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Knowing a good traffic ticket lawyer can come in handy because speeding tickets are not the only traffic tickets that are frequently issued here in the San Antonio area. Getting a ticket camera violation is not only cause for a headache and more stress; a San Antonio red light camera ticket can also bring with it very heavy and unnecessary traffic ticket fines.

Many cities and smaller municipalities, such a Balcones Heights, Texas are installing red light cameras and speed cameras at various intersections in an effort to promote “traffic safety.”  Seriously?  Safety?  People slow down when they see a police car.  Most drivers don’t even know when they have received a red light camera ticket until days or weeks later.  So, it’s truly hard to honestly argue these cameras are promoting safety by slowing motorists down.

In fact, red light cameras and speed cameras are very controversial and have been in the news quite a lot over the last year in both Houston and San Antonio, Texas.  There have also been many articles discussing the problems with and legality of having ticket cameras installed at intersections.  Many cities, such as Houston, have even taken theirs down due to so many issues and complaints.

Here are, according to the National Motorists Association, some of the major problems associated with red light cameras and speed cameras:

  • No witness to the violation: Because the ticket is based solely on a camera taking a picture, there is no way to allow someone who saw the vehicle or who knew the conditions at the time to say whether or not the person was speeding or ran the red light to determine if the ticket is fair. It’s 100% your word against the camera’s….and it’s hard to get a camera to testify.
  • Recipients are not adequately notified: Even if you are captured by a red light camera or a speed camera, it may be several days or weeks before you are notified of the violation.  By that time, the amount of time to fight the ticket may be too short and the deadline to resolve it may be too soon.  This time crunch leaves many people feeling they should just pay it and “get it over with.”
  • Driver of the vehicle not identified: Red light camera and speed camera tickets are always issued to the registered owner of the vehicle.  So, the camera captures the license plate of the car going through the intersection.  Then the company managing the cameras researches the plate for the car’s registered owner and address. This means if someone borrows your car (with or without your knowledge) and is captured running a red light, you, the automobile owner, are the one charged with the red light camera violation.  So, you can receive a traffic ticket for running a red light even if you weren’t driving the car.
  • Discourages synchronization of traffic lights: This is a fancy way of saying that having red lights cameras installed at an intersection can result in the traffic light at that intersections changing to a red light faster than the other lights. This is because red light camera tickets are such a big source of revenue for smaller cities and towns.  It is believed that some municipalities such as Balcones Heights in San Antonio purposely change the timing of the lights so that they can have more vehicles that get more violations – all in the name of increased revenue.

Did you know all of that? Most people don’t. These kinds of red light camera tickets prove why hiring a traffic ticket lawyer can be one of the best ways to resolve your traffic ticket.  Hiring a traffic ticket lawyer to fight for you and help you resolve any red light camera traffic tickets and speed camera violations that you receive makes perfect sense.

At The Coquat Law Firm, our team of experienced traffic ticket lawyers is familiar with handling red light camera and speed camera violations and can advise you to help get your tickets resolved or dismissed.  Call 210-745-0144 today to speak with one of our traffic ticket attorneys and see what we can do for you.

About the Author

Justin A. Coquat is a founding member of The Coquat Law Firm, P.C. Mr. Coquat has represented clients with Traffic Tickets, Speeding Tickets, CDL Tickets and MIPs for over seven years and has resolved an excess of 2,500 citations. He is a San Antonio native who went to The University of the Incarnate Word and then South Texas College of Law in Houston. Mr. Coquat represents victims of traffic tickets in the San Antonio Municipal Court, Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts, Schertz Municipal Court, Selma Municipal Court, Leon Valley, Helotes, Hollywood Park, Alamo Heights, Shavano Park and Garden Ridge. He also resolves traffic tickets in other local jurisdictions such as the Helotes Municipal Court, Marion Municipal Court, Elmendorf Municipal Court, Three Rivers Municipal Court, George West Municipal Court and Justice of the Peace Courts in Comal County, Guadalupe County, Atascosa County and Live Oak County . Mr Coquat can be reached for a free traffic ticket defense consultation at 210-745-2825.

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No One is Immune to Traffic Tickets - August 4, 2013 Reply

[…] city of East Cleveland, OH and American Traffic Solutions, the company that runs East Cleveland’s traffic cameras.  In the letter, she claims that the Postal Service is not responsible for payment of almost $700 […]

JFISHER - December 10, 2014 Reply

Yeah, I got one of these “traffic tickets” in Balcones Heights…. received the notice 6 weeks after the fact, and they sent a nice, color photo of my car at the intersection, right lane on red… the photo also CLEARLY shows my brake lights lit up.

    Justin A. Coquat, J.D. - December 15, 2014 Reply

    J Fisher, for more information in regards to your comment and how we may be able to help you, please feel free to call our offices at: (210)745-0144.

Hiwaunis - April 23, 2015 Reply

I received a bill in the mail about the red light camera. The bill was dated 04-16-2015, while the so called violation date is dated 06-03-2013. It looks so unofficial I immediately thought it was the “new scam.” I have never received any other communication about this. Actually the bill is from a law firm, Linebarger Goggan Blair and Sampson, LLP.

Hiwaunis - April 23, 2015 Reply

I have also renewed my license twice since 06-03-2013.

    Justin A. Coquat, J.D. - April 23, 2015 Reply

    Hiwaunis, that is certainly very interesting. For more information in regards to the red light camera “ticket” and how we may be able to help you, please feel free to call our offices at: (210)745-0144.

John Rodriguez - October 14, 2016 Reply

I had received a citation of days two, showing I did not stop at intersection, I said wow? I have never done this/???

Bridget - March 20, 2017 Reply

I received a ticket for “Failure to Stop at a Red Light.” In the picture you can see my brake lights and the crosswalk line. I stopped at the light checked to see if a car was coming then proceeded to go (turning to the right). Can I appeal this ticket?

    Justin A. Coquat, J.D. - April 21, 2017 Reply

    I’m not sure what you mean by “appeal” the ticket; have you already lost at trial? You can certainly fight the red light ticket in court, unless you’re talking about a red light camera ticket. In that case, please see my article about red light cameras.

Joe - May 8, 2018 Reply

Do not ever pay a red light camera ticket. The only thing they can do is send you to collections. They can not report you to credit bureau, they can’t add the ticket to your driving record. They cant issue a warrant. The only thing they can do to you is kiss you ass.

Matthew - July 7, 2018 Reply

Im in sanantonio i passed a redlight are the gonna send me a ticket

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