Cameras Could Soon Be Giving You Speeding Tickets

KPIX-TV reported on March 22 that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved a test program that would snap photos of speeders in San Francisco and San Jose. Assembly Bill 342 would authorize, no later than January 1, 2019, San Jose and San Francisco to implement a five-year pilot program “utilizing an automated speed enforcement system (ASE system) for speed limit enforcement on certain streets.”

Speed violations recorded by ASE systems would be subject to civil penalties of up to $100 per violation. While some are hopeful that the measure can help reduce speeding in the area, others believe that additional cameras are just more revenue-generating schemes.

Drivers in the San Francisco are probably well aware of the abundance of red light cameras in the Bay Area, and even those devices have been the subject of much criticism. In February, KPIX reported that two intersections in Fremont saw dramatic increases in the number of red light tickets being issued after the yellow light times at the intersections lasted just 4 seconds instead of the 4.7 seconds the city claimed.

Ticketing at Mowry and Farwell rose from an average of 54 red light runners a month to an average of 280 tickets per month from February through October 2016, and Mowry and Blacow saw an average of 17 tickets per month rise to an average of 177 per month. KPIX reported that the city proposed to spend at least $490,000 refunding drivers, although refunds need to be approved by the Alameda County Superior Court.

San Francisco Red Light Ticket Lawyer

When a person receives a ticket in the mail as the result of an alleged violation captured by a red light or speeding camera, it is often assumed that there is concrete evidence of that individual’s guilt. In truth, however, an alleged offender may have several possible legal defenses to a red light camera ticket.

As the Fremont case illustrates, there may have been an issue with the timing of the light system. Other alleged violations may be more forgivable if there were certain extenuating circumstances that made it unsafe to stop. Some people receive tickets when their automobiles were actually being driven by other individuals.

Red light camera tickets can carry very hefty fines, and multiple tickets can have a negative effect on a person’s insurance rates. It is always in your best interest to seek legal representation for help fighting any red light or speeding camera ticket you are ever issued.

Ticket Crushers Law fights to protect the constitutional rights of clients and can work to possibly get your red light ticket dismissed. The San Francisco criminal defense attorneys of Cohen & Associates, PLC represent individuals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento Area as well as other nearby areas in the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Solano, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Sonoma, Marin, Yolo, Napa, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.

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