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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. 

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3 Myths About Red Light Camera Tickets


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*** 7/29/2013-  To read new information in regards to red light camera tickets please visit our updated blog post. ***

More and more, I'm finding people who are coming to their own conclusion about their guilt after they have received a red light camera ticket.  If you take one thing away from this article, it should be this: "Don't just pay a ticket because you think you are guilty." 

Paying a ticket and admitting your guilt is EXACTLY what the government wants you to do because they look at these red light cameras as a huge money maker.

Here's 3 myths about red light camera tickets that are NOT true.

1)  Because there is a photo or video, you must be guilty

2)  Red light tickets won't appear on your driving record so you should just pay them

3)  If you didn't come to a complete stop before making a right turn, you're guilty

It's such a shame that many people just make assumptions about their guilt or innocence based upon their limited knowledge of the law.  By paying the ticket, you are admitting your guilt and accepting all penalties associated with the violation.  What's frustrating is that people see a photo and think they are "dead in the water."  

There are countless ways a red light ticket can be dismissed and only by fighting back can you avail yourself of these myriad defenses.  Just remember that equipment isn't 100% accurate and effective.  There is still so many ways to attack a red light camera ticket that giving up and paying, just because you saw a photo, isn't always the smartest thing to do.

Many people have read that red light camera tickets do not carry points and therefore, they make the assumption that by paying them, their insurance won't be affected.  However, this is also not entirely true. 

In Florida, if you pay a red light camera ticket, within the first 30 days, you will only pay $158.00 and it is true, that it will not appear on your driving record.  But, if you don't pay it within 30 days, it turns into a Uniform Traffic Citation which, in addition to costing you $277.00, will also appear on your driving record for everyone to see, including your insurance company.

Last myth involves making a right turn on red and whether you must make a complete stop.  This is a little tricky because technically, you are allowed to make a right turn when it is "reasonable and prudent" to do so.  This means you do not have to come to a complete stop.  The problem becomes when you have to argue about whether or not it was reasonable and prudent, and that's when a good traffic ticket attorney can help you.  Additionally, many intersections are now including signs that say "no turn on red" which will work against you if you make a turn.

These are just 3 of the most common myths about red light camera tickets in Florida.  If you received one of those dreaded letters in the mail and want to discuss it for FREE, we're happy to give you an honest opinion of your case.  If we can't help you, we'll tell you.  If we can, we'll be happy to tell you how. 

We encourage everyone to fight back when it's in their best interest and we'll be happy to give you a full explanation, we do it all day long.  Call us at 800-489-4125.     


