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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 (153)

Chris - October 25, 2016 7:03 am

I received a red light cam ticket from yonkers at an intersection where i made a right on red. The pic shows me turning but musta triggered a ticket because i was moving at the wrong time. Suggestion?

    Matthew Weiss - October 26, 2016 7:41 pm


    My best guess is that you received this ticket because your car did not come to a full stop before making the right turn. If the video confirms this, then you likely will lose.

    Matthew Weiss

Joe - October 7, 2016 10:41 am

In at least 31 states you can ignore camera tickets, as their state AG’s have deals with the credit bureaus that cam tickets CANNOT hurt credit reports.

    Matthew Weiss - October 8, 2016 10:52 am


    Interesting settlement. Thanks for sharing. I’m sure our readers will benefit from seeing this settlement.

    Matthew Weiss

Hei - October 6, 2016 2:53 pm


My case is a bit special. This is a red light ticket, but what happened was that I initially turned into the wrong lane in opposite direction and stopped at the light. Then the police car honked.. Since it honked as soon as I stopped, I thought I shouldn’t be stopping and drove the car away. The police car then turned on the siren and pulled me over.

Shall I fight this ticket? There are a few things:
-I was at the wrong lane so there’re no lights on top the lane and therefore i was confused by all other surrounding lights.
-Since there’s no light for this lane, technically I didn’t cross any red light.
-If I fight is there any chance that I would be charged for turning into the wrong lane?


    Matthew Weiss - October 6, 2016 7:49 pm


    In my opinion, there is nothing which you have written which suggests to me that you will win this case.


    Matthew Weiss

Trish - September 30, 2016 9:51 am

If they’re going to have red light cameras then they need to DELAY the yellow light to give people time to stop so children and adults are not getting with whiplash or having accidents when they slam on their brakes

    Matthew Weiss - October 1, 2016 12:23 am


    Good point. Sadly, many intersections with red light cameras have “quick” yellow lights.

    Matthew Weiss

Benjamin Morris - September 29, 2016 3:53 pm

I got a red light camera ticket in a uhaul van and got the fun letter in the mail from the city. I live in New York, but have a GA driver’s license. If I is ignore this, what happens to me?

    Matthew Weiss - September 30, 2016 8:33 am

    Benjamin Morris,

    If you ignore it, you likely will get a judgment entered against you and this could impact your credit rating. You also likely will have civil liability to U-Haul if you do not pay it.

    Matthew Weiss

Precious - September 29, 2016 10:32 am

Mr. Weiss can you help me? I am getting red light camera tickets like crazy and I don’t know why? Ok so when I realize that I’m the yellow is about to turn red. I STOP and back up, I DO NOT AND DID NOT cross the red light at all so at that point, I take a picture of the red light along with the street name to show proof that I did not cross the red light. So far I have not gotten a ticket for those as yet but still getting a red light ticket for other others that I did not take a picture of. How do I get rid of these red light tickets? I’m thinking of a getting a cam to prove I am not crossing these red lights. I’m getting them especially on Kings hIghway in Brooklyn nY

    Matthew Weiss - September 30, 2016 8:35 am


    So sorry to hear about your misfortune. You cannot cross the intersection and then back up to avoid a ticket. You can watch the vidoes of these offenses to ensure that the tickets were correctly issued (in most cases they are).

    Matthew Weiss

josh - September 27, 2016 2:33 pm


Is there any way to fight these tickets without having to go to court?

It looks like my car passed the line at the same time as the yellow light turned to red. Is this a good defense, slamming on the brakes with a child and pregnant person in the car would have been unsafe?

    Matthew Weiss - September 28, 2016 1:32 pm


    From what you right, I doubt that you’ll beat this case in-person or via mail.

    Matthew Weiss

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