On March 30, 2009, the City of Corona installed red light enforcement cameras at various intersections throughout the city. The cameras photograph motorists that fail to stop for a red light and also records the violations in streaming video. If you have been photographed failing to stop for a red light you will receive a notice in the mail. The notice will be addressed to the registered owner of the vehicle or the actual driver if he/she can be identified by the reviewing officer. The video and photographs can be viewed from any computer at www.photonotice.com. If you cannot view the video or photographs, you can call the Traffic Section at (951) 279-3543 and make an appointment to view the video and photographs. You can also contest the violation in traffic court. Coming to the Police Department to view the video does not negate your right to contest the violation in court. Click this link to get a basic understanding of how the system captures a violation.
Why did the City of Corona adopt red light photo enforcement?
Each year, more than 1.8 million intersection crashes occur on our nation's roadways. These accidents have a monetary impact to society of approximately $14 billion dollars annually. Red light running is also one of the major causes of crashes, deaths and injuries at signalized intersections. During the previous 3 years in the City of Corona, half of our accidents that resulted in fatalities occurred at signalized intersections. With these staggering facts, the City of Corona researched the feasibility of instituting Red Light Photo Enforcement. Automated red light enforcement programs have proven effective in accident reduction with most cities reporting anywhere from a 29% to 45% reduction in accidents.
What if I get a red light camera citation?
Each red light citation carries a minimum $456.00 fine, which includes penalties and assessments.
Citations will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle, or the actual identified driver within 15 days of the violation.
The citation will include four photographs:
- The vehicle behind the limit line, prior to entering the intersection, with the signal in the red phase. This image will show the red light.
- An image of the vehicle showing its progression past the limit line while the light is still in the red phase.
- A close up image of the driver's face.
- A close up of the vehicle's license plate.
How will a red light ticket affect my driving record?
If you choose to pay the bail amount for the citation, your bail will be forfeited and you do not have to appear in court. You will be convicted of the violation and it will appear on your record at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A point count will appear on your driving record for this offense and your insurance may be adversely affected.
Traffic School: You may be able to avoid the point count and adverse affect on your insurance by attending traffic school. You will need to contact the court to request traffic school. You must pay the bail amount, and you will be required to pay a nominal fee for traffic school.
How can I contest the violation?
Court Trial: You can send a certified or registered letter no later than five days prior to the appearance date, or go to the court by the appearance date to request a court trial which will be scheduled for a future date. An officer and/or witnesses will be present to testify. You will be required to submit the bail amount and will be given a date for your trial.
Trial by Written Declaration: Send a certified or registered letter postmarked no later than five days prior to the appearance date, or go to the court on or before the appearance date and request a Trial by Written Declaration. You will also be required to submit the bail amount. You will be given forms to allow you to write a statement and submit other evidence without having to appear in court. An officer will also submit a statement and evidence in writing to the court. The judicial officer will consider all of the evidence and render a decision.
On line information and payment of citation:
View video and photos of Red Light violation:
Presentation to the City Council on the Red Light Photo Enforcement program:
Council Workshop Presentation - September 26, 2007
United States Department of Transportation Operational Guidelines for Red Light Cameras:
Locations of City of Corona Red Light Cameras: