City of Los Angeles
Automated Photo Red Light Enforcement Program
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dangers of running a red light?
Running a red light is a serious problem. Nationally, approximately 1,000 people die each year, and another 200,000 are injured as a result of a motorist running a red light. 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.
What is a red light violation?
A red light violation occurs when a vehicle travels across the limit line when the traffic signal is red.
It is not a violation if the vehicle has already passed the limit line at the time the signal turned red. At no time will a citation be issued if the vehicle crosses the limit line while the traffic signal is still yellow.
How does the red light camera enforcement work?
The system uses multiple cameras placed at the intersection to record video evidence of the red light violation. The cameras capture evidence of the vehicle, the license plate and driver"s face.
What do the video cameras photograph?
The first video monitors vehicles approaching the intersection and provides a context view of the violation. The second video, recorded simultaneously, provides primary evidence of the violation. The third video captures images of the front and rear of the vehicle, including the driver"s face and the license plate.
Do the cameras photograph every vehicle?
No. The red light camera enforcement system only captures vehicles that run the red light.
Do we enforce speed violations?
No. The red light camera enforcement system is not designed to enforce speed violations.
What if I wasn"t driving the vehicle at the time of the violation?
If you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation, you must complete the affidavit of non-liability printed on the back of the Notice of Violation and return it within 30 days of the mailing date listed on the front of the Notice.
What if the camera is malfunctioning or I saw the camera flash on the yellow light?
The camera system is designed to take video recordings on the red light only. The camera flash means the system is operating and may be recording other vehicles in the intersection other than yours. If the system is malfunctioning, contact American Traffic Solutions at 866-334-2156.
If you have received a citation in the mail and you believe it was issued in error, please contact 866-334-2156 to schedule a viewing appointment with an officer.
Can I view the evidence of the red light violation?
Yes. You are encouraged to view the event either over the Internet or in person. The video evidence may be reviewed by appointment only at one of the four traffic divisions within the LAPD or via the Internet at https://www.ViewYourTicket.com/TicketViewerCA_LA. To schedule an appointment call 866-334-2156. Picture identification is required for all appointments.
How much is the fine? How do I pay?
The fine for a red light violation captured by the red light camera system is $446.00. You may pay by check or money order. Submit the bail amount listed on the Notice of Violation, payable to Clerk of the Court. Write the citation number and your driver's license number on your check or money order.
DO NOT MAIL CASH. Mail to: Los Angeles Metropolitan Court,
P.O. Box 77388, Los Angeles, CA 90007
To pay-by-phone using Visa/MasterCard/Discover, call 213-742-1884 available weekdays 6:00 am to 10:30 pm and weekends 8:00 am to 6:30 pm. To pay using the Internet use Web address www.lasuperiorcourt.org.
What if I want to appeal the citation?
You may request a court trial through the mail or in person at the court by posting the bail amount listed on the Notice of Violation. As an alternative, you may request a trial by written declaration through the mail, by calling 213-742-1884 or via the court's website at www.lasuperiorcourt.org. The court's address is:
Los Angeles Metropolitan Court
1945 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
May I attend traffic school?
You may be eligible to attend traffic school if you have not attended in the last 18 months. The nonrefundable bail amount is due plus the $39 traffic school fee. You may sign up for traffic school by mail or in person at the court. You may also sign up for traffic school by calling 213-742-1884, or by accessing the court's website at www.lasuperiorcourt.org.