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Barry D. Kowitt is one of the founding partners at Unger & Kowitt, where they have helped over 500,000 people fight back. 

In this blog, he shares with you his views on the traffic ticket system, as well as providing traffic ticket solutions that really work, no gimmicks. Hint: saying "my car doesn't go that fast" isn't going to cut it.

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5,000 Reasons For Fighting Red Light Camera Tickets in Florida

 

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***Update*** The 60 day requirement has been removed from the statute as of 2013.  Oh well, it was good while it lasted.****

If you are a regular reader to our blog, you have seen me write that we always encourage people to fight their tickets, (here's the most important part) when it's in their best interest to do so.

Well, the obvious question is "when is it in my best interest to fight a ticket?"  The simple answer is "almost always."  But recently, the red light camera ticket has given us reason to modify that somewhat.  You see, red light camera tickets are unique because they don't carry points.  So, as a result, it becomes a simple question of how much is the ticket and how much would it be to fight it (coupled with the equation of how likely we are to get the case dismissed).

Since my main goal is always to make sure that my clients wind up in a better situation after hiring me, I need to evaluate all the facts before making a decision.  For most moving violations, it's easy.  By keeping the points off a license, I know I am saving my clients a ton of money.  But, for red light camera tickets, we need to dig a little deeper.

However, recently, an event transpired that has caused me to encourage people to fight red light camera tickets in Florida.  Just the other day, it was announced that approximately 5,000 people in Broward and Palm Beach county essentially had their red light camera tickets thrown out.

Here's how.  These cities can't keep up with the paperwork that's involved with these red light camera tickets.  And the law is very clear.  If a person gets a red light camera ticket, they will receive a notice to pay $158.00.  The hope, of course, is that everyone will, like lemmings, just pay the money and move on with their lives.

However, if you choose not to pay the $158.00, the state MUST send you a second notice within 60 days of the incident.  If they don't . . . wait for it . . .the fine is unenforceable.  BOOYAH!!!

So over 5,000 people were rewarded by not taking action and paying the first notice of $158.00.  They were able to have their fines essentially wiped out. 

Now, I'm not suggesting that you should ignore notices.  In many cases, this is not a good practice.  But, if you are a gambling sort, you might benefit drastically by the state's inability to get their act together and comply with this law.

If you want to fight your red light camera ticket in Florida, but are a little uneasy about the entire process, we will be happy to explain it to you, or you can hire us to do the monitoring of your ticket (to see if they file on time).  Whatever you decide to do, we're here to help. 

I hope for your sake, the next time I write this article, the number of people who got out of paying a red light camera ticket fine gets increased by one.

**** Please see the updated note in the top of the article.  The 60 day requirement has been removed as of 2013***

 

 

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I am going to court on the 31st of this month to dispute one of these tickets and am reading blogs to see other peoples rebuttals. This article was very insightful and was my exact complaint. So thanks!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 15, 2012 2:11 PM by Jessica Phillips
Jessica, 
 
Thanks for the kind words. Did you download our Red Light Ebook? There may be some information you can use for your upcoming court date.  
 
Let me know how it goes. Good Luck and good for you for fighting back. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:39 PM by Barry Kowitt
My wife received a red light ticket from a company with an Arizona address and an Ohio address(all on the paper) for a supposed infraction in Fla. What gives? The video doesn't work and the photo's show ME (I was driving-and only the car and license plate showed) stopped, allowing traffic to go and then proceeding in rainy weather to make a right hand turn on red. It sounds like such a crock. I want to fight it! Because its wrong!
Posted @ Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:41 AM by Bryan
Bryan, you must've crossed the white line before you stopped. Same thing happened to me, just got my violation notice in the mail, so I've been doing some research and ran into this website. The more I read about it, it seems like we've got to just shut up and pay it and never, ever turn on red again. Turn on red has been the rule (unless otherwise posted) since I started driving 25 years ago, now I have to change the way I drive. They've programmed us to drive a certain way our entire lives, but now they're banking on us driving the way they programmed us to drive. It's all about paying their pensions. This all wouldn't be a problem if it was a $20 fine and we'd adjust our driving, but instead they want $158 and it pisses everybody off.
Posted @ Friday, August 31, 2012 1:58 PM by Harry
Harry, Thanks for the comments. It's not true that you should just "shut up and pay" because in many cases, fighting it will result in a better outcome. However, you do need to research it to know when to "hold 'em and when to fold 'em."  
But, for red light camera tickets, you do not have to come to a complete stop before turning right (as long as there is no sign indicating otherwise). Go through my website and you'll find other blog articles to assist you. Thanks. Barry
Posted @ Friday, August 31, 2012 2:46 PM by Barry Kowitt
I made a left turn on a yellow light this morning but right when i was in the middle of the street the light turned red and snapped a photo and I'm pissed! i couldn't go back and the light changed from green to yellow to red wayyy to fast. I literally just got my licence about last friday. I don't want this to screw up my licence or my fathers insurance and im not sure if i should try to fight it ?
Posted @ Wednesday, September 05, 2012 2:57 PM by tash
Tash, thanks for the comments, but you didn't give me enough information to give you my best answer. However, if you were entered the intersection before the light turned red, you should not have received a ticket. As for affecting your insurance, if you pay the ticket within the first 30 days, because it's only a red light camera ticket, it should not affect your insurance. If you want to discuss this further, please call the office and I'll be happy to give you more advice. Barry
Posted @ Thursday, September 06, 2012 8:45 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi Barry, here is an unusual event, at least to me. As stated earlier in these blogs you spend some many years turning on red and then all of a sudden there is a no turn on red sign. Anyway, I got a red camera ticket for turning right on a red, and i paid it. The other day I almost did it again, but i remember before i fully committed to the turn; however, the vehicle was past the white line before I reversed the car. Does that constitute running a red light? If it is a ticket, is that something you would recommend fighting? 
 
Thank you for you time and information. I appreciate the effort you guys put into keeping up with your website, emails and blogs. 
 
Good Job! 
P
Posted @ Saturday, September 08, 2012 11:23 AM by P
How do you know when to hold them or fold them? I just got one in Green Cove Florida and the video and pictures do show its my car going through a red light. Notice # 2691200082554 pin 7728 and it is from some place in arizona with $158 price tag. I did read over the ebook thing as well.
Posted @ Monday, September 10, 2012 6:57 PM by Douglas Smith
Douglas, thanks for the comments and for checking out our eBool, You hit on the million dollar question didn't you? So much depends on the county, the judge, and what your car was doing. In your case, I don't know much about Green Cove or the history of how the courts are treating these tickets. Couple that with the fact that you stated you were going right through the light, it makes it difficult for me to tell you to hold 'em. If you can't better your position by fighting, you might be better to throw in the towel and pay the $158 (as much as that pains me to say). If you want to fight it, you can call me and I'll try and do some research for you on Green Cove and what's going on up there. Thanks.
Posted @ Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:42 AM by Barry Kowitt
Which number should I call? I see a few on the site.
Posted @ Friday, September 14, 2012 9:55 AM by Douglas Smith
Any one you want. All roads lead to Unger & Kowitt
Posted @ Friday, September 14, 2012 10:24 AM by Barry Kowitt
What statute do I reference regarding the second notice?
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 8:31 AM by Ted
I just got an "Order of Suspension" in the mail for a ticket from June 4 and this is the first thing I've seen from it. I tried to access the Register of Actions for the ticket (6973LAL)and see where the infraction took place and there is nothing there accept saying Payable Infraction filed 7/30/2012 and then suspension issued 9/04/2012. Something seems not right. What would you recommend?
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 9:33 AM by Brian Siatkowski
Brian, that sounds like a mess. Another issue with these red light camera tickets is they don't have to prove receipt. And now that you have a problem, the burden shifts to you. Is this a Florida ticket? What county?
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 1:39 PM by Barry Kowitt
Ted, I don't fully understand your question. Can you be more specific?
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 1:41 PM by Barry Kowitt
It's Orange County, Florida - nowhere do they even show me the time or intersection of the red light I supposedly ran on the Register of Actions ticket information page. How would I even know where I did this? Does it cost less than the ticket amount to fight it though?
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 2:04 PM by Brian Siatkowski
You said they have to send you a second notice within 60 days if you don't pay the first notice, or the ticket/infraction is null. Where is that referenced in the Florida statutes?
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 2:14 PM by Ted
Florida Statute 316.0083. Here's a link 
 
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.0083.html
Posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 2:22 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hello, 
 
My daugther was driving a car that is registered to me and received a camera ticket stating she did not fully stop before making a right hand turn. My daughte and her passenger friend both state she did stop but then went quickly to avoid waiting for cross traffic. This friend's mother has gotten a camera ticket at this same intersection many times so the friend is always reminding my daughter to fully stop. There are 3 photos. 1-plate, 2-car at stop light with break lights on, 3-car barely around corner 2 seconds later. No photo of her and the letter came to me. Any advise?
Posted @ Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:35 PM by Rhonda
Iam a 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran with Purple Hart Tags. I have driving controls but they had to be sent out for repair so my wife drives the car like a regular car. She caught the sight of the light to late and tried to speed up because it was yellow but a second before she reached the stop line the light turned red and she was doing 52 miles an hour which was in the speed limit. The other day we received a Violation in the mail for 158 dollars for going thru a red light in my name they don;t know it was my wife driving. My wife has not had a ticket since 17 and is now 56 I am 63 and never received a red light ticket in my life I had a 2 of warnings for going over the speed limit but nothing in about a year. I have had police cars pull up behind me then see my Purple Heart tags and just go off and pass me. So Should I Pay it or try to fight it? I heard some people get off because they did not have any tickets for a long time.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 03, 2012 2:32 PM by Sam Settar
Barry - That's not a second notice, that's the actual ticket (UTC). 
 
