Speed camera got me

JDean3204

Well-Known Member
#1
I am for the most part a very cautious driver, never been pulled over for speeding or any other moving violation. My wife, friends and family always say I drive like a grandpa which is what I am going for to be honest. A few nights ago, driving down a road I have taken since about 2014 to and from work, I was surprised by a flash. Pretty sure my speed was about 55 in a 45. Long 4 day trip and had to jump my car that evening to get her started, guess I was just not paying much attention and just wanted to get home. Now I have yet another thing on my record to explain, I better get real comfortable with the regional lifestyle because thats where I’ll be for a while lol. Not sure how long these tickets take to show up in the mailbox, hopefully sooner vs later
 
#3
First of all, even with a picture, they have to legally have a Process Server come out and physically serve you with a summons. If you don't pay the ticket. (Don't pay the ticket.) Here in AZ. they have 90 days to serve you before the ticket is void. So, if you take my advice, don't answer the door to strangers and also remember to tell your wife/girlfriend/kid etc. to do the same for the next three months and you're all set. Easy peezy.
 
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#4
The only speeding ticket I've ever gotten (despite driving the most ticketed car in the country) was from a camera in DC.

I was on a trip a few months after I had bought my brand new 2010 Mazdaspeed3. Traffic was light, so I decided to cut through DC to save some time. Got flashed in a tunnel underneath the city. Wife calls me and says "hey, I got a pretty amazing picture of your new car from the DC police."

$125 fine and the ticket itself says that it won't go on your record. I disclosed it anyway, didn't see it on a copy of my record, and when asked at my last interview they said "really...only one?"

Be forthcoming about it, but don't worry.
 

jhugz

The Juarez Express
#6
These cameras are usually done as non-moving violations so you’re not able to challenge them in traffic court. It’s basically no different than a parking ticket. I wouldn’t worry about it.
As slum said, they can't prove you were the one driving, so it's not a moving violation and you don't have to explain a thing on interviews about it.
 

Kingairer

'Tiger Team' Member
#8
I am for the most part a very cautious driver, never been pulled over for speeding or any other moving violation. My wife, friends and family always say I drive like a grandpa which is what I am going for to be honest. A few nights ago, driving down a road I have taken since about 2014 to and from work, I was surprised by a flash. Pretty sure my speed was about 55 in a 45. Long 4 day trip and had to jump my car that evening to get her started, guess I was just not paying much attention and just wanted to get home. Now I have yet another thing on my record to explain, I better get real comfortable with the regional lifestyle because thats where I’ll be for a while lol. Not sure how long these tickets take to show up in the mailbox, hopefully sooner vs later
Dang. Youre totally screwed! ;-)
 

SurferLucas

Southern Gentleman
#9
I got one here in Seattle...and it’s bogus that they call it a “parking violation”.

I did find a loophole around it. With the ticket, there’s a form to fill out, in which you can state you weren’t the one driving your car. The City’s version however, says in small writing “failure to complete all sections will result in you being held liable for the ticket”...aka, you must tell them who was driving. This is also against the law.

They cannot refuse to accept a drafted response on your part, claiming you weren’t driving the vehicle at the time, so long as it has all the pertinent information...i.e, ticket/case number, etc.

Saved me a $250 fine.
 

web265

Well-Known Member
#10
Got flashed in a tunnel underneath the city.
I was ticketed in this same tunnel. Like stated prior, it's not a moving violation. In this DC incident and here in NJ (when we had them) the jurisdiction passes an ordinance specifically for the camera situation. One that doesn't require proof of operation so the owner of the vehicle is ultimately responsible. Paying the ticket is not an admission of operation.

on a side note, our town council wanted to "test" a system in the town I worked, once , in my position I was supposed administer a comprehensive traffic survey prior to approval for the test. It turned out, the system as utilized in NJ, sends the violations to a responsible party at the PD for review before sending out citations. This allows the responsible party to pull out any politicians vehicles, friends cars, etc.... You don't think Jerzey politicians would approve something like this that would apply to them do you? I basically gave it the old "Chinese Inspection" and the program died on the vine.
 

NovemberEcho

Dergs favorite member
#11
Since I’ve moved to LI I think I’ve paid approximately $600 in red light camera tickets between me and my wife. A couple were from trying to beat the light, but most were turning right on red. They like to put the cameras at the few corners it’s allowed to turn right in red, but if you don’t stop for a full 5 seconds you get ticketed. Just another tax to travel the kings road.
 

RDoug

Well-Known Member
#12
Since I’ve moved to LI I think I’ve paid approximately $600 in red light camera tickets between me and my wife. A couple were from trying to beat the light, but most were turning right on red. They like to put the cameras at the few corners it’s allowed to turn right in red, but if you don’t stop for a full 5 seconds you get ticketed. Just another tax to travel the kings road.
Five seconds? Where the hell is that a written requirement. The standard is, "A full stop." No time specified, unless that's a New York thing.
 

Murdoughnut

Well sized member
#17
I can’t believe America now has speed cameras. That’s so embarrassing.
I drive a bridge over Tampa Bay twice a day - a bridge statey can't really control because of the danger to them of trying to do so given the traffic, speeds, small shoulder. Because there's no real regulation, it's horrendously dangerous on that bridge - more so than any other stretch of road I've ever driven.

I'm a fan of traffic regulation, whatever the means.
 
#19
Depends on the state.

They're definitely moving violations here in AZ and you will get points for them. Our cameras here take pictures of the driver so unless the picture quality is poor, you're going to have to go to court to convince them it wasn't you.
 

SlumTodd_Millionaire

Socialist Pig Member
#20
Depends on the state.

They're definitely moving violations here in AZ and you will get points for them. Our cameras here take pictures of the driver so unless the picture quality is poor, you're going to have to go to court to convince them it wasn't you.
I’ve never actually gone to court myself for a ticket. I just send a lawyer and he gets it taken care of. Never pay a traffic ticket. Ever.
 
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