Ready. Set. STOP! - FAQ
Select from the following to learn more about the Red Light Camera Safety Program
For more information or to pay a fine, please call 891-8040 or toll free 1-866-575-0018.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which Tallahassee intersections will be monitored by red light safety cameras?
Safety cameras are installed at intersections that have the highest numbers of traffic violations and collisions, including the following:
- Tennessee Street at Monroe Street
- Killearn Center Boulevard at Capital Circle Northeast
- Ocala Road at Tennessee Street
- Capital Circle Northwest at West Tennessee Street
- Apalachee Parkway at Magnolia Drive
- Capital Circle Southeast at Apalachee Parkway
View the Locations page for more details about the red light safety camera locations.
If I am already in the intersection when the light turns red, will I receive a Notice of Violation?
No. A violation occurs only when a motorist enters the intersection and crosses the stop line after the light has turned red.
Will I receive a Notice of Violation if I do not come to a complete stop when I'm in a dedicated right turn lane that has a yield sign at an intersection monitored by red light safety camera?
No. When a yield sign controls a dedicated right turn lane at a signalized intersection with a red light safety camera, the right turn lane is not monitored by the camera. However, red light safety cameras do monitor right turn lanes when the lane is controlled by a traffic signal and not a yield sign. Careful and prudent right turns are permitted on a red signal unless strictly prohibited by a No Turn On Red sign.
If I receive a Notice of Violation, will I have the opportunity to ask questions and/or contest the violation?
Yes. Notices of Violations will include a contact phone number (1-866-575-0018) and outline necessary steps in which to request a hearing to contest liability.
How do I contest or appeal a Notice of Violation?
If you would like to deny or transfer accountability of a Notice of Violation, please refer to the reverse side of the notice for detailed instructions. You may deny commission of the violation for the following reasons:
- YIELDING RIGHT-OF-WAY
- DIRECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- STOLEN VEHICLE
- UNIFORM TRAFFIC CITATION
You may also request a hearing through a hearing officer.
What if someone else was driving my car at the time of the violation?
As the registered owner, you must provide a signed affidavit stating you were not operating the vehicle at the time of the violation and provide the name, address and, if possible, the driver's license identification number of the person who was driving at the time of the violation.
Details on this process will be provided on the Notice of Violation you receive in the mail. The Tallahassee Police Department will then forward the notice to the person identified.
I recently traveled through a monitored intersection and saw a flash from the camera. Should I expect to get a Notice a Violation?
The strobe of the camera flash does not guarantee that a Notice a Violation will be issued. Every potential violation that is recorded by the camera is reviewed by a Tallahassee Police officer to determine if a violation did in fact occur. If it is determined that a violation did occur, a Notice of Violation will be mailed to the vehicle owner's registered address within 30 days of the incident. For more information on the status of a Notice of Violation, please call 1-866-575-0018.
How much is the fine and how will receiving a Notice of Violation affect my driving record?
This program has been approved by the State of Florida (view the text of the legislation) and specifies that motorists receiving a violation issued through the Red Light Camera Safety program will be issued a $158 civil penalty. A Notice of Violation is noncriminal and points will not be assessed to your driving record. However, if not paid within 60 days of the mail date, the Tallahassee Police Department will escalate the Notice of Violation to a Uniform Traffic Citation and transfer it to the Leon County Clerk of Courts. While still a non-criminal violation with no points assessed, the minimum cost will be $271.
Will receiving a Notice of Violation affect my auto insurance premiums?
Because a Notice of Violation does not result in the accrual of points to a Florida driver's license, it is expected that insurance premiums would not be affected. However, the City of Tallahassee has no control over insurance companies or how they adjust their rates; therefore, we recommend that concerned citizens contact their insurance agency for confirmation.
Is this a City program designed to garner additional funds to pay for government services?
Funds collected from violations will be allocated to research benefiting brain and spinal cord injuries, the State of Florida, and the City of Tallahassee. While the City's primary goal is safety, net revenue from this program will be used to pay for City services.
Example of Red Light Violations
The video below features actual footage of dangerous violations that occurred at the Ocala Road/Tennessee Street, Tennessee Street/Capital Circle SW, and Tennessee Street/Monroe Street intersections. While these violators escaped causing serious injury to themselves and others, that is not always the case when someone risks running a red light. As part of the Red Light Camera Safety Program, each of these violators received a $158 fine and will hopefully think twice before running another red light.
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