Keep These Points in Mind When Fighting a Speeding Ticket Caught by a Traffic Camera

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One of the newest trends for enforcing speed limits is to use radar devices or cameras stationed at traffic lights and intersections; if the device detects that a driver is going over the speed limit, the camera attached to the device will take a picture of the car’s license plate and a traffic ticket will be sent to the address on file for that plate.

If you’ve recently received one of these tickets and you’re wondering how to beat a camera speeding ticket — or if fighting a traffic ticket issued by radar cameras is even worth the time and energy — here are a couple possible defenses to keep in mind:

  1. The biggest downside of camera-issued speeding tickets is that the camera only focuses on the car license plate, and rarely manages to capture a picture of the actual driver. Make sure to ask to see the pictures — as evidence against you, you have the right to see them — and if you can argue that you weren’t driving the car, based on the picture evidence, you may be able to beat your ticket (or get the charge reduced).
  2. Secondly, remember to check if the legislation in your state regarding camera-enforced traffic violations has changed recently. Many states are starting to prohibit the use of cameras when issuing traffic light violations and speeding tickets — or they’re requiring that a police officer be physically present at the location if a camera has been used to produce evidence of these traffic violations. If the law has changed recently, or in between when the ticket was issued and when you’re in court, it might be even easier to beat your ticket than you’d think.

Finally, it’s important to remember that these are all just suggestions for fighting speeding tickets. If you’re dealing with one of these tickets, the consequences can be long-lasting and expensive; it’s always a a good idea to seek professional legal help from someone who know the details of your state’s traffic laws. Find out more at this site.