Q1. What is a Red Light violation?
A red-light violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. However, motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, waiting to turn for example, are not considered red-light violators.
Q2. Where are the red light cameras located?
The intersections with camera installations are listed below. Each intersection is marked clearly with signs.
■WB Gulfport Blvd (22nd Ave. So) at 58th Street
■SB 49th Street at 15th Avenue South
■EB Gulfport Blvd (22nd Ave. So). at 49th Street
Q3. How do red light cameras work?
• The system activates when motion is detected just prior to the stop bar 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.
Q4. Why does the camera flash when no one actually runs the red light?
The red-light camera system is designed to take two rear photographs of a vehicle that may be committing a violation. The first rear image captures the vehicle prior to entering the intersection with the traffic signal red, and the second image shows the vehicle continuing through the intersection during the red signal phase. On occasion, a vehicle approaching an intersection with a red light may come to a stop before entering the intersection yet trigger the red-light camera system, causing the flash to discharge. In addition, a vehicle approaching the intersection and making a right turn may not come to a complete stop but only slow before continuing to turn, triggering the red-light camera system and causing the flash to discharge. The City of Gulfport Police Department reviews each violation event captured by the red-light camera system and makes the final decision of whether to issue a Notice of Violation. However, it should be noted that not all flash incidents result in a Notice of Violation.
Q5. Why did I receive this notice of violation?
Based upon images captured by the automated system and upon review by the Gulfport Police Department, your vehicle was determined to have committed a red-light violation. As the vehicle owner, the Notice of Violation is mailed to you.
Q6. How much is the fine?
The fine, which is governed by Florida Statute § 316.0083, is $158.00 for each offense.
Q7. How much time do I have to pay the fine?
You must pay the civil penalty on or before the due date on your Notice of Violation. The due date for payment is located on the top and bottom right of your Notice of Infraction.
Q8. What are my options?
1. Pay the fine.
• Pay Online using your VISA or Mastercard. Logon to www.ViolationInfo.com by entering your Notice number and PIN number shown in the red box on the front right of your Notice. Click the Pay button. There is a $4 convenience fee that will be assessed at the time of payment for payments made by credit card.
• Pay by Mail. Mail your check or money order, payable to the City of Gulfport, in the enclosed envelope along with the coupon printed at the bottom of the notice. Write the Notice number and the license plate number on your check or money order. Do not mail cash. The mailing address is provided on the notice of violation.
2. Request a hearing
You may request a hearing in writing within sixty (60) days of the postmark date of the NOV. A Hearing Request Form will be included with the Notice of Violation. The form can also be found at www.ViolationInfo.com. Complete the form and mail it to the address indicated.
2. Submit an Affidavit.
You may submit a sworn Affidavit that a statutory exemption applies and you are not responsible for the violation. Pursuant to Florida Statute § 316.0083(d)1, these exemptions include that: (a) your motor vehicle passed through the intersection in order to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle or as part of a funeral procession; (b) your motor vehicle passed through the intersection as the direction of a law enforcement officer; (c) your vehicle was, at the time of the violation, in the care, custody and control of another person; or (d) a Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) was issued by a law enforcement officer for violation of Florida Statute § 316.074(1) and § 316.075(1)(c)1 of which you must include the serial number contained in the UTC. The Affidavit submitted must comply with the requirements of Florida Statute § 316.0083 and if compliance is met you will receive a Notice of Dismissal of the violation. You may obtain an Affidavit by visiting www.ViolationInfo.com
The Affidavit must be completed, signed, notarized, and mailed, with all supporting documentation, to the
City of Gulfport
Intersection Safety Program
P.O. Box 22091
Tempe, AZ 85285-2091
This Affidavit must be filled out accurately and in its entirety and presented to the court at the time of your hearing. The submission of a false Affidavit is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable under Florida Statute § 775.082 or § 775.083 by a term of imprisonment not to exceed sixty (60) days and/or a fine not to exceed $500.
Q9. What happens if I ignore the Notice of Violation?
An initial Notice of Violation will be sent via first-class mail within 30 days after the violation. If the violation has not been paid within 60 days following the initial mailing, then a Uniform Traffic Citation (UTC) shall be issued and sent via certified mail. Failure to pay the UTC may result in the termination of the vehicle registration and suspension of the owner's driver license.
Q10. Will a violation result in points on my license or impact my insurance rates?
No points will be assessed to the driver’s license and a violation may not be used to set motor vehicle insurance rates regardless of disposition of the violation pursuant to Florida Statute § 322.27(3)(d)6. However, if the owner/driver pays the civil penalty or is otherwise found guilty, the violation will be recorded as a conviction on the driver’s record.
Failure to pay a uniform traffic citation will result in the suspension of the owner's driver license.
Q11. What company provides the red-light camera program in Gulfport?
The City of Gulfport has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS) to provide the Automated Red Light Enforcement program. ATS installs and maintains all equipment related to this program and processes violations captured by the equipment. ATS is a leading provider of technology and business solutions that support electronic toll and traffic management programs worldwide. More information about ATS is available at www.atsol.com.
Q12. What if I was not the driver/owner of the vehicle at the time of the violation?
You may submit an Affidavit consistent with the requirements listed above or as more specifically provided in Florida Statute § 316.0083(d)1. An Affidavit supporting this specific exemption must include the name, address, date of birth, and, if known, the driver’s license number of the person who leased, rented, or otherwise had care, custody, or control of your motor vehicle at the time of the violation. If the vehicle was stolen at the time of the violation, the Affidavit must include a police report. You may obtain this Affidavit by downloading and printing the form from www.ViolationInfo.com.