RED LIGHT CAMERA TICKETS IN LOS ANGELES
According to an article published in the LA Times on March 29, 2012 by Ari Bloomekatz, LAPD won’t pursue red-light camera tickets in court after the end of the red light camera enforcement contract. The city’s decision to end the contract with the firm that operated the cameras means data needed for officers to testify won’t be available. So many of the cases involving a trial could be dismissed. According to the article, Los Angeles police will not pursue through the courts scores of motorists with unpaid tickets from the city’s defunct red-light camera program. With the cancellation of the contract, officers will no longer have easy access to the photo and video evidence that courts require. After months of debate, the City Council voted in July to shut down the controversial program. Some officials publicly derided the steep red- light camera fines, which often topped $500, as “voluntary” because county courts were not aggressively penalizing those who simply ignored the citations. The city stopped issuing tickets July 31. At the time, there were about 65,000 tickets outstanding, representing a large pot of potential revenue for the city.
However, Court officials warn that paying red-light camera tickets is not voluntary and that there can be financial and legal consequences for those who fail to resolve their cases in court. People who ignore red-light camera tickets will receive a court notification. If they again do not respond, a $300 charge will be added to the ticket. The matter will eventually be referred to a collection agency, which will also try to seek payment. Also, an unresolved ticket can also show up in a background check, she said.
In addition, red-light camera programs continue to operate in a number of cities other than Los Angeles and that the court’s enforcement procedures apply to everyone who receives a ticket in the county. We can help you fight your red light camera ticket.