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Travel safely in our community
Pursuant to the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, the owner of a motor vehicle is liable for payment of a minimum civil penalty of $158 if the owner’s vehicle proceeds into an intersection equipped with a photographic traffic control monitoring system when the traffic control signal for that vehicle’s direction of travel is emitting a steady red signal.

Why install red-light cameras?
Traffic studies show that red-light running is a problem at many intersections throughout North Miami. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 20 percent of all drivers do not obey intersection traffic signals. Red-light cameras help North Miami enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing vehicles whose drivers run red lights. The city of North Miami is committed to the safety of the community and dedicated to reducing red-light violations and their potential for crashes and injuries on our roadways.

Run a red light – Save only seconds.
Red-light violations contribute substantially to the millions of intersection collisions that occur nationally each year. Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2007, almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 were injured in crashes that involved red-light running.

Police can’t be at an intersection 24/7.
The North Miami Police Department simply does not have enough police officers to enforce red-light running violations at every dangerous intersection in the city using conventional methods.

We want to change driver behavior.
The purpose of this program is to increase traffic safety in North Miami by reducing red-light violations.  The overall goal of the program is to change dangerous driver behavior. Each driver makes a decision when approaching an intersection where the light has just turned red. Impatient drivers often choose to continue through the intersection, ignoring the law and putting lives at risk.

Studies across the country prove red-light camera programs are successful at both reducing the number of red-light runners and increasing compliance with traffic laws. The Federal Highway Administration studies show a 40–50% reduction in red-light running.

Location of Cameras

Red-Light Safety Cameras are located at 10 intersections within the city with a total of 17 approaches.

  • Biscayne Boulevard and NE 151 Street (2)

  • Biscayne Boulevard and NE 123 Street (1)

  • Biscayne Boulevard and NE 135 Street (1)

  • 135 Street and NE 6 Avenue (4)

  • 135 Street and West Dixie Highway (2)



  • 135 Street and NW 7 Avenue (1)

  • 135 Street and NW 6 Court (1)

  • Opa-locka Boulevard and NW 7 Avenue (1)

  • Opa-locka Boulevard and NW 6 Avenue (2)

  • 125 Street and NE 6 Avenue (2)


How it Works
  • The system activates when motion is detected just prior to the crosswalk AFTER the traffic signal has turned red. The cameras capture two images of an alleged violation, taken from the rear of the vehicle.

  • The first image shows the vehicle at the white stop bar and the illuminated red light.

  • The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated. 

  • The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured.

  • Data, including the time, date, and duration of the yellow and red lights, also is recorded.

  • Cameras also record a 12-second digital video of the violation, including six seconds prior to and six seconds after running the red light.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I receive a notice?
If you receive a notice, go to www.Violationinfo.com and logon with the information provided on the notice. There you can view video of the incident and the images captured.

How much is the fine and what about my driving record?
Violations will be assessed a $158 statutory penalty and no points will be assessed. If the fine is not paid in a timely fashion a "Uniform Traffic Citation" will be issued and increased penalties could be assessed including court costs.

What happens when you make a left or right hand turn at an intersection utilizing a red-light camera?
If a vehicle is completely within the intersection at the time the light turns red, you will not be issued a violation. Florida State Statute 316.075 1C1 A states that vehicles must come to a complete stop at stop bar prior to making a right turn. A notice will be issued to vehicles that do not come to a full and complete stop before proceeding to make a right hand turn.

Information Resources  

Public education is the key to making our streets safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Brochures are available at most city offices (Click here to download the brochure).

Representatives of the program are available to speak to your organization or group. To find out more, contact the North Miami Police Department at 305.891.0294 or contact customer service at 866.225.8875.

Visit the following websites for more information about red-light running and other traffic safety issues:

 

 

 

 

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