Can I still turn right at a red light at red light camera intersections?
The law remains the same regardless if it is a red light camera intersection or not. You can still turn right at a red light as long as you come to a complete stop at the red light and then make your right hand turn.
I saw the red light camera flash go off as I was making a right hand turn at the red light. Does that mean I got a ticket?
Not necessarily. Each camera is designed to monitor up to four lanes of traffic. If you are following the traffic laws, not running a red light, coming to stop at a red light before turning right, etc. there is a good chance the camera was not flashing for you.
Were the yellow light times adjusted with the implementation of the red light camera program?
No. Our of our traffic signals' yellow light clearance times follow federal guidelines and are the same regardless of a red light camera intersection or not. We did not adjust the yellow light times for the red light cameras.
What company provides the school zone safety camera program in Kent?
The City has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc which provides red-light and speed camera enforcement programs for more than 300 communities across North America.
How does the red light camera system work?
How does the speed camera system work?
What intersections have the red light cameras?
The following intersections are equipped with the red light camera systems:
Central Avenue and Smith Street - both northbound and southbound
Central Avenue and James Street - both northbound and eastbound
Kent Des Moines Road and Pacific Highway South - eastbound (this has two cameras for one approach)
104th Avenue Southeast and SE 256th Street - northbound and eastbound
84th Avenue South and South 212th Street - northbound and southbound
SE 240th Street and 104th Avenue Southeast - eastbound and westbound
Where are the speed cameras located?
Cameras are installed near the following elementary schools and are clearly marked with signs.
Neely-O'Brien Elementary School
6300 S 236th St
Sunrise Elementary School
22300 132nd Ave SE
Meridian Elementary School
25621 140th Ave SE (on SE 256th St)
Millennium Elementary School
11919 SE 270th St (on 124th Ave SE)
Meadow Ridge Elementary School
27710 108th Ave S
Springbrook Elementary School
20035 100th Ave SE
How will I be notified of a violation?
A Notice of Infraction is mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle after the police department reviews and approves the data and recorded images.
How much is the fine?
$136 - For drivers going 1 - 9 miles over the 20 miles per hour limit
$248 - For drivers going 10 miles per hour or more over the 20 miles per hour limit
Can I view the pictures and video of the incident?
The pictures and video can be viewed at ViolationInfo.com. You must enter the notice number and PIN number located on the top right of your Notice of Infraction.
Based upon images captured by the automated system, your vehicle was determined to be speeding in a school zone. As the registered owner of the vehicle, the Notice of Infraction is mailed to you.
How do I know these violations are valid?
Images of your vehicle were captured and recorded by a traffic safety camera. You can review your images and video of the actual occurrence at ViolationInfo.com:
Log in using the Notice # and PIN # printed on the front of the Notice of Infraction.
The images and video were reviewed by commissioned officers of the Kent Police Department before the alleged civil violation was affirmed and mailed to you as the registered owner.
The digital photographic evidence of this incident will be submitted as evidence to the Kent Municipal Court for prosecution of this violation.
How much is the school zone speed fine?
$136 - For drivers going 1 - 9 miles over the 20 miles per hour limit
$248 - For drivers going 10 miles per hour or more over the 20 miles per hour limit .
Will this violation appear on my driving record?
No. This violation is a non-moving violation and will not appear on your driving record.
What happens if I do not respond to my notice of infraction?
Failure to respond to a Notice of Infraction, failure to appear for a requested hearing, or failure to pay a penalty imposed after a hearing will result in a late fee and will be referred to a collections agency where additional penalties and collection fees will be added to the original fine. Failure to pay or failure to appear at a hearing will also result in the refusal by the Washington Department of Licensing to renew the vehicle license, until any penalties imposed pursuant to RCW Chapter 46.63 have been satisfied.
How do I pay the fine?
Pay online withyour American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa or PayPal.
Mail your check or money order (payable to the City of Kent) in the enclosed envelope with the coupon printed at the bottom of the Notice of Infraction. DO NOT MAIL CASH. Be sure to include the Notice # on the face of the check or money order.
Pay in person with cash, check, money order, Visa or MasterCard at Kent Municipal Court located 1220 Central Ave. S. Kent WA 98032 - Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
By phone with a Visa or MasterCard, 253-856-5730 - Hours Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Guidelines for each are defined on your Notice of Infraction.
Indicate your choice on the hearing coupon and mail it to the Kent Municipal Court using the enclosed envelope.
Failure to appear for a requested hearing, or failure to pay a penalty imposed after a hearing will result in your Notice of Infraction being referred to a collection agency; additional penalties plus collection fees will be added to the original penalty.
Failure to appear for a requested hearing, and/or failure to pay may also result in non-renewal of your vehicle license.
What do I do if I was no longer the owner of this vehicle, not driving it, or my vehicle was stolen?
You may file a Declaration of Non-Responsibility by the due date on the Notice of Infraction. The registered owner of the vehicle is presumed to have been the person in control of the vehicle when the violation occurred. This presumption may be overcome if the registered owner states in writing to the court that the vehicle involved was stolen at the time, or in the care, custody or control of some person other than the registered owner. The Declaration of Non-Responsibility form is available at ViolationInfo.com.
Will this Notice of Infraction affect my driving record?
What happens if I ignore the Notice of Infraction?
Failure to pay the civil penalty or to request a hearing prior to the due date on the Notice of Infraction is an admission of liability. Failure to appear after requesting a hearing is an admission of liability and constitutes a waiver of the right to appeal. Failure to pay the civil penalty by the due date on the Notice of Infraction shall result in the imposition of a late-payment fee of $25 and referral to collections.
Will my insurance rates be affected?
No. This is a civil infraction and is not reported to any insurance agencies.