Most States have automated cameras installed at traffic intersections to identify red-light violators. If you have red-light cameras mounted in your locality, you may still not understand if you’ve got a ticket. There could be innumerable reasons that may cause you to get a red-light ticket — traffic signal could be obscured or duration of yellow light could be too short. Irrespective of the reason, running a red-light is a traffic offense. Unlike criminal offenses which are tackled in criminal court, for a red-light ticket you need to go to traffic court. Here’s all you need to know about red-light camera tickets:
Accuracy of Red-Light Cameras
Usually, the readings of red-light cameras are accurate but not perfect. For instance, if there’s a flash of the camera going off, you may not get a ticket. Before you get a ticket, a person will check the footage and will make the final decision to issue a citation.
How Red-Light Cameras Work
Red-light cameras usually have three important components — signal, cameras, and pavement sensors. The camera captures traffic going in one direction, and sensors in the pavement are installed to estimate the speed of vehicles. If the traffic light is red and the pavement sensors estimate that the vehicle is going too fast, the camera gets triggered. It’s then that the camera captures shots and videos of the driver going through the red light.
How Red-Light Camera Tickets Are Issued
Red-light camera tickets are issued and mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. It may take around 30-60 days to receive the ticket in the mail. Usually, the red-light violation notice includes:
- Time, date, and location of violation
- Photographs and information of the violation
- Cost of the ticket
- Methods of payment
- Your rights and options of contesting the ticket
Though State laws vary, there are many States which have specific defenses for drivers who prove that they were not driving the vehicle when the violation occurred. Only a seasoned attorney has an understanding of the specific nuances of the law and can effectively contest the ticket. Car accident attorneys in Midland, at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess have an in-depth understanding of all the nitty-gritties of law and this helps them to fight for your rights efficiently. If you have a valid case, get in touch with our injury attorneys in Midland without the slightest delay!