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Safe Traffic Operations Program/Automated Traffic Enforcement
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Effective 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2016, the fixed intersection equipment (fixed speed and red-light cameras) is turning off  and the mobile speed units will be parked and non-operational.  This is due to a contract for these services expiring on this date and time. Violations captured before the equipment turn off date will be processed with payment sought.  Efforts to collect on previously unpaid citations will continue after December 31.


In June 2010, the Rio Rancho Governing Body approved an ordinance that allowed use of automated traffic enforcement in the city.  Automated traffic enforcement in Rio Rancho includes the use of fixed red-light camera and speed monitoring systems at city intersections and mobile speed monitoring units that will be positioned in different locations throughout the city.

View ordinance (MS Word)

The vendor selected by the city via a request for proposal (RFP) process and approved by the Governing Body to provide automated traffic enforcement services in Rio Rancho is Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.

The city’s agreement with Redflex has no up-front capital investment by the city, and all installation, construction and maintenance costs for the equipment is provided by Redflex. In addition, Redflex is responsible for arranging and performing installation and construction-related work for fixed equipment. The city’s Safe Traffic Operations Program is violator-funded for the life of the contract with Redflex.

Locations of Fixed Red-Light Camera and Speed Monitoring Systems
Fixed red-light cameras and speed monitoring systems placement are the northbound and southbound approaches at the intersections of Southern and Unser boulevards and Unser and Northern boulevards. Equipment location was determined using information such as crash data and speeding analysis. 

Red-light camera violations are issued if a vehicle enters into an intersection after the light has turned red. Speed violations begin 11 mph above the posted speed limit.

Map showing locations of fixed red-light camera/speed monitoring units (searchable PDF)

Mobile Speed Monitoring Equipment Locations

Placement and rotation of unmanned mobile speed monitoring units (sport utility vehicles) will be based on citizen input, Police Department data that shows high speeding and collision areas, construction zones, and school zone needs. Units may be moved to different locations in the city several times per day.

Speed violations begin 11 mph above the posted speed limit, except for school zones where violations begin at 5 mph above the posted speed limit.

mobile speed monitoring unit sports utility vehicle                                    
(Example of Mobile Speed Monitoring Unit)

Violation Amount
Violations captured by red-light cameras and speed monitoring systems and mobile speed monitoring units are $100 in Rio Rancho.  

After evidence of violation has been captured and reviewed three times by Redflex, evidence of violation is sent by Redflex to the Rio Rancho Police Department for review.  

Once the Rio Rancho Police Department reviews the evidence and determines a violation has occurred, the Police Department gives approval and a violation notice is sent to the registered vehicle owner.  

You should make sure the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles has your current address.  If you have moved and did not provide them with your new address, then you many not receive the notice of violation or may not receive it on time.   

Please be advised that if this is the case, you are still responsible and may also be responsible for late fees.  

Make sure you mail payment, nominate another person, or request a hearing at least 7 to 10 working days before the due date.  If you respond to a notice the day it is due, you will be delinquent and may also be responsible for late fees.  

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the city’s red-light camera/speed monitoring program, please use the link below which will take you to an online form that you can submit to Police Department personnel.  You can also call (505) 896-8307.   

Question Form 

Historical Background
Two mobile speed monitoring units became fully activated on Dec. 31, 2010, following a 30-day warning and testing period. A third unit was deployed in May 2013, and a fourth unit was deployed in July 2013.

Fixed red-light cameras and speed monitoring systems at the intersections of Unser and Northern boulevards and Southern and Unser boulevards became fully activated on March 31, 2011, following a 30-day warning and testing period.

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