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Why has the City of Richardson decided to utilize red light cameras?
Under what authority can the City of Richardson impose a civil penalty for running a red light? 
Does a violation of this ordinance go on my driving record? 
What if I wasn’t driving the car when the violation occurred? 
What if I did not own the vehicle when the violation occurred?
What if my car was stolen when this violation occurred? 
What if I run a red light and am cited by an officer, then receive a Notice of Violation in the mail for the same offense? 
How do the red light cameras work? 
What is the penalty for violating the ordinance? 
How do I contest a Notice of Violation?
If after a hearing I am held liable by the Administrative Hearing Officer is there a means to appeal?
Who pays for the red light cameras? 
What happens to the revenue generated from the penalties assessed by the red light cameras?
Will the red light cameras take a picture of the driver of the vehicle? 
If I am in the intersection waiting to turn left and my light changes to red will I receive a Notice of Violation? 
Who is providing the red light cameras to the City of Richardson? 
Does Redflex get a percentage of the revenue generated from the issuance of Notices to Appear?
Can Redflex tamper with the timing of the red light to create violations? 
Where will the cameras be installed? 
When will the City of Richardson begin operations? 
What are the City of Richardson’s plans for educating motorists of this program? 


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Why has the City of Richardson decided to utilize red light cameras?
According to the Federal Highway Administration more than 2.7 million intersection crashes occur across the country annually, resulting in over 9,000 fatalities.  Each year more than 50% of all reported crashes and 22% of all injury crashes occur in an intersection.   

During 2005 approximately 9.2% of all reported vehicle collisions in the City of Richardson were related to red light violations. These types of crashes are usually side impacts and are much more likely to result in heavier damage, serious injury, and even death. Effective traffic management remains a high priority for our private citizens, the business community and city officials. 

It is believed the Automated Red Light Camera Enforcement program will aid our efforts in traffic management by reducing the number of red light violations thereby reducing the number of red light crashes, and injuries associated with such crashes.  The purpose of this program is to increase traffic safety in the City of Richardson.  The goal of this program is to reduce the number of red light violations, red light crashes, and red light injury crashes without impacting city funds.

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Under what authority can the City of Richardson impose a civil penalty for running a red light?
In September 2003 the Texas Legislature ratified Senate Bill 1184, which amended Section 542.202 of the Texas Transportation Code.  This amendment authorized municipalities to impose civil penalties against the owner of a motor vehicle for a violation of a municipal ordinance.  Chapter 22 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Richardson was enacted in September of 2004, which establishes a penalty to be assessed against the owner of a vehicle that enters an intersection after the light changes to red.

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Does a violation of this ordinance go on my driving record?
No it does not.  City Ordinance 3483 establishes a civil penalty against the owner of the vehicle, not the operator.  As such, it is not reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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What if I wasn’t driving the car when the violation occurred?
As stated above, City Ordinance 3483 establishes liability against the registered owner, not the operator.

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What if I did not own the vehicle when the violation occurred?
Under these circumstances proof of sale would need to be submitted for the violation to be dismissed.  A copy of the bill of sale would be sufficient to meet this requirement.

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What if my car was stolen when this violation occurred?
City Ordinance 3483 establishes 8 defenses to prosecution for violation of this ordinance.  A person whose vehicle had been reported stolen when a violation occurred would simply need to provide the jurisdiction and report number where the offense was reported.

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What if I run a red light and am cited by an officer, then receive a Notice of Violation in the mail for the same offense?
Under these circumstances the Notice of Violation issued pursuant to a violation of City Ordinance 3483 would be dismissed.  The violator would still be responsible for the citation issued by an officer for violation of Transportation Code Section 544.007.

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How do the red light cameras work?
Each intersection equipped with Automated Red Light Camera equipment will have a series of digital cameras installed near the roadway.  These cameras will consist of two digital still cameras and a digital video camera.  Utilizing a passive sensor, the system will detect when the signal light changes to red.  Using digital video presence cameras the system will trigger when a vehicle enters an intersection after the light changes to red.  The first digital still camera will capture two images, scene A and scene B.  Scene A will show the vehicle prior to entering the intersection while the light is red, while scene B will show the vehicle in the intersection while the light is red.  The photographs will display the time, date, and location of the offense as well as the amount of time the light was red when the image was captured.  Also the speed limit of the roadway and the speed of the vehicle at the time of the violation will appear on the photograph.  The second digital camera will capture a close-up image of the rear license plate of the vehicle.  And finally, the digital video will capture 12 seconds of video, depicting the 6 seconds prior to and the 6 second following the violation.  The 3 digital still images will be included when a Notice to Appear is issued.  Also, a link to a web page will be noted on the Notice to Appear to allow viewing of the 12 second video.