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Hello I got a running a red light camera ticket I believe the date of alleged incident was July 31st 2012, I was at the intersection of 14th St and 12th Ave by Jackson memorial hospital which I can't find that there is a camera there on the locations on website. Nonetheless I had been in emergency room the Sunday prior very ill and I actually came home that Tuesday evening to orange city fl an I didn't take medication for pain or anything other then antibodiotics so there was nothing to impair my driving other then being very ill. I did go into the er on August 2nd in Sanford fl and was admitted for a few things I was taken by ambulance from my drs office she called because my blood pressure was so low I was about to pass out and needed immediate hospital medical attention. This most likely was the case of my alleged camera running red light photo. Is it possible for me to fight this ticket? I don't even think after looking at the picture I ran it but I could be wrong just not sure after reading some scam companies using that violations pay site and that there is no camera there from what the city website showed. I do not have the ticket for when I got out of the hospital I was still ill and weak. One if my children may of accidentally threw it away. I tried to look it up on miami Dade and broward county but no record of it and the violations site has no phone number or email or way to look up without the #'s. Can you help? Sorry for the long message but wanted to give you all the information. Thank you Dorien.
Posted @ Thursday, September 06, 2012 9:20 PM by Dorien
Thanks for coming to our site and I'm sorry for what you've been going through. I hope you're feeling better. You've illustrated another problem with these red light camera cases. Namely, that there is no one to communicate with until it becomes a Uniform Traffic Citation (and you are hoping it never becomes one). Unfortunately, because you don't have the notice and pin # that goes along with it, at this point, I don't know what you can do. If and when you receive a ticket in the mail, you can call us and we'll give you advice on what we think is best. Thanks. Barry
Posted @ Friday, September 07, 2012 8:55 AM by Barry Kowitt
I've received two camera tickets within 8 months time. The first one I forgot to pay, never did anything about it and it was never recorded as a Uniform Traffic Citation. The second on I got was for running a red light. I read the violation and it stated that if I was yielding to emergency vehicles the citation would be dismissed by sending a signed affidavit back to them. I did so and still received a Uniform Traffic Citation for violation of section 316.075(1)(c)1. I mailed it to the clerck of courts requesting a hearing. I was under the impression that a pre-trial hearing was the procedure. I never received a notice on the mail, however thanks to my due diligence I checked the docket and I have a trial for tomorrow. I would like to use your services but my question is: Since this is a camera ticket will there be an officer present at the courtroom? Do I have a case if I state that I was yielding for an emergency vehicle even though I have no proof? Thank you
Posted @ Monday, October 08, 2012 2:54 PM by Henry Pinto
My wife got a $262 ticket via certified mail today for turning on red. There was a sign posted. Camera picked it all up. Fightable?
Posted @ Thursday, November 01, 2012 4:16 PM by Justin
I received a notice by mail that I ran a red light in San Francisco. To my knowledge of that day I recall the intersection and I proceeded through on a yellow light it was not red when I entered the intersection. Is there anyway I can argue the laps time from yellow to red? The bail amount is $490.00. I'm just sick about this!!! Isn't that a bit extreme. Please if you have any suggestions or comments I'm listening. Thanks t  
Posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 1:56 AM by tiffany
I'd love to help you with these tickets (or at the very least give you advice), but I don't know anything about the way in which San Francisco or CA handles these type of matters. I'm sorry. I'm only licensed to practice in FL. 
Good Luck. 
Posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 5:41 PM by Barry Kowitt
I'm sorry, I just saw your post. The question isn't whether it's fightable, the real question is whether it's winnable, and if so, how realistic is that. 
If there was a sign posted "no turn" and she turned, it's not good. But you failed to mention which county this was in. Sometimes, the county it's in can make a big difference. 
Barry Kowitt 
Posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 3:13 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi Barry, thank you for the response. I see a 'stop here on red' sign, so maybe they got her for not coming to a complete stop. Anyways, this was orange count, city of ocoee, the camera is on the corner of blackwood ave and highway 50.
Posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 5:32 PM by Justin
Hi Barry, So i just got my license taken away. According to the officer I have had a suspended license due to a speeding ticket since september. I was shocked to hear that since I haven't had a speeding ticket for almost a year and everything is paid. When I got home I did some research and found out that the city of North Miami issued a red light camera citation, I have not received any notices from anyone and this supposedly happened back in august. I recently moved but all my mail was forwarded to the new address. I find it hard to believe that in almost 3 months there has not been another way for them to contact me or that they would only send one notice . Is this something I can fight? How do I take care of a ticket i didn't even know existed. Thanks for your help.
Posted @ Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:32 AM by Linddee
Justin, currently all of our Orange County Red Light Camera cases are being dismissed. Obviously, things can change at any moment, call me to discuss this further. It's an interesting situation. 
Posted @ Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:17 PM by Barry Kowitt
Thanks for the comments, you've pointed out yet another reason why these red light camera tickets are unconstitutional in my book. The "notice" that is required is totally insufficient. We can help you with this, but I would need more information before we discuss whether it's worth it to "fight it." 
Posted @ Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:21 PM by Barry Kowitt
Good Afternoon, 
Would the city of Orlando be considered Orange county? 
I had a violation on 11/04/12 from the city of Orlando (Orlando Stops) and just received it today. 
Evidently I crossed the white line 0.2 seconds after the light changed to red and I was going 3 MPH under the speed limit. The funny thing is the cars waiting to turn didn't cross the intersection for 9 seconds after I had cleared it. Sorry for being such danger to society. 
Thanks Richard.
Posted @ Saturday, November 10, 2012 5:15 PM by Richard
Richard, it can either be Osceola or Orange. Send me the violation and pin number (to and I'll view it and let you know. 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Monday, November 12, 2012 7:49 AM by Barry Kowitt
my son was using my car and now I received a red light ticket violation date 10/30/12. Hillsborough county notice# 1721200239150 pin 4944 .. is it winnable if this is fought?
Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:47 AM by Laura
I got a ticket for 277.00 # 3141200857554 pin 9408 the car is on my ex-husband's name. We don't talk anymore so he sends it to a lawyer so by the time I get it's been a while since the incident happened on Sept 7/2012.Is there anything I can do?
Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:43 PM by Tamara Bowen
Thanks for being on our blog. I'm very confused. You wrote that you got a ticket (red light camera), but the car was in your ex-husband's name. Did you mean that it was you who ran the light, but because the car was owned by your ex-husband that it ended up being in his name? 
You said he sent it to a lawyer. Is that because the ticket was in his name? A lawyer shouldn't allow one person to sign up someone else's ticket. Finally, you sound like you want to know what's happening. This information is public record if you log on to the website of the county in which the ticket was issued, you should be able to find information. If you still have questions, you can call our office at 800-489-4125.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:53 PM by Barry Kowitt
Dear Mr Kowitt, 
Thanks for your answer, indeed the car is in my husband's name and I was driving so the only way he can get out of it is to sign an affidavit with a lawyer saying that he doesn't drive that car. I have gotten red light tickets before and I always end up paying the lawyer and the ticket which ends up being very costly. Can they be fought? 
Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 4:48 PM by Tamara Bowen
I just received a traffic light violation from a camera while making a left turn. (Miami Dade County)  
Please help. This is the first ticket I've received in years!!!
Posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2012 6:45 PM by Christina
