What is the City of Fife safety camera program?

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:

  • Law enforcement officers of the City and persons commissioned by the police chief are authorized to use automated traffic cameras and related automated systems to detect stoplight infractions at two-arterial intersections.
  • The use of automated traffic cameras is subject to the following restrictions:
    • Use of traffic safety cameras is restricted to stoplight infractions occurring at two-arterial intersections (the intersections of two arterial streets).
    • Automated traffic cameras may only take pictures of the vehicle and the vehicle license plate and only while an infraction is occurring. Pictures taken by automated traffic safety cameras may not reveal the face of the driver or of the passengers in the vehicle.
    • Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all photographs, microphotographs, or electronic images prepared under this chapter are for the exclusive use of law enforcement in the discharge of duties under this chapter and are not open to the public and may not be used in a court in a pending action or proceeding unless the action or proceeding relates to an infraction under this chapter. No photograph, microphotograph, or electronic image may be used for any purpose other than enforcement of infractions under this chapter nor retained longer than necessary to enforce this chapter.
    • The City shall clearly mark all locations where automated traffic safety cameras are in use by placing signs in locations that clearly indicate to a driver that he or she is entering a zone where traffic laws are enforced by an automated traffic safety camera.
    • For the purposes of this chapter, automated traffic safety camera means a device that uses a vehicle sensor installed to work in conjunction with an intersection traffic control system and a camera synchronized to automatically record one or more sequenced photographs, microphotographs or electronic images of the rear of a motor vehicle at the time the vehicle fails to stop when facing a steady red traffic control signal.

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1. What is the City of Fife safety camera program?
2. What are red light cameras and how do they work?
3. Is red light running really a problem?
4. If I am already in the intersection when a light turns red, will I get a infraction?
5. Does the City of Fife use standard yellow signal phase times?
6. Did the system “speed up” the signal cycle once it sensed I was there?
7. At a red light, do I have to stop twice: once before the stop line and once after?
8. How long do I have to stay stopped at a red light before turning right?
9. What does the city do with the money received from red light infractions?
10. Will intersections that have red light cameras be publicized?
11. Where can I go to learn more about the rules of the road?
12. Where can I get additional information about red light enforcement?
13. Where can I get additional information about red light enforcement online?
14. Where can I get information about how a signal works online?