Red Light Camera Tickets: What Are Your Options?
As most of you may already know, red light cameras are set up all over the state. The purpose of these cameras is to try and reduce accidents at busy intersections. However, what are you supposed to do when you receive a Notice of Violation in the mail? You have two options:
Pay the ticket or file an affidavit to contest the identity of the driver.
When you first receive the Notice of Violation, there is a fine in the amount of $158.00 and you have 30-60 days to pay it. This is not an actual ticket; it does not show up on your driving record and there are no points assessed on your driver’s license. You can either pay the fine or complete an affidavit. If you were not the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident, there is an affidavit you can complete that states who was driving your vehicle. You must provide all contact information for whom ever was driving and a Notice of Violation will be issued to them.
Not pay the ticket within the 60-day period and risk having a guilty conviction appear on your driving record, and face an increased fine penalty.
After the 60 days have passed, if you chose to neither pay the fine, nor complete an affidavit, then the ticket will roll over to the Clerk’s office. A traffic citation will be issued and mailed to you. There are still no points assessed on your license; however, the fine has now increased to $262.00, and the citation will show up on your driving record. Your options at this point are to pay the citation, which will result in a guilty conviction on your driving record, or to schedule a hearing to try and get the citation dismissed.
If you have missed the deadline to pay the Notice of Violation and have received a traffic citation from the Clerk, give our office a call. We can help you prevent a guilty conviction on your driving record and even contest the ticket on your behalf.