How do I pay my citation?
Payments are not accepted at Moses Lake Police Department. Payments can be made either online, by mail or by phone and must be paid in full.
*Please make check or Money Orders payable to “Moses Lake Intersection Safety Enhancement Program”
What are the benefits of photo enforcement?
How does photo enforcement work?
Photo enforcement is an automated technology law enforcement agencies can use to detect and record dangerous driving behaviors. Typically, a camera system monitors approaching traffic. The system is only triggered to capture data of a vehicle – including a close-up image of the license plate, date and time of incident and lane number – if a potential violation is detected.
All data is transmitted and encrypted to a secure central processing center and digitally signed, preventing interception and manipulation of the evidence while ensuring the highest level of protection to the chain of custody.
Following a comprehensive review process, law enforcement agencies are provided with secure evidence packages. A local officer reviews and approves the evidence to determine if a violation is warranted.
All photo enforcement systems are compliant with local, state and federal laws.
I heard photo enforcement is an invasion of privacy. Is that true?
Photo enforcement does not constitute an invasion of privacy, and numerous courts around the country have upheld this view. When drivers’ receive their licenses, they agree to abide by traffic laws on public roadways that are intended to protect their safety and the safety of others.
Further, any data captured by a photo enforcement camera is only used for law enforcement purposes.
RCW 46.63.170- Automated traffic safety cameras
What exactly are the cameras capturing?
Photo enforcement systems are set to capture data specified by the law enforcement agency within local, state and federal guidelines. This data may include photographic stills and video of the vehicle, the license plate, and in some cases, the driver. It can also include the date, time, location, speed and lane number of the incident.
Is the data captured by photo enforcement cameras really secure?
Yes, all data is transmitted and encrypted to a secure central processing server and digitally signed, preventing interception and manipulation of the evidence while ensuring the highest level of protection to the chain of custody. All original images and data are secured in a data vault for safekeeping.
Aren’t cameras just about raising money for the city?
The primary goal of a photo enforcement system is to protect the safety of citizens who utilize the roadways. Since photo enforcement systems are intended to serve as deterrents, successful programs often see a reduction in citations (and therefore a reduction in the amount of money collected). A reduction in photo enforcement revenue is actually a sign the deterrent effort is working.
Who is responsible for issuing tickets?
The local law enforcement agency is the only entity that can determine if a citation is warranted. Redflex provides officers with secure, comprehensive evidence packages that offer the situational awareness needed to assess whether a ticket should be issued.
What happens when a driver gets a ticket resulting from a photo enforcement violation?
A photo enforcement violation is treated just like any other traffic violation. The driver will be required to contest or pay the citation. Instructions for both options are relayed with the ticket.
How do I contest my citation?
Follow the instructions on your citation if another person was driving or if you want to request a court hearing. If you have further questions or concerns regarding this topic, please contact the Moses Lake Police Department.
Will my citation go on my driving record or insurance?
No, your citation will not go on your driving record or insurance.
What if I don’t pay?
You’ll receive a reminder notice after the “respond-by” date indicated on the notice. Ultimately, if you fail to respond, your ticket will go into collections which will put a hold on renewing your vehicle registration.
What if I am Spanish speaking?
There are Spanish speaking interpreters when you call 1-877-847-2338.
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