 
 
Rhonda - There's no video showing the car going throught the intersection? Fight it. You weren't driving? If you want to name your daughter as the offender, fill out the affadavit the provide a link to, get it notarized and mail it to the money-grubbing address in AZ. Then your daughter can fight it if there's no video. If you don't want to name her, you can fight it and tell then you were not driving. It is the burden of the state to prove who was driving, not who the registered owner is. 
 
 
 
Sam - you can fight it and tell then you were not driving. It is the burden of the state to prove who was driving, not who the registered owner is.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 03, 2012 3:16 PM by Ted
Sam, I don't know who Ted is, and I love the enthusiasm of his response, but he is not correct when it comes to red light camera tickets in Florida. The burden is not on the state to prove who was driving (that's one of the many reasons why I have been blogging that I feel the red light camera's are unconstitutional).  
However, you can file an affidavit within 30 days where you swear it was not you and provide your wife's name and driver license number. 
I hope that clears it up for you.
Posted @ Thursday, October 04, 2012 12:43 PM by Barry Kowitt
"The traffic citation shall be mailed to the registered owner of the motor vehicle involved in the violation no later 255 than 60 days after the date of the violation." 
 
Ok my violation occurred on 7/12 and they issued the first notice on 10/3 by their own paper work. I just got it in the mail today on 10/9. Does that mean I don't have to pay it?
Posted @ Tuesday, October 09, 2012 6:58 PM by Brian
I got a notice of violation for running a red light in the mail. The only thing is - I was not driving. It is my husband's car. I realize that they do not assess points to your record - but does this still show up on your record? I don't want a red light infraction showing up on my record when it wasn't, in fact, me. I am fine paying the penalty but not assuming the responsibility. The ticket was issued in Borward County (issued by City of Hollywood). Should I fight it; send in an affidavit stating that I was not the driver and having to identify who was; or just pay the fine and move on since it doesn't really matter to my long term record?
Posted @ Thursday, October 11, 2012 9:04 AM by Lisa
Brian, there is a very good chance that you don't. Call my office so I can review everything for you. There is no charge.
Posted @ Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:26 PM by Barry Kowitt
Lisa, 
 
If you are in the beginning stages where you can still pay $158.00, it will not appear on your record. However, if it wasn't you, and you are still within 30 days of the DOI, you should fight the ticket AND file an affidavit. Why should you have to pay $158 if it wasn't you?
Posted @ Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:31 PM by Barry Kowitt
hi, question - if I say the name of the other driver, will they be held responsible for the $158?
Posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 3:54 PM by wil
I received a ticket for a failure to comply with a steady red signal. It wasn't me or my van. Van in one picture is silver, mine is gold. License plate picture is picture of silver car with trunk and brake light in window. My van doesn't have a trunk and it doesn't have a brake light in the window. You can't see the license plate in the picture, it's so dark. Not to mention that I was working in Lake Mary that day, near where I live, and I have never been to Boca Raton. How do I contest this without spending 100$ in gas to go down there? Lose 100$ for my day of work. And spend another 100$ for babysitting for the night until I get back to my kids.????
Posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 9:35 PM by Paula
Hi Wil and thanks for posting on our blog. Technically, the answer to your question is "yes." However, most counties are not turning around and re-issuing the citation in the name of the other person.  
 
Some are, and some are not. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Monday, October 15, 2012 7:40 AM by Barry Kowitt
Driving in miami on US1, just stooped at a red light but the tip of the car crossed the white line ...and i think i got photographed... if i get that ticket...anyway i can fight it ? or should i just fold. i am the only driver on the registration
Posted @ Monday, October 15, 2012 11:11 PM by tamer
I don't think you'll get the ticket, but if you do, call me and I'll tell you what to do.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:55 PM by Barry Kowitt
I called your office and spoke to a wonderfully nice woman at the Plantation office. She didn't seem to know about the 60 day time frame but she said she'd ask you. I'll be faxing in my info tomorrow and asking you guys to fight it. Thanks!
Posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:52 AM by Brian
What if a video clip clearly shows you running the red light but you have no recollections of this what are your chances? wouldn't they have to prove you were actually driving the car?
Posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:52 PM by Joan
What if a video clip clearly shows you running the red light but you have no recollections of this what are your chances? wouldn't they have to prove you were actually driving the car?
Posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:59 PM by Joan
So, I got one of these red light tickets and I've been reviewing your website...I don't see anything about the city of Tampa. Clearly, I drove through the red light...worth it to fight it in Tampa or just suck it up and pay?
Posted @ Thursday, October 18, 2012 7:21 PM by Ariana
I just received a red light ticket and peeple keep telling me to fight it! I was making a left turn on a small "hill"/incline with an 18 wheeler directly in front of me so I couldn't see the light. Since the truck beside me continued to go, I assumed the light must be green. So I kept going. It wasn't. As I was finally able to see the light (once I was under it), I noticed it was red. Now I have this Notice of Citation from a company in NY that in my opinion is basically blackmailing me for $158. If I don't pay them that, then it'll get turned into an actual ticket for $264. No one seems to be able to tell me who to call about fighting this or getting a court date.
Posted @ Monday, October 22, 2012 12:26 PM by Heather
hi Barry; Last night I was driving through Apopka at 441 & 429 The light changed to yellow very quickly. I stopped but, I had a load of glass and groceries in the back so, I didn't 'jamb on the brakes'. I ended up just over & on top of the crosswalk. Numerous LED lights flashed in back & in front. Will I get a ticket?
Posted @ Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10:09 AM by Kerr
Just got a red light ticket from New Port Rickey. 3211200140663 pin 8744. I remember it clearly because when it happened I said to my wife, "That sure was a short yellow!" I did a search after I got the ticket on red light timings and found that the recommended minimum yellow time for 45 MPH to be 5 seconds. So I drove back up there and personally timed it to be 4.2 seconds. Did this 3 times plus I took video of 2 cycles of the light. Video confirms the timing. Planing on fighting it. Comments and suggestions please. 
Thanks in advance, 
Clarence Hurd
Posted @ Friday, October 26, 2012 3:09 PM by Clarence Hurd
I received a violation notice for running a red turn signal in Oldsmar (Pinellas County) Florida. Based on the date and time my wife was driving the car and I was home with the kids.  
 
There are three photos; one before the car entered the intersection showing the red arrow, one of the car in the intersection with a red arrow, and a close-up of the plate. Additionally, there is a video. 
 
What is the best course of action to fight the ticket without naming my wife as the guilty party?
Posted @ Thursday, November 01, 2012 7:45 PM by JIsaac
Dear Barry, 
 
 
 
Thank you very much for your blog and the interesting information about red light camera tickets. I live in Broward County so I'm a bit confused about the information I received from a lady at your office when I contacted your firm to represent me earlier this month. She instructed me NOT to fight the red light camera ticket I received. Instead, I was instructed to simply pay the fine which I did. Please clarify your position. Is it wise to test the possibility of dismissal because of the state's inability to process the 2nd request withion 60 days? Thank you.
Posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 4:08 PM by Bob
Bob, the reason the employee from my office probably told you to pay it, is because she determined from information you gave her that the likely outcome would not be a dismissal.  
 
These cases are all unique. The "gamble" to wait and see if you don't get a second notice is something she should have mentioned to you, but it's a gamble. You are either going to pay nothing (and get lucky) or pay $277.  
 
In your case, you probably ended up paying $158. We'd love to be able to get every case dismissed, but in the situation of red light cameras, since they do not carry points, if we don't think we are going to be able to get it dismissed, we tell you.
Posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 6:10 PM by Barry Kowitt
I am in Hillsborough county and today I ran a red light about 1 second past turning red. I could still see the light when it turned red then went under. It happened quick so not too sure how long I stayed under the light in contrast to it turning red.  
 
But my question is, if the ticket says respond in 30 days, or else what? Because u tell us To wait 60 days. but if we wait will we get penalized?
Posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:05 PM by Dan
Dan, 
 
Thanks for your question. Please allow me to clarify the comments. I wrote "Now, I'm not suggesting that you should ignore notices. In many cases, this is not a good practice. But, if you are a gambling sort, you might benefit drastically by the state's inability to get their act together and comply with this law."  
 
Please note, I did not say to wait the 60 days. What I said was that you MIGHT be able to benefit from waiting, but it's a gamble. 
 
