When a driver facing a steady circular red signal or a steady red arrow signal fails to make a complete stop at or before the limit line before entering an intersection.
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The red light program staff and/or the Traffic Commissioner (if contested) will review the video in order to determine that a violation has occurred. A citation is issued when a vehicle passes the crosswalk limit lines and enters the intersection on a red light (regardless of turning direction) without making a complete stop.
The 4 photographs are still images. There is a 12 second video of your violation that will show the movement of your vehicle through the red light.
If the date of your violation is within the last 60 days, you can log onto http://www.cite-web.com. You may also view the violation images and video at the Napa Police Department at 1539 First Street, Napa, CA 94559, by appointment only. Please call (707) 257-9573 to schedule an appointment.
You gave permission, along with fingerprinting, when you obtained your California Driver License.
In California, it is legal to make a right turn on red, unless there is a sign stating otherwise. However, you must come to a complete stop before you make the turn. California Vehicle Code section 21453 (b) states “Except when a sign is in place prohibiting a turn, a driver, after stopping as required by subdivision (a), may turn right.”
Slowing down is not the same as stopping. Your vehicle must come to a stop. California Vehicle Code section 587 defines “Stop or stopping” when prohibited shall mean any cessation of movement of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the direction of a police officer or official traffic control device or signal.
First, you should make sure to read all of the instructions and information you have received with your violation notice. (Refer to Instruction Page). The Nomination/Affidavit portion on the back of your citation or notice has the boxes to check and places to fill in the required information. Please include proof of sale or release of liability. Be sure to sign it and mail it back to:
Traffic Violations Bureau
PO Box 51427
Los Angeles, CA 90051-5727
If the driver is a friend or family member, enclose a photocopy of their driver license whenever possible or provide the driver license number. Please include a phone number where we can contact you if needed.
Providing accurate and complete nomination information can facilitate the process of removing your responsibility for the citation.
You may have your license suspended, not be able to renew your driver license or re-register your vehicle, and possibly face additional collection fees and fines. Additionally, "points" may be added to your license, potentially increasing your auto insurance premiums.
The City of Napa Public Works Department is responsible for ensuring that the traffic signal timing, including the yellow light timing, meets the requirements outlined in the CA Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
Staff from both the PD Red Light Camera Unit and Public Works Department visits each intersection quarterly to confirm the yellow light timing meets MUTCD standards. CalTrans is responsible for the intersections on State Highways.
Fines are $445 for going through a red light or turning right on a red arrow and $217 for failing to stop on the right turn.
The court offers payment plans or community service. Contact the Napa Hall of Justice for more information on payment options.
Yes, but only if you have not been cited within the last 18 months (ticket to ticket). The ability to attend traffic school may be denied by the Traffic Commissioner if you contest the citation and are found guilty in court. The traffic school option is not available to drivers possessing a commercial driver license.
Contact the Napa Police Department Red Light Camera Unit at 707-258-7807
Similar to automated red light enforcement programs in other California and U.S. cities, stationary mounted cameras that monitor all four approaches to an intersection will record vehicles with both video footage and still photos. The cameras will be synchronized to operate with traffic light timing and vehicle approaches.
The program is expected to begin by early 2024 with the first camera system installation, followed by the phasing in of cameras at three additional intersections. Motorists will receive warnings only for the first 30 days to be followed by citations and fines starting in month two.
With intersection-related traffic accidents creating safety risks for city residents, businesses and visitors, the Napa Police Department is launching an Automated Red Light Enforcement System at four high-injury intersections that were identified as part of Napa’s Local Roadway Safety Plan.
Napa City Council approved the new red-light enforcement program in August 2023. Similar programs in cities across the country have proven successful in reducing intersection-related accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), after introducing red-light cameras in Oxnard, Calif., for example, the city saw a 29% reduction in injury crashes at intersections with traffic signals. Historically in large cities with red light enforcement programs, fatal red light running crash rates have been reduced by 21%, IIHS reported. Conversely, studies have shown that fatal red light running crash rates in U.S. cities increase by as much as 30% after red-light safety programs are discontinued.
This overall intent is to reduce intersection-related collisions, which made up 90% of all collisions in Napa between 2016 and 2020 (1,082 collisions out of 1,207 total collisions), compared to 10% (125 collisions) that occurred on roadway segments, according to the City’s Local Roadway Safety Plan.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), jurisdictions have seen significant reductions in fatal and injury crash rates at intersections with traffic lights.
Once a violation is confirmed, a Notice of Traffic Violation is mailed to the red-light offender or the registered owner. The left-hand side includes the driver's and/or the registered owner's information, date to appear in court, and the court's contact information. The right-hand side has four photographs of the red-light incident:
In addition to the four photographs, there is a 12-second video captured of the violation. If desired, the driver or the registered owner can view video footage from any computer.
The following intersections will be equipped with red-light cameras: