Safety Camera Enforcement

School Zone Safety Camera Documents

For more information or questions, please contact the Municipal Court at 253-922-6635. You may also view the Frequently Asked Questions.

Safety Camera Enforcement & You

The City of Fife understands that you may be upset over the use of photo enforcement traffic cameras at some of our intersections. We hope the research below will not only give you a better understanding of the program, but also help spread the seriousness of running red lights.

  • More than two people are killed  each day by drivers running red lights in the U.S., according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. AAA’s report concluded that 28% of crash deaths were occurring at signalized intersections and caused by drivers running red lights. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that drivers running red lights resulted in 928 deaths and an estimated 116,000 injuries in 2020.
  • All proceeds from fines go to the Public Safety Fund to be used specifically on safety enhancement projects. The City of Fife’s red light enforcement program makes the city’s streets safer by monitoring busy intersections, providing a disincentive (fine) for drivers to run a red light. The City of Fife is committed to managing the program responsibly and fairly to meet the goal of improved safety for residents and visitors. The City’s Public Safety Fund helped to pay for new sidewalks and lighting along Freeman Road and 70th Avenue East as well as new sidewalks along 62nd Avenue East.
  • All Fife intersections use standard timing for yellow lights. The timing of signals is set by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which uses speed and intersection design features to set appropriate and legal timing. This timing is tested and approved by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
  • Red light cameras are not meant to surprise drivers. The cameras are placed in plain view and are clearly marked with signage.
  • A general authority law enforcement officer reviews every infraction. Fife’s red light cameras take two photographs of your vehicle only if your car enters the intersection after the light has turned red. In addition, the cameras do not take pictures of the driver or occupants.
  • A red light camera enforcement ticket is considered a non-criminal offense. This means you cannot go to jail for running a red light monitored by a camera and it does not become part of your driving record.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as of March 2023, over 335 cities in the U.S. rely on red light cameras to reduce accidents at dangerous intersections. In Washington State, cameras also are used in:
    • Bellevue
    • Bremerton
    • Federal Way
    • Lake Forest Park
    • Lakewood
    • Lynnwood
    • Moses Lake
    • Mountlake Terrace
    • Pasco
    • Puyallup
    • Renton
    • Seattle
    • Spokane
    • Tacoma
    • Wenatchee

Camera Locations, Collisions, & Infractions by Year

  1. 2023
  2. 2022
  3. 2021
  4. 2020
  5. 2019
  6. 2018
  7. 2017
  8. 2016
  9. 2015
  10. 2014
Camera Location Direction Collisions Infractions
70th Avenue at 20th Street North 0 1,037
20th Street at 70th Avenue East 1 5,474
Pacific Highway at Alexander Avenue East 0 2,495
Alexander Avenue at Pacific Highway South 0 2,066
Valley Avenue at 70th Avenue East 0 2,308
Valley Avenue at 70th Avenue West 0 7,339
Pacific Highway at 54th Avenue West 1 2,702
54th Avenue at 20th Street South 1 6,832
Total   3 30,253
School Zone at 20th Street East 0 2,176
School Zone at 20th Street West 0 1,534
School Zone at Valley Avenue East 0 1,436
School Zone at Valley Avenue West 0 1,017
Total   0 6,163
Total with School Zone   3 36,416

We understand that drivers may be running late to an appointment or in a hurry to get home and we hope the program makes them stop to think about whether the minute or two saved by running a red light is as important as the many lives lost each year.

For more information or questions, please contact the Fife Police Department at 253-922-6633.

SPEED CAMERA RADAR CERTIFICATIONS

  1. 2023
  2. 2022
  3. 2021
  4. 2020
  5. 2019
  6. 2018
  7. 2017
  8. 2016

Certificates of Calibration