However, in your first paragraph, what you described may not be a red light violation. Did you get a violation notice? 
 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:27 PM by Barry Kowitt
If you send the afidavit idenitying that someone else was driving. How does that affect the notification period, if you mail it out certified on the 29th day. Do they have to notify the driver you claimed was driving within 60 days?
Posted @ Friday, November 23, 2012 2:47 PM by Steve
My foot slipped of the pedal a little after I was stopping and my front tire I believe might have gone over the white line. There was no one behind me so I put the car in reverse and went back so my car was back in front of the white line. The cameras were flashing like 4 times. So am I doomed for a ticket. I have never had a ticket and I waited for the light to turn green. As stupid as it was. I slowed down for the red light. Then my foot slipped off the pedal and I lost a couple feet. I think these cameras are too sensitive since I am no where near the intersection. This is in Orlando Florida last night. .
Posted @ Friday, November 30, 2012 1:21 PM by Steve
I received a ticket saying that I ran a red light in Winter Park/Ornage County. For starters I don't recall there being a "photo enforced" sign by the intersection but I cannot be sure. I don't remember running the light but have watched the video. The light turned red just as my front tires were right in front of the white line. Such a short distance that it would have been unsafe for me to stop, I would have ended up in the intersection or on the cross walk. I was going 34 miles an hour passing through the intersection which the speed limit was 35. I frequently drive with my visor down and if the light is yellow and distance wise I believe I can make it I go for it. I believe that I saw the light as yellow and did not see it turn red because my visor was blocking my view. Either way the light changed to red right as my tires go to the white line. Is this worth fighting or ignoring or is it best to just pay it. I know technically your tires are supposed to all have cleared the white line when the light turns but if you are so close that it's unsafe to slam on the breaks to they tend to consider that an exception. Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 5:04 PM by Ashley
I just used my stop watch to verify and from when the light turned red and when I ran it, it was just over 1/4 of a second. Not sure if that matters.
Posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 5:08 PM by Ashley
This is driving families bankrupt and will drive many people towards criminal actions. The money is shared by town and state officials at expense of totally innocent citizens. Such a corrupt system will eventually result in further decomposition of this country.
Posted @ Monday, December 10, 2012 12:24 PM by Anetta
Steve, your question is complicated, but if you sent in an affidavit of defense the first question is whether they will accept it. They are very picky on what they will accept. If they do, the question then becomes whether they will re-issue the ticket in the name of the person you identified. The process will start all over with the new ticket. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:56 PM by Barry Kowitt
Steve, 
 
Thanks for commenting on the blog. It doesn't sound like you have a ticket, but are concerned that you will get a ticket. Just because the cameras flash, it doesn't mean a ticket is coming. Hang in there and keep me posted. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:58 PM by Barry Kowitt
Ashley, 
 
There's a lot in your post. Keep in mind that your mental state is generally not relevant as a defense to traffic violations. You either committed the violation, or you didn't. The reason or explanations aren't usually relevant. However, you indicated it's Orange County and at the moment we are having tremendous success in Orange county, so if you want to fight it, I am confident the results would be favorable to you. However, if you just want to pay it, you would not get points. It's up to you. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:03 PM by Barry Kowitt
Anetta, 
 
Ya Think? This is why I write all these posts on the topic. I couldn't agree more. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:05 PM by Barry Kowitt
Yes I would like to fight it, why all the luck in Orange County lately? I don't know if this matters but I drove by the intersection again and there is no "photo enforced" sign, I was under the impression that needed to be posted, though I know that may be a misconception.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:22 PM by Ashley
Ashley, 
 
Much of the success is a result of the courts feeling like we do, that these tickets are unconstitutional and should be thrown out. Yes, there does need to be a sign. We'll be happy to help you. Please call the office at 800-489-4125. 
 
Thanks.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:41 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi, last night I received a notice of violation stating I ran a red light in Winter Park in Orange County Florida. I do not recall if there was a sign posted regarding the camera or not, but the video clearly shows I ran a red light. However, I do recall being in this area and how ther is an emergency signal maybe 100ft prior to this intersection which blinks yellow and I got confused and must have just gone through the red light following the emergency signal. Is this worth fighting in your opinion or should I just pay the fine. Thanks, Julie
Posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:24 AM by Julie
Well, for no other reason than currently all of our Orange County cases are being dismissed (I don't know if this will go on forever, but . . .).  
 
Other than that, just the usual reasons to fight a ticket, but in this case, there's an extra special reason.  
 
If you would like to speak to someone in my office, you can call 800-489-4125. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:28 PM by Barry Kowitt
I just recieved a citation from Dunnellon, FL for failure to comply with a steady red signal. F.S. 316.075(1)(c)1 Not real sure what that means.  
 
Problem is I wasnt driving, I was at my office. How can I fight this? I dont think I should have to pay this fine.  
 
Notice number:2511200073371 
PIN:1869
Posted @ Thursday, December 27, 2012 8:08 PM by Larry
Larry, 
 
Thanks for the questions. I agree with you that if you were not driving, you shouldn't have to pay for it. The problem is, the state doesn't agree. I'm not as familiar with Dunnellon as I am with other parts of the state, but you should be allowed to file an affidavit with the person's name, address and driver's license number.  
 
If you do that, the state will probably dismiss your ticket, but re-issue it to the person who was driving. It's crazy, I know. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 8:43 AM by Barry Kowitt
Received a red light ticket on 441 going into Errol Estates (at 7-11). Watched video, appears it was more of a rolling stop.... Should I just pay it?
Posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 1:46 PM by Roberta Railing
Today I was driving at Biscayne Boulevard (US 1 at Miami Dade County, Florida). I entered the intersection with the light turning from green to yellow, and i tried to speed up, but since i drive a 50 cc scooter, i couldn't go faster than 30 mph. Just when i was close to leave the intersection (about 3 feet), the light turns to red and i see a camera flash. 
Am I going to get a ticket? I'm worried because i'm a tourist, with a license from Argentina, and i'm leaving in 2 months. The scooter was registered 2 days ago in my name, the plate was issued with the registration also in my name. What should i do if a get a ticket? Fight it, pay it, hire a lawyer? How much will it cost? Will this ticket affect a future immigration process? I'll be so thankful if you respond to this because i'm terribly worried! Thank you!
Posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 11:09 PM by Sol
Sol, 
 
What you described does not sound like you ran the red light. As long as you entered the intersection when the light was yellow, you are fine. The flash may have been for another car. If you do get a ticket, call me and we'll see what we think. I wouldn't worry until you receive a ticket (which I don't think will happen). It can take months. Also, who owns the vehicle you were on and what address is the registration? 
 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:08 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi Barry, 
I received a citation in the mail. I was travelling NB on 441 in Apopka. I was turning right (East) onto Sheeler Rd. I did not stop at line, but I slowed down and looked around. (there is a little distance between the white line and the corner). There were no pedestrians. The WB traffic was turning left, therefore, I knew the EB traffic light was red so I turned. The photo shows my speed as 17mph. Is this considered careful and prudent?
Posted @ Wednesday, January 09, 2013 10:34 AM by RJones
i received a UTC for a red-light violation in Miami Beach(which comes from a company in Denver), last March 2012. I had not received any notice before that. I checked the box requesting a hearing and mailed it back, but as of today I have never received anything else. i just renewed my registration so I know there's no warrant. When I call on the phone, they say there is no record. Waddya think?
Posted @ Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:27 PM by al
By the way, the UTC was issued on 3/16/2012 and the violation was on 1/29/2012
Posted @ Thursday, January 10, 2013 6:30 PM by al
While driving West Vine Street Kissimmee Florida, I stopped on the white line before a red light. Two flashes occurred while as I stopped on the white line. What should I do? 
 
Thank You.
Posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 6:45 AM by Michael
Just got the citation from Florida City (I am out of state & got it for a car rental) but it was for $277 - did the fines go up ? Says 316.075 & 316.074 violations. 
 
Also got the first notice on the 54th day. Is the 2nd notice by 60 days or you don't have to pay still in effect ?
Posted @ Saturday, January 19, 2013 7:08 PM by Deb
Al, thanks for the question. I've not heard of anyone receiving a ticket from a company in Denver, they all seem to come from some company in AZ. If you keep checking and it does not seem to appear, you may be in the clear. Let's hope.
Posted @ Monday, January 21, 2013 3:55 PM by Barry Kowitt
Deb. no, the fines did not go up, but what happened is that your ticket changed from a Notice of Violation $158 to a Uniform Traffic Citation which is $277 and a regular ticket that you may be able to fight and get dismissed. If you call my office and give us the notice of violation and pin number, we'll watch the video and give you our opinion. 800-489-4125
Posted @ Monday, January 21, 2013 4:33 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi Barry, 
 
While driving west on West Vine Street Highway 192 in Kissimmee Florida, I stopped on the white line before a red light. I did not enter the crosswalk in front of the car. 
 
While on the white line I saw two flashes occur behind me.  
 
What can I expect to happen? 
 
Thanks in advance, 
 
Michael
Posted @ Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:06 AM by Michael
In Tallahassee, I was issued a citation for a red-light traffic citation and I would have made the light (with an approach of close to 45mph) but I had to slow down considerably due to the car I was following had to slow quickly due to the vehicle in front of him slowing at the last minute.  
 
I looked up the Statute and the minimum time requirement for the yellow is 3 seconds but it increases based on the speed limit (approach speed), but the chart FDOT utilizes shows the yellow interval should be 4.3 secs for an approach of 45 mph, even though I had quickly decelerated to 22mph. 
 
http://www.dot.state.fl.us/trafficoperations/Doc_Library/PDF/3%206r6_10.pdf 
 
Trying to figure out if class action is possible....
Posted @ Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:50 PM by Stephen
RJones, 
 
Thanks for the comment. The law does not require you to stop, as you know. It's up to the judge's discretion whether he/she feels you acted in a prudent manner. If there's no car in the video, you should be fine. 
 
Good Luck.
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 5:51 PM by Barry Kowitt
I got my violation notice and looked at the online video. It shows my car right at the white line and starting into the intersection as the light changed from yellow to red. This was midday and there was no traffic so I was doing about 40 MPH when I got to the light, slowed and drove thru as when I looked up it was yellow, I saw no obstructions and I proceeded. My question is if I fight this (as I have not had a ticket since 1995) and lose, do I have to pay more in fines then $158 and will there be points charged to my license. 
 