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What is the penalty for violating the ordinance?
A civil penalty of $75 is assessed for each violation.  However, 3 or more violations within any 12-month period will result in an enhanced penalty of $150.

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How do I contest a Notice of Violation?
Notices of Violation may be appealed to an Administrative Hearing Officer.  Details on how to schedule a hearing will be included on the Notice of Violation.

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If after a hearing I am held liable by the Administrative Hearing Officer is there a means to appeal?
Yes, a person found liable by the Administrative Hearing Officer may appeal this finding to the Richardson Municipal Court.  Instructions on how to schedule an appeal will be available from the Administrative Hearing Officer as well as from the Municipal Court.

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Who pays for the red light cameras?
This program will be funded by those who refuse to stop at red lights and violate the City Ordinance.

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What happens to the revenue generated from the penalties assessed by the red light cameras?
All revenue from Notices of Violation shall be deposited in the Traffic Safety Fund account established by the City Council. Funds from this account may be expended only for the costs of automated signal enforcement, public traffic or pedestrian safety programs, traffic enforcement and intersection improvements.

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Will the red light cameras take a picture of the driver of the vehicle?
No, they will not.  A violation of C.O. 3483 is a civil violation assessed against the owner of the vehicle; it is not a criminal violation.  As such there is no need to identify the driver, and therefore no need to capture an image of the driver.

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If I am in the intersection waiting to turn left and my light changes to red will I receive a Notice of Violation?
No, C.O. 3483 makes it a violation to enter the intersection after the light has changed to red.

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Who is providing the red light cameras to the City of Richardson?
Redflex Traffic Solutions, Inc. was awarded the contract to provide a turn-key solution for the Automated Red Light Enforcement Camera program.  Redflex will install, maintain, and service all equipment associated with this program.  Furthermore, Redflex will process and review all violations captured by the equipment.  Redflex will then provide the Richardson Police Department all evidence of violations.  A Richardson Police Officer will review all evidence and ensure a violation has clearly been committed.  Once verified by a sworn peace officer, Redflex will be authorized to create and mail all Notices of Violation.

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Does Redflex get a percentage of the revenue generated from the issuance of Notices to Appear?
No, Redflex will receive a fixed monthly fee for their services.

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Can Redflex tamper with the timing of the red light to create violations?
No.  In order to tamper with the signal light Redflex would have to have access to the computer system controlling the lights, which has not and will not be given.

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Where will the cameras be installed?
The City of Richardson has nine cameras at six intersections. Those locations are: Southbound Plano Road and Arapaho Road; Eastbound Centennial Boulevard at Greenville Ave, Westbound and Northbound approaches at the Campbell Road and Coit Road intersection, Eastbound and Westbound approaches of Beltline Road at US75, Northbound and Southbound approaches of Campbell Road at US75 and Northbound Jupiter Road at PGBT.

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When will the City of Richardson begin operations?
Enforcement of the ordinance began on March 1, 2006, at the conclusion of a 30-day warning period.   

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What are the City of Richardson’s plans for educating motorists of this program?
In January of 2006 an advertisement was placed in City of Richardson Utility Bills. The insert contained facts about this program and a link to a web page for additional information. Also, the City of Richardson and the Richardson Police Department each maintain a web page with a link for additional information.

Prior to beginning enforcement on March 1, 2006, the City of Richardson, in conjunction with the City of Richardson Police Department and Redflex Traffic Solutions, Inc., conducted a “Kick-Off” media event. The purpose of the “Kick-Off” event was to generate media and public awareness of this program, and to educate motorists of hazards of running red lights. Radio, television, and print advertisements were also utilized for the “Kick-Off”. Additionally, signs are posted at the approach of red light camera intersections notifying motorists of the presence of red light cameras.

Recurring advertisement will continue throughout the life of this program in an attempt to change driver behavior, to educate motorists of the dangers of red light running, and to deter drivers from running red lights.

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Last updated: 1/11/2012 11:40:34 AM