Running a Red Light
It’s common knowledge that running a red light can lead to a traffic citation. However, running a red light is a frequent traffic violation that normal everyday people commit. Often Florida citizens will run a red light accidentally after overestimating how long a yellow light will be. There are few cases where a person will intentionally and knowingly run a traffic light.
If an officer spots you or a camera is set up at the intersection, you may be ticketed for running a red light. Although the ticket may seem inconsequential, you should take it seriously. Admitting guilt to a traffic violation means points on your license. Enough points could lead to a driver’s license suspension as a result and even affect your insurance premium. Thankfully, you can fight back by contacting an experienced traffic defense attorney.
Traffic Attorney for Red Light Violations in West Palm Beach, FL
People receive and fight red light violations everyday with success. If you believe you were wrongly ticketed for running a red light, we suggest you contact the attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our traffic defense attorneys thoroughly understand Florida’s traffic laws and can use our knowledge to fight your ticket.
Learn more about our practice by calling Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. We will set up your first consultation free and discuss in further detail your ticket. Our firm practices throughout the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County area including Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Jupiter and Delray Beach.
Overview of Red Light Tickets in FL
- How Florida’s Red-Light Laws Work
- The Debate Surrounding Red Light Cameras in FL
- The Points System in FL
- Additional Resources
How Florida’s Red Light Laws Work
One of the first things motorists are taught when operating a vehicle is to obey traffic light signals. To enforce these laws, the state of Florida tickets anyone who fails to completely stop at a red light. Under Florida law, there are two circumstances in which you can receive a citation for running a red light at an intersection.
- A law enforcement officer witnessed your violation of traffic laws and pulled you over;
- The violation was caught on camera that was installed by the state at the red light and you received the citation for the act in the mail
The citation fine for running a red light is roughly $125 in Florida. Although this fine is relatively low, it’s the points that become a real problem in the future. If you admit guilt, then the state of Florida will add three points to your driving record. Accumulating points could lead to an administrative license suspension by the Department for Traffic and Highway Safety.
The Debate Surrounding Red Light Cameras in Florida
The purpose of red light cameras was to reduce the amount of accidents and traffic violations in the state. However, since they have been implemented Florida has had its fair share of debate surrounding red light cameras. Many claimed they were unnecessary and in some cases were ineffective. A report by the DHSMV fueled these arguments even further in December 2018.
The comprehensive red light camera report indicated that crashes at red light camera intersections had actually increased by 15 percent since the cameras were installed. In addition, it would find that there was a 15 percent increase in miles driven on Florida roads after the installation of cameras. DHSMV discovered that the rate of accidents involving serious injury did decline, but minor accidents were on the rise.
Since then, red light cameras have been on the decline in Florida. It was recorded in the summer of 2018 there were 508 red light cameras in the state. This was a drastic decrease compared to the 950 that were first installed years ago. Legislators such as Representative Anthony Sabatini are still actively trying to halt the red light camera program in Florida. Sabatini attempted to repeal the program in January 2019, but his bill never passed the senate.
The Point System in Florida
Florida determines how a person’s license is suspended by a points system. Points are assigned based on the type of traffic conviction committed and will stay on a person’s driving record for at least five years. Accumulating too many points in a specific time frame will lead to a person’s license being administratively suspended.
The following chart shows the suspension terms for each point accumulation threshold.
12 points within 12 months
18 points within 18 months
24 points within 36 months
Red Light Camera Summary Report 2019 – Visit the official website for the Florida Department for Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to learn more about their summary report regarding camera analysis. Access the site to learn how many violations occurred in 2019, how many tickets were unpaid, and alternative safety measures to prevent accidents.
Red Light Camera Process in Palm Beach County – Visit the official website for the Clerk and Comptroller in Palm Beach County, FL. Access the site to learn more about red light camera violations, the fines associated with it, and how to pay the citation’s fine.
Red Light Violation Lawyer in Palm Beach County, FL
If you have received a red light violation recently, we urge you to get in contact with the West Palm Beach attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. You don’t have to pay the ticket if you believe it was issued unfairly. With experienced legal representation, you can fight the citation and avoid adding any points to your driver’s license.
Learn more about how you can fight red light violations by calling Meltzer & Bell, P.A. at (561) 500-5000. Our traffic defense attorneys have helped numerous people who were ticketed wrongly. They can help you throughout West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County including Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Jupiter.