Photo-Enforced Red Light Tickets in Texas – What if Someone Else Was Driving My Car?

Photo-enforced red light tickets are a hotly contested topic, as concerns have been raised about the constitutionality of cameras at intersections, and photo-enforced traffic tickets that you receive in the mail.  Most states do have laws authorizing the use of photo-enforced traffic tickets, however, some states are rethinking this as it is often difficult to prove that the registered owner or possessor of the vehicle was the person who allegedly ran a red light or violated some other traffic law that was caught on camera.

Dallas Red Light Camera Safety Program

Dallas uses cameras in order to catch drivers running red lights and/or violating other traffic laws.  While it is certainly important to take measures to prevent people from running red lights, the situation becomes tricky when the accusation of running a red light is discovered in the form of a ticket that comes in the mail.  Instead of an officer’s own visual account of a particular red light traffic stop, a camera is deemed to be sufficient to warrant the imposition of a red light or other traffic ticket. 

While most individuals who receive red light tickets were the same individuals driving the car at the time of the alleged incident, there are times when a friend or family member has borrowed your car.  In such cases, the ticket does not go to the person who borrowed your car – the ticket goes to you.  You can always try to have your friend or family member pay for the ticket, however, there is no guarantee that the responsible party will in fact pay for the ticket.  As such, it is important to immediately seek resolution of the photo-enforced red light or other traffic ticket you received in the mail.  Resolution could mean dismissal or it could mean agreeing to plead guilty to a non-moving violation that will not have a negative effect on your driving or your insurance rates.

The Dallas Red Light Camera Safety Program does allow a way for individuals to contest red light tickets that are issued after you have sold your car, but before the registration has been updated to reflect the new owner of the car.  However, there is no clear option for contesting the ticket for the reason that you were not the person behind the wheel.  Given that red light and other photo-enforced tickets are not very serious, it is best to get the ticket resolved in the most reasonable way possible despite the fact that you may not be guilty at all.

Contact Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

All Dallas County traffic tickets can be a hassle and quite frustrating especially in cases where you were not driving your car.  Whether a family member, friend, or other individual was driving your car, it isn’t fair that you should be held responsible, and having to pay for a photo-enforced ticket you received in the mail.  Individuals who receive photo-enforced tickets in the mail have the ability to fight the ticket, and they may have a good chance of succeeding, however, many people choose to pay the fine just to put the ticket behind them.  It is always a good idea to speak with a Dallas County Traffic Attorney who can help you fight the red light or other traffic ticket that you have received in the mail.  Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has more than thirty years of experience, both as a former prosecutor and as a current criminal and traffic defense attorney, and has been helping protect his clients’ constitutional rights for decades.  If you would like to speak with Jack Pettit about your traffic ticket, contact our office today by calling (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.


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