Orlando Red Light Camera Traffic Tickets
Facts On Red Light Camera Ticket
Information provided by Eric J. Dirga, P.A., Orlando - Statewide Service
Last Updated: November 5, 2015
I only represent people cited for Red Light Camera Tickets in Orange County, Florida. If your were cited in Apopka or Ocoee call us immediately. We routinely get those tickets dismissed.
RED LIGHT CAMERA TICKETS
Orlando, Orange County, Winter Park, and Maitland
These municipalities are fighting us and the tide has turned in their favor recently. If you get a Notice of Violation ($158) from one of these cities we suggest paying it to keep it off your driving record. If it is already a ticket ($262) give us a call.
Apopka and Ocoee
If you receive a red light camera Notice of Violation ($158) from these cities don't pay it and wait for the ticket ($262) to arrive. Then call us. We routinely get these tickets dismissed. NOTE: If you try to represent yourself you will probably be found guilty. Give us a call for updated information.
This city issues many tickets but has not shown up to court in a while to defend them. These will all get dismissed unless they decide to again try and defend the tickets they have issued.
Your Options When You Are Targeted By Red Light Cameras
When The Camera Flash Goes Off
If you notice a flash as you pass through a red light camera intersection you need to do the following - note the date and time. If the municipality is going to cite your for running the light they will send you a notice within a week or two. Be looking for it in your mail.
When You Receive The
Notice In The Mail
The first thing you should get is a Notice Of Violation in the regular mail. This is not a ticket. The Notice gives you the option to pay $158 and have no citation issued. This means - if you pay the $158 it all goes away (just like your money). No ticket will appear on your driving record, no points, no schools. We strongly suggest that you take this option except for Edgewood, Ocoee, and Apopka Red Light Camera tickets.
If you do not pay the $158 due on the Notice, after 60 days the municipality will issue you a citation. The citation is sent via certified mail. Do not ignore postal notices that there is something at the post office for you and, yes, this is the real ticket. The fine amount of the ticket is $262.
When You Receive The Ticket
If you have decided not to pay the $158 (or you never received the Notice) and you have received the ticket you have two options. You can pay the $262 or set the ticket for a hearing.
At this point, never just pay the $262. Set the ticket for a hearing. In Orange County you can go to the hearing and not contest it and usually the enforcement officer will reduce the fine back down to $158. However, it remains a ticket and will appear on your driving record.
If you want to contest it you should hire our Office since we have been contesting these infractions since 2010. We will do everything we can to make sure the best possible outcome occurs for you. Just because you hire a lawyer does not mean the ticket will be dismissed.
You can read more on this here.
The Actual Violation You Are Cited For
The actual law they cite you for violating is s. 316.075(1)(c)1., Fla. Stat. This states that a vehicle must first "stop" before a steady red signal. However (according to s. 316.0083, Fla. Stat.), a citation "may not" be issued, pursuant to the statute for failure to stop at a red light if the driver is making a right-hand turn in a careful and prudent manner. Forget this language. I have never seen anyone win their hearing on it. You must stop.
How to Avoid a Red Light Camera Ticket
When approaching any red light you must stop before the white stripe on the road or, if no stripe, before entering a crosswalk or the intersection. If right on red is permitted you may proceed after coming to a complete stop.
Drive the speed limit to allow for a safe stop should the light turn yellow before you enter the intersection.
Do not follow large trucks closely into an intersection. If you cannot see the light signal allow the truck to pull ahead until you can see it.
Red Light Cameras are not going away until they stop making money. The political tides have already tainted every aspect of this law to allow these things to continue to bring in money. We have fought these since 2010 and this is by far the dirtiest, slimiest, place I have ever been. It is absolutely disgusting and my only advice is to vote out anyone that supported this. Unfortunately they all take contributions from the camera companies.
Can I Represent Myself in Court?
Yes you can. Remember what I stated above - most hearing officers and enforcement officers will accept an uncontested plea of guilty or no contest and reduce the fine back down to the Notice amount of $158. I do not suggest you try to contest the citation unless the camera evidence is clearly erroneous or open to debate. Read more . . ..
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