Thanks for the help, it's great that you do this for us law breakers!
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 10:34 AM by Jim B
So I received the Red Light Violation notice saying I had 30 days to pay. I filed it away and forgot about it. Just got a letter saying my wife's license will be suspended due to failure to pay ticket. Only thing is I never received the Certified ticket in the mail. No court date option etc. What is my recourse?
Posted @ Monday, February 11, 2013 4:01 PM by Daniel Kurzweil
My son was driving my van an received a red light citation. After looking at the video he clearly went though the red light. It was in Coral Springs, FL...Broward County. Should I fight it or pay the $158? 
Thanks
Posted @ Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:03 AM by Martha
I received a red light ticket last month in Orange County corner for Lk Underhill and Dean Rd. This is a well known red light ticketed area and I have had one here before. This time, I was making a left hand turn and the arrow light was yellow; however, the image taken and becasue of the camera angle you cannot see the turn signal at all in the image. You also can see another driver making a left hand turn in the opposite direction. I am fighting the ticket. I just received the citation in the mail from Orange County. What do you feel my chances are and can I get a better image?
Posted @ Friday, March 01, 2013 10:23 AM by Tammy Salazar
Hey Barry, 
Thanks for taking the time to share all of this great info not only on the blog but also here in the comments section. 
I recieved 2 tickets for two different occasions for rolling thru a right turn at the same intersection (Maguire Rd. & West Colonial) in Orange County in Ocoee. I drive thru there all the time and didnt notice they put up cameras AND a sign saying there are cameras and to "Stop Here"....I know, i shouldve paid better attention but my mind was on autopilot. 
Seeing as how these signs are there, should i just pay the two $158 tickets or should i fight them since you are having such great results in Orange County?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 05, 2013 10:10 AM by Andres
Should I fight this ticket? 0150123466/1033 
Notice the cop car next to me? 
Thank you.
Posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 11:25 PM by M M
I received a red light ticket in Green Cove Springs, FL as I see a few others have. I read the post about how the City Of Green Cove Springs in Clay County Fl has to issue the UTC has to be processed and mailed to me within 60 days. How do I find out what Green Cove Spring's track record is for meeting this 60 day time limit?
Posted @ Saturday, March 09, 2013 7:51 AM by Terry
I have been doing more research on this an apparently there are a lot of complaints about the Red Light Camera in Green Cove Springs. Enough that AAA has it flaged as a "trap". Also the county court has thrown several cases out. This is from a newspaper article 
 
"Last week, Judge Richard Townsend dropped a ticket against a man who said he thought the yellow light changed to red too quickly. Townsend even walked out of the courthouse to use a stopwatch to time the light at Houston at 17. 
 
Only 12 of 263 people who chose to have a hearing were found guilty from the time red light court started in August through October, according to the clerk of court. Judges dismissed 22 cases and found 63 not guilty. The other 166 pleaded no contest and paid their fines to the court." 
 
The article also states this 
"GREEN COVE SPRINGS - The length of yellow lights was shortened at some intersections here just before the city started using Northeast Florida’s first automated cameras to hand out citations, which is leading to questions about the validity of tickets." 
 
I worked in GCS for 7 years and went through this list 2 or more times a day and became accustome to the length of the yellow light. The video of my offense show the light turned red when I was literally 2-3 ft before the line. At 35-40 mph we are dealing with milli seconds. 
 
Then I found this which is interesting: 
The Florida Department of Transportation uses the math formula developed by the Institute of Transportation Engineers with one incorrect modification designed to cause more red light violations and citations. Remember that the state gets a hefty portion of the revenue from violations. The FL DOT rules say (emphasis added) the approach speed in the formula is to be the posted speed limit or the actual 85th percentile speed WHICHEVER IS GREATER. FL DOT specifically allows or in some cases encourages cities to use the posted limit as the approach speed knowing full well the posted limit is often significantly lower than the actual 85th percentile approach speeds. For example, if the posted limit is 35 mph but the actual 85th percentile approach speed is 45 mph then the light may have a yellow of 3.6 seconds instead of the much safer 4.3 seconds. This seemingly small difference IS how the scam works. And make no mistake, the scam is deliberate to increase the revenue from red light cameras. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association,www.motorists.org , Ann Arbor, MI 
 
And this persons comments: 
The references to Department of Transportation standards for yellow 
lights are misleading. The D.O.T. standards are the least amount of time for the yellow light to be "legal". More time therefore would not be illegal. I've driven through the intersections mentioned in the articles. Yes, I could have stopped, but I would have ended up stopped right in the middle of the intersection. Not a covenient place to be when a "light peaker" (someone waiting at the intersection straining to see if the lights are turning yellow) guns his car into the intersection! 
 
I will do more research but now I am thinking of fighting this. What do you think? Technically I passed the line after the camera turned red, but.......??? 
 
Posted @ Saturday, March 09, 2013 8:31 AM by Terry
What about getting a ticket for being in violation for .11 seconds, when it's a right turn lane. Red light, with green arrow..no yellow. 
 
is this suppose to be covered by the statute etc?
Posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:38 AM by Terry
I received a video red light citation yesterday. I could not remember it cause I remember the light being Yellow when I went thru it.. Looking at the Video I see that as I approach the light it was green THEN turned yellow (which I saw)and right as I get to the line the light turns red which I never saw until I was half way thru it.. from what I am seeing if I would have stopped I would have 1st burned tires and 2nd ended up in the middle of the intersection.. Would this be something I can fight.. I don't understand how they think I could have stopped the light turned frm yellow to red fast in the video. If someone was behind me they would have slammed right into me.. I just wanna know what my chances are for fighting this.. I think these are stupid and lazy..
Posted @ Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:04 PM by Frances
P.S. here it is..1341300014849 pin# 4770 
 
Thank you
Posted @ Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:05 PM by Frances
I'm in the same boat as Frances is here. This is my fist violation of any kind in a very long time and I'm pretty upset as I am not one who runs red lights. The cat in front of me made a left turn on a yellow arrow as I was approaching the line it turned red and I could not safely stop. Please advise if this is disputable.  
Notice#3431300060526 
Pin#1055 
Thanks, 
Mike
Posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:55 PM by Michael
Hi, 
 
I received a red light camera ticket pulling a boat where it was clear that it would have been unsafe to slam on the brakes. I believe the truck was past the white line under the yellow and the boat is what triggered the camera. Would this be something that is disputable? Thanks in advance!
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 9:11 AM by Evan
same thing, right turn on red camera ticket, Florida Cities, Miami - County. `I have tried  
to get a court date by phone but nobody ever ever answers, I wrote but they say they will contact me 
but never do. The pictures they sent prove nothing. This is crazy When will higher authoity step in?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 02, 2013 9:34 PM by Howard
Just received a notice of violation for failure to comply with a steady red signal. (Pembroke Pines, FL. Intersection of Pines Blvd & Flamingo Rd.) I the light was yellow when I entered the intersection. I have viewed the video several times and cannot clearly see the traffic signal for the traffic making a left making the left turn. The steady red light shown in the video is for traffic continuing east on Pines Blvd. Trying to decide if I should wait the 60 days for the actual ticket or just pay up?  
 
Notice# 0861300041535 
PIN: 6799 
 
 
Posted @ Saturday, April 06, 2013 5:50 PM by Lyn
Just received certified mail of a ticket my wife received. Watched the video and there wasn't a whole lot of time for her mini van to stop. This is the first notice and the fine is for $262. Should I try to take it to court and fight it?
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 11:06 AM by Mike
I go to court this week for a ticket. It was received while someone else was driving my car - it could have been my wife but also could have been a number of other people who borrow my car while I travel. The State is required to prove it was me driving right?
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 11:09 AM by Jay
Jay, unfortunately, in Florida, the state is not required to prove who was driving, they cite the owner, not the driver. Call our office for further explanation.
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 4:00 PM by Barry Kowitt
Mike, 
 
The issue of her not having enough time really should not be used as a defense, as they will come back to you that her speed was probably part of the reason. Additionally, the first notice, in Florida is not for $262 and does not come certified (I'm not sure which state this is from). This is probably the second notice. If you want us to watch the video, give us a call at 800-489-4125. 
 
Thanks.
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 4:06 PM by Barry Kowitt
I called the number on the citation about the fee, they told me to contact the clerk. The clerk told me that my only options were to pay the $262 or to plead not guilty and fight the ticket. 
 
Notice#: 3211300020617 Pin: 0319
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 8:54 PM by Mike
I received a registered mail ticket from Sarasota Florida in a rented Enterprise car. I was turning right on red, going with traffic flow, had no idea I had to stop. 
 
Ive heard that Enterprise can pay the $264 ticket and charge my credit card. Is this true? I know i coukd waIt 60 days and hope for the best. Or cancel my credit card. 
 
