I had another first in the Chicagoland area today. This one, unlike most, was not a pleasant experience. What is this first you ask? I got a ticket from the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program.
First, I wonder where they found such bright orange envelopes to mail the tickets in. As if the hideous color is not enough, it states that it is a traffic violation all over it. I am so glad I was not trying to hide said traffic violation from anyone.
Second, it is a $100.00 fine for "disobeying traffic control signal". Of course, I adamantly deny that I did such a thing. I am the most careful driver in the world. I never, ever, ever disobey anything.
Thirdly, if I did disobey a traffic control signal, is $100.00 not a bit steep? It is my first offense. I wonder if I can negotiate down to around $45.00? That is what I feel like this ticket is worth.
Also, I have the privledge of watching the video of the alleged act of me "disobeying traffic control signal" online. It is not just a picture, but an actual video. That part is kind of cool. I have watched it no less than 20 times.
I feel sad for the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program. Since I have lived in Chicagoland, I have been a huge supporter of their program. However, now that I have been given ticket, I find myself a bit less enthusiastic of said program.
However, regardless of the fact that I got a ticket, I still find the ticket program actually pretty good. I notice a lot less traffic violations at "photo enforced" intersections than I do at regular intersections. Of course, what do I know? I am apparently too busy running red lights to pay attention to the camera.
Finally, I still think I stopped at the red light. It was a quick stop; however, it was a stop nonetheless. However, considering that when I looked up how to contest the ticket online, I noticed that reports said only 2% of people that contest their ticket actually get it overturned. So, I have yet to decide whether to contest the ticket or not.
So, has anybody ever had luck contesting such a ticket?