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There are a lot of lawsuits against red light camera enforcement which have reached Supreme Court. Many cities like Houston have already removed them. These red light camera fines have become a big source of revenue for cities that enforce them and these cameras have just become a cash cow rather than a means of preventing crashes at red light.  I might receive a ticket from a red light camera soon as I saw a flash go by after I crossed on an orange light but was not fast enough to pass before red light (The orange light timings have reduced where these cameras are installed). I did a lot of research and found many online posts (including Reddit ones) saying "Don't pay such fines and put the tickets in trash". On further research to verify if not paying these fines would affect me, I found out that these tickets don't go on credit history and the only bad thing is they put a hold on your vehicle registration. But then on further research, I found out that the hold called"Scofflaw act" is only if you want to renew online. If you renew by mail or in person, the hold does not apply(at least in my county). So, I am not going to pay a dime to the thieves... 

 

Has anybody got a red light camera ticket and just ignored it?

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if you got something in the mail, take it to a traffic attorney in your area. they are the only ones would be qualified to give you legal advice about something like this. i would certainly hesitate to say ignore it without knowing the laws in your area or without any sort of legal training or expertise.


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On ‎2‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 9:47 PM, love_my_wife said:

There are a lot of lawsuits against red light camera enforcement which have reached Supreme Court. Many cities like Houston have already removed them. These red light camera fines have become a big source of revenue for cities that enforce them and these cameras have just become a cash cow rather than a means of preventing crashes at red light.  I might receive a ticket from a red light camera soon as I saw a flash go by after I crossed on an orange light but was not fast enough to pass before red light (The orange light timings have reduced where these cameras are installed). I did a lot of research and found many online posts (including Reddit ones) saying "Don't pay such fines and put the tickets in trash". On further research to verify if not paying these fines would affect me, I found out that these tickets don't go on credit history and the only bad thing is they put a hold on your vehicle registration. But then on further research, I found out that the hold called"Scofflaw act" is only if you want to renew online. If you renew by mail or in person, the hold does not apply(at least in my county). So, I am not going to pay a dime to the thieves... 

 

Has anybody got a red light camera ticket and just ignored it?

Texas has scofflaws and some counties may not allow you register your vehicles, is what I got from reading.

 

I was in Philippines for the month of October,  I have work vehicles and someone ran a redlight and I got a ticket from the City OF Dallas,in the mail, I called and appealed sent in my plane tickets, my passport stamps with entry and exit date ,etc.

 

About one month later they found me guilty, I called and was going to appeal but you have to do it in person and, it only $15. but the time for me to drive to Dallas which is about an hour away is not worth my time.   I did do some research on the subject and If I didn't have a business with many vehicles I think I would just ignore the ticket and tell them to pound sand.

 

Good luck

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1 hour ago, Chris Duffy said:

Texas has scofflaws and some counties may not allow you register your vehicles, is what I got from reading.

 

I was in Philippines for the month of October,  I have work vehicles and someone ran a redlight and I got a ticket from the City OF Dallas,in the mail, I called and appealed sent in my plane tickets, my passport stamps with entry and exit date ,etc.

 

About one month later they found me guilty, I called and was going to appeal but you have to do it in person and, it only $15. but the time for me to drive to Dallas which is about an hour away is not worth my time.   I did do some research on the subject and If I didn't have a business with many vehicles I think I would just ignore the ticket and tell them to pound sand.

 

Good luck

Correct, Texas does have scofflaws but that only applies if you want to renew online... The county where I live in doesn't enforce it if u do vehicle registration by mail or in person!

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On 2/11/2019 at 5:58 PM, Prizm123 said:

if you got something in the mail, take it to a traffic attorney in your area. they are the only ones would be qualified to give you legal advice about something like this. i would certainly hesitate to say ignore it without knowing the laws in your area or without any sort of legal training or expertise.

Lol, these red light cameras are involved in lot of controversies and they are nothing but a scam in which the cities and the camera companies are just making money. I have noticed the difference between the orange light timings of light that doesn't have the camera and the one that has... The orange light timings at the camera enforced lights are too short making it easier for vehicles to be caught up... Also, red light camera tickets are civil fines and don't affect your insurance or come on your record. A lawyer was even successful to get rid of them in the city of Richardson - https://www.dallasnews.com/news/richardson/2018/07/22/texas-lawyer-spent-years-fighting-75-red-light-camera-ticket

Even the governor of Texas is against this red light camera scam.

 

Some related news links

 

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article226143205.html

https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/grapevine-colleyville-southlake/top-stories/2019/02/13/local-state-officials-rethink-stance-on-red-light-cameras/

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