Intersection Safety Program
Red-Light Safety Camera Program FAQs
Why has the City of Boca Raton implemented a Red-light Safety Camera Program?
Traffic studies show that red-light running is a problem at many intersections throughout Boca Raton. The NHTSA states in 2011, over 80 Floridians lost their lives making Florida the 3rd most deadly state in the nation for red‐light running crashes. The city of Boca Raton is committed to the safety of the community and dedicated to reducing red-light violations and their potential for crashes and injuries on our roadways.
Red-light running is a deadly epidemic. Red-light safety camera programs have proven to reduce the number of red-light running collisions and their associated injuries and fatalities. Nearly 600 communities in the United States are now using cameras to deter red-light running.
Public safety is the highest priority of the Boca Raton Police Department and we believe the Red-light Safety Camera Program will help make our roadways safer for both residents and visitors of our community. These cameras are another way our Department is using technology to improve public safety.
Effective as of July 1, 2013 changes were made to the Red-Light Safety Camera Law. The new Legislation clarified and enhanced many provisions of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act.
What is a red-light running violation?
A red-light running violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. Motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, waiting to turn for example, are not considered red-light violators.
Right Turn: A red-light violation occurs if the motorist completes the right turn in a non-careful and prudent manner.
Right Turn with ‘No Turn On Red’ sign: A red-light violation occurs when a motorist completes a right turn at the intersection.
Where are the red-light safety cameras located?
- The intersections utilizing red-light safety technology are listed below. Each intersection is marked clearly with signs.
- East & West bound Glades Rd at NW 15 Ave
- East bound Glades Rd at St. Andrews Blvd, North bound St. Andrews Blvd at Glades Rd
- North and South bound Federal Hwy at NE 20 St
- North and South bound Military Trail at Spanish River Blvd
- North and South bound Congress Ave at Clint Moore Rd
- East and West bound Glades Rd at NW 2nd Ave
How does the Red-Light Safety Camera work?
- The system activates when motion is detected just prior to the stop bar AFTER the traffic signal has turned red. The cameras capture two images of an alleged violation, taken from the rear of the vehicle.
- The first image shows the vehicle at the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.
- The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.
- The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured.
- Data, including the time, date, and duration of the yellow and red lights, also is recorded.
- Cameras also record a 12-second digital video of the violation, including six seconds prior to and six seconds after running the red light.
Why does the camera flash when no one actually runs the red light?
- The road safety program is designed to take two rear photographs of a vehicle that may be committing a violation. The first rear image captures the vehicle prior to entering the intersection with the traffic signal red, and the second image shows the vehicle continuing through the intersection during the red signal phase.
- On occasion, a vehicle approaching an intersection with a red light may come to a stop before entering the intersection yet trigger the red-light camera system, causing the flash to discharge. In addition, a vehicle approaching the intersection and making a right turn may not come to a complete stop but only slow before continuing to turn, triggering the road safety program and causing the flash to discharge.
- The Boca Raton Police Services Department reviews each violation event captured by the road safety program and makes the final decision to issue a citation. All flash incidents do not equate to a citation; however, the imaging results in 80%+ accuracy in identifying excessive speed approaches.
Can I still make a right on red?
- Yes, red light cameras do not affect a driver’s ability to legally make a right on red after coming to a complete stop. The presence of red light cameras do not nullify any other Florida State Statute.
What to do if you receive a Notice of Violation:
Why did I receive this Notice of Violation?
Based upon images captured by a red-light camera system and then reviewed by local law enforcement, your vehicle was determined to have committed a red-light violation. As the vehicle owner, the Notice of Violation is mailed to you.
How much is the fine?
The civil penalty for this traffic infraction is $158.00 if the violator pays within sixty (60) days of the postmark date of the NOV. No points will be assessed against your driving record as a result of this infraction.
What are my options?
- Pay the fine
- Pay Online. Logon to www.ViolationInfo.com by entering your Notice number and PIN number shown in the red box on the front right of your Notice. Click the Pay button. There is a convenience fee of up to 5% of the total fine amount that will be assessed at the time of payment.
- Pay by Mail. Mail your check or money order, payable to Automated Traffic Control Violation System, in the enclosed envelope along with the coupon printed at the bottom of the notice. Write the Notice number and the license plate number on your check or money order. Do not mail cash. The mailing address is located on the violation.
- Pay by Credit Card. Call toll free 1-866-790-4111 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. There is a convenience fee of up to 5% of the total fine amount that will be assessed at the time of payment.
- Request a Hearing
- You may request a hearing in writing within sixty (60) days of the postmark date of the NOV. A Hearing Request Form will be included with the Notice of Violation. The form can be found at www.ViolationInfo.com
Submit an Affidavit of Non-Responsibility.
- You may submit an Affidavit of Non-Responsibility if your vehicle was sold or stolen, or in the care of another individual. If the vehicle was in the care, custody or control of another person, the Affidavit must be notarized. You may obtain an Affidavit of Non-Responsibility by visiting www.ViolationInfo.com . This Affidavit must be filled out accurately and in its entirety and presented to the court at the time of your hearing.
- What if I was not the driver/owner of the vehicle at the time of the violation?
- Per the City of Boca Raton, you may request a hearing and submit an Affidavit of Non-Responsibility by mail. The Affidavit must be filled out accurately and in its entirety. You may obtain this form either by downloading and printing the form from www.ViolationInfo.com or visiting the Court in person. Bring the completed form to the Court in person on your hearing date.
- What happens if I ignore the Notice of Violation?
- Failure to pay the civil penalty, request a hearing or to contest liability prior to the due date on the Notice of Violations will result in the issuance of a Uniform Traffic Citation.
Have additional questions about your Notice of Violation?
If you have any questions, please contact Customer Service toll free at 1-866-225-8875.
Si necesitas ayuda en Español, favor de llamar al 1-866-225-8875.
What company provides the Red-Light Safety Camera Program in Boca Raton?
The City of Boca Raton has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS) which provides red-light and speed camera enforcement programs for more than 300 communities across North America. More information about ATS is available at www.atsol.com.
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