I recieved a red light ticket at 01:45 am for turning right on red at the intersection of WB 441 and Errol pkwy. there was no cars on the roadway, and you can see that on the video except mine, and theres just a right turn into this residential street, not oven a four way. There clearly was no reason to come to a complete stop, if a police officer had been at the corner gas station there, im sure I would have done the same thing, and he would have understood as well. I just got it in the mail for $158 and its due on november 17. What do I do, is there any real or reasonable option. Thanks
Posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2012 9:35 AM by Ryan
To answer your question, yes, they can be fought. However, depending on various factors (county, how you were proceeding through the intersection, etc. . .), you may not be successful and I would hate to see you wind up in a worse situation. That was why I asked you to call the office so we can review the video and have a conversation with you about it. 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:33 PM by Barry Kowitt
The law does not require you to come to a complete stop before turning right (when we're talking about a red light camera ticket). You should be able to take this to trial and win as long as it was reasonable and prudent to make turn and there was no sign prohibiting it. Which county was this in? Good Luck and keep me posted.
Posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:38 PM by Barry Kowitt
I was just reading up on your website and came to a conclusion that I am going to contest a red light camera ticket that I received. Do you help people from California as well. Right turn on red light, 
Posted @ Saturday, November 17, 2012 1:41 AM by Michael
Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad I inspired you to fight back against your red light camera ticket. Unfortunately, I'm only licensed to practice in Florida. You should be able to find someone in CA to help you. Good Luck! 
Posted @ Saturday, November 17, 2012 10:07 AM by Barry Kowitt
hello mr kowitt, i know someone currently fighting one of these bogus tickets, how long does the county have to find a person guilty once the ticket is issued? can a person who signed an affadavit forwarding the ticket be called to testify against someone? 
under what grounds is turning on red prudent? 
thanks in advance.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10:43 PM by john
hello mr kowitt, i know someone currently fighting one of these bogus tickets, how long does the county have to find a person guilty once the ticket is issued? can a person who signed an affadavit forwarding the ticket be called to testify against someone?  
under what grounds is turning on red prudent?  
thanks in advance. john.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10:44 PM by john
I just received a ticket for failing to stop going NB Lakemont turning RIGHT on Aloma and the people Eastbound aloma had a green light and are turning which is clearly why I went. Is this fightable?? Makes me sick they can do this in that kind of a situation. I realize it was red but like you mentioned there's no one to talk to so wondered if there's anything I can do to not have to pay $158???? 
Posted @ Saturday, November 24, 2012 6:50 PM by Amanda
Barry, I noticed your comment to "Justin" above re: Justin, currently all of our Orange County Red Light Camera cases are being dismissed 10/10/2012.. 
*Can you tell me if we receive a ticket from a photo on 11/25/12 (Kirkman & Conroy) should we proceed to pay it? 
Or are they still being dismissed? 
Thanks David...
Posted @ Monday, November 26, 2012 9:41 AM by david
We are still having great success. No changes. 
Posted @ Monday, November 26, 2012 9:43 AM by Barry Kowitt
I own a company that employees drivers. On 5/16/12 one of my trucks was ticketed however,that day there were 2 employees and no one remembers who was driving at at that time especially since one had a seizure that day. I sent in the protest but never heard back. I cant find the certified receipt. I just received a collections letter from Org county. Should I just ignore? They cant suspend a registration and I doubt it will show on insurance since they dont know the driver. Since we are a coroporation is there can they really do anything?
Posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:27 PM by Dennis
Thanks for your great question. It is my understanding that you will not be able to renew the registration on the vehicle. The driver is not the one ticketed, it's the owner. 
Posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:15 PM by Barry Kowitt
I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you. It appears as if you slipped through the cracks. Before I can answer your question, I need to know the county this is from. I'm sorry, but I don't recognize the streets you listed. 
Each county is treating these differently, so in order for me to give you the best answer, I need to know the county. 
Posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:20 PM by Barry Kowitt
hello mr kowitt, i know someone currently fighting one of these bogus tickets, how long does the county have to find a person guilty once the ticket is issued? can a person who signed an affadavit forwarding the ticket be called to testify against someone?  
under what grounds is turning on red prudent?  
thanks in advance. john.
Posted @ Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:54 PM by john
I received a red light camera ticket in Pasco County/New Port Richey in July. I scheduled a court date, which was Nov 28 and I could not make it. I live out of state and the bill was $262. What do I do now? Ignore it, pay it? 
Thanks, David
Posted @ Thursday, November 29, 2012 8:55 AM by David
Hi, I just got stopped by a policewoman today in Broward County. She said I had run a red light turning left, but when I had gone, I honestly thought it was still yellow. She didn't give me a ticket because of the camera but she said that it was a fine of $238, four points to my license, and that my insurance rates would go up. 
I am a little confused because you stated that people mistakenly assume they don't cost points but then that if they pay within 30 days, it won't show up on their record? Could you clear this up a bit more. I'm sorry if it's obvious, I'm freaked and just a teenager. I don't mind paying, it's my parents' wrath if I get points that bothers me.
Posted @ Thursday, November 29, 2012 5:15 PM by Oriana
Hi Barry, 
Took me a while to come back, this whole thing plays out like a bad soap opera. I went to the county clerk and learned that the address on the ticket was off by 1 number and thats why i never received it. After going back and forth with the agent about how that is not my fault, they finally reinstated my license which cost me abut $100, but now I'm still left with 3 tickets, 2 camera and 1 for driving with suspended. 1 of those camera tickets was while making a right turn, which as far as i know is not illegal. What are the chances this could all be cleared?
Posted @ Thursday, November 29, 2012 10:37 PM by Linddee
Hi, my mom received a ticket for running a red light on 11/20/12 in Orange County. However I was the one driving it and although she said to not worry about it and that she'll pay it. I was wondering if there was anything we could do to contest it. If she were to claim that she was not driving the car would she have to identify me as the one who was? What do you think is our best option?
Posted @ Saturday, December 01, 2012 10:59 PM by Kyle
Every county seems to have their own timetable, but it must be brought within 180 days or it will be dismissed automatically. I wouldn't worry about a person who signed an affidavit being subpoenaed to testify. 
The buzzwords for legally turning right on red is if it's "reasonable and prudent." Usually if there's no one in the video and it appears as if you slowed down, that should be enough. 
Good Luck. 
Posted @ Monday, December 03, 2012 4:21 PM by Barry Kowitt
If you missed a court date, the state will suspend your license. The question is whether the state you are in will cause that to affect your license. The best thing is to check with your state's DMV about a ticket from Florida. 
Posted @ Monday, December 03, 2012 4:27 PM by Barry Kowitt
Welcome to the blog. I'm a little confused by your comments. You said the officer did not give you a ticket. If she didn't than are you concerned you will get a red light camera ticket in the mail?  
The tickets that come in the mail do not carry points.  
Posted @ Monday, December 03, 2012 4:30 PM by Barry Kowitt
Sorry to hear your situation was so complicated. Traffic tickets are one of those things that unfortunately start out easy and quickly spiral out of control if not taken care of. 
You are correct that making a right on red isn't necessarily a violation. Was there a sign indicating it wasn't allowed? As for your other tickets, I don't know about them being "cleared" as you asked, but we can help you get these resolved and in many cases, dismissed.  
Let me know if you would like our help. 
Posted @ Monday, December 03, 2012 4:35 PM by Barry Kowitt
You're in luck. Currently, all of our red light camera tickets are being dismissed in Orange County (this is not true of most counties in FL). This has been going on this way for months and I don't expect it to end anytime soon. If you would like, we'll be happy to assist you with this. Let me know. 
Posted @ Monday, December 03, 2012 4:58 PM by Barry Kowitt
I just got a red light camera ticket for turing rihgt. However, I've been hearing news about the camera ticket is not valid anymore in California. I wonder if I should pay for my ticker or not? Thank you