 
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 11:47 PM by Sam
I received a red light ticket for running a red light in Brandon, Fl. which is in Hillsborough County. Doesn't the law require a photo enforced sign to be posted at the intersection? I went back and looked and there are no signs posted at all
Posted @ Tuesday, April 09, 2013 7:50 PM by Doug Strate
Hello Barry, this is my question. I paid my red light violation on the due date of Friday, 04/12/13. I paid by phone. The automated phone system indicated the payment would post Saturday, 04/13/13, making it one day late! What is going to happen now? Is my license going to be suspended? This is for Tampa. By the way, the intersection does not have a photo enforced sign, and it was for a left turn on a red arrow. Thank you.
Posted @ Saturday, April 13, 2013 2:38 PM by David
Ok so today I recv'd a license suspension notice in the mail froms' attorney's office for two red light violations clear back in November of 2011. First of all, I was in Ohio at that time and secondly, this is the first I am hearing about it. The fines are $ 403 a piece. How do fight this and get my license back?
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 6:32 PM by Suzi
Ok so today I recv'd a license suspension notice in the mail froms' attorney's office for two red light violations clear back in November of 2011. First of all, I was in Ohio at that time and secondly, this is the first I am hearing about it. The fines are $ 403 a piece. How do fight this and get my license back?
Posted @ Thursday, April 18, 2013 6:33 PM by Suzi
Suzi, 
 
Thanks for the question. I'm very confused as to the nature of your question. If you hired an attorney already, you will need to contact your attorney. Did this take place in Ohio, or somewhere else? It may be easier for you to call our office if you do not currently have an attorney. We will be happy to try and assist you. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 2:03 PM by Barry Kowitt
David, 
 
Thanks for the question. Part of the problem with these red light camera cases is the fact that they've contracted with a private company. Unfortunately, I have no idea what they will do with that, but if you paid on time, the fact that they've chosen to post a day later should not penalize you. I would call the clerk of court for Tampa (Pinellas county probably) and verify that you are OK. 
 
Good Luck. Barry
Posted @ Friday, April 19, 2013 3:12 PM by Barry Kowitt
I recently got a ticket in the mail with a picture showing my car going through a red light 3 weeks ago. I was going to go pay it but lost my paperwork. I called up 1-866-790-4111 to get my citation # and gave them my plate # and city but they said theres no record of me in the system. What do I do? Im worried I will be fined more later for not paying the first time
Posted @ Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:25 AM by Martin
So my husband got a "Red Light" camera ticket the other day form New Port RIchey. What I don't understand is how can they still continue to issue these photo citations when they are clearly unconstitutional and break the Florida Rule of Evidence. 
1. there is no evidence of who is actually driving - could be a monkey for all we know? 
2. how can you cross-examine a piece of paper - wouldn't it be considered hearsay evidence? 
3. how can they charge 2 different fine amount for the same violation? (Electronic v. Officer written). wouldn't that fall under Due Protection? 
 
Thanks - Kate
Posted @ Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:11 PM by Kathleen
I'm hoping I get a fast response I got a UTC that was forwarded to my new place in Delaware (I just moved out of Florida from st Petersburg) I printed the affidavit and I know who was driving there's just one problem how do I get the affidavit notarized when I'm not long living in Florida to get a Florida notary to notarize the affidavit, could I get it notarized in Delaware? Will that be legally binding? PLEASE HELP as I have only till may 11th this mailed
Posted @ Sunday, April 28, 2013 10:44 PM by Lewis
Kathleen, 
 
Thanks for your questions/comments. Sadly, although I agree with your comments, the state of Florida does not. As I've addressed in other posts, it's all about the money and they have written this law to get around many of the requirements of regular tickets so they can collect on these red light camera tickets. Crazy. Hopefully, they will get overturned soon. We'll keep you posted. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 5:56 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi there,  
First off, great blog. Not only for the useful information but it's a great place to complain about being ripped off every which way. I received a ticket in care of an out of state address. I guess the city here in Florida outsources the payment and processing departments. The violation is for failure to stop when turning right at a red light. The video shows a USPS vehicle (mail truck) doing the exact same thing. I admit that I did not stop, however I would think a mail truck, whose driver is a government employee should know the rules of the road. Is there any way to use this in my defense? I want to contest the ticket, though I do not know on what grounds I would do so. Thanks
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 8:16 PM by Ashlee
Hi, 
Great article. I had a DD drive me home and he ran the red light. I was at a party for a wedding. I do not know this persons address or dob. what do i do for the affidavit
Posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 5:24 PM by Jared
Recently they put up a few red light cameras in Jacksonville Florida. Are you going to be fighting them here? Is there anything to do to make them go away? I have seen 4 accidents personally since these have been installed at the 2 intersections by my work which have them. I was almost rear ended today when I had to screech to a hault at a yellow light and the guy behind me went off the side of the road. Are those license plate covers legal to be used and do any work? I have to drive through multiple red light cameras daily!
Posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 5:58 PM by Douglas
i recd a red light ticket in the mail for a 3/29/13 infraction..i was at work and a brother of an exchange student i had in denver was driving..all i have is his name and he lives in germany...i have been told that if i can't give them his name and address i have to pay it or else. i am 63 and can't afford this...never even had a parking ticket!!!
Posted @ Monday, May 06, 2013 9:03 PM by nanc
I took a right on red. I'm not going to say it was yellow or anything. It is in an intersection where there is no leftcoming traffic and the oncoming traffic was clear, so I looked and made a safe right turn without stopping completely. I have driven this route a gazillion times but they put up this new camera and boom I get two in a row. I have heard today that the judge in Brooksville has ruled these right turn citations unconstitutional. Can I still fight this..or more importantly should I?
Posted @ Thursday, May 09, 2013 4:29 PM by Julie
Hi Barry! I see someone here had a similar incident, but I'm helping a friend and don't want to steer him wrong so I thought it best to ask you personally. He was making a right-hand turn on red (in Miami/Dade County). No pedestrians. Video shows he did slow down, but not until he passed the white lines. Both images show 17mph. Not sure if you look at the notices, but I see others post them so here is his, just in case. Thank you so much! 
 
Notice#: 0891300218783 
Pin: 6574
Posted @ Friday, May 10, 2013 1:43 AM by Lisa
Hi, My Stepfather received an automated red light violation in the mail today. There are 3 pictures and a video. The pictures are of the vehicle behind the white line and after the white line while the light was red and a picture of the license plate. It does not show who was driving. The vehicle is registered in my stepfather's name and I was the one driving the vehicle at the time of the automated citation (though the evidence does not identify a specific person). The video clearly shows me driving through the red light, the speed of the vehicle was 32.00 mph (so said the ticket) and this took place in Volusia county. Though the video shows I clearly went through a red light there was a larger truck infront of me and when they passed the light was just turned yellow and I felt that it was not safe for me to stop and I could proceed through the yellow light. On the contrary the yellow light turned red quickly and I knew I couldn't stop safely (without losing control of my breaks) and if I tried I believe I would be stopped in the middle of the intersection so I proceeded. If my stepfather says he wasnt driving the vehicle would i still be penalized? If so should I fight this? Thank you.
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 2:57 PM by Michelle
i just had this very same thing happen...my boyfriend driving my car...i made the mistake of putting his name/license on and when he received his "ticket" it was for twice what mine would have been and he was assessed pts my advice is to fight it if what you said is true...here in sarasota the first thing the judge says in the court is "i don't care who was driving your car if it's your car you will be found guilty....so we had zero chance
Posted @ Monday, June 10, 2013 3:14 PM by nancy
I was second in intersection to make a left turn. Car in front had to wait for opposing traffic to clear and light turned red. He made left turn while I was in no mans land. 
I decided to back up and stop but was in front of white line. 
Now am worried about getting ticket. 
What do you think?
Posted @ Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:05 AM by resco
Hi, Barry. I just got a red-light violation for turning right. This intersection has a turning arrow for the right turn, but in the images and video it's impossible for me to tell if it's green or not. Can you help?>
Posted @ Thursday, June 13, 2013 1:55 PM by Kim
Kim, Resco, Nancy, Michelle, and Lisa, 
 
Sorry to have to do a mass response, but I don't want you to think I didn't see those. Thank you for posting comments on my blog. The very best way for me and my staff to assist you is to call us. I promise, we will give you the very best advice for FREE. We will be happy to review your videos while you wait on the phone and give you our opinion. 
 
Please call the office at 800-489-4125.  
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 1:46 PM by Barry Kowitt
I am from Illinois and was on vacation in Cocoa Beach in Brevard Co. and got a red light camera violation ticket in the mail yesturday. I watched the video and the light literally turned red as I was crossing the line. Not knowing anything about these camera violations did not slam on my breaks to stop and actually thought I was going through on a yellow. My husband thinks I should fight it, but I do not want to end up oweing more money then the $158, what is your opinion? About this 60 days, how is Brevard County with this? Just wanting alittle advice and we do not have these camera things where I live and have no idea what avenue to take. Thanks!!!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:40 PM by Marsha Kirby
i notice some counties are more open to throwing out cases then others. How is Miami Dade?
Posted @ Monday, July 08, 2013 9:05 AM by China
I just got a violation notice in the mail today for $158.00 The processing center is in Cincinnati OH. And I can remember the day of the violation vividly because it was pouring down rain and with traffic behind me, I didn't want to slam my brakes and cause a pile up not to mention risk the lives of my entire family in my truck should I have lost traction and slid out of control into poles and businesses just to the right of me. The video proves my mentality at the time for it clearly shows the yellow light gave me 4 seconds to come to a complete stop from the posted speed of 45mph. To add insult the video also shows me applying my brakes (brake lights on)through the roll of the intersection. I'm not usually a betting kind of guy and would like life to go on but not at the expense of bending over for this type craziness that I feel a police officer would have been there, would have understood why I made the decision to proceed. Please help me decide!!
Posted @ Monday, July 08, 2013 3:32 PM by Rick in Florida
Hi and thanks for your comments about Miami-Dade. Our experience has been that it varies from judge to judge. If you would like a free consultation, we'd be happy to discuss your case with you. Please call us at 800-489-4125. Thanks.
Posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 11:49 AM by Barry Kowitt
so how much is that 2nd ticket if they send it how in less than 60 days? 
 
