Red Light Camera Program

On December 9, 2019 the City of Manassas City Council approved an ordinance allowing for photo enforcement of red light violations. The City of Manassas is committed to keeping our residents safe on our roadways. To do that, we will be installing red light cameras to help prevent accidents at some of the busiest intersections in the City. The project is a public safety initiative through the Manassas City Police Department which aims to change driver behavior and reduce accidents at some of the most problematic intersections within the City.

The Manassas City Police Department is currently in the contract phase with the vendor, Conduent Transportation. After that is completed, the implementation phase of the project will begin with extensive traffic studies of intersections to determine if they are appropriate for photo enforcement.

The following intersections will be considered for the study:

Liberia Avenue/Centreville Road
Liberia Avenue/Euclid Avenue
Liberia Avenue/Mathis Avenue
Liberia Avenue/Signal Hill Road
Grant Avenue/Center Street
Godwin Drive/Wellington Road
Godwin Drive/Nokesville Road
Liberia Avenue/Prince William Parkway
Liberia Avenue/Richmond Avenue
Sudley Road/Godwin Drive

More information will be provided as the project progresses. Please refer to this web-page for all project updates. For more information, refer to the Code of Virginia Section §15.2-968.1 which establishes the regulations associated with the enforcement of traffic light signals through the use of photo-monitoring systems. For additional questions, contact the Manassas City Police Department’s Public Information Office by email at mcpdpio@manassasva.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the red light photo enforcement project?

The program is intended to improve the safety of drivers by conducting enforcement at the most problematic intersections in the City of Manassas. Traditional enforcement of these areas is difficult and dangerous for not only the officer, but the driver. Highway safety studies show photo red light enforcement helps change driver behavior and drastically reduce the number of violations and accidents.

How many cameras will be installed?

Virginia Code allows for ten intersections to have photo enforcement in the City of Manassas. However, that does not mean ten intersections will receive photo enforcement systems. Photo enforcement will only be installed at intersections that are deemed appropriate through traffic and engineering studies.

How long will it take for cameras to be put up?

Each intersection requires a traffic study to determine if photo enforcement is appropriate for the intersection. If it is deemed appropriate, a camera will be installed. The study and installation takes approximately 45-60 days.

What is the fine and who does the citation go to?

There will be a 30-day grace period after a camera is installed. During this time, warnings will be issued. After this grace period, fines will be issued. The Code of Virginia establishes the fine which is $50 per violation. It is a civil penalty that goes to the owner, not the driver. This means there are no points assessed to the driver or owner’s licenses. The violation is mailed to the owner’s registered address.

How are fines paid?

Fines will be able to be paid via phone, mail, or online. Upon receipt of the violation, the owner can request a court date if they wish to appeal.

What type of photo is taken?

The system is a rear-facing system. The camera only captures the rear of the vehicle and its license plate. No photo is taken of the driver.

How is the violation determined to be accurate?

Two separate individuals with the vendor will review the violation to ensure it is accurate. The photo is then sent to our department where a sworn officer reviews it a third time and makes final approval.

How will the money collected through fines be used?

The fines collected will be used to fund the entire red light camera enforcement project. Any money collected beyond the amount required to maintain the project will be deposited in the City of Manassas’ General Fund.