Photo Enforcement – Red Light Camera Program
Photo Enforcement - Red Light Camera Program
Please be advised that although new legislation has passed requiring installation of signage at Photo Enforced Intersections, the Amendment also provides that “no notice of liability shall be dismissed solely because a sign is missing, provided that the County has made a reasonable effort to install and maintain such sign.” See Nassau County Local Law 12-2009 as amended by Local Law 19-2018.
Resolving a Red Light Camera Notice of Liability (NOL)
Receiving an NOL in the mail
An NOL is mailed to the Registered Owner of vehicle that fails to stop for a red light. Some examples follow: passing the stop line or entering the intersection while going straight or making a left turn after the light has turned red; making a right turn after the light has turned red without coming to a complete stop; making a right turn on red light after stop where a sign is posted indicating turns are not permitted on red.
Reviewing the NOL at Home
Registered Owners can click to View Camera Violation, enter the violation number and PIN code from the NOL to view the video of the violation. After viewing the video, if the Registered Owner believes a violation occurred, the Registered Owner may pay the fine through the website (there is a $6 convenience fee for paying online) or via mail. There are no points associated with an NOL. Failure to respond to the NOL will result in additional fines and fees, so to avoid late fees, collections, booting and/or towing immediately follow the instructions on the NOL to either make payment or request a hearing if it is believed the NOL should not have been issued.
Scheduling and Appearing for a NOL Hearing
Unlike Traffic or Parking Tickets, a Registered Owner may not appear early to answer a camera violation. The Registered Owner must pay the fine or schedule a hearing before the due date on the NOL. If a hearing is requested, a Notice of Hearing will be mailed advising the registered owner when to appear.
A motorist who contends they are not responsible for the camera violation because they were issued a traffic ticket at the same time by a police officer or because their license plates were stolen can click on Camera Violations , enter the violation number and PIN and download the “Affidavit of Non-Responsibility form”.
The form has an address where it should be mailed. If your request is denied or if you don’t hear back, you must attend the hearing! On the day of the hearing, arrive at or before the scheduled time and present the hearing notice to the Public Safety Officer along with valid picture ID. A clerk will review the video of the NOL and then show it to the Registered Owner, explaining the reason it was issued. If the Registered Owner disagrees with this explanation, a formal hearing will be held before a Judicial Hearing Officer (JHO). At this hearing, the prosecutor will present this evidence and then Registered Owner will have an opportunity to rebut. The JHO will consider the matter and issue a verdict: Violation or No Violation. A No Violation verdict will result in no fines or fees and a Violation verdict will incur fines and fees as prescribed by law. There are no provisions in the law for reducing the fines in exchange for a guilty plea, so this is not an option like it is for parking and traffic tickets.
Failure to appear for a requested hearing will result in a default conviction and add an additional $75 to the fines and fees on each ticket.
Potential Adverse Consequences
Failure to resolve camera violations by ignoring them at any stage of the process described above can result in any or all of the following remedies: referral of the debt to a collection agency, a default judgment against the Registered Owner, booting and/or towing of the vehicle, inability to re-register the vehicle, and the filing of a lien against the Registered Owner with the Nassau County Clerk. In all cases, the costs of these remedies will be added to the fines and fees due.
Other Red Light Camera Information
Institute for Highway Safety
Traffic studies show that red-light running is a problem at several intersections in Nassau County. The goal of the red-light camera program is to change driver behavior. Studies across the country prove that red-light camera programs are successful at reducing the number of red-light runners and increasing compliance with traffic laws, thus making roadways safer for all drivers and pedestrians. Click to see the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study. The results in Nassau County are also clear-click to see results
Red Light Camera Image and Video requests
Neither Video nor Images recorded by Red Light Camera Equipment are released to the public as they are both exempt from Public Freedom of Information Requests. Parties who still wish to request footage or images should address those requests along with a Court Order or a So Ordered Subpoena and a properly executed WAIVER / INDEMNITY, to:
General Counsel – Video Request
16 Cooper St.
Hempstead, NY 11550
All other requests will be denied as photographs and video are exempt from FOIL requests as authorized by Statute.
AAA: NYS Red-Light Camera Programs
"The only program to receive positive reviews from AAA was the Nassau County program, which AAA called 'exceedingly transparent and accessible.' Nassau County offered tours of its violation reviewing facility, and documented a decrease in all types of crashes and a decrease in revenue that reflected fewer violations."
For Red Light Camera Violations issued to a business, the driver/operator cannot represent the company at a hearing unless a notarized authorization from the business entity is presented.