Red Light Cameras Improve Safety
The Rochester Police Department is using the latest technology to keep motorists and pedestrians safe.
As part of Rochester’s Red Light Photographic Enforcement Program, cameras have been installed at certain intersections to help enforce the vehicle and traffic law. The intersection locations were selected based upon accident data and video surveys conducted by Redflex Inc., the company that is managing the program for the City.
The program began in October 2010.
A study conducted by an independent engineering and consulting firm has concluded that the Red Light Camera Traffic Safety Program is preventing accidents and keeping city intersections safe. The firm has recommended that the red light camera program continue.
Mayor Lovely Warren has asked City Council to authorize the Red Light Camera Program through 2019. The state Legislature authorized the extension before it adjourned the 2014 session.
How Red Light Traffic Safety Cameras Work
The cameras capture still and video images of vehicles in the act of a red-light violation, which initiates the procedure to deliver a Notice of Liability to the registered owner of the vehicle. The violation is a civil matter and will not be reported to insurance companies or generate points on a driver’s license.
Evidence captured by the Red Light Cameras is reviewed three times and approved by the Rochester Police Department before a Notice of Liability is delivered in the mail to the registered owner of the vehicle. The cameras operate 24 hours a day and capture still photographs and video of every vehicle that runs a red light at the intersection. Cameras photograph only the vehicle and license plate of vehicles running the red lights. No images of the driver or passengers are captured.
Vehicle owners are responsible for violations by operators of their vehicle. Vehicle owners will have an opportunity to appeal the Notice or pay the fine. The civil violation carries an initial $50 fine. If the initial fine is not paid within 30 days, an additional penalty of $25 will be assessed.
The registered owner who receives the notice has the following options to resolve the violation:
- Pay the fine either by mail (no cash please),
- In person at Parking Violations Bureau at 42 South Ave, or
- Pay online at www.cityofrochester.gov/payments
- Contest the violation in the Parking Violations Bureau. For information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org call (585) 428-7482 or (585) 428-7484.
Violators may view a 12-second video clip provided by the vendor, Redflex, Inc. at www.photonotice.com.
The City of Rochester has contracted with RedFlex to provide the Red Light Camera Enforcement Program. Redflex, Inc has installed and maintains all equipment related to this program and process.
If the fine is not paid or contested within 30 days, a Notice of Impending Default Judgment will be sent informing the vehicle owner that an additional $25 has been assigned to the original $50 fine. If the City does not a receive a response, a Notice of Judgment will be delivered and the case will be sent to the City’s Collections Agent, EOS CCA, for collection.
If you have more questions about how the Red Light Camera Program works, visit the City's Red Light Camera - Frequently Asked Questions page.
Animated Illustration of Photo Enforcement
Up to 50 intersection will eventually be equipped with Red Light Cameras.
Those now equipped with cameras are:
Public Awareness Campaign
The City has launched a paid-media campaign titled "Run a Red Light? Expect a Photo Finish" to warn motorists that Red Light Cameras are in operation.
View the 30-second commercial