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Photo Enforcement Information

Can the fine be reduced or waived?

Yes. You can request a mitigation hearing for all photo enforcement tickets and the judge can reduce the fine based upon the circumstances presented in your case. The fine will only be waived to prevent a gross injustice. By state law, the fine for school zone violations issued by a police officer in your presence cannot be waived, mitigated or reduced. However, photo enforcement fines in school zones can be waived, mitigated or reduced.

Can a photo enforcement ticket be deferred?

Defendants desiring to keep violations off their driving record request deferred findings. There is no reason to defer a photo enforcement ticket because the violation will never appear on your driving record.

What are my hearing options?

If you decide not to pay the fine, you can request a mitigation hearing or a contested hearing. The hearings can be in person or by mail. Please follow the directions on the information provided to you by the court in requesting a hearing.

Simply put, you should request a mitigation hearing if you do not contest the issuance of the ticket against you and want the fine reduced or waived. You should request a contested hearing if you do not believe you violated the law. Please note that you waive your right to appeal if you request a contested hearing by mail. Also, the judge typically does not reduce the fine if the judge determines that you committed the infraction.
Photo Enforcement SMD Certificates

How are the hearings conducted?

For a contested hearing, the judge will first look at the affidavit of the officer, photographs and the video. In the case of an in-person hearing, the judge will then put you and any witnesses you call under oath. You will then present your case. The judge will then make a decision. You have 30 days to appeal an adverse decision. In the case of a mail-in hearing the judge will review your submission and then make a determination. Remember, you waive your right to appeal if you request a contested hearing by mail.

For a mitigation hearing the judge will either hear from you first if you appear in person or read your submission if you submitted your case by mail. The judge may then review the evidence offered by the city. There is no appeal for a mail-in or in-person mitigation hearing.

Where do I send my request for hearing?

Do not send your request for hearing directly to the court and do not drop it off at the court. Please send your request for hearing to the following address (do not send your payment to this address):

Federal Way Municipal Court
Photo Enforcement Program
P.O. Box 22091
Tempe, AZ 85285-2091

Where do I send my payment?

Do not send your payment directly to the court and do not drop your payment off at the court. Please send your payment to the following address (do not send your request for hearing to this address):

Federal Way Municipal Court
Photo Enforcement Program
P.O. Box 742503
Cincinnati, OH 45274-2503

You may also pay online.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Call the ATS customer service number at 866.790.4111.

Surface Water Management

How do I find out information about harmful algae blooms in lakes?

Contact the Washington Department of Health at 360-236-3330 or visit their webpage at www.doh.wa.gov/algae