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Ran a Red Light

Question Posted Monday November 23 2009, 5:23 pm

What happens when you run a red light and there's a red light camera? I don't know if I ran it right when it turned red or what because I apparently wasn't thinking. Will they send a ticket home? Will I have to go to court? How much will it be? Will I get my license taken away?

I'm 17 and just got my license this August. I haven't had any tickets - I just got pulled over once because the light above my license plate was out but the police officer just let me go.

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uberlou answered Tuesday November 24 2009, 9:28 pm:
If you ran a red light with a camera, you will get the ticket in the mail along with the pictures of you, your car, license plate, etc. that it took when you ran the red light.

If it does happen, you'll have to pay a fine. They won't take your license away though. Inquire though if you can take traffic school instead of having to pay for it. Since that's always a good alternative too and it'll keep your record clean.

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christina answered Tuesday November 24 2009, 4:31 pm:
Those cameras aren't really monitored much, so I'm sure that nothing drastic will happen. If you do happen to get a ticket, just pay it off & be more careful while you're driving. :) Your license won't get taken away for a first time offense. Just make sure you pay attention & you should be fine.

Don't worry!

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just_ask_me answered Monday November 23 2009, 8:57 pm:
I know how you feel, because I get so worried when I get near this intersection that has tons of red light cameras. It's a tough call, because are you sure it's red light cam and not just a surveillance cam for the area? If you're sure it's a red light cam and you think you ran a red light, they USUALLY send you a warning if it's your first time. If not, they just send you a paper asking you to pay around like $100. You won't get your license taken away and you won't have to go to court. Do you know many people would have to go to court if they did that? Everyone runs red lights. It'll work out, it's honestly not a big deal.

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hotpotato answered Monday November 23 2009, 8:19 pm:
It happened to my mom once when I was in the car. We were so worried. Nothing happened because I think usually those cameras are for accidents and people replay those videos only for like insurance purposes to see whose fault it was actually in a crash and stuff. I don't think they are constantly being monitored.

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