Red Light Camera Violations

Red Light Cameras

The system is part of the City's commitment to providing the highest standards of safety and security. The red light cameras allow officers to enforce red light violations in a safer and more efficient way. Red light violations, particularly those involving drivers who run a red light more than two seconds after the light changes, account for numerous injury accidents each year. Our ultimate goal for the program is to modify driving behavior so that drivers will be more cautious and attentive whenever they are on the roadways.

All potential violations are reviewed by a licensed peace officer. It is the officer's duty to determine if a violation occurred, the same way it would if they were patrolling the City's intersections.

Revenue collected from fines are divided between the State and the City. The City's portion (approximately 25% of the total revenue) is required by Texas statute to be used for traffic safety programs.

Red Light Camera Appeal Information

Red Light Camera Appeal Information

Final Appeal Information for City of Watauga Red Light Camera Citations

  • Driver Points: City of Watauga Red Light Camera Citations are civil violations and not criminal violations; therefore, these citations do not add penalty points to a driver's record. Paying the fine simply clears the citation, with no negative consequences to a Driving Record.
  • Appeal Process: The First Step in contesting a red light camera citation is to schedule an Administrative Review Hearing. The request for a hearing is submitted by mail to Automated Red Light Enforcement before the due date on the notice. A Final Appeal is a process made available to cases that have already gone through an Administrative Review Hearing. Watauga Municipal Court processes final appeals for Red Light Camera Citations. Find More Information on Final Appeals with the Municipal Court Below.
Following an Administrative Review Hearing, and a finding of "Civil Liability," the case can be appealed through the Watauga Municipal Court.

Step 1: Filing the Appeal

The following three (3) items are required for a perfected appeal:
  1. The appeal must be filed with the Municipal Court before the 10th day after the date on which the Hearing Officer enters the finding of "Civil Liability."
  2. The appeal must be filed with a notarized statement of personal financial obligation. (This form is generated by the Municipal Court at the time of filing).
  3. Fee: The appellate filing fee of sixty four dollars ($64) must be remitted at the time of filing. This fee is refunded if the Trial de Novo (appeal) results in a finding of "Not Liable."

Step 2: Trial de Novo

If the Judge grants the appeal (determines the conditions listed above have been met) the case is granted a Trial de Novo and is set by the Municipal Court for a Bench Trial date.

If the Judge denies the appeal, the Appellant will have fourteen (14) days to pay all applicable civil penalties. ($75)

Notice of Trial or Notice of Denial of the Appeal will be sent to the Appellant (or licensed attorney of record) by certified and regular mail.

All Motions shall be filed with the Municipal Court no later than eleven (11) days prior to a scheduled trial date.

If the Appellant fails to appear for the trial, the finding of "Civil Liability" remains in effect.

Step 3: The Judge's Finding

At the Bench Trial, the Judge will find the Appellant either "Liable" or "Not Liable."

If found Liable, the Appellant will have fourteen (14) days to pay all applicable civil penalties. The imposition of this civil penalty is not a criminal conviction and may not be considered a conviction for any purpose.

If found "Not Liable," the sixty four dollar ($64) filing fee will be refunded to the Appellant.