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Receiving a red light camera ticket does not always mean that you will have to pay a fine, especially if you do not think that the ticket is fair. For example, if the photo is not of you, or if it is too blurry to be sure, you can typically avoid paying the fine. In addition, if the warning sign for the red light camera is not easy to see, you may be able to fight the ticket since the sign is supposed to be visible to all traffic. Finally, if you suspect that the yellow light is unusually short, your ticket may be thrown out, since this may result in insufficient time to stop before the red light appears. In most cases, it is advised that you talk to a lawyer to find out if you have a strong case.
The ticket is typically supposed to include a clear photo of both your face and your license plate. If the picture of your face is too blurry for others to positively identify you, your red light camera ticket may be thrown out in court, as this is one of the most common reasons for a judge to dismiss a fine. If you are not sure whether to fight the ticket based on this technicality, you should visit the police department to find out if the original photo is as blurry as your copy, since this is the evidence that will likely be used in court. Of course, if you know the picture is not you, as a friend or family member borrowed your vehicle, you can let the court know. Note in most jurisdictions, you are not required to reveal the identity of the person in the photo, making this a simple way to fight the red light camera ticket.
Warning signs for the camera are usually required to be seen from cars traveling in any direction, even if the camera only takes photos of cars going one way. This typically means that there should be four signs at the affected intersection, so if the area in question is missing even one sign, providing proof via a picture can help you fight the red light camera ticket. If the signs are all there, but some are either vandalized or difficult to see because of foliage, you may still have a case. They need to be made obvious to drivers, so if you find them difficult to spot while driving, you have a chance of getting the ticket dismissed.
A yellow light that is shorter than usual can result in more red light camera tickets. If you can provide evidence that the yellow light does not appear long enough before turning red, you may be able to have your red light camera ticket dismissed. Most areas have a minimum length that the yellow light must meet, so consider videotaping the light in order to show the court that there may be an issue with it.