For average Americans and Canadians, discovering an hefty photo ticket violation in one's mailbox is akin to getting punched in the stomach, unexpectedly with no time allotted to tense the little abdominal muscle one posses. This comes as no surprise considering that the average hard working Americans and Canadians are raising a family on a limited budget, facing economic uncertainties, contending with poor employment opportunities, and are simultaneously being forced to adjust to the ever increasing cost of living. However, all hopes haven't been lost, because with valid well articulated defense, sometimes a traffic photo ticket violation could be reduced, or completely dismissed in traffic court by a conscientious and discretionary judge.
Among some of the common defenses that may leads to a traffic camera speeding ticket violation fine reduction or dismissal are: aiding in a medical emergency, missing or obstructed speed limit signage, relevant mechanical failure, fleeing from situations posing serious bodily injury or death, and challenging the accuracy of the automated traffic enforcement camera system.
Assisting in a serious medical emergency by attempting to get an injured or sick person to an hospital or to any other treatment facility, and in the process operating an automobile above the posted speed limit can be a valid defense in getting a camera speeding ticket violation reduced or dismissed. In most cases, it's best to contact "911" or your designated local emergency number, and request for medical assistance and await on location for their arrival. However, considering known medical emergency personnel responding timeframe, the sick/injured person current location, location of the nearest treatment facility, and driver familiarity with best travel routes to treatment facility, it's sometimes best not to dial and wait on location medical assistance. In situation such as this, be prepared with proper medical documentation to submit as evidence at your first court appearance.
Another grounds for photo ticket violation dismissal is missing and/or obstructed speed limited signage. In States and Provinces with automated traffic enforcement camera systems, corresponding traffic regulations require speeding limit signage to be posted in the vicinity prior to the location of each traffic enforcement camera system. Event on roadways without these automated traffic enforcement systems, speed limit signage is still a requirement. Therefore, In the event you've received a photo violation notice in the mail, among the first things would should consider is whether speed limit signs were posted and visible at the time of the violation issuance. Speed limit signage are often missing, damaged, obstructed my tree branches, and sometimes even obstructed by parked commercial vehicle(s). In this instance, an obstructed street sign is just as good as a missing one. In preparing for your first court appearance, have on hand hardcopies of photographs depicting the location and missing or damaged signage leading up to the actual location of the traffic enforcement camera system.
The following is more a grounds for fine reduction in most case, unless you're in front of a very lenient Judge or examiner. Not keeping your vehicle mechanically sound to be safely operated on public roadways, and getting citation as a result, won't do you much good in court. However, there are mechanical/electrical failures that can occur that will result in your vehicle's speedometer gauge not functioning at all, or producing false readings. For instance, your vehicle's wheel speed sensors can fail, which will negatively affects the accuracy of your speedometer readings. In preparation for a court appears, be prepared submit the following as evidence: 1) Your testimony establishing the date and time when the speedometer was first realized to not be functioning. 2) Your oral statement or any tangible evidence to substantiate where you were driving to when the photo violation was issued me. This is important because it would be in your best interest if you were on your way to get the vehicle repair or parked at a safe location awaiting towing, or on site repair. 3) Obtain documented receipt specifically identifying the relevant repair successfully completed. In considering these three elements of evidence, it should demonstrate that you've promptly taken the necessary steps to get your vehicle up to safety standards, once you became aware of your vehicle's mechanical/electrical issue, and you've successfully got all the relevant issues taken care of.
We're all aware that countless of drivers have encountered situations on public roadways which have caused or almost caused serious bodily injuries or deaths. These situations can be environmental, such as an approaching tornado, or can be related to encounters with other individuals. Whatever the case, if you find yourself in a situation where you feel you're in jeopardy of being seriously injured, or possibly killed, and the reasonable course of action is for your to operate your vehicle above posted speed limit in an effort to escape such situation, then this could be grounds for a reduction or dismissal of a speeding/red light traffic camera violation. A police report of such as encounter could be strong supporting evidence on your behalf. If it's a situation that's environmentally related, such incident information should be publicly available and your oral testimony should suffice.
Traffic enforcement cameras, like any other technology, do require maintenance, do malfunction, and their settings can be manipulated to produce desired results. As such, local traffic regulations require these traffic camera systems to be checked on a regular, if not on a daily bases. In spite of these traffic regulation requirements, these traffic camera systems sometimes do go unchecked for various reasons. As a defend in one of these traffic camera violation case, you have the right to request the maintenance records of the particular camera system relating to your case. If upon request, such records can't be produced, this will obviously be grounds for dismissal. In the event such maintenance records are available, but the records reveal that the camera traffic system was malfunctioning, this will also be grounds for a dismissal.
We've covered five different types of evidences that could lead to traffic camera ticket violation dismissals or fine reductions. However, while successfully getting a violation dismissed, or the fine amount reduced, you as a driver will always end up losing, if the true cost of a camera ticket is considered. Separate from the dismissed, reduced, or paid fine about, there are many other expenses associated with responding to a camera ticket violation. The only way to be a winner completely is to avoid getting these camera tickets in the first place. CLICK HERE to discover the true cost of getting a camera ticket and out how to avoid ever getting another one.