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Suffolk County Red Light Camera Tickets

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Matthew Weiss

Matthew J. Weiss, Esq. graduated Hofstra Law School in 1984. He was Law Review and won the law school’s prestigious Procedure Award. Upon graduation, he became one of the first Hofstra Law School graduates to work at the New York State Court of Appeals (New York State’s highest court) working on various appellate matters.

Comments (327)

Francene Barrett - June 20, 2016 1:44 pm

Are warning signs required? If so, what are the requirements in Suffolk County. I came off the parkway at CR 17, Carleton Avenue @ NY27A, Montauk Highway, southbound and received a citation 3 days later including a $30 Administrative Fee. Is the Administrative Fee legal?

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    Matthew Weiss - June 20, 2016 9:33 pm

    Francene Barrett,

    While there should be a red light camera sign in the area, I do not think you’ll win on this argument. With that said, if you make it, plead let us know what happens.

    Matthew Weiss

Lu - June 1, 2016 5:59 pm

Violation Date: Mar 31, 2016 13:37:27

Speed Limit: 40 mph

Yellow Time: 4.3 sec Red Time: 1 sec

Location: CR 4, Commack Rd @ Marcus Blvd/Tanger Dwy – NB

I was turning right on yellow light. Why I got this ticket? It is $ 50+ $ 30 administrative fee+$25 late fee+$ 3 process fee. What is that?? I do not think I should pay for that. It does not make any sense!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 2, 2016 7:23 am

    Lu,

    If you dispute the ticket, your only real option is to plead not guilty.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Maryanne - May 31, 2016 7:56 pm

Why is it I never see a cop obey the law regarding red light cameras? I thought it would apply to everyone. I know they think they are way above the law, but come on!!!

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    Matthew Weiss - June 1, 2016 4:29 pm

    Maryanne,

    Can’t answer this except to hope that these officers were on their way to respond to an emergency.

    Matthew Weiss

Tim - May 13, 2016 10:12 am

Hey, just wondering how long it takes to receive a red light ticket? I was already in the intersection of old town and 83 but on coming traffic wouldn’t allow me to make the turn.. And I know the light changed while I was waiting.. But it was definitely green when I was in the intersection. I don’t live at the registered address anymore, and I’m not sure my ex will let me know I got the letter.. This occured on 3-22-16… Should I have received it by now?

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    Matthew Weiss - May 14, 2016 12:25 pm

    Tim,

    Because it has been more than 30 days, you likely will not get one. Be careful!

    Matthew Weiss

Jake H. - April 28, 2016 7:27 pm

Hi Matthew,

This is something that happens a lot — at a four-way intersection (two two-way roads crossing), cars will often linger in the middle of the intersection hoping to make their let-hand turn before the light turns red, yet having to wait for oncoming traffic to clear. The best outcome is that you make the turn while the light is still green, or at worst yellow. If you get stuck in the intersection when it turns red, because oncoming traffic never permitted you to turn, are you out of luck with regards to getting a ticket if it is a light with cameras?

Here is a slightly different scenario that also happens a lot — the same four-way intersection, but instead of going into the intersection, I just go a little over the warning ling on the road, hoping to be able to make the turn, yet leaving myself a chance to back up a little bit if I see the light turn yellow, which is what happened to me today. Is it okay to be about halfway over the white line in the road, but never crossing into the intersection?

Thanks,
Jake H.

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    Matthew Weiss - April 28, 2016 10:47 pm

    Jake H,

    If you approached and crossed the stop line while it was red, then you could be issued a ticket.

    Matthew Weiss

Maura - April 4, 2016 10:56 am

Can you recommend an attorney who does fight red light tix? I received one two years ago after a huge snowstorm. Due to plowing, I was not completely in right turn lane so that even though I had a green arrow to turn right, the camera seems to have thought I was going straight through the red light. And, even though you can see this clearly on the video via county’s website, they will not void it. I sent in a written plea as soon as I’d received it and never heard another thing, but they just sent me an overdue notice for $105 and no opportunity for appeal. They wonder why people hate and distrust gov’t?

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    Matthew Weiss - April 4, 2016 2:13 pm

    Maura,

    I do not know of any attorney who fights red light camera tickets. Because they carry 0 points and do not affect your insurance rates, there is no real reason to hire a lawyer to fight such tickets.

    Matthew Weiss

Jake Hendrickson - March 20, 2016 3:41 am

Hi Matt,

Here is a question for you… Do red light cameras take photos in order to give out tickets for vehicles that do not immediately stop for an emergency vehicle with flashing lights (whether it be an ambulance, firetruck, police, etc.) coming from the opposite direction on a two lane street?