Posted @ Tuesday, December 04, 2012 7:16 PM by Jojo
barry, thanks alot!
Posted @ Tuesday, December 04, 2012 8:04 PM by john
my relative is in a nursing home in Pasco County, has no money, sold his car, had his license revoked in 2011 due to health issues but received a red light ticket last week at my address in North Carolina. The date of the violation is June 2012 in Pasco County. Will they go to the nursing home and take him to jail? He has no money. Any thoughts about what they will do? Or what he can do.
Posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 9:43 AM by John
Hi Barry, I received a notice from stops Orlando that I had gone through a red light. I forgot to pay on time, when I went online it said it is now a citation and $262. I have waited weeks to receive a notice in the mail but nothing (there was no way to pay online at that point). So I checked online thru the clerk of courts website and it doesn't show up. The few things I've had over the last 10+ yrs are there but not that one. Any thoughts? Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place? Many thanks, Jodi :-)
Posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 11:34 AM by Jodi
P.S. It was Orange County, Curry Ford and Semoran. I have also brilliantly :-/ misplaced (accidentally threw out?) the original citation so I don't have the incident or pin number. Like I said, I tried to look it up by my name on the clerk of courts website but it doesn't show up. Thanks again! - Jodi :-)
Posted @ Friday, December 07, 2012 7:21 PM by Jodi
I'm from Missouri and received a red light camera ticket in St. Petersburg, FL at the Gandy BLVD N and 4th Street N intersection. The ticket is for failing to comply with a "steady red signal". Can I ignore this ticket with no consequence? The photos are of the back of my car only.  
This is a serious question.  
Also, note that I was not driving my car; no one was. The ticket was at 6:30 AM, which is the usual time my car wakes up and goes for a morning stroll.
Posted @ Saturday, December 08, 2012 8:51 AM by Seth
Good Afternoon, 
After reading your blog i notice that all Orange County camera red light tickets are been dismissed? If so, what must i do?  
I receieve mine in November and my notice states i must pay before December 18. Any thoughts?
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:24 PM by Steven
I'd love to be able to help you, but since I'm not licensed to practice in CA, I can't really tell you what to do. Sorry and Good Luck. 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:31 PM by Barry Kowitt
Thanks for your question. If your relative sold his car, I assume he has no plans to drive. If that's the case, he may want to give up his license and just turn it in. They will not come and take someone out of a nursing home. 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:34 PM by Barry Kowitt
Since you lost the notice and pin, you are at a bit of a disadvantage. You may want to call the clerk of Orange County and have they try and look it up for you. If your ticket turned into a regular citation, it should be in the system. Once it's found in the system, you can call me to give you my opinion, but Orange county cases are being thrown out by our attorneys at the moment. 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:37 PM by Barry Kowitt
When I wrote that all of our Orange County cases are being dismissed, I obviously didn't mean the city of Orange County is dismissing all the tickets. I meant, we are finding motions that are being granted on all of our tickets we are bringing before the court. If you would like us to help you please give us a call at 800-489-4125. Thanks. 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:44 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hello Barry, 
Good information here I will be visiting more often. I have a question I live in Broward county and I missed the red light by 0.6 seconds according to the camera (notice#: 3391200053916 3135)so I just received a UTC in the mail, the problem is I never received the notice of violation is there anyway I can fight this? Another thing I was also pulled over and received another ticket within minutes of this incident for failure to obey at a flashing red light, I already hired a lawyer for that case, do you think this ticket will affect the out come of the pending case? Thanks in advance. Collin 
p.s. any advice on my possible options would be appreciated
Posted @ Monday, December 17, 2012 5:24 PM by Collin
Collin, thanks for commenting on the blog. Welcome. I'd love to try and help you or offer you any advice, however, you mentioned you already have a lawyer. Florida Bar rules prohibit me from talking to someone who has indicated they already have a lawyer. Sorry. 
Next time, before you hire someone call me and I'll be happy to talk to you. 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:36 PM by Barry Kowitt
I received a red light ticket in the mail from US 1 and 8th st in homestead (Miami-Dade) the car is registered in my grandfathers name as well as mine but the mail came addressed to him. I live in Orlando my grandfather lives in Puerto Rico and the driver was actually my boyfriend. Any ideas how I can get out of this one?
Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:25 PM by Destiny
Apparently, I got a red light camera in Orlando around Disney area back in June and was not aware of it. I live in TX and we were traveling on vacation to Disney with the family. I never received any kind of notice until the very last one that said my FL driver's license (I do not have one b/c I live in TX) and/or my driving privledges have been suspended in FL. The fine was also something around $370 now as well.  
What should I do and am I now at risk the next time I am in FL visiting FL and if I happen to get pulled over I could get arrested? 
Posted @ Sunday, December 23, 2012 8:13 PM by Scott
Also is there any chance that my TX driver's license could ever be suspended as a result of this?
Posted @ Sunday, December 23, 2012 8:31 PM by Scott
I'm not sure how TX treats out of state tickets, but this is one of the many reasons why I hate these tickets that aren't given by a police officer. If you don't have a FL license, they obviously can't suspend it, but they can issue a suspension based on the unpaid ticket. If you want to email me the violation and pin number I'll be happy to look it up and see if I can fight it for you and save you a fortune (and the suspension). My email is 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Friday, December 28, 2012 9:10 AM by Barry Kowitt
OK, received red light ticket E bound Sunrise blvd @ NW 15 ave. There is no sign photo inforced posted, looks like less than the state required 4.5sec yellow light, how can i request maintenence records from city and can this be won just bc there is no sign "photo enforced.
Posted @ Monday, December 31, 2012 1:54 PM by David
The first we learned that we had incurred a right turn on red light traffic violation was on Dec 21 when I signed for a certified letter at our Vicksburg, Mississippi, post office. Enclosed was a Florida Uniform Traffic Citation in the amount of $277. The right turn on red offense occurred Oct 31 approx 6pm at EB W Palm Dr @ US-1 in Miami while we were vacationing in Florida. While based on the video and time/date of the infraction neither my husband nor I dispute that that it is us in the rental car, we do protest that Dec 21st was the first we knew of this. And according to your blog "In Florida, if you pay a red light camera ticket, within the first 30 days, you will only pay $158.00 and it is true, that it will not appear on your driving record." Do we have any recourse to at least reduce the fine to $158? Thanks... and Happy New Year!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2013 5:23 PM by Anita Schilling
Thanks for the reply. I just sent you a scanned copy of the notice I received. Please let me know if you can help me with this. 
Posted @ Wednesday, January 02, 2013 8:29 AM by Scott
Can I get a ticket if it turned right on yellow and I tried to soo but I saw that I wasn't going to stop on the line I was going to 
End up stopping in the middle of the street so I just kept going ?
Posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2013 1:50 PM by Nicole
If a uturn was made and the light turned red at that moment and you saw the flash I'm assuming a ticket will be sent in the mail. My question is if I was not the driver do I just send the ticket in stating that or should I just pay within 30 days to violate it affecting my insurance etc? By the way it happened in Broward on 441 and griffin.
Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 8:41 AM by rachel
Nicole, depending on whether or not there was a sign indicating "no turn", you should be fine. If the light was yellow, you should also be fine. Keep me posted. 
Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 10:16 AM by Barry Kowitt
Just because you saw the flash doesn't mean you got a red light camera ticket. If you were not the driver, you can respond by giving them the name and driver's license number of the driver and they should dismiss your ticket and they may re-issue the ticket in the name of the driver. Let us review the video if you actually get the ticket in the mail and we'll give you our opinion. 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 10:19 AM by Barry Kowitt
