Red Light Traffic Ticket, NYS VTL § 1111

Running a red light is one of the most common traffic violations in New York State. Within the State and Westchester County, there are two ways to get a red light ticket: by a police officer or by mail via a red light camera ticket.

The Law and Its Exception

Every driver knows what a running a red light means. In fact, a potential driver must study this subject, be knowledgeable in it, and pass a written exam that test on this subject before being issued a driver license. So, drivers know, and the law (VTL § 1111-(d)) states that a driver cannot move his or her car until the light turns green. The only exception to the law is when an indicator (like a sign) allows a driver to continuing driving after having stopped for a red light.

Penalties and Fines For Red Light Traffic Violation Issued By Police Officer

Penalties and fines come in the form of points and money. A red light traffic ticket violation carries 3 points, can cause car insurance premium increases and trigger a DMV Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee. Fines vary depending on the population of the city in which the traffic violation was issued and whether is it a driver’s first, second or third offense. With that being said fines can range from $250 to $1,500. Plus, a surcharge of up to $93 is assessed.

Red Light Camera Tickets

The second way to get a red light traffic ticket is to be mail one. Red light camera violations are controversial because of a person’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his or her accuser. Even so, there are exceptions to this violation. For example, if it can be proven that a driver was in a medical emergency, it is a ground for dismissal.

Penalties and Fines For Red Light Camera Violations

A red light camera ticket is much like a parking ticket in that it is issued to the car, not the driver. So, it does not carry any points and it will not show on a driver’s driving history. Currently the fine for a red light camera ticket is $50.  

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