That's a problem because Florida law says both a traffic ticket, and a second ticket that will go out if the first is not paid, have to be processed within 60 days of a traffic violation. If both tickets aren't processed, the initial fine is still sent. But it can never be enforced.
Posted @ Friday, July 26, 2013 1:13 PM by jb
I was sitting at a red light this morning. For a second or two, cars started moving in a different direction and I incorrectly thought that the light had turned green. On impulse, I drove my car over the line, but quickly realized my mistake and backed the car up. Will I still receive a ticket?
Posted @ Thursday, August 01, 2013 8:24 AM by JR
JR, thanks for the question. You have to remember, these camera videos are reviewed by an actual police officer and they are really looking for people who are blowing the light. I don't think you will receive a ticket for what you described, but if you do, give me a call. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:26 PM by Barry Kowitt
Just got one of these notice of violation by mail. A little concern since it in Miami but it says it is coming from Arizona but the payment must me sent to Ohio. There is a picture and video of the car but aint there suppose to be a picture of the driver also.
Posted @ Monday, September 09, 2013 9:47 PM by ezequiel gonzalez
I received a violation notice and I (along with many others) do not feel it is fair. Nonetheless, it was issued. Violation date was 7/30/13, the notice was dated 8/19/13. Does the 60 days thing still hold true? Is it 60 days from the violation - as you indicated or 60 days from the date of the violation. I have a pay deadline of 10/18/13 which is well past the 60 days of the violation, but exactly 60 days from the notice date. I want to fight it, because it was a right turn and the timing would not allow for me to come to as complete stop. The light was read while I was in the turn. If the 60 days is from the date of the violation, then I am hoping I don't have to fight it or pay it. I appreciate your taking time to answer my question, thank you.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 3:33 PM by Lisa
Lisa, it's 60 days from the date of violation. However, you indicated that you were making a right turn. On that basis, I should be able to get it dismissed for you. You did not indicate if this was in Florida, but if it is, and you'd like a free consultation, feel free to call my office at 800-489-4125 and we'll be happy to help. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:03 PM by Barry Kowitt
Yes, it was in Volusia County Florida. I'll call tomorrow and provide you with the citation number and pin. I was reading the bill and starting at line 156 or something there is some interesting wording about right turns on red. Thanks.
Posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:44 PM by Lisa
Barry- 
 
I received a red light violation in Osceola County, FL. The date of the violation was March 12, 2013. The traffic citation was filed on May 16, 2013 in traffic court. I am not sure when the mail for the traffic citation arrived, but it must have been after the traffic citation was filed, right? Also, I do not remember receiving any certified mail. Does this case get thrown out if they send via first class mail? I'm hoping this case will be dismissed as beyond the 60 days and improperly served? What do you think my chances are? 
 
Thanks, 
 
Mario
Posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:25 PM by Mario
Barry- 
 
I think the law regarding the time limits on when the UTC must be delivered was amended. When did this amendment take place? (July 1, 2013?) Is the effect retroactive? Will my case be dismissed if a violation from March 12, 2013 was not filed until May 16, 2013? 
 
Thanks, 
 
Mario
Posted @ Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:39 PM by Mario
On September 9, 2013, I was observed by the Hwy 301 and 60th Ave E camera to have not come to a complete stop making a right hand turn while the light was red. From the photos, you can see me staring right at the vehicles making a u-turn and not turning onto Hwy 301, which at that point is only an access road to a residential/light commercial side street. I was probably near 1 mph which is Manatee County's maximum speed for a "safe and prudent" speed to make such a turn and not be ticketed. I have not had a ticket in over five years and no accidents in nearly 10-years. On this day, I was on a motorcycle. I have biked for over 40 years with never a close call, much less a ticket or accident. I would never put myself in harm's way knowing that I have no protection from another vehicle. Nevertheless, the "authorized and trained Traffic Infraction Enforcement Officer" that viewed this series of photographs in his or her opinion thinks I was not acting in a safe and prudent manner. Knowing that the appeals process is a joke, and I cannot afford to take a day off from work anyway, I will mail a $158 check for this obvious effort to raise new funds to support Manatee County's budget and spending habits.
Posted @ Monday, October 07, 2013 6:33 PM by David Puckett
my mom got a red light ticket about 3 days ago. 
she was at the intersection and was about to make a left turn. 
As i went on the website and watched the video, my mom was following the flow and there's one car following after her as she made the turn.  
so do you think she's violating the law? on the video, it didn't show my mom's car actual position. I saw her car running after about 4 or 5 cars that were also making left turn.  
should i fight for it or as the above comment "shut up and pay"??? 
i know that my mom never got the nerve to turn on the red light and she was quite sure that the light hasn't turned red as she made the turn.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 7:35 PM by Jolieanne
Jolieanne, I'm not sure I can advise you on what you described. However, if your mother entered the intersection legally, she should not have received a violation notice and you may have a case. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 2:08 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi Barry,  
 
My husband just called me (while I was at work) to inform me that I received a red light ticket in the mail today. Lucky me! The incident took place back around the 23rd of this month(I don't have the info in front of me currently) at about 8:00 am. My concern is this; I am usually in the area where the infraction occured around the same time everyday, it's part of my morning routine. I do remember recently having to run a light to get out of the way of an oncoming fire truck (there is a fire house at the next intersection) but I can't for the life of me remember if that was the day, or another day where I was running late and maybe made a dumb mistake and genuinely ran the light. Is there any way that I might be able to prove (or find out!) if this was the day that I moved for an emergency vehicle? Or am I bum out of luck? Thank you for your help!
Posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:41 PM by Meghan
Normally, if there is an emergency vehicle following you, they will not issue a ticket and you can see it in the video. If not, it's very difficult to get additional video after yours stops. That's tough. 
 
Hope that helps. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, November 01, 2013 3:24 PM by Barry Kowitt
Thanks for the informative article. I was recently ticketed for Failure to Comply with a Steady Red Light Signal. Here's my question: 
 
What if the car next to mine (which is clearly visible in the pictures) was swerving in a threatening manner? It seems to me that a prudent driver would proceed through a traffic light when fearful of an adjacent vehicle.  
 
Another tidbit is that when I try to load the video I get an error message, which means I am not granted my 4th amendment right to face my ‘accuser’ (a camera); I see no way the government could prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  
 
I am considering fighting the ticket but really, $158 is almost worth paying since there are no points on my license - but it pains me to do so when I was just avoiding what seemed to me to be an intoxicated driver.  
 
Would an affidavit stating this be likely to resolve to resolve the issue?
Posted @ Monday, November 04, 2013 12:07 PM by Kevin Nolan
I received a citation in mail showing my vehicle running red light. I am not contesting. Camara is clear, and I was driving in unfamiliar area and evidently did not see light. My problem is that I have lost the citation and cannot find a way to get a copy so I can pay it! It happened in Cocoa Beach FL. Any suggestions? I have spent hours trying to find a website to assist me. Thanks Dee
Posted @ Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:47 AM by Denise M West
Kevin, thanks for the question/comments. 
 
You make an interesting argument about the other driver in the video. Obviously, a judge would ultimately have to determine if your actions were acceptable as a defense or take the information as a mitigating factor. In terms of your inability to view the video affecting your rights, when you get to court, they will gladly set up a video screen so you may watch the video before your trial. 
 
It's up to you whether it's worth fighting it or paying the $158. You did not say which county this was in, but you may want to consider hiring an attorney. If you want a free consultation on it, we'd be happy to give you one. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Saturday, November 09, 2013 8:52 AM by Barry Kowitt
Denise, this is clearly one of many problems with these camera tickets. The government has contracted with private companies and as a result, your local clerk in Cocoa Beach is probably no help. Do you know which company Cocoa Beach contracted with? Many use American Traffic Solutions out of Arizona. You may want to look them up and see if they have your ticket. Eventually, you will receive another copy in the mail, but you will no longer be given the opportunity to pay $158. If that happens, you may want to get before the judge and explain the situation. Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Saturday, November 09, 2013 8:56 AM by Barry Kowitt
I drive a large truck for work. It's about 20 or 25 ft. long. I find myself driving through intersections with posted speed limits of 40-50 mph. I come to the intersections with red light cameras and the light turns yellow as I am committed to the intersection and can not safely stop because I have crossed the stop bar and the light stays yellow as I go through. However I am concerned as I have been told that if your rear axle has not passed the light before it turns red, you have run the light. What is the law on semis and large trucks going through intersections?
Posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 5:56 PM by Dale
I got a red light camera ticket while pulling my jet ski, using my moms jeep. I tried to stop, realized I would probably end up in the middle of the intersection, so I sped back up. I have not been driving with a trailer very long so I was unsure what to do. The picture only shows the plate on the trailer, not the jeep. So, I am not the registered owner of the vehicle, only the trailer. Can I beat this ticket with that arguement?
Posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:17 AM by Kathy
Kathy, I love this blog, because I seem to get new and unusual questions all the time. I have not seen this argument yet in court. Are you saying you own the trailer but not the vehicle? Hmmm. That's worth an argument in court, in my opinion. What county is this in. Some are more receptive to motions like this than others. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:02 PM by Barry Kowitt
Dale, another great question. Thanks. Again, my understanding is as long as you are over the line when the light is not red, you are fine. If you get a ticket, I'd recommend fighting it. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:05 PM by Barry Kowitt
It happened in Pasco county, FL
Posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:49 PM by kathy
Do they have to issue the 2nd notice within 60 days of the incident or you have to receive it within 60 days? I just want to make sure that I will know if they issued the second one on time or not before I have to pay. The violation date was 10/15/13 and the issue date was 11/05/13. Thanks.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 7:34 PM by Brent
Kathy, 
 
Pasco county is tough. I would certainly try to argue that the owner of the vehicle, not the trailer is the one who, under the statute should get the ticket. We'll be happy to help. If you are interested in hiring us, feel free to give us a call. 
 
