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You Got a Red Light Ticket – Now What?


You see the flash, and know that red light you just ran is going to cost you $480; that’s a tough pill to swallow, considering that is about half the average rent in Sacramento.

So we decided to find out how people can get out of the ticket. In Sacramento County around 8,000 people get flashed by red light cameras, 6,000 people get out of those red light tickets.

Those 6,000 erased tickets consist of emergency vehicles running red lights, misfires, cars that really don’t run red lights, people who stop partially in the intersection but don’t run the red light and unidentifiable pictures. If the camera can’t see your face clearly then they don’t know who to mail the ticket to. Also, if the camera snaps a shot of a female driver’s face but the car is registered to a man, or vice-versa, then they will not send a ticket out.

But other than those loop holes, there is really no way to get out of your ticket. Traffic school does not lower the price of the ticket. In fact, you end up paying an extra $56 on top of the $480 for the ticket. The only benefit from the driving school is it takes point off your driving record.

Attorneys also tell us there is really no reason to try to fight the ticket in court with both pictures and video of the traffic violation judges will find you guilty every time, they could even force you to pay more than the ticketed price.

To make it even harder to get out of  tickets Governor Jerry Brown just signed a new law that makes the video and pictures taken from the cameras admissible in court. So you can’t even fight that the picture is an invasion of privacy, unless you want to go the federal courts, that decision will cost you at least $1,500.

So when it  comes to running red lights in Sacramento County, don’t. If you’re caught, and they can identify you, the cost is going to make you see red.