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Red light cameras help communities enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing vehicles whose drivers run red lights. The cameras are activated by sensors which are located at the intersection. The cameras are only activated when a vehicle is detected by the sensors after the light has turned red. The camera takes two digital photos which document the infraction.
The program operates 24 hours a day seven days a week and operates in all weather conditions. The system is only activated when a vehicle runs a red light and all intersections with red light cameras are clearly marked. The Fife Police Department reviews every infraction before the infraction is issued. Infractions contain images of the infraction vehicle before it enters the intersection, while it is in the intersection, and the license plate.
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In 2007 the City recognized the value of implementing an automated traffic enforcement program in furtherance of City goals and created a safer environment for its citizens by enacting Ordinance Number 1629-07.
Fife Municipal Code 10.60.020 Authorized use of automated traffic safety cameras in the following manner:
automated traffic safety camera
Red light running is one of the major causes of collisions, deaths and injuries at signalized intersections in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 20% of drivers do not obey intersection signals. Crashes caused by red light running result in more than 800 fatalities and 165,000 injuries each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The economic impact of red light running on society is estimated to be $14 billion annually. Other motorists and pedestrians account for nearly half the deaths caused by red light running crashes.
No, infractions are only issued when a vehicle enters the intersection after the light has turned red. If you enter the intersection on a green or yellow light, you will not be photographed by the camera system.
Yes. The City of Fife sets its signal timing in accordance with International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) guidelines. Fife’s signal control hardware is individually tested and approved by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) laboratories.
No. The red light camera system has no effect on the speed of the signal cycle.
You only need to stop once, before the stop bar and wait until the traffic light turns green and there is no crossing traffic before you move ahead. If you are turning right, you may turn after coming to a complete stop if it is safe and if there is no sign prohibiting the turn on a red light.
After coming to a complete stop you can proceed right if it is safe to do so and there is no sign prohibiting the turn on a red light.
The City of Fife has established a public safety fund to segregate monies derived from the photo red light enforcement program. Expenditures from the public safety fund may only be used for the purpose of paying for costs of the red light enforcement program, including the City’s administrative costs; provided, however, if there are surplus monies in the fund then the surplus monies may only be expended for the following purposes:
Yes, please see below:
The Washington State Department of Licensing publishes the Washington Driver Guide.
Page 24 contains the information on red traffic lights. It reads:
A steady red traffic light means stop. You must wait until the traffic light turns green and there is no crossing traffic before you move ahead. If you are turning right, you may turn after coming to a full stop if it is safe and if there is no sign prohibiting the turn on a red light.
You can read about automated traffic enforcement in Title 10 - Vehicles and Traffic in the Fife Municipal Code.
Read the How Red-light Cameras Work and Running the Red Light articles.
How Red-light Cameras Work
Running the Red Light
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