Frequently Asked Questions
What is a red light running violation?
A red light running violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. Motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, when waiting to turn for example, are not considered red light violators.
How a Red Light Camera Works
The system is activated when motion is detected just prior to the stop bar AFTER the traffic signal has turned red. The camera system takes a series of two images.
The first image shows the vehicle before crossing the white stop line after the red light was illuminated.
The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.
The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured. Data including the time, date and duration of the yellow and red lights is also recorded.
Where are the red light cameras located?
On August 20, 2012, the city council approved the installation of Red Light Cameras at 3 additional intersections. The planning process has started and installation will begin soon. After the new cameras are installed, Mesquite will have 4 intersections monitored by red light cameras. The 4 intersections are:
- East service road of IH635 (service road for north bound IH635) at Military Parkway (currently in operation)
- East service road of IH635 (service road for north bound IH635) at Town East Blvd. (approved 8-20-2012)
- East service road of IH635 (service road for north bound IH635) at Oates Dr. (approved 8-20-2012)
- South bound exit ramp of IH635 at Oates Dr. (approved 8-20-2012)
Why did I receive this Notice of Violation?
Based upon images captured by the automated system, your vehicle was determined to have committed a red light violation. As the owner of the vehicle, the Notice of Violation is mailed to you.
What if the light was yellow?
The camera only captures vehicle that have violated the red signal. If a vehicle has crossed the STOP line prior to the light turning red and the vehicle has entered the intersection on the yellow/amber; the camera should not activate. Should an error be detected the police officer of Redflex personnel will exclude this violation an no Notice will be sent.
What if I am not the driver/owner of the vehicle at the time of the violation?
You may submit a re-nomination, if you are in the business of renting or leasing vehicles or if the vehicle was sold or reported stolen at the time of the violation. Should another family member or friend actually be the driver, you may also re-nominate that person. See options page (in this document), OPTION B. This option will allow a re-nomination, and you must have it notarized then send the Option B coupon in the envelope furnished to the address shown.
What happens if I ignore the Notice of Violation?
Failure to pay the civil penalty or to contest liability Not later than the 30th day after the notice was issued is an admission of liability, and failure to appear at an administrative adjudication hearing after having requested a hearing is an admission of liability and constitutes a waiver of the right to appeal. Failure to pay the civil penalty within 31 days after receipt of the Notice of Violation shall result in the imposition of a late-payment fee of $25 and may result in the County Tax Assessor Collector refusing to renew the registration of the vehicle alleged to have been in violation of the city’s ordinance.. If the second notice remains unpaid, collections proceedings and entry of a judgment against you may proceed.
Will I receive any points on my driving record for this violation?
The civil penalty may not be recorded on the owner’s driving record and an arrest warrant may not be issued.
Will my insurance rates be affected?
No, this is a civil infraction and is not reported to any insurance agencies.
Is this only a program to generate revenue?
This is a safety program. Automated safety systems have been shown to reduce red light violations and intersection crashes. Numerous studies throughout the United States and worldwide, as well as the experience of many other cities, indicate significant decreases in red light running violations and collisions after cameras were installed. Often times, a spill-over effect results from automated enforcement. For example, other intersections not monitored by automated enforcement also see a decrease in violations and accidents because of the presence of enforcement in other areas of the community.
What if I was issued a citation from an officer for the same offense?
The citation issued by a police officer takes precedence over the Automated Intersection Safety System Notice of Violation. You must appear in court with both notices and the Adjudicative Hearing Officer will take the appropriate actions.
A crash caused by a driver who runs a red light is more likely to result in serious injury or death.
- Deaths caused by red light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes
- More people are injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other crash type.
- Reduction in red light running through a comprehensive red light camera program will promote and protect the public health, safety and welfare of Mesquite Citizens.
What to Do if You Receive a Notice of Violation
I have received multiple Notices of Violation; do I have to send in a payment for each?
No, you may send one check in one envelope – but you must include coupons for each violation you received. For example, if you received three violation notices, you may send in one check and the three coupons but write each notice number on your check.
Can I make payments in installments or set up a payment plan?
Payment plans are not avaliable. You must pay your civil penalty by the due date on your Notice of Violation or a late fee will be assessed. You have a additional 30 days after the late fee is assessed to pay the civil penalty before collections proceedings begin.
Do I have to pay my fine the day of the hearing?
You must pay the full fine amount not later than the 30th day after a liable judgment.
What happens if I do not pay the Notice of Violation?
Failure to pay the civil penalty or to contest the liability with the time allowed will result in a 25$ late fee and may result in the County Tax Assessor-Collector refusing to register the vehicle alleged to have been in violation of this ordinance.
I do not believe I ran a red light. Where can I go to view my images and video?
The images and video are available on the Internet at www.photonotice.com.
You may also obtain informaiton by scheduling an appointment with Customer Service by calling (972) 422-7900.
What is an administrative adjudication hearing?
An administrative adjudication hearing is an opportunity in which you may appear in front of an administrative hearing officer and discuss the circumstances surrounding your Notice of Violation
How can I schedule a hearing?
You must schedule a hearing in writing. Sign the coupon located on the back at the bottom of your Notice of Violation and mail it to the address shown. The signed coupon must be mailed on or before the due date of your Notice of Violation. You will be notified by mail of the scheduled date and time for your hearing.
Can I make a hearing request over the phone?
No, all requests must be in writing.
Can someone other than me attend the hearing?
Is there more than one place that I can attend my hearing?
What is an appeal?
A person who is found liable after an administrative adjudication hearing may appeal that finding of civil liability to the municipal court by filing a notice of appeal with the clerk of the municipal court. The notice of appeal must be filed not later than the thirtieth (30) day after the date on which the administrative adjudication hearing officer entered the finding of civil liability, and must be accompanied by payment of the costs required by the law for the court.
How do I know that these violations are valid?
Images of your vehicle were captured and recorded by an Automated Intersection Safety System. You can review your images and video of the actual occurrence online. The images and video were reviewed by several qualified technicians and finally by the Mesquite Police Department before the alleged civil infraction was affirmed and mailed to you as the registered owner or identified driver. You have the option of contesting the Notice of Violation by requesting in writing an administrative hearing, at which time you may discuss the validity of the images and video captured on the date and time detailed on the Notice of Violation.
What if the camera was not working or it was defective?
If the camera was not working no image would have been captured. The camera is scanned daily by technicians to verify the accuracy of the cameras.
What company provides the red light camera program in Mesquite?
The City of Mesquite has contracted with Redflex Corp.to provide the red light camera enforcement program. Reflex will install and maintain all equipment related to this program and process and review all violations captured by the equipment. More information about ATS is available at www.redflex.com.