In Georgia, there are two types of red light violations: violations detected by cameras posted on traffic lights that photograph the driver committing the violation and violations observed directly by police officers. Both types of violations can be costly and you may want to consider hiring a Georgia traffic lawyer to help you fight the red light ticket that an officer observed.
Red Light Violations
A red light ticket issued by a uniformed police officer who claims to have observed the offense is a moving violation that is assessed against the driver. The offense carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and three points on your license.
If you are cited for a red light violation, a red light traffic ticket attorney at Hawkins Spizman Fortas may be able to help you raise one or more of several available defenses. These defenses include:
- Poor timing — the yellow light wasn’t long enough or the camera wasn’t set to take the picture at the right time
- Not safe to stop — a large vehicle following too close behind you or other circumstances prevented you from stopping safely
- Poor view — the officer wasn’t in position to observe you stopping behind the stop line or the camera didn’t capture both the license tag and the color of the light as required
Even if you don’t think you have a rock solid defense, an experienced Georgia traffic attorney may be able to negotiate for reduced points and/or a reduced violation. Contact Hawkins Spizman Fortas today at (404) 933-1153 for a free consultation.
Red Light Camera Tickets
Georgia is one of a growing number of state that now allows local governments to install red light cameras. While these cameras have been hotly debated, they are unquestionably legal, at least for now. Luckily for Georgia drivers, the tickets generated by these cameras are not considered moving violations, don’t add points to your license, and don’t affect your insurance rates. However, they still carry a fine of up to $70 that is issued to the registered owner of the car. If someone else was driving, the registered owner is still responsible, but can seek payment from that person. Failing to pay a red light camera ticket in a timely manner may result in additional fees or collections action.