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 currently two types of cameras; still-photo and video.  In the still-photo red light camera system, there are sensors in the road.  If a vehicle ignites a trigger while the traffic signal is red, the camera takes two photos.  In the video red light system, the camera tracks the vehicle speed and determines the vehicle will not stop thus activating the camera.  The complete video of the vehicle going through the red light can be seen.  In both red light camera systems two photos are shown on the citation.  The will show the vehicle behind the stop line while the signal is red. The second photo will show the vehicle in the intersection while the signal is red.

What is running a red light?

A vehicle must come to a complete stop at the stop line or, if there is no stop line, prior to the crosswalk and before entering the intersection, and remain stopped as long as the signal is red.  Unless a sign prohibits turning on red, after coming to a complete stop, you may turn right or you may turn left from a one way street to another one-way street.  When turning on a red signal, you must yield the right of way to pedestrians and all other traffic.  If a vehicle proceeds into the intersection after the signals have turned red, pictures and/or video are then taken.  A motorist 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. 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 is in the process of transitioning all cameras to the video camera system.  American Traffic Solutions Inc. is contracted to provide the red light camera enforcement program and provides still-photo citations.  Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc. is also contracted to provide the red light camera enforcement program and provides all the video camera citations.  Both companies 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 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?

If your citation begins with "25"

Pay in person at the Revenue Authority Office

1300 Mercantile Lane, Suite 108, Largo, MD 20774

Or Pay by phone by calling 1-877-714-0014

The fastest and easiest way to pay your citation is to pay online at www.ViolationInfo.com. 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.

If your citation begins with "PGR"

Pay in person at the Red Light Customer Service Center

6315 Seabrook Road, Suite 114, Lanham, MD 20704

Or pay by phone by calling 1-844-599-7653

The fastest and easiest way to pay your citation is to pay online at www.cite-web.com.  Log in with your Citation # and PIN # shown on the front of the citation.

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 button of the front page. 

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