If You Receive a Mail Citation
If you receive by first class mail a citation under the Official Code of Georgia (OCGA) § 40-6-20(f) for disobeying a traffic control device as recorded on an image by a traffic control signal monitoring device (a camera red light citation), the civil penalty is $70. This civil penalty does not appear as a conviction on your criminal record, and no points are assessed against your driver’s license. This penalty also may not be considered for motor vehicle insurance purposes.
Your citation will notify you of a court date. Under the law, if you fail to pay the civil monetary penalty or fail to contest liability in a timely manner, you give up your right to contest liability and a civil monetary penalty will be imposed which may be collected by any means allowable under the law.
If you were not the driver of the vehicle shown on the recorded image, you may contest liability by:
- Testifying under oath in open court that you were not the operator of the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation
- Presenting to the court no later than 12:00 noon on your court date (which appears on the citation) a certified copy of a police report showing that the vehicle had been reported to the police as stolen prior to the time of the alleged violation
- Submitting to the court no later than 12:00 noon on your court date (which appears on the citation) a sworn notarized statement identifying the name of the operator of the vehicle at the time of the alleged violation