will include three photographs and options available to resolve the violation.

The registered owner who receives the notice can pay the fine using one of the following methods: pay the fine online at www.ViolationInfo.com, by mail, by phone using a credit card, or in person at Renton Municipal Court. Violators may also request a hearing on the notice of infraction. More information on these options is available on the web pages of the Renton Police Department or Renton Municipal Court at rentonwa.gov.

The program is part of the city’s continuing efforts to increase traffic safety in neighborhoods. In 2007, the City Council authorized special patrols to emphasize traffic safety. As a result, the total number of traffic stops increased by almost 74% compared to 2006.

The city will also be installing cameras that capture speed violations in school zones during school hours at Renton High School, Talbot Hill Elementary School, and McKnight Middle School.

For more information on Renton’s Photo Enforcement Program, visit rentonwa.gov.