Fighting New York Traffic Red Light Camera Tickets
This year, New York put up more red light cameras than ever. While many of them are in New York City, there are plenty in the rest of the state as well.
Unlike other tickets, these tickets don’t put points on your license, and they don’t raise insurance rates. And you don’t strictly need an attorney to fight these successfully. Still, it’s worth noting how to fight them.
It’s worth noting that in general, whether the ticket is $50 or $500, whether you need a lawyer or not, it’s almost always worthwhile to push back when you receive a ticket of any kind.
Verify the ticket is real.
Believe it or not, scam artists try to issue counterfeit tickets quite often. Some of them are quite good at what they do.
Having a New York Traffic Lawyer examine your ticket will help prevent you from paying a ticket you never had to pay in the first place.
You can call the issuing body to verify whether it really issued a ticket.
Be aware of what traffic camera tickets get wrong.
The cameras are not as infallible as they might assume. For example, they sometimes ticket people for going through red lights when they’re simply exercising their legal right to use a turn lane.
You should obtain copies of the footage so you can examine what was happening for yourself. You can do this by visiting the website listed on your notice.
You should also pay attention to what the issuing body attempts to issue into evidence. Often, they’re only issuing technician’s certificates. If they aren’t notarized you can often convince the court to bar them from being admitted as evidence, which means there won’t be much of a case against you.
Failing that, you can often use these certificates to undermine the credibility of the tech that installed the camera, and, by extension, the credibility of the camera itself.
Remember the way the law is written to make the identity of the driver irrelevant.
When you get a red light camera ticket you receive a Notice of Liability. You are issued a $50 civil penalty.
The camera tickets are more or less a fundraiser for the city. They aren’t even handled by the same division as officer-issued tickets.
It is not the same as receiving an officer-issued ticket, which you will need an attorney’s help to fight. You’ll also want to fight these, as they do result in additional points on your license, and in insurance rate hikes.