Red light camera tickets are an epidemic. People are unclear about the whole process and with good reason. Not helping with the confusion is the fact that the machines have a history of malfunction. Turning right on red seems to confuse drivers, and the machines, the most. When a driver makes the turn in a slow and cautious manner the turn shouldn’t result in a violation. But there have been machines catching drivers making this legal maneuver, as well as the camera going off sometimes during a yellow light, and even “catching” parked cars.
Here in Orlando, a court ruling has determined that any red light violations caught by a camera were illegal before 2010. The court’s decision only applies to cities that installed red light cameras before the 2010 law, but this is just scratching the surface of a growing problem. The city of Orlando issued nearly 5,000 tickets between 2008 and 2010, when the state did not allow red light cameras. They collected close to $4.4 million in fines. Of course, that money must and will be paid back.
Most people believe the whole system behind “red light cameras” feels rather illegal. While it’s sole purpose had the right idea behind it, it has gotten out of control. The good news is that you can fight these red light camera traffic tickets with help from experienced and skilled defense attorneys who specialize in traffic violations. An attorney can review the case to determine the best defense strategy. For example, did the photograph conclusively show the car running the red light? If not, they can argue for dismissal. It’s your word versus a faulty machine.