But if you weren’t driving the vehicle at that time, there’s a good chance you were the passenger of the person who did run the red light, or loaned the car to a family member—both are reasonable scenarios. Since I had recently purchased a new vehicle, it took the city three months to find that I was the owner, making the ticket invalid.However, as I sat across from the city administrator and watched his facial expression go from smug to sneer as I recited the actual law, I could tell that not many people go in armed with the proper knowledge.Now, I have a pair of mild moving violations on my record, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I don’t blow through red lights. Automated red light enforcement systems in first class cities.” What I found is that there are any number of defenses one can use to fight the ticket, built right into the code.Occasionally, I might be following one of those SEPTA double-bus monstrosities that obstruct my view of the traffic light, or I may choose to enter the intersection late thinking it a safer option than to slam on the brakes in bad weather. In those scenarios, if an officer of the law—you know, one of those human beings with the capacity for rational thought and subjectivity—pulls me over and says “tough nuts” to my explanation, I respect that. They range from making sure the city followed proper procedure in issuing you the ticket, to protections in case you weren’t the driver.What’s more, the law states the city can’t require the owner of vehicle to answer the obvious follow-up question of “well then who was?” It also gets a little tricky, because that section of the code says that the city “may” require the owner to submit evidence of this.According to data released by AAA Mid-Atlantic this month, 33,627 drivers were issued a ticket last year by the red-light camera at the intersection immediately south of City Hall on Broad Street. Fortunately, I never had to cough up 0 to pay the fine.
Based upon images captured by a red-light camera system and then reviewed by local law enforcement, your vehicle was determined to have committed a red-light violation.
Surely, there are some that will likely find this whole process of fighting a 0 ticket a little childish. But when I triumphantly showed my dismissed PPA ticket to the guys at the Suburban Station pretzel stand after the hearing, and they recognized this accomplishment as we all cheered together, I knew I’d won one for the little guys.
Arlington County manages 180 traffic cameras located at critical intersections throughout the County.
The Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act allocates a portion of traffic fines collected from safety cameras to Florida's trauma centers and to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
The Miami Project's research into spinal cord and brain injuries has a direct impact on the many victims of motor vehicle accidents that suffer these types of life-altering injuries.