Maybe you turned right at a red light, stopped over the line at the intersection or just passed through as the light turned red. In either case, you may be finding a hefty fine in the mail if you have been found in violation of a red light camera. Understanding how these devices work and how to dispute them may help you prevent a steep fine, higher insurance costs and other consequences on your driving record.
Red light cameras are a relatively new photo enforcement technology, becoming more and more common each day. These devices are used to automate the process of recording drivers committing a red light violation, serving as a major ally in prosecution. As a driver passes over a sensor in the intersection while the traffic signal is red, a camera is activated, taking pictures of the driver and their front license plate. After the violation is recorded, an enforcement program issues a citation, which is then mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The red light camera can also capture up to 12 seconds of video as further evidence of the crime committed.
While many states vary in who is held responsible when a red light camera captures a violation, in the state of Florida, the registered owner of the vehicle receives the bill. This means that if someone is borrowing your car and runs a red light, you will more than likely get the citation. While this type of scenario can be contested, legal advice can assist in getting it done.
Over the years, there have been many debates over the legality of police departments utilizing red light cameras provided by third-party vendors. While Florida’s House approved a statewide ban on these devices in 2017, soon after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that red light cameras are legal and may be used in the interest of public safety.
While some cities have refused to reactivate their cameras since the ruling, your best course of action at any traffic signal is to obey state laws and wait until the light turns green.
Costs can vary depending on the county, but the typical cost for a red light camera ticket in Florida is $158. This fee can rise to around $262 if you fail to pay the ticket after the first mailed notification. A great way to increase your chances at reducing the fine or getting the charge dismissed entirely is to call the lawyers at The Ticket Clinic, or hire us online. Since 1987, The Ticket Clinic has resolved over 3,000,000 traffic-related cases across the nation. Call 1-800-CITATION (1-800-248-2846) now for your free consultation!
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