Delaware steps up program to collect fines from red-light violators

Drivers who have been caught on camera going through a red light may be contacted by a collections agency if they are delinquent in paying the fine. 

According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, about 88 percent of fines and penalties are collected each year from drivers who are caught on camera.  However, violators owe a combined $4.5 million.  Starting in October, those who lag in paying up or responding to a citation may receive written notification or calls from a collection agency. 

Additionally, in-state drivers who have not paid the fine will have a “hold” placed on their vehicle registration, which prevents them from re-registering their vehicle until the fine is paid.  The state is also discussing the possibility of reciprocal agreements with other states in attempt to locate violators from out-of-state and get them to pay up. 

DelDOT’s contract with American Traffic Systems, which administers the red-light camera program, calls for an initial fine of $112.50 if a driver is caught on camera going through a red light. The fine increases by $10 for every 30 days of delinquency. Thirty red-light cameras are in use throughout the state. (See where they are located.)

The violation is a civil offense, not a crime, therefore there is no impact on a driver’s points or insurance rates. 

The City of Wilmington also has its own red-light camera program, and cameras are on the watch at 25 intersections. 

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