Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the fine for running a red light?

The citation is $75.00. Red Light citations do not double or accumulate any interest. Payment is an admission of guilt/liability; however, this Citation will not be a part of your driving record and no points will be assessed.

How do the cameras work?

Cameras are positioned at corners and/or medians. There are two induction loop triggers embedded in the road near the stop bar. If a vehicle ignites a trigger while the traffic signal is red, the camera takes two photos. The first will show the vehicle behind the stop bar while the signal is red. The second photo will show the vehicle in the middle of the intersection while the signal is red.

What is running a red light?

A vehicle must be behind a clearly marked stop line and the signal must be red. If a vehicle proceeds into the intersection after the signals have turned red, pictures are then taken. A motorist inadvertently in the intersection when the signal changes to red (waiting to turn left, for example) is not a red light runner.

Isn’t the purpose of red light cameras to make money?

No. The objective of photo enforcement is to deter violators, not to generate revenue. Of course as with any law broken a fine is issued and revenue is concomitantly generated. Red light citations do not double or accumulate interest. You control whether or not you pay this fine. All a motorist has to do to avoid this fine is follow the law.

What company provides the red light camera program in Prince Georges County?

Prince George’s County has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc. to provide the red light camera enforcement program. American Traffic Solutions will maintain all equipment related to this program and process all violations captured by the equipment.

What are the benefits of red light cameras?

Cameras have been shown to reduce the number of red light violations. In addition to reducing red light running at camera locations, violation reduction also carried over to intersections not equipped with red light cameras.

Do red light cameras violate motorist privacy?

No. Driving is a privilege, not a right granted and controlled by state and local laws. By obtaining a drivers license and operating a motor vehicle, a motorist agrees to abide by state and local laws. There is no law that suggests drivers should not be observed on the road or have their violations documented. Red light cameras in the state of Maryland are designed to photograph only a vehicles rear license plate, not the occupants. Only vehicles driven by motorists who violate the law are photographed.

Does someone review the photographs before motorists are mailed citations?

Yes. Police officers or official agents of the police department review every picture to verify the vehicle information and ensure the vehicle is in violation. Citations are then mailed to the vehicle owner only in cases where it is clear beyond a reasonable doubt the vehicle ran a red light.

Where can I make my payment?

The fastest and easiest way to pay your notice is to pay online at Log in with your Citation # and PIN # shown in the red box on the front of the citation. Click the green "Pay Your Violation Notice" button.

To make payment by mail make your money order (payable to PG Red Light Enforcement) in the enclosed envelope along with the coupon printed at the bottom of the front page.

Do NOT send cash or personal checks through the mail.

To make payment over the phone call 1-866-790-4111.

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