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Ticket for red-light running may be worth fighting... especially in Florida!

GasBuddy Blog -- Have you gotten a ticket for running a red light? If you think the 'warning' time of your yellow light ran out a bit too fast, you may be right. And you might be able to make that case in court.

Apparently, when state DOTs reduce the yellow light time, that fraction of a second produces more money for the state. Imagine that. In Florida the state raked in an extra $50 million in 2012 just by reducing yellow light times by less than half a second.

How did they do it? According to WTSP-TV's Noah Pransky, the FDOT quietly changed the state's policy on yellow intervals in 2011, reducing the minimum below federal recommendations. The rule change was followed by engineers, both from FDOT and local municipalities, collaborating...


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rwsb30
All-Star Author Dayton

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Message Posted: May 23, 2013 2:28:44 PM

I"ll tell you what your chances are in Florida......ZILCH ! ....The cops hide behind billboards etc. trying to trap motorists.....I once saw a cruiser materialize out of a deep ditch to bust a hapless tourist.....The officers partner was up on the hill with a radar gun on a tripod.....They use every dirty trick in the book there....The short yellow light is legendary.

You will find that it costs more to contest the ticket,even if you win,than if you just paid up and shut up'

[Edited by: rwsb30 at 5/23/2013 2:33:00 PM EST]
Gas_Eyes
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Message Posted: May 21, 2013 8:18:58 AM

Has anyone successfully fought their ticket and won in court?
LongPlay
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 3:05:35 PM

Red light cameras are for money not safety!
caddilac
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 3:00:03 PM


Well, if it isn't in your constitution then you don't have a leg to stand on.

You have a lot of freedoms, but running red lights isn't one of them.

jrfan6767
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:32:06 PM

quit your crying
LoneGuy
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:30:15 PM

This appeared days ago.
TopGunn
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:30:08 PM

Don't run them - don't worry.
TBRR
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:24:45 PM

old news. there are warning signs before the cameras, take heed and save $158 bucks. if not, pay the bucks and stop the crying. pictures do not lie and let the owner find out who they let drive the car to get their money back for the fine. OOPS, i forgot this is the "not my fault generation"

[Edited by: TBRR at 5/20/2013 2:25:32 PM EST]
dadis46
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:22:05 PM

I know all the red light camera because someone set up web pages list all the speeding and Red light camera for the whole county
jimedB
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:21:34 PM

The red lights causes more fuel usage by makinging you to stop and restart only to get stoped again by the next red light. Our lights here are supposed to be syncronised, but you are lucky if you make two before you get a red.
wshutton
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:20:26 PM

The Republicans said "let's privatize government". So now that their supports running the red lights, time to shorten the yellows to increase the profits of privatization!
DJRIO
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:18:49 PM

408 dollars each ticket on july 1 on this year.
DutchTreatMI
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:18:20 PM

This is the 3rd day in a row for this article and it's getting real old.
vamike
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:16:21 PM

Three days in a row-enough of the artificially inflated vote count already! Let some new stories on here.
GRUMPY55
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:15:47 PM

Never had one
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:14:33 PM

about 3 days ago
PithyOpiner
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:13:48 PM

Come on! A fraction of a second is not going to make any significant difference. Just stop trying to run yellow lights. It is so simple, folks.
Tralp
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:11:48 PM

OK
roadrunnin
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:10:26 PM

typical methods of the government to keep their hands in taxpayer pockets. No on wants to raise taxes, but everyone wants to promise benefits. You can't have one with out the other.
derek84us
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:08:24 PM

That's strange, because I was always told that the purpose of the red light cameras was for traffic safety. It seems reducing the yellow light time would also reduce safety. Unless.....the actual purpose of the cameras are to generate revenue???? Hmm, I can't believe our gov't would ever be so deceitful.....hahahahahahahaha
INBwana
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:06:58 PM


What has red lights have to do with the price of gas and the gas situation that we are in?????
weshyatt
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 2:02:26 PM

old news
Carriebear77
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:59:51 PM

I'm so sick of local governments trying to nickle and dime us to death! I go to work, and pay my bills and taxes. What's left over I put in the gas tank! It's not our fault they don't know how to make a budget and spend within their means. Gouging citizens to make an extra $50 million is ridiculous and should be illegal!
mnbeancounter
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:58:31 PM

old posting
wang91554
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:58:22 PM

ok
mileena202
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:56:38 PM

agreed
pecos
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:55:55 PM

Another way to tax the public.
amearly
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:53:12 PM

Big Government at its finest
eagle_scout
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:52:17 PM

got it
jannai888
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:51:38 PM

Similar article last week
tutaw
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:49:15 PM

HECK YES
tomok
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:46:32 PM

Ticket for red-light running may be worth fighting... especially in Florida! Red and Yellow traffic light times need to follow the federal recommendations, they are timed that way for a reason! Do Not change the red or yellow light times just to increase revenue for the city/county/state! Yellow lights are to warn you the light will be changing from green to red, when you see the yellow traffic light make sure you 'prepare to stop' Before the light turns red.
Red light cameras can help if placed properly or they can cause accidents, it depends on the local traffic flow and the attitude of the drivers.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
McMutt
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:46:28 PM

Should be a standard yellow time on all lights. If you then choose to run it, you know who to blame.
VetteFan
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:45:40 PM

Time for a new article.
RobertSpratt
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:43:30 PM

Don't run red lights. Problem solved.
OnABudget1
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:40:34 PM

Repetitive
satinsilver
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:39:57 PM

I just read this a week ago!
Boilermat
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:38:55 PM

old!
nehemiah
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:36:05 PM

we need other ways
hallows
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:35:37 PM

Very old news!
meatmac
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:34:26 PM

Same old, same old.
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:33:00 PM

Down with red light cameras.
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:27:56 PM

Really old news
TBecker1415
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:27:54 PM

repeat?
MRED3
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:25:06 PM

We know
oppdetcon
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:24:23 PM

OK...
regout
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:24:12 PM

Old news.
crashintuc34
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:22:57 PM

3rd day in a row.
soups5
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:22:20 PM

makes the government look corrupt
TonyPSU
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:21:53 PM

old
thuathienhue
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 1:21:05 PM

ugh.
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