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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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Ticket for running a red light?


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Ever wonder how far your car needs to be in the intersection to get a ticket for running a red light?

The answer is simple and many people don't know, so here it is. . .it depends.  Ha! Gotcha.  No, seriously, like everything else in the world of traffic tickets, it's a little more complicated (but the good news is, this really isn't a hard one).

When you are approaching an intersection, there is usually a white line in ground that indicates the beginning of the intersection.  For purposes of this post, we will assume there is a white line at the intersection.  If there isn't, and you are dying to know what determines the entrance to the intersection, feel free to read here.  But, for the rest of you who know what line I'm talking about, please continue.

The rule with red light tickets and intersections is that your car can be beyond the white line (sometimes called a stop bar), when the light turns red, BUT, only if your car already passed the white line BEFORE the light turned red.

OK, let's restate that and clarify, just in case you misunderstood.  I don't want you all out there running red lights and driving like lunatics because you think I said it's OK to run through every yellow. 

As George Carlin once said, "Yellow does not mean put it to the floor." 

If you are approaching an intersection, and you have not passed the white line on the ground, and the light is red, YOU NEED TO STOP!!!

Honestly, you need to stop, not because of a fear of receiving a ticket for running a red light.  You need to stop because running a red light can get you killed faster than violating many other traffic laws.  This is one rule you need to obey because it will save your life. 

If you happen to be in the intersection and look up and see the light change to red (which is easier if you have a convertible), you're fine and if you get a ticket, that's one you should win.  I was going to say that's one you should fight, but you should know by now, after reading this traffic ticket blog, that in almost every case, you are better off fighting all the tickets you receive.

This rule applies to red light tickets received from a red light camera or from an actual policeman.  It's no different.  The only difference is, if it is not a red light camera that caught you, there is no actual evidence in court, it will just be the officer's word against yours.

As I've written before, you should fight these types of tickets because it's not what actually occurred, it's what the officer can prove against you in court.  Therefore, if you received a ticket from an officer for running a red light, and there is no evidence to support this, it is more difficult for an officer to prove that you ran the red light and you should fight it.  Whether you hire an attorney to fight a ticket for running a red light, or fight it yourself, you should fight red light tickets.


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I only wish lawyers would really fight tickets for 69$. If they did maybe us unfortunate drivers wouldn't have to pay court fees. I'm not saying that this applies to all drivers, but like my self I have a perfect drivers record,and should be afforded at least one break. I'm almost positive most of us would pay more if a lawyer could get us no points, no school, and "no court fees" I understand theres no guarentees in life, and court. This is ones man opinion. Thank you for giving me the voice to express myself.
Posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 10:47 AM by Bill Carretta
Bill, thanks for your comments. I'm a little confused. Are you saying you ran the light, but because of your excellent driving history shouldn't have received the ticket? Or are you saying the lawyer you hired didn't fight hard enough for you because you did not run the light. 
I don't know the facts of your case, so it's hard to comment specifically when you say you wish lawyers would "really fight." 
Posted @ Saturday, October 13, 2012 11:16 AM by Barry Kowitt
I was pulled over in Stillwater, OK for "running" a red light. It was yellow when I entered the intersection, but red when I was exiting the intersection. I had a passenger in my truck. She and I were both under the impression that if the whole body of my vehicle was in the intersection on yellow, I was clear.  
The cop said he was 1 block north of the intersection (heading south, on the road that I turned on to). The stop lines are very worn and faded, and they are also not visible from even 50 feet from the intersection (in any direction) because of a fence with shrubs. Also, the traffic lights in my direction are absolutely not visible from the side where he was at (even at a stop at the cross road of the intersection). Like I said, the light was yellow when I entered the intersection, but red when I was exiting. He was incredibly sarcastic when I informed him that I entered the intersection on a yellow light.  
He said, "Was it? Was it really yellow when you entered the intersection? Because I watched you run that red light."  
He also said that his light was green. That cannot be true. If it is, then the lights are not synchronized.  
1. He could not see the light in my direction going from green to yellow, or yellow to red, so he could not have seen me "run THAT red light".  
2. He could not see my vehicle's location in the intersection because of the shrubs and fence.  
3. He was 1 block away, which is approximately 80-100 meters. Again, he could not see my light.  
Is there a chance he made up the line about his light being green? I say with the utmost honesty that I entered the intersection on yellow. I was too close to the intersection when it turned yellow to safely stop, so I carefully proceeded through the intersection, and the light turned red when I was exiting the intersection.  
He was really rude, and I was getting frustrated with him. Is there a chance, with my witness, that I can win this in court?  
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 6:41 PM by Brenna
Posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:11 AM by gary
You shouldn't have to come to a complete stop if your turn was made reasonably and with prudence. What county was this in? 
Posted @ Monday, January 06, 2014 6:46 PM by Barry Kowitt
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