Many states are allowing cameras to be placed at busy intersections where people are known to run red lights. If you have received a ticket in the mail from one of these cameras, you may think that you have no choice but to pay the ticket. However, there are defenses that you can use to contest these tickets. Here are a few defenses that are commonly used to fight red light camera tickets.
You Weren't Behind the Wheel
Typically, when cameras get a picture of a car running a red light, they take a picture of the driver and the license plate. The ticket is mailed to the registered owner of the car. However, that may not be who was behind the wheel. If you were not behind the wheel or the picture is grainy and not clear, the courts cannot convict you. The driver of a car is charged with a red light violation, not the owner. It is also important to note that you do not have to disclose who was driving your car on the date that the incident occurred.
You Acted Out of Necessity
In some cases, a light may change suddenly. If it had been raining and the roads were slick, if another driver was speeding and about to rear end you, or if you feared for your safety while stopped at a red light and saw no one was coming, you may be able to say that you acted out of necessity when you ran the red light. This is at the discretion of the judge. However, if you ran a red light and suspect you may get a ticket, be sure to document the time, the conditions and your reason for running the light.
The Camera Was Not Identified
The last defense that may be raised is the camera not being properly identified or marked. Most states that allow red light cameras require there to be posted signs that red light cameras may be in use. If you live in a state that requires that and it was not identified or posted, your ticket should be dismissed.
If you have received a ticket in the mail for running a red light at an intersection with a camera, consider having an attorney that specializes in traffic law assist you. They can either give you advice or show up in court and contest the ticket fro you. This can help prevent you from having to pay a hefty fine and increased insurance costs.Share
1 August 2017
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