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Tricks To Avoid A Red Light Camera Ticket

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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 (129)

Chuck - April 26, 2016 7:23 pm

I have a question. This is for NYC. I’m to understand that the yellow light is timed. What is the time for the yellow light based on? Is there a set standard? Is it based on the old NYC 30 mph, or the new NYC 25 mph? Is seems to me that yellow light timing has stayed the same, yet as I drive the new speed limit I am more likely to get a ticket going through a light. To me it seems they found a great way to be able to catch people running a red light, by lowering the speed limit.

    Matthew Weiss - April 27, 2016 12:10 am


    First, the new, lowered 25 mph does not make it more limey to get a red light ticket. Second, the average yellow light should be 3 seconds.

    Matthew Weiss

Ariel - April 8, 2016 9:55 pm


My mother was driving my car in 2014 and was caught by one of those Red Light Cameras in Suffolk County. The following year I received one myself. I paid the one I received and forgot to pay the other ticket as I pled not guilty to kill time to come up with the money. Life happened, and on March 14th, I received a Judgment for failure to pay. I paid right away but now I have a judgment against me, I am planning on applying to law school and I hate the fact that my name is listed in Suffolk County no less for an $80 Judgment for something so ridiculous. Is there anything I can do to get that removed?

    Matthew Weiss - April 9, 2016 12:17 am


    You can pay whatever is still owed, if anything, and then have a Satisfaction of Judgment filed.

    Matthew Weiss

Mike C - March 18, 2016 10:05 am

Matthew, thank you for your reply. That’s what I figured but I am outraged by the fact that neither the Nassau County Police nor the company that owns and views the cameras ever viewed the photographs or video before issuing the ticket. Again, clear as day, my car is fully stopped at the light. The only two options I’m being given is pay the fine, or lose a days wages and pay a fee for a court hearing. That being said… my final question to you in all seriousness is can I bring a copy of my paycheck to the hearing and request from the judge that in addition to the ticket being dismissed that

1) I be reimbursed for a day’s lost wages (for having to go to court) due to failure by the Nassau County police department to review the evidence before issuing the ticket?


2) Any court fees I am required to pay either be dismissed as well or that “my accuser” be ordered to pay them?

    Matthew Weiss - March 18, 2016 10:53 pm

    Mike C,

    The judge at the Nassau County Traffic Violations & Parking Agency will NEVER award you lost wages for your time fighting your case. Nor will he or she waive court fees or order your “accuser” to pay them.

    Matthew Weiss

Mike C - March 17, 2016 11:38 am

I received a ticket out of the blue for running a red light in Nassau County. However, I went online to view the images and video of the supposed violation and all images and video CLEARLY show my car is stopped at the red light behind the white line with my break lights on. I do not cross the intersection. My car isn’t even moving! Clearly, no authorities viewed the images & video and this ticket was issued to me in error. The problem though, is that there does not appear to be any way to dispute the ticket other then going to court? Do I really have to take time off from work to sit in a court room when this ticket is plain as day a mistake? Is there any way to have my ticket reviewed without having to go to court?

    Matthew Weiss - March 17, 2016 2:28 pm

    Mike C,

    Yes, sadly, the only way to dispute this ticket is by going to court. Sorry.

    Matthew Weiss

Bobbie - March 14, 2016 6:36 pm

I think I may have gotten a red light ticket today. I made a right on red. The light had just turned red and because of the rain I could not come to a complete stop. My car started to fishtail so I post and rolled through to avoid an accident. Should I try to fight this?

    Matthew Weiss - March 16, 2016 11:40 pm


    I doubt that you can beat such a ticket (it is issued). You need to slow down in the rain to keep safely control over your vehicle.

    Matthew Weiss

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