Apparently I got a red light ticket in Hillsborough County on 8/23/12. Never got notice of it. Got letter today from DMV stating my DL would be suspended by 1/23/13 if not paid. Called them and now I have to pay $274.00 by 21st. If I did not receive notice, do they still have the right to enforce the $274 rate? Would this be worth fighting? If court date is requested, would my DL still get suspended on that date??? Hope you can help. Thanks
Posted @ Friday, January 04, 2013 3:51 PM by Emily Christopher
I was driving a rental car in Aventura, Fl and received a FUTC for $277.00 by certified mail on January 4, 2013 for running a red light on November 13, 2012. I don't remember passing a red light. I was looking for an address and may have done this inadvertently. Anyway, if I had received the ticket and paid within 30 days, according to your website, the fine would have been less. Can I pay the lower fine because it is not my fault that they took almost two months to send the citation?
Posted @ Monday, January 07, 2013 8:35 PM by Melony
So i'm pretty sure i ran a red light, but its been weeks now and i haven't received a ticket in the mail and my girlfriend (who was in the car with me at the time) didn't recall seeing any flash. So i was just curious that by not receiving anything in the mail if i was in the clear and if this type of thing is typical? Thanks
Posted @ Monday, January 07, 2013 11:42 PM by Jess
Emily, your question is best answered by the clerk of court of Hillsborough County. Sadly, not getting the notice doesn't count as an excuse (this is one of the many reasons why I hate red light camera tickets. The lack of notice). 
You may not be able to request a court date. If you can, that should be sufficient to keep your license from being suspended because you've chosen to fight your ticket in court.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:45 PM by Barry Kowitt
I feel for you. Your case is one of the many reasons why I feel these red light camera tickets are a violation of our constitutional rights. The fact that you were never notified of the ticket the first time, and then the second notice reached you, should not be an excuse to raise the fine a whopping 75%. I think it's criminal. 
Sadly, it is legal. At least for the moment. No, you can't pay the lower fine. You can fight it. If you want my office to view the video and give you our opinion, we'll be happy to do that for you. 
Barry Kowitt 
Unger & Kowitt
Posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:48 PM by Barry Kowitt
These tickets can take months to reach you (see some of the other comments). You may or may not be in the clear. Check your mail and hang in there. Call me if something comes and you want my opinion. 
Barry Kowitt 
Unger & Kowitt
Posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:50 PM by Barry Kowitt
Welcome to Florida!!! Sorry about the ticket. Unfortunately, as you may have read on some other posts, there is nothing you can do to get the lower fine. It's terrible. You ticket sounds like it might be worth fighting. If there was no sign indicating you couldn't make a turn on red, we can fight and win this for you. Call me if you haven't paid it. 
Barry Kowitt  
Unger & Kowitt 
Posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:53 PM by Barry Kowitt
There must be a sign. Look closely at the intersection to make sure you didn't miss it. I'm fairly certain, unless it was knocked down, that there are signs at that light. If not, go get it dismissed. 
Barry Kowitt 
Unger & Kowitt
Posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 2:55 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hello, yesturday a friend and I went to a near publix in Miami Dade area ; I was going to proceed to making a right turn and this was during night, before I could turn I saw the flash of a camera and I knew I was caught, I didn't turn just backed up a bit. Then I looked towards the other side of the street and noticed the "no turn on red" sign which was drastically drawn back.. prob a government scheme to get people tickets. My question is, would I get sent a ticket even do I didn't even turn? and If I did would it be winnable If I fight the case?
Posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 11:11 AM by Dillynger
My daughter got a photo ticket for running a red light (while driving my car) in Pasadena in Pinellas county. Hope you can help. I sent the citation and pin numbers to your email address. Thanks, Lillie 
Posted @ Saturday, January 12, 2013 10:53 PM by Lillie K. Fair
My son just received a red light ticket yesterday in Winter Park, FL. I played the video and it looks like he barely ran it, but he did do it. 
Is there any way to get fight it or get the fee lowered?
Posted @ Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:51 AM by Lori
Hello I received a red light ticket in December. The ticket was mailed to my parents house and I did not receive it in time to pay within 30 days. I now have a Uniform Traffic Citation. Even worse, my mother's name is on my car's registration so now SHE is the one who will receive the points on her license. I haven't paid it yet, what can I do?
Posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:15 AM by Karina
Hi Barry, I received a letter of a notice of an infraction from city of Gulf Breeze saying I had 1 month to pay $158. One month later another letter staying I had 2 weeks. Two weeks later I had a notice left at my door from my mailman that a certified letter is sitting at the post office. I can only assume it is the Traffic citation. My two question are 1) is that even legal? How can you send a UTC and not be a uniformed officer. 2) What should I do? What I mean is, what happens If I simply allow the UTC to be returned to sender? Also, what if I have that ability to delay the return. Since I neither signed for or received the UTC, Can they do anything if I don't show for a court date, seeing as how I have still yet to be informed of it?
Posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2013 5:13 PM by Allen
On 1/2/13, I was on my way to a DR's appointment, running late. without noticing, a month later, I received violation in the mail. I reveiwed the pictures and video, When i saw the video, the yellow light went extremely quick to red (not like a usual yellow light). I wouldnt say a flash but it seems abnormal how fast it changed. This was in Ocoee, FL going south bound on clarke throught the white road intesection toward the 408, at 10:30am.I was on top of the line when it changed. Do I have a case? Is Ocoee throwing away a lot of tickets at this time? (I heard that from 2 friends) or should I just pay the damn thing and get it over with cause I can't have my insurance find this out? 
Thank you for your time - john
Posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 5:13 PM by john
I just received a uniform traffic citation from running a red light with a camera. My problem is that I was never mailed a notice of violation to pay the $158 and now it is a traffic citation with a fine of $264. Can we fight that it be disputed since we never received the first notice?
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 8:24 PM by Brittany
Thanks for the question. It depends on the county, but the courts are starting to recognize the fact that many people aren't getting the first notice and are not being given the chance to pay $158. If you want to call me I'll be happy to look into it for you. 800-489-4125 
Barry Kowitt
Posted @ Monday, January 28, 2013 8:26 PM by Barry Kowitt
I just received a right turn red light ticket on the intersection 66st N & 22nd Ave N in St.Petersburg, pinellas county. On the first picture clearly shows that I'm at a stop RTIME shows 025.0 the next frame shows RTIME 027.0 when I'm coming in the turn. There is on sign signaling that there is no right on red and picture clearly shows there are no pedestrian around. Any suggestions on how to go about it?
Posted @ Friday, February 01, 2013 3:00 PM by Jose
Man I could only wish that I had to pay $277 for an RLC. I live in Orange County California and in order for me to avoid having a point on my driving record, I have to pay another $50 on top of a $480 citation. And that doesn't even include traffic school which is an additional $30, resulting in a $560 red light ticket. There is something extremely crooked when a traffic violation can set someone back almost 20% of their monthly paycheck.
Posted @ Saturday, February 02, 2013 1:21 AM by Jon B.
Mr. Kowitt,  
I received a Notice of Violation: Red Traffic Signal Violation in the mail today. The alleged event took place on 01/28 at 7:26 AM at the intersection of Curry Ford and Semoran Blvd. I was traveling below the speed limit at the speed of 33 MPH and was on the white line at the exact moment the light changed. It would have been dangerous and irresponsible for me to come to a complete stop at that exact moment. Additionally, the glare from the sun had made it near impossible to discern the exact moment the light had changed, I was simply following the traffic pattern. This should be an airtight case. I would like to receive a quote for how much it would cost to render your services to contest this ticket and what the next step in the process would be.  
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 9:06 PM by David Morton
I just received a redlight ticket, I was making a right turn on a redlight... 
I watched the video, it shows I did not stop but my break lights are in fact on as I was on my breaks when making the turn, just didnt come to a complete stop. 
can you please help me.
Posted @ Saturday, February 09, 2013 1:57 PM by joseph
