Post # 1
So totally lame using weddingbee for legal advice, but anyway…
I live in Arizona and I was already stopped at a red light at an intersection with traffic cameras:
There was one car in front of me, the light turned green for like a second, then went to yellow and red due to an emergency vehicle coming in the other direction, and the cameras snap-snap-snapped away.
Yes, I went through a red light, but do I have any chance of fighting it due to the extremely short time the light was green/yellow? I reeeaallllllyyyy don’t have $335 for the fine (and traffic school after the fees is like $225!!!)
Grrr, I am soooo frustrated
Post # 3
You’ll have to plead not guilty, then explain the situation in court to a judge. Although I imagine that they will say that the yellow light was long enough for you to stop and you’ll have to pay the ticket anyway. It only matters how long it was yellow, not how long it was green in the system. If there was no yellow light you’d have a shot. But otherwise…you’ll probably waste your time and have to pay anyway. It’s not fair, but that’s how it is.
Post # 4
im so glad they got rid of the cameras here in phoenix! the contract went under with the company so they un hooked and removed them all hopefully they do that down there too! i woul go to the judge and explain that where you had to stop was even more unsafe than if you had gone through. even if the judge reduces to fine its better than nothing and always worth a shot!
Post # 5
I work for a court in Las Vegas, NV. Normally what I see in the courtroom, depending on what you got cited for (Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle or Failure to obey traffic signal or both), is that the judge does not amend the citation or fine. If I got this citation, I would plea no contest and pay for the citation. You didnt yield to the emergency vehicle and Im sure you may have heard or seen it, before you noticed the light was red. If you didnt get cited for both, you are lucky.
If you dont have the funds to post payment in full now, see if you can request a 30 day continuance or installment payments.
Also keep in mind all traffic laws are different from state to state, this is my personal opinion, I am not a licensed attorney to practice law in the state of Arizona. Good luck doll!
Post # 6
Sigh…thanks for your responses, I really appreciate it. I think I’m just gonna have to go to traffic school. I’m glad I took my request for a hearing out of the mailbox until I asked y’all!
Post # 7
@Vegasvixen: Oh, what does “no contest” mean exactly? I never knew… would I still request a hearing or just send in the fine? My options as I see them on paper are:
A. Request a hearing and give up the option for defensive driving school and if found responsible, pay all fines.
B. Attend defensive driving school
C. Pay fine AND be required to attend traffic survival school