Thanks.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:33 PM by Barry Kowitt
Brent, my understanding is it must be sent, not received within 60 days. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:34 PM by Barry Kowitt
I was trying to Google a question I had that a co-worker brought up. He said that if the county name is obstructed with a license plate frame the owner of the vehicle could get a ticket for $158. He states that it was on the news on Nov 23rd and it said that the police would be "cracking down" on the owners of the vehicles that the county name was blocked. This did not make sense to me as there are many tags issued that don't even have the name of the county on them. Have you heard of this? I live in St. Lucie County, Fla however, it was heard on channel 25.
Posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 5:15 PM by Liz
Liz, 
 
Thanks for your question. Florida law is very clear that nothing can obstruct any part of the license plate. Yes, all those people who put those decorative frames around their license plates are breaking the law, but if they don't obstruct any part of the plate, they are usually not given a ticket. 
 
I hope that helps. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:17 PM by Barry Kowitt
Thank you, It does.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:48 PM by Liz
My received a red light violation by camera in Polk County today. She was not the driver of the vehicle at the time (I was). The law states "The registered owner of the vehicle is deemed responsible for the violation and the payment of a $158.00 penalty unless, in compliance with Florida Statute § 316.0083(1)(d)1.a-d, the registered owner establishes by a sworn affidavit that a statutory exemption applies. 
 
The exemptions are that the motor vehicle:... (c) was, at the time of the violation, in the care, custody, or control of another person..." 
 
Does this mean she is not responsible for the violation or the fine? How do we go about signing an affidavit that she was not driving? 
Posted @ Monday, December 02, 2013 8:02 PM by Joe
Good Afternoon, 
 
I received a red light ticket more than 30 days ago and I was out of the country so I could not pay it. I am back and now I have to pay double the amount. The ticket is for making a left on red while the straight lane is on green. There is no other sign not to make a left on red. What are my options? Should I fight it or just pay up. 
 
Thank you
Posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:20 PM by Dian
Hi Joe,  
 
Thanks for your question. You didn't say who was driving (I think it was the second word that was skipped), but at any rate, it is the owner of the vehicle that receives the ticket. However, as you pointed out, you can fill out an affidavit and provide the driver's name/address/driver's license number/etc. . . and they will re-issue the ticket to the person who was driving (in theory). You can get the affidavit from the clerk of court in most cases. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 4:12 PM by Barry Kowitt
Dian, 
 
I'm a little confused about what happened, the best thing is to call the office for a free consultation (800-489-4125). So much depends on the county this was given in. Sometimes, if you can prove you were out of the country, they will give you the opportunity to pay the original amount, which you may want to do if it can't be dismissed. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 4:14 PM by Barry Kowitt
Barry, 
 
I received a traffic citation on Dec. 09, 2013. For a turning on red voilation the issue date of the citation is Dec. 06, 2013. But the offensive date is Sept. 21, 2013. The total amount is $264.00. Is this legal as far as the 60 day rule. And how do I go about, checking to make sure that this is the 1st notice. Because I have not received one prior.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:57 PM by thelma
Thelma, 
 
You raised a lot of issues and I have many questions. It would be easiest if you called the office at 800-489-4125. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:28 PM by Barry Kowitt
Mr. Kowitt, 
 
A lot of interesting situations out there. I, too received a red light ticket, but I do have a question about the constitutionality of it. I'm wondering if the State of Florida (or the City of Winter Park) is really bound by the U.S. Constitution. Because if they are, then isn't unconstitutional for them to require me to accuse somebody else of a crime? The burden of proof should not be on the accused, right? Furthermore, doesn't it also violate my 6th amendment right to face my accuser (a camera)? Am I allowed to plead the fifth in the matter of accusing another person? Or is Florida just above all of that?  
 
If a court hearing takes place, the City of Winter Park states that "The hearing will be an administrative hearing and not a formal court hearing. The rules of evidence do not apply at this hearing, so you or whoever represents you, will not make any formal legal objections. The hearing officer will simply watch the video, listen to what the person charged wants to say, listen to any additional witnesses, and make a finding based on what was presented." Does this mean that all of the above objections will not stand? I know this is a lot, but this is a question of my liberty, rather than just a $158 fine. 
 
I hope you'll be able to respond to this. Thank you for this informative blog. 
 
-Arthur
Posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 11:50 AM by Arthur
Hello, 
 
In the middle of May I received a notice saying that my license would be suspended due failure to pay a red light camera violation. The violation occurred in March. In the time between the notice of suspension and the violation, I never received any notice of my violation. Due to me not paying the ticket on time, the cost of the violation nearly doubled when administrative fees were added. The intersection where the violation occurred is one that I pass through very often and I know there is a red light camera there, and do everything to ensure that I never run it. During the time in which the violation occurred, I believe I had lent a friend of mine my truck in order to help move her belongings.So I decided to take the violation to court because I do not believe it was me driving, and because of the increased expense in the ticket due to me not receiving notice of the violation. I filed for a court date the 1st of June and was told the absolute latest I could be scheduled for court would be the end of October. Every two weeks I call the local clerk of courts to find out if I have been scheduled for court since I obviously cannot rely on the mail. After calling for months, the end of October arrived and still no court date. I then went into the clerk of courts and they told me the window had been extended to the end of November. Then the same ordeal happened in November and they extended the window until the end of December. Now it's halfway through December and they've extended the window until January. There has to be something I can do to fight this. My treatment throughout this whole ordeal has been horrible.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:49 PM by Dominick
Dominick, 
 
What a terrible story. I'm sorry. You didn't say what county this is from, but you've detailed one of the many issues with red light camera tickets, namely that the ticket gets sent in the mail and if you don't receive it, the cost increases dramatically. Unfortunately, it may be too late to argue the fact that you weren't driving. Usually an affidavit would have had to be filed by now. You may want to try to speak to the head clerk of court in the county in which the ticket was issued. 
 
Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 3:08 PM by Barry Kowitt
Arthur, 
 
You sound like a constitutional law professor. I couldn't agree more with you on many of the points you raise. I've been screaming about it on my blog, but unfortunately, the people that matter don't seem to care. All they seem to care about is the almighty dollar. 
 
Sadly, many of these arguments have been raised and for a variety of reasons, they have been denied.  
 
About the best we can hope for at this point is the public outrage reaches a level that forced the legislature to rethink these things and takes them down. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 3:11 PM by Barry Kowitt
If I don't receive the second notice with 60 days of the incident, is there a step to ensure it has been dismissed or cannot be enforced? I don't want to just sit and wait not knowing so is there a way to get confirmation? The incident date was 10/15, the issue date was 11/05. Today is 12/25 and I haven't received a second notice yet. So it has been over 60 days from the incident. Thanks.
Posted @ Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:42 PM by Brent
Is that 60 day rule even still in effect? You wrote the article in April 2012 and today is Jaunuary 2, 2014. If it is not in effect, please update the page. If it is in effect, how does a citizen go about asserting this right? Or is it a statute specific enunciation? 
Thanks, 
 
Emil 
Posted @ Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:26 PM by Emil Techofsky
Emil, 
 
Thanks for the question. Yes, the 60 day rule is still good law. You can use the statute to make your argument. Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Monday, January 06, 2014 6:36 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi Barry, I am a little confused by the 60 days rule. Is it possible that I receive both Notice of Violation ($158) and Uniform Traffic Citation ($262) within 60 days? If so, which one should I pay?
Posted @ Monday, January 06, 2014 8:09 PM by Sherry
Hi Barry - I was driving rental car under wife's name at Creekwood Crossing in Bradenton. Didn't even realize I turned right on red (too stressed trying to get gas for rental and make flight). A month later, got a letter from rental car company charging me to transfer ticket and then got letter from Florida. Do out of state drivers get any breaks? Thanks!
Posted @ Monday, January 06, 2014 11:48 PM by Bob
Bob, I'm sorry to hear about the ticket. No, out of state driver's don't get a break from FL, BUT your state may give you a break. See how your state treats tickets issued in another state. You may catch a break there. 
 
Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 4:54 PM by Barry Kowitt
Sherry, 
 
You won't receive both notices at the same time, but you will not be able to pay the $158 after the deadline in the letter passes. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 4:55 PM by Barry Kowitt
I received a RLC letter today for a light in GreenCove Springs FL. The photo shows there was a truck in front of me. I was not tailgating, but from the height of the truck by the time I could see the light it was too late. It was raining and had I punched the brakes I would have ended up in the intersection. Is this something I can fight?
Posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:53 PM by Danielle
Hi Barry- 
 
Thanks for all your help here. I can't seem to find the section in 316.0083 that states notice 2 has to be sent within 60 days; all I see is that the response has to be filed within 60 days of the first notice. Am I missing something?  
 
I see in previous quotes on the web that this used to be included: 
 
Section 316.0083(1)(c)1.d. Florida Statutes, requires that the traffic citation shall be mailed to the registered owner of the motor vehicle involved in the violation no later than 60 days after the date of the violation 
 
However it looks like that has been removed for the 2014 version, is this right? 
 
We are just about at the 60 day mark (2 Miami right turn on red notices within one week - so shady!) so did not know what to do. Once this passes I assume any further notices can be replied with a letter quoting that statute, but if it's missing from the 2014 verision that would not be possible. 
 