I am an on call medical professional. Responding to a morning emergency, I was caught by a camera running a redlight. Am I liable? What should I do? I have not received the violation yet, as it occured just this past week. 
Posted @ Thursday, February 14, 2013 6:36 PM by Josh
Just Got a ticket mailed to me for turning on red here in Polk County. No sign posted saying no turn on red and there was no traffic on-comming or turning I would like advice as I did not create a dangerous situation and if what you say about the three myths is true than I also have broken no laws please advise.
Posted @ Friday, February 15, 2013 1:52 PM by Ray Hein
I just received a ticket for running red lights in Miami, FL from a certified mail. It was on Dec 25th. And it says the ticket is $277. After read this article, I realized that I never received the first ticket which should be $158 within 30 days. We travelled to Miami last winter and we live in Knoxville, TN. And we never had the chance to pay the $158 within 30 days. Now the record will appear on my driving record even if we pay. Can we avoid that? Also, it was a rental car. The location is NB NW 42ND AVE/N LE JEUNE RD@NW 14th ST. Thank you.
Posted @ Friday, February 22, 2013 9:16 AM by Joan
my boyfriend was driving my car and ran a red light (I was in the passenger seat while it happened) he is prepared to go to court and fight the ticket when it comes in the mail. the only problem is, since the car is registered in my name, wouldn't I have to go to court? or if he admits to be the driver will he go to court? hopefully we won't even get one in the mail but we saw the flash of the camera, so are assuming we will see one. thank you for your help!
Posted @ Saturday, February 23, 2013 8:23 PM by Shelby Michaelis
I got a red light camera violation in Broward county Fla. I have 3 vehicles in my name. This violation was given to my wife daily driver. The violation came in my name but was not the drving. I got my own daily driver and my sons car, that one is in his and my name. Now the city of Hollywood which is the city that issued the violation. Does not allow pictures of drivers to be taken. What chance do I have?
Posted @ Monday, February 25, 2013 4:24 PM by Erik Colon
Hello. Recently (the end of Feb.) I received UTC from Florida because of no stopping at red light on Jan 4th. I had not received NOV before that. The Car was rented by rental car company. I thought this was unfair that I have to pay additional fee for ignoring or failing to respond to NOV because it was impossible to answer to NOV. I asked them, City of Miami Photo Enforcement Program, about it and they explained to me the reason why I didn't receive NOV was they sent NOV to the owner of the car, which is rental car company, before I got UTC. If I knew about it before they issued UTC, penalty was $158, but now, total amount due is $277. I have two questions. 
1. Are there any way to pay $158 instead of $277? I live out of Florida and I can't appear in court. 
2.What happen to car insurance? I don't own a car and I use rental car in my daily life right now. I am driving with international driver's licence. Is this effect to the insurance next time I get my own car?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 05, 2013 2:49 PM by Norah
Do u cover red light tickets in Orange County Florida?
Posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 6:07 PM by Robert
Miami-Dade county. Would this information give some difference to the answers for the questions?
Posted @ Saturday, March 09, 2013 10:06 PM by Norah
I just received a certified letter from a ticket of me allegedly running a red light. What are my options? This is over $200. I beleive it was on the corner of Hwy 50 and Magnolia in Orange County Orlando FL. Thanks so much!
Posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 4:03 PM by Jessica
Fight these tickets. I have had two and got both dismissed. If you dont believe me pay it and admit your guilt. If they city cannot prove you were in the vehicle they cannot give you a ticket. When you get pulled over by an officer you are guilty cause he is witness and can prove you were in the vehicle. You ever wonder why these tickets do not go on your driving record???? Cause they know most people will just pay it. Think about it. They send out 100 of these a month and 90% pay the city makes money. Its funny they have you fill out a declaration stating you were not in possession of the vehicle. This declaration they want the info of the driver that was "actually" driving so they can send them a ticket. Both times I wrote it is not my responsibility to prove your case the bourdon of proof is the city's responsibility to proove.
Posted @ Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:24 PM by Kevin
I received 2 red light traffic citations in less than 3 months. One was for passing a red light and the other was for making a right turn on red light. Do I have any chances of winning this tickets? 
Also my mother owns the car and I was driving it.  
Posted @ Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:45 PM by David
I received a red light camera ticket in ocoee fl near the walmart for a right turn on red with the intersection completely clear. Are you fighting any tickets in ocoee and winning? These type of tickets infuriate me and I want to know if it is worthwhile to fight it.
Posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 9:17 AM by mike montgomery
I received a red light ticket in the state of California. I was taking a right when the light was red and my picture was taken. When I received the ticket in the mail, they spelled my last name wrong. If they misspelled my last name wrong is it a strong engough defense to have my ticket dismissed?
Posted @ Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:22 AM by Genovieve
Will i get a ticket if i stop over the white line at an intersection that has a red light camera? 
i proceeded when the lights turn green and still got a camera shot from behind.
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:28 PM by Dan
Hi, i received a red light ticket on March 13 2013. It says i failed to stop on the red light. But no where at the inner section does it say no right turns on red. And i turned on the light when i felt it was safe. Is it a law that you need to come to a complete stop at a red light? I live in california and the ticket was given in baldwin park. Also the ticket was sent to my mother because she is the person who the car is registered under. what can i do?
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Posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:05 AM by public health personal statement
Hey Barry, 
I recently was ticketed $158.00 for running a red light in miami dade county. Upon reviewing the video, the light turned red just as i reached the line, and I feel as though it is unrealistic to expect me to have stopped as I was going 39 miles an hour and the last thing i saw was a yellow. In addition they actually sent the ticket to my mom for some reason whose name is second on the car title and she's living across the country in Utah. What steps would you recommend taking? I would appreciate your advice!
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 7:51 PM by Joe
I was wondering if the use of the "Affidavit" option is good if you say you don't know who used your car that day? It wasn't stolen but anybody could have used it that day b/c we keep keys in a kitchen drawer for emergencies. I think what actually happened this day was a big truck was in front of me.. going downhill a bit.. the light is in the dip of the hill.. I wasn't real close to the truck.. but I just couldn't see. The truck is NOT in the video/images. That's what I remember. This is at an intersection where a hospital is too.. with a speed reduction of 5-10 mph.
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 8:23 PM by George
Ooppps... Haines City, FL. County is... POLK.
Posted @ Monday, April 01, 2013 8:23 PM by George
I got a citation today for Miami-Dade County (City of Sweetwater to be exact). I made a right turn on red. In the video it shows that I "yielded" but didn't come to a complete stop. Hence the citation. I am upset because I am being told that I need to wait 30 days for it to become a UTC so that then I can request a hearing and even then I may still not win the case and even if I do the court costs could range from $0-$158. I feel like there is no point in risking it if I am going to lose money anyway and get this on my driving record (not to mention the fee to hire an attorney). It's a lose lose situation. Is there any other alternative that you can recommend?
Posted @ Thursday, April 04, 2013 10:15 PM by Evelyn
If there is no sign indicating that you cannot make a right turn, we will be able to get it dismissed. Call us at 800-489-4125
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 5:59 PM by Barry Kowitt
Hi Barry:  
Take a look at my notice I received today #1801300086592, PIN 4915. Wouldn't you agree with me that it was prudent and reasonable to make a right turn as shown on the video in Miami Dade County, City of Sweetwater and in the absence of a notice or sign therewith by the corner? 
Posted @ Friday, April 12, 2013 3:29 PM by Miqueas
