Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the bail amount or can I go to traffic school?

Contact the Shasta County Court Traffic division by logging onto the Shasta Courts website or by calling 530-245-6789 for complete information on how to resolve your citation.

How do I find out more about the Red Light Camera program?

Telephone 530-225-4343

Viewing Available Mondays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Redding Police Department has joined many agencies throughout the United States by utilizing automated red light cameras to reduce red light related collisions. In recent years, the City of Redding experienced a 31% increase in the amount of red light related traffic collisions. In response, the first camera system was activated in September 2007, with additional systems soon to follow. Each camera takes a total of four photos and a 12 second video of every violation.

Cameras now active at:

Refer to California Vehicle Code Section 21453 for information regarding red light violations

How does it work?

A Redding Police Department Red Light Enforcement Specialist reviews each red light violation recorded by the photo enforcement cameras. If approved by the Specialists, a Notice to Appear (citation) is mailed to each red light violator, and includes the registered owner’s information, date to appear in court and contact information. The notice to appear will also include four photos of the red light violation: one of the vehicle behind the limit line when the light is red, one with the vehicle continuing through the intersection while the light is red, one showing the driver of the vehicle, and one will show a close up of the license plate.

What gives the City of Redding authority to issue photo enforcement citations?

The authority is granted by California Vehicle Code sections 21455.5 – 21455.7.

What is the correct yellow light timing for the Red Light Camera Intersections and who establishes that timing?

The California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is used to determine the minimum yellow light timing for each intersection based upon the posted speed limit of the roadway. Both the City of Redding and Caltrans traffic engineers have verified that the yellow light timing intervals are in compliance with the MUTCD minimum standards. Refer to the Court Data Sheet page for more information on the MUTCD standards. Detailed yellow light timing sheets for each of the photo enforced intersection are listed below.

Where can I view a video of the citation?

If you have received a red light photo enforcement citation and would like to view the corresponding video, follow the directions provided on your citation and log onto from any internet connected computer (home, the public library, etc.). Use “REDDNG” for the City Code field, not “REDDING.”

For those without an internet connection the Redding Police Department maintains public viewing hours on Monday and Friday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

I think I ran the red light because I saw the light bulbs go off. What do I do next?

If you think you might have run the red light at a photo enforced intersection you should expect to see something in the mail within 15 days. If after 15 days you have not received anything in the mail and you still have questions you can call us at 530-225-4343 or email us at

How do I contact a photo enforcement specialist?

You can come by the Police Department on Monday or Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to speak with a specialist or view your violation. You can also email or you can call us at 530-225-4343 with your questions or comments.

Legal Documentation

Court Data Sheet

Yellow Light Timing Sheets: