Q: What is a Red Light Camera Enforcement Program?

A: This is a traffic safety program in which a city utilizes state-of-the-art digital camera and violation detection system installed at intersections for the purpose of decreasing the number of red-light runners and reducing collisions.

Q: Why are they used?

A: According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red-light running is a leading cause of urban crashes and often causes injury and death. Cities install the system to improve public safety by deterring red-light running.

Q: How do Red Light Cameras work?

A: Each intersection is outfitted with high resolution high speed digital cameras.  The camera is activated by sensors which are located at the intersection and are only activated when a vehicle is detected entering the intersection after the light has turned red.  The camera takes three digital photographs that are reviewed by the police prior to a complaint being issued and mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The program operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and in all weather conditions.  The complaint will contain images of the vehicle, the license plate, and the driver. All intersections with red light cameras are clearly marked.

Q: How do the Photo Safety Speed Vans work?

A: The Phoenix Police Department deploys Photo Safety Vans at or around schools throughout the City. Each van is staffed by an operator, who is visually observing each violation. The vans are setup with sophisticated radar equipment that monitors vehicle speeds as traffic approaches and passes the van. If a vehicle is exceeding the posted speed, the radar equipment signals the cameras to take a picture of the vehicle as it passes the enforcement van and a second image as it goes past the van. These images document the driver, vehicle, and license plate of the vehicle that the operator observes. The Phoenix Police Department reviews each incident before a complaint is issued. The complaint will contain images of the vehicle, the license plate, and the driver.

Q: Are Photo Safety Enforcement Programs effective?

A: Yes. Red Light and Photo Speed cameras have been proven to be effective in reducing red light violations and right-angle collisions. Cities using these systems consistently report safer roads with fewer collisions.

Q: Who receives the ticket?

A: Complaints are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle or the driver of the vehicle if identified by the registered owner.

Q: What is the amount of the fine?

A: The fine amount due is listed on this table.




Red Light



Speed in School Zone



Speed (0-9 mph)



Speed (10-15 mph)



Speed (16-20 mph)



Speed (21+mph over)







Must appear in Court or complete Defensive Driving School, if eligible


Q: I am the registered owner but I was not driving the vehicle at the time of the traffic violation. What should I do?

A: As the owner you must complete and return the Declaration of Non-Driver form, Option B, found on page 2 of the complaint within 30 days of the mailed date. You must provide a clear copy of your driver license or government-issued photo identification for the police to review. You may also provide the name and address of the actual driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation and return the information to the Phoenix Municipal Court using the enclosed postage-paid envelope. If the information is approved by the reviewing police officer, the Police will request that the original complaint be dismissed and a new complaint will be issued to the actual driver.

If the car had been reported stolen at the time of the violation, you must submit a copy of the filed police report with a signed Declaration of Non-Driver form and a copy of your driver license or government-issued photo identification.


Q: Can I make a credit card payment by telephone or on-line?

A: Yes. You may pay with a credit card by calling the Phoenix Municipal Court at 602-262-6421 during business hours or on-line at You will need your Case number as listed on your complaint when making a payment.


Q: Where do I mail my payment?

A: Mail your cashier check, money order or personal check, payable to the Phoenix Municipal Court, along with the Option A coupon on page 2 in the enclosed postage-paid envelope, making sure the pre-printed address shows through the envelope window. Do Not Mail Cash. Write your Complaint Number on the payment instrument.


PO BOX 25650

PHOENIX, AZ 85002-5650


Q: Can I pay my fine in person?

A: Yes. You can pay your fine in person at the Phoenix Municipal Court, 300 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003. The Court is open for business, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Q: How can I challenge a traffic ticket?

A: If you wish to contest this complaint, you must complete the Option C coupon on page 2 and return in the enclosed postage-paid envelope immediately to receive a hearing date and to avoid being personally served.

Q: Are there any points associated with a Red Light or Speed violation?

A: Yes. If you are found responsible for the charge, points are added to your driving record with the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) as follows:


# of Points

28-645A3A - Red Light


28-797H - Speed in a school zone


28-701A - Speed greater than reasonable and prudent



Q: Can I attend traffic school to satisfy my complaint?

A: If you are eligible and chose OPTION D ATTEND DEFENSIVE DRIVING SCHOOL, you do not have to pay the court fine; you will only pay the fee to the school.

To attend a Defensive Driving class, you must schedule and attend a class that has been certified by the Arizona Supreme Court. The schools you can attend are listed on the Supreme Court website at or by calling a recorded message at 1-888-334-5565. The Phoenix Municipal Court ID number is 0741.

You must complete your class at least seven (7) calendar days before the court date listed on front of your summons and complaint. Once you complete the class, the school will notify the Court of your attendance. If you do not live in the State of Arizona, you can attend an out-of-state class once you have scheduled through an Arizona certified school. If you choose to attend the Defensive Driving Program class, you waive your right to a hearing or trial on this charge.


Bring the following to the class:

         Your driver license or government-issued identification (ID)

         Your copy of the Summons and Complaint

         A Money Order or Cashier Check for the amount specified by the school for your class attendance

If you hold a Commercial Driver License (CDL), you are not eligible to attend a defensive driving class for complaint dismissal.


Q: How do I view the images from my ticket?

A: You may view your photographs and video on-line by logging in with your Notice Number and Pin at Your Notice Number and Pin are located on your Complaint.

Q: Where can I get help with questions regarding my ticket?

A: You may contact the Phoenix Municipal Court at 602-262-6421. The Court is open for business, Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Q: Will intersections that have red light cameras be publicized?

A: Yes, locations will be listed on the City of Phoenix website. In addition, the intersections are listed below:



67th Ave. @ McDowell Rd.













Cave Creek Rd. @ Greenway Pkwy.













Glendale Ave. @ 27th Ave.














Glendale Ave. @ 7th Ave.













McDowell Ave..@ 35th Ave.



















Dunlap Rd. @ 35th Ave














Bell Rd @ 7th St.














Northern Ave. @ 19th Ave














McDowell Rd. @ 32nd St.















19th Ave @ Thunderbird Rd.












Pecos Rd. @ 40th St.














7th St. @ Northern Ave.