Thanks!
Posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:14 AM by Jess
Hello Barry, 
 
Wonderful blog you have here. I have a question about the ticket I got in Orange County back in August. I switched my permanent residence to Florida before the ticket was issued, though my car was still registered in my old state. The violation was sent to my old address and was not sent to my new address. I was then sent the citation to my old address, where someone signed the certified mail for me and informed me about it. I'm willing to pay the original fine, but I decided to fight it because of this interesting situation. 1. Can I even fight the ticket even if it was addressed to me and my then out-of-state registered car? 2. Are Traffic Courts even sensitive to issues like this? 3. The county received my plea of not-guilty almost 2 months ago. Is there a statute of limitations to when to inform the defendant of a court date? 
 
Thanks again.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:55 AM by Steven
Steven, 
 
You raised a lot of issues. My first question is whether you have a Florida License. If I were you, I would attend the court hearing and explain to the judge that you would pay the original amount, but weren't given the chance and see what happens. They should be sympathetic. (and no, there isn't a statute of limitations on your court date, but you must be brought to trial within 180 days of the incident) 
 
Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:57 PM by Barry Kowitt
Barry, I recieved a red light photo ticket a few months ago stating that I violated a red light in Florida City (Miami Dade). Only two photos are on the violation; one showing the back of the car at the line with brake lights on at red light, the second showing the car turning right onto the cross road with the red light lit throughout. No oncoming photo or video. Also the ticket is for $277 not the $158 I am hearing about. Fight?
Posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:12 AM by Mark
Jess, 
 
I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. Yes, you are correct, the 60 day requirement has been removed from the 2014 version of the statute. What a shame. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:14 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi I got a notice of violation for a crossing red light in Pinellas county, Florida. When I was driving for left turn the light turned orange and red before I crossed the white line. But I was at a speed and did not feel comfortable with slamming brakes as I had kids with me and it was raining that time. Although I did cross the red light but it was not safe for me to hit brakes at that point of time as well. Should I contest my citation based on this situation? I am worried if my case gets rejected I may have to pay up to 250 dollars as administrative fees
Posted @ Monday, January 27, 2014 9:37 PM by Sanjay
Sanjay, 
 
I would not use as a defense the fact that you had kids in the car and didn't want to slam the brakes and stop short. The judge will come back and tell you that you were probably driving too fast or not paying attention, which is why you felt the need to stop abruptly. If you want to try "no contest" with an explanation" and try to use that as a mitigating factor, you can, but then they are going to take your prior record into account. It's up to you.  
 
This is why we never make factual defenses, and instead try to make legal motions that cannot be disputed (wrong statute, etc. . . ) 
 
Good Luck. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 5:27 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi, I found out that back on 09/30/2013 my car was issued a red light ticket. The only reason I found out was because I went to register my car and the lady told me that my licence will be suspended on 02/25/2014 and when I called the clerk of court they told me that's what it was for and verified the address it was sent to I did not receive any citation via mail and I know this because I was due to receive a big check during this time via mail and I would have seen it. Now the ticket is 300.00 that I had no clue about. Also I feel that the camera at these intersections are faulty because they are always flashing at the intersections even if there is no one crossing and there is no exact time that the light is going to change from green to yellow to red, so how can they calculate at what time that you are suppose to stop?
Posted @ Tuesday, February 04, 2014 6:10 PM by Nicole
Nicole, I'm sorry. If you read my blog, you'll know this is a common problem and one of the many reasons I think these cameras need to go. You didn't say if this was Florida, but the dollar amount sounds like it could be. You may be past the time where they would let you challenge it, but even so, in many jurisdictions, challenging it is very difficult. You're best bet might be to just pay it, as sad as that is. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:13 PM by Barry Kowitt
Barry, 
I received a Red Light Violation 60th Ave E @Hwy 301-SB on 1/20/2014 mail date 1/28/2014. I paid the $158.00. Today I received another for same location from Florida Uniform Traffic Citation registered mail for a Red Light Violation for the exact same location date 11/27/2013 mail date 2/12/2014 for $264.00. I don't understand the delay and the fine of $264.00. Do you have any insight?
Posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:56 PM by Virginia Keller
Got one of these redlight tickets in Clearwater, however it was my son who was driving, I was out of town. I have the option to send an affidavit that someone else was driving. (Sorry son, luvya, but ..) I called the number in Arizona and they said once received, they would then send a notice to my son to pay up. Now I am thinking, a couple of things: 1) If I sign affidavit that it was him at the wheel, then does not that make me a kind of ticketing officer? I can't get a photo ticket unless an officer reviews the photos, but the Company in Arizona is going to send my son one based on an affidavit?? 2) When it comes down to it, I am sure my son had the car, but, I do not know who was driving, it could have been one of his buds or his girlfriend. I guess my son can finger one of them in his turn with an affidavit too, but this seems ludricous and I am scratching my head to think its reasonably lawful
Posted @ Tuesday, March 04, 2014 1:47 PM by Sam Sephardi
All good points Sam. Not to mention that the person who has the affidavit sworn against them and receives the ticket does not get to face their accuser in court. 
 
It's all an unconstitutional money-making scheme.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 04, 2014 4:21 PM by Ted
Hi, 
I recently received a ticket in the mail saying that I failed to comply with a steady red turning arrow in St. Petersburg. The car is registered under me, but the car is primarily driven by my sister and her boyfriend. The day described my sister claims that it was her behind the wheel and she proceeded into the intersection after a city bus. She also claims that the bus obstructed the view of the signal light so she could not see the light to comply with. The fine is $158.00. I was planning to do the affidavit to say I was not driving but I don't want to implicate my sister or anyone else and dragging this process along. So how should I go about this? Thank you in advance.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:52 AM by Johny
Virginia, 
 
I think your check crossed with the new ticket. Call the clerk to see if they received the money. You may need to go down there with a cancelled check. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:13 AM by Barry Kowitt
Johny, 
 
Unfortunately, if you don't want to "give up" your sister, you are in a tough spot. You can fight it by hiring a lawyer and hope it's dismissed, but if it's not, it will appear on your record. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:47 AM by Barry Kowitt
Sam, 
 
You're right, the entire thing is crazy. When you fill out the affidavit, you are now the one who is doing the work for the state. They SHOULD be the ones that have the burden of proving who was driving, but the law was written in a way that they do not have to do that. (see what spending millions in lobbyists will do for you). 
 
Basically, if you say it was your son, he will get the ticket and he will have to try to prove it wasn't him. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:49 AM by Barry Kowitt
Got a red light ticket while in a postal vehicle. Problem is that I'm not entirely sure I was in that vehicle. What do I do?
Posted @ Sunday, March 09, 2014 10:32 PM by Luis
Luis, 
 
If it wasn't you, you can fill out the affidavit if you know who it was. If not, you may want to consider fighting it. If you want a free consultation on it, my office will be happy to view the video for you. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:43 PM by Barry Kowitt
The first comment says "the video doesn't work, but the photos show me stopping". ALL still-photos will show a stopped car. This is a perfect example of why red-light cams are necessary. People are too stupid to take care of themselves, which is fine until it makes you hit my car. If you don't run lights, red light cameras will effect your life in exactly zero ways. This includes "rolling through" when turning right. It's called 'right on red AFTER stop' for a reason. How do these people even find their way home at night?
Posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:20 PM by Steven Janz
Steven, 
 
Thanks for commenting on our blog. I appreciate your passion, but I just want to clarify one thing you wrote. The law for red light cameras does NOT require a person to come to a complete stop as long as the person is turning right AND the turn can be made when it is reasonable and prudent (that's the key). If there's no one around, and you slow down to a virtual crawl, making someone come to a complete stop for virtually no reason seems silly and that's what this law is for. No one wants to have to pay money for NOT breaking the law, the government gets enough of our money. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:33 AM by Barry Kowitt
I received a ticket in the mail from one of these red light cameras and it clearly shows my mustang going through a red light. The problem is, I was not driving the vehicle, and it had to be my daughter. I own two cars and drive my Toyota Camry. The ticket I got in the mail disappeared off of my desk at home, so am I safe to see if they send me a second notice. Also, if they do, can I dispute it since I was not the one driving the car?
Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 11:46 AM by Lisa Leonard
Lisa, 
 
You didn't say where this was from, but in Florida, you will receive a second notice. However, the affidavit of defense you may want to use may not be available after you receive the second notice. The argument that it is not you will only work if you provide the name/d.o.b/license number of the person driving (crazy, I know). 
 
However, we are having success in some cities even after the second notice. You may want to call us if the affidavit of defense is rejected. 
 
Thanks. 
 
Barry
Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 4:59 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hello, 
 
I come to you in quite a distraught state. I suffer from panic attacks and migraine headaches the likes that would bring the strongest man to his knees in agony. 
 
I am having a rough time of the last few days. As last6 weekend, my girlfriend was driving my car with me in the passenger seat, unable to drive due to a migraine. She told me she was going to run a no right on red, I tried to right myself and get a sense of what was happening. She appeared to have stopped before saying she was going for it, then did it. Then said that it was a photo light.  
 
I have been worried sick over this. I have had no tickets or pull overs in the 7 years I have been in Florida. If she pays me for the $158, will this in any way, shape or form appear on my driving record, point or no point? 
 
The day will come when those individuals who set up these cameras will pay. I assure all of you this. There is a new type of union forming that will serve to draw attention to those who think they can remain anonymous under the umbrella of a corporation or government directive. When a person decides to allow a company or government to give them orders to do wrong, they are not a victim, but an accomplice.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:22 PM by Simon
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