Even though the light was green, it really seemed like the camera went off as I went through it (there was a single, bright flash) as an emergency vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction (which I thought was a police car pulling somebody over).

Have you ever heard of such a thing? Is it even possible to gauge such an event accurately??

JH

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    Matthew Weiss - March 20, 2016 9:54 am

    Jack Hendrickson,

    I’m pretty sure that you are “safe”. The red light cameras are only to enforce motorists who disobey red lights (not those who fail to yield to emergency vehicles while the light is green).

    Matthew Weiss

Marilyn Doyle - March 18, 2016 10:41 am

Hi Matt..

I got a red light camera ticket on Vets Highway for allegedly going through a westbound red light at the intersection of Vets Highway and Lincoln Ave. I have proof that the time stamp on the ticket is off by about 3 minutes, so I filed a discovery motion to either prove or disprove this camera was malfunctioning. I brought one copy of the motion to the Dennison Building so I could serve it on the prosecuting attorney. I was told to give it the the clerk, who told me “discovery” does not apply to red light tickets. I asked her to put that in writing, but she wouldn’t. I also faxed over the discovery motion request to a supervisor at the private contractor in Colorado.

This information is vital to my defense.

My question is….if they do not provide me with the information I requested, I intend to ask for a dismissal.

Realistically speaking, do you think the judge will grant me one based on the failure to provide me what I need to to mount a proper defense?

Thanks very much…

Marilyn

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    Matthew Weiss - March 18, 2016 10:54 pm

    Marilyn Doyle,

    I doubt you win on this argument but please don’t let me to discourage you from trying.

    Good luck!

    Matthew Weiss

Matt G - March 6, 2016 6:11 pm

Hi Matthew,
My wife and I live in Massachusetts. We were on Long Island a few months ago for a wedding. I made a turn at a right light without coming to a complete stop. There were no cars coming, and it was safe. Something I would do at home. I had no idea I was on camera. A few weeks later, I got a lovely video and $80 ticket. Are these tickets legal? Do I have to pay it? It is from some company in Maryland, not NY State or Suffolk County. If I don’t pay it, will it impact my Mass license or registration?

Thanks, Matt

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    Matthew Weiss - March 6, 2016 8:40 pm

    Matt G,

    Yes, sadly, red light camera tickets are legal and I do recommend that you pay it. Failure to pay could impact your credit rating (and possibly worse).

    Matthew Weiss

Justin Abualjadail - March 4, 2016 3:27 pm

Matthew, I just received a red light violation in the mail for an infraction at the intersection of Rt 110 and Jericho Tpke. The light has a right turn arrow. The video shows my vehicle approaching and turning as the right turn arrow changes from yellow to red with my turn occurring about a second after the switch from yellow to red. You can see my brake lights on as I approach, indicating I intended to stop, but as there seemed like enough time to make the yellow, I proceeded. Is it worth the fight? I live out in Queens and would have to travel to fight the ticket. I assume it would be in Hauppauge. Additionally, if there is a $30 administrative fee then the ticket’s true value is $80 right? Why call it $50 and $30? That’s just semantics, no? There’s no way to avoid the $30 administrative fee, correct?

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    Matthew Weiss - March 4, 2016 11:21 pm

    Justin Abualjadail,

    Because the video shows your turn occurring about a second AFTER the switch from yellow to red, I doubt that you can beat this ticket.

    Sorry.

    Matthew Weiss

Mikhail Egorov - February 22, 2016 6:47 am

Hello.
I’ve noticed a charge on my credit card by the car rental company after 6 months since I was renting a car while visiting NYC and Long Island area in Sept 2015. Rental company sent me a citation note with link to Suffolk Stops on Red with the video of me making a right turn on red light.

Citation Number: S15-000285390
Violation Date: Sep 07, 2015 12:52:14
Speed Limit: 40 mph
Yellow Time: 4.3 sec Red Time: 0.9 sec
Location: CR 4, Commack Rd @ Marcus Blvd/Tanger Dwy – NB

I do not remember any signs “Do not turn on Red” on the way; however I did not make a full stop before turning; as it was a yellow light which turned into red. Red Time: 0.9 sec. Video showed that 3 cars following me did exactly the same move so they likely to get the same ticket.

Is there a chance to fight this one? After all I was charged for 122 USD (o/w 12 is a rental company fee) which is significant for me.
Is there a way to fight remotely (email/phone) as currently I’m located outside the US?

Thanks.

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    Matthew Weiss - February 22, 2016 10:41 am

    Mikhail Egorov,

    I seriously doubt that you can fight this one. The rental car company has likely paid it already, and you are contractually obligated to reimburse it.

    Matthew Weiss

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