At about 3am, with absolutely no traffic in the road, I rolled up to a right turn on red. I honestly can't remember if I completely stopped or if I was still doing about 2 or 3mph. I called the PD to confirm it was a red light camera and it was. I'm not sure how it works because the camera is on the light that is directly above the road. I thought that the camera was further behind the intersection? I'm not sure and have been stressing majorly over this. Not sure if I'm worrying for no reason. I also believe it was a video camera and not a photo one because it was just a rectangular box, no flash or anything attached. Thanks for the help
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 9:51 PM by Darin
So I got a red light camera violation and I never got a ticket in the mail its unclear of when it happened this the last thing I need. Uniform case number : 482013TR007558000AEX I wonder where it happened? 
Posted @ Wednesday, May 01, 2013 9:02 PM by Becky
no b.s. unger and kowitt get the case dismissed..
Posted @ Friday, May 10, 2013 1:31 AM by matt
I was before the stop line when the traffic light turned yellow. I applied the brakes and my car stopped just after the stop line when the light turned red( I was not even on the intersection). I reversed and came behind the stop line but the camera still took a snap. I am yet to get the ticket but can I fight this case ?? How should I go about defending ??
Posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 9:56 PM by Vish
I received a notice of violation and asked to pay $158 by 7/3/13. It was in violation of Florida Statute 316.075(1)(c)1 in Miami-Dade County. I was not the one driving the car, but I don't want to give the name of the person driving. Is there a way to win this case?
Posted @ Sunday, June 09, 2013 11:39 AM by Dalia
I jus got a letter in the mail stating that I failure to stop at a red light(it was caught on camera). I dont want to pay the fees and would like to know what the best thing to do. thank you meuy
Posted @ Sunday, June 09, 2013 2:12 PM by meuy
If you don't want to give them the name of the driver or pay the ticket, you will have to beat the ticket on it's merits. We can help you with that depending on the circumstances. Please call the office at 800-489-4125 and we'll be happy to give you a FREE consultation over the phone. 
Posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 1:50 PM by Barry Kowitt
I lost my pin number on red light ticket, needs to be paid today... anyway I can get my pin if I lost my ticket?
Posted @ Friday, June 21, 2013 3:56 PM by Courtney
Hi...I am very distrupt after I received a dumb ticket for "failure to comply a with steady red light"..I never heard such a thing...Usually, when I turning right on a red light, I make myself aware that it clear for me to continued..Can you tell how to fight this nonsense? Thank you...Nidia Duran Notice#3431300128265 PIN 3032...Please help me!!!I prefer pay that fee to an Attorney and not these thieves...
Posted @ Friday, June 21, 2013 7:42 PM by Nidia Duran
I received a red-light citation a few weeks ago in Jacksonville. I was not the one driving, and don't want to disclose who was. The pictures are of the vehicle and tag, and not of the driver...which I have to question the legailty of to begin with. I am a Georgia resident and was wondering if I even have to pay a ticket when they have no verifiable proof as to whom was driving the vehicle to begin with. Thanks Barry. 
Posted @ Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:30 PM by Ronnie Frost
Hell I received a red light ticket here in Ventura county California and when the ticket came it is in my moms name and the its going to cost 490.00, 560 if she wants to go to traffic school. Is there anyway of getting this dismissed as she is not the driver. The car title is in her name and mine. Please help I don't have that kind of money to pay the ticket and do not want my mom to have it on her record if i was the one who ran the red light
Posted @ Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:46 PM by tracy
I got a camera traffic violation no turn on red on may 26, 2013 as today June 28, 2013 I have been waiting for the official citation to request a hearing but I don't have it yet. What I should do?
Posted @ Friday, June 28, 2013 10:30 AM by Willie Gonzalez
I recently received a red light camera ticket in Gulf Breeze because I was following an ambulance that was transporting my baby daughter from Panama City to Pensacola… also the roads were very wet and I didn’t feel I could have safely stopped without sliding into the intersection. Are either of these reasonable excuses?
Posted @ Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:07 PM by Richard Kirkland
I turned right on a red light and i got a ticket but NOWHERE was there a sign that said NO TURN ON RED.
Posted @ Friday, July 12, 2013 11:22 AM by rebecca
I received a red light ticket 3031300103753 pin 5015, location Hains City Fl hwy 27@ CO RD 547/ Sanders RD. Do I have a case to fight this as I was caught in that point of no return. Traveling about 52mph(speed light is 55) I sarted to slow down but didn't think I would stop before the white line. Using a split second decision I decided to go crossing the red at. 49mph... Well, that light I thought was really a quick change from yellow to red. Come to find out the light was recalibrated to change .5 seconds faster. Their was even a news feed about this seven days after I Recieved the ticket. I don't travel this road as I was running an erran for a freind that lived in Hains City. If I kept my speed at 53 I would have been home free should have went with my gutt with 25 years off driving.
Posted @ Sunday, July 21, 2013 7:33 PM by Angelo
Here's the news .5 seconds I would have cleared the intersection.
Posted @ Monday, July 22, 2013 6:28 AM by Angelo
Rebecca, I would encourage you to fight your ticket. You did not indicate what city, but you should be able to get that dismissed. Make sure there really is no sign and that you didn't miss it. 
Posted @ Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:38 PM by Barry Kowitt
I received a red light traffic violation ticket for $75. I came to a complete stop and took a right turn while on red light. Do I fight for it? I don't think I violated the rules. What should I do?
Posted @ Monday, September 02, 2013 1:02 AM by Ruth
I forgot to mention that I got this red light ticket in fort worth texas.
Posted @ Monday, September 02, 2013 1:05 AM by Ruth
Ruth, thanks for the question. I'm sorry to tell you I am only licensed to practice in Florida and as such, I am not qualified to give you advice for Texas. I would try to find an attorney in Texas who handles traffic matters and ask your question. Good Luck. 
Posted @ Monday, September 02, 2013 11:21 AM by Barry Kowitt
My car is under my grandfathers name who passed away almost 3 years ago. I received a camera ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a red light. Its not under my name, but my grandfathers name. What happens if I don't pay it? Does the ticket go to the car, our my grandfather? This ticket was recorded in Baldwin park, CA.
Posted @ Thursday, September 05, 2013 10:36 AM by shirre
Unfortunately, I am not licensed to practice in CA, but if this ticket was in Florida, it would be sent to the owner of the vehicle. If it was ignored, eventually, it would prevent you from registering the vehicle. 
Posted @ Friday, September 06, 2013 8:35 AM by Barry Kowitt
at what point of the white line and with which tires Are you considered to be either running a red light or in the intersection prior to the red light. My photo clearly shows my front tires mostly if not exactly over/past the white line in the 1st photo. I thought if your tires were already over the line you were not running the red. If this is negotiable, I would be interested in fighting the ticket.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 01, 2013 8:23 PM by Susan
I was coming to an intersection in the turn lane when the light started flashing when I was maybe 30 or 40 ft away from the line. I wasjt speeding. Cause the camera clocked me at 14 MPH. There was no pedestrians or sign that said no turn on red. My blinker was clearly on in the video and although I did not come to a complete stop I rolled just over the line at about 2mph to see past the cars next to me. When. I saw it was safe I went. This was in citrus height CA btw. Fightable?
Posted @ Saturday, October 05, 2013 6:56 PM by jake
Susan, thanks for the question. You are correct, if your tires are over the white line and the light is not red, you should not be found guilty of running a red light. If you would like our help or professional opinion, we'd be happy to watch the video for you and tell you what we think.  
Feel free to call us at 800-489-4125. 
Posted @ Saturday, October 05, 2013 6:59 PM by Barry Kowitt
Man I wish this was FL, because I would think you have a winner there. Unfortunately, I don't know anything about CA red light camera laws. The best thing to do is find a local attorney who knows the local laws and can give you good advice. Sorry I can't help you. Good Luck. 
Posted @ Saturday, October 05, 2013 7:02 PM by Barry Kowitt
I received a red light tix and would like for you to see if you can help. I made a right turn w/o making a stop . There is a sign posted that states "RIGHT ON RED AFTER A STOP" However I am not sure of the legalities involved. Also this took place in Hillsborough county <TEMPLE TERRACE>
Posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 1:03 PM by ART THOMAS
Can I get a ticket from an officer right after I got my picture taken by a redlight camera.I assume he saw the flash and I was the only one in intersection and he proceeded to ticket me. I asked him isn't this gonna constitute 2 tickets? His ticket overrides the camera ticket. Is this true?
Posted @ Sunday, December 01, 2013 11:16 PM by Daniel Miller
Generally, you cannot get two tickets for the exact same thing. You did not say what county that was in, but you should be able to get one of them dismissed for that reason. Of course, if you fight them, you may be able to get both dismissed. Give us a call and we'll try to help you out. 
Posted @ Monday, December 02, 2013 10:11 AM by Barry Kowitt
Art, call my office and ask to speak to Tahnee. 800-489-4125 and she'll be happy to explain how/if we can help you. 
Posted @ Monday, December 02, 2013 10:21 AM by Barry Kowitt
Here’s a question for you, and possibly a comment that will help some people with these stupid cameras… I live in Florida and I recently purchased, locally, a ‘tinted’ shield for my license plate. You can easily see through it if you’re directly behind me but it’s ‘bubbled’ so at higher angles (say, where a camera might be) it makes it harder to read. I think it works because a few months ago I found myself on a toll road, with no warning and no change I had no choice but to drive on through it… so far no notice in the mail! Are these illegal in Florida?
Posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:26 AM by RK
I like your style, but sadly, anything on your license plate (even clear) is illegal. The law was in effect before red light cameras, but I'm sure they knew something like this was plausible. There are sprays that make your license plate invisible, but these are illegal as well. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. 
Posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 4:18 PM by Barry Kowitt
Is the license plate cover one of those ‘secondary’ offenses… meaning they can’t pull you over just for that but if you get pulled over for something else they will ding you for having one? I’ve had it on since Memorial Day, drove all the way to Tampa and even driven on an Air Force Base and have yet to be pulled over for it (knock on wood).
Posted @ Wednesday, December 04, 2013 1:24 PM by RK
My husband received a red light ticket in the mail & we paid the $158 fine on 10/07/13(my son was driving the car, it is registered in both of their names)The offense occurred on 9/21/13. We received a certified Uniform traffic citation in the mail this weekend (12/21). I called the number on the citation & told them we paid it back in October and she informed me it is ANOTHER ticket that was dated 9/28/13. We never received the first notice of the second ticket. What should we do?
Posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:01 AM by Rene
I was checking my lic. online as the result of cancelling insurance and getting a new policy (wanted to ensure the state did not suspend my Lic. for laps of Insurance), when I noticed my Lic. was pending suspension for not paying a traffic fine. I called the county agency at the number provided and was informed it was a camera ticket from a US Hwy in the town in which I now live. I told them I never got the notice, I had found out on my own by checking my Lic. status online at the State of Florida official website. The response was "a lot of people say they didn't get it" pay 277.00 rather than the original 150.00 by the 14th Feb 2014 or suspension will occur or pay 23.00 and go to court.  
I then immediately called the company that operates the camera and asked date of violation (Aug 30, 2013) and where they sent the original and any follow-up notice, they informed me that they had sent it to my OLD ADDRESS from nearly 4 years ago on Sept, 16, 2013 NOTE: (Tag was transferred from there "Different County" and transferred to “New County” new address in Aug 2013 (My new address is on my registration in my vehicle) just days before the violation). When the company did not get a response, they sent the record to the city and the fine almost doubled immediately. Not until after sending the violation to the city authority did the company actually send a verifiable notice (registered letter) "on behalf of the county" NOTE: to my "OLD ADDRESS" once again Dec 12, 2013, and it was returned undelivered Dec 26, 2013. I asked the name (First name only provided) of the individual I was speaking with and ID# (none provided), I then asked for the tracking number of the article and was provided with the number (much to my amazement) I then also requested a email stating that all notices were returned to them, I was told "I should get that email in the next 48 Hrs." from a different department of the same company (Not holding my breath).  
I believe that it has now become my burden of proof, not to prove my innocence of running a red light, but to prove that I never got informed officially or un-officially of the aleged infraction, thus the reason I did not pay, which resulted in me now having to go to court to prove my case, hire a lawyer, an almost doubling of the fine associated and an “actual citation” against my driving record and possible suspension of my Lic. Had I not checked my Lic. on my own at that very moment this could have led to potentially a real disastrous situation, had I been pulled over or stopped in a random check point, potentially jeopardizing my freedom, etc... 
What are my constitutional rights as a result of these actions? (I have to prove my innocence or pay the HUGE fine? “I did not get the notice” they are aware of it and have documents to prove it that they are holding on to. I believe I can at this point, rather them proving my guilt. 
What is my recourse regarding this matter? 
How many others have been suffering as a result of this type of activity? 
Thank you for your time and consideration! 
Posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:00 PM by Greg J
Thank you very much for this blog, it really helped me because I got a letter in the mail recently about the same thing. I went ahead and paid it that same day because I knew that it was totally my fault. The only confusion that I had was whether or not it would appear on my driving record, this defiantly gave me peace of mind.
Posted @ Friday, February 07, 2014 11:16 AM by Jean
I hear a story similar to yours almost daily (believe it or not) and I keep blogging to warn others. It has been challenged through the courts and so far, the courts can only interpret the law, which allows for delivery through regular mail. Those of us in the real world know how ridiculous and unfair that is (to say nothing of it being unconstitutional in my book). 
I suggest you try and argue "notice" before the court and hope they reduce some of the extra fines that were tacked on. 
Keep fighting. It's the only way to try and stop this madness. 
Posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:31 PM by Barry Kowitt
If you get a ticket for running a red light, you're guilty! Why not just admit it, pay the ticket, and learn your lesson? It's not madness. It's following the law. Put your cell phone away, and leave home early enough so you don't have to drive recklessly
Posted @ Friday, February 21, 2014 11:44 AM by Jake Halsted
Wow Jake, it must be great to be such an outstanding, law-abiding citizen. You must have a HUGE house to keep all your humanitarian awards! What’s it like to come to a complete stop EVERY time you roll upon a stop sign, to ALWAYS use your turn signal, to NEVER speed… not even ONE mile over, EVER!!! Hypocrite!
Posted @ Monday, February 24, 2014 8:03 AM by Richard
Unfortunately, the way the law is written, you can receive a ticket if someone else ran a red light in your car. This hardly seems fair to me. 
Posted @ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:55 AM by Barry Kowitt
I received a red light ticket, but I let a family member from out of town drive drive my truck. They are actually from out of the country and told me to put their info down as they didn't care if they got a ticket, they wouldn't pay it anyways. Should they not accept the info, what should I do?
Posted @ Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:06 AM by Katie
All you can do is fill out the affidavit with the person's name, driver's license number, address, etc. . . The rest is up to them. 
Posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 11:29 AM by Barry Kowitt
As the registered owner I received a red light photo notice from Brooksville, (Hernando Cty) Florida. I was in Texas at the time of the violation and can prove it. I have no idea which family member or friend was driving the vehicle at the time and don't want to ask. Should I just let it go to a violation being issued? 
Posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 8:33 AM by Tom
As you've probably gathered from reading this blog, this is EXACTLY the type of situation that makes me nuts. I don't feel you should have to prove your innocence, as the state as the burden of proving your guilt. However, this is the way it is for red light camera tickets.  
Because you can't "prove" who was driving, it will be your ticket to deal with. If it goes to a UTC (uniform traffic citation), you may end up paying much more than you would have to pay now. If you pay it now, it's probably $158 and it won't appear on your record. 
Hernando County is not a county we've had great success with red light camera tickets and I'd hate to see you try and fight it and lose. Up to you, but you may want to pay $158 and move on. Otherwise, you risk paying much more in the long run. 
Sorry, I wish I could give you a better answer. Good Luck. 
Posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 1:42 PM by Barry Kowitt
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