How to Fight a Traffic Light Ticket and Win

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How to Fight a Traffic Light Ticket the Easy Way

Receiving a traffic light ticket, whether you got a ticket from an officer who observed you doing something potentially dangerous or you received a traffic light ticket because of a red light camera, can be incredibly frustrating. Even when you do your best to follow the rules of the road, mistakes can happen, and a ticket for those mistakes can be financially difficult to manage.

Need to fight a traffic light ticket the easy way? DoNotPay can help make the process easier.

When Can You Fight a Traffic Light Ticket?

You can generally fight a traffic light ticket if you can establish that the officer issued the ticket in error. Check out the table below.

4 Times to Fight a Traffic Light Ticket
  1. The officer did not clearly see what happened, and you know that you went through a green light.
  2. You can clearly establish that you have a valid reason for moving through the traffic light while red: for example, you could not stop safely on dangerous, icy roads.
  3. You have a clear argument that you could not see the light, often because of a large vehicle in front of you, which caused you to make the error.
  4. You had already moved through the intersection before the light turned from yellow to red, but got stuck in the intersection because of traffic patterns.

It can be much easier to fight a traffic light ticket when you have a clean driving record. If you have a history of multiple moving violations, you may have a harder time convincing a judge that you do not deserve the traffic ticket. That’s why it’s so important to contest any ticket.

Can I Fight a Traffic Light Camera Ticket?

Yes, but fighting a traffic light ticket issued because of traffic camera evidence can prove very difficult. Those cameras only go off after the light turns red, and the state clearly has photo evidence of the violation.

However, you may have the right to contest a traffic light ticket when you were not the one driving your car at the time of the incident. You can also speak to the judge and ask for a more lenient fine, if you’re struggling financially.

How to Fight a Traffic Light Ticket Yourself

When the time comes to fight a traffic light ticket, you may have a few options. Do not pay the traffic ticket if you plan to fight the citation. Paying the traffic ticket is seen as an admission of guilt. Instead, you will need to wait for the court date named on the ticket.

  • Plan to go to court to argue your case. You will need to appear in court on the date named on your ticket. That may mean taking time off work and spending much of your day dealing with a court case.
  • Retain a lawyer. Sometimes, a lawyer can help argue your traffic ticket.
  • Go through a trial by written declaration, in which you can manage your traffic ticket by mail. A trial by written declaration can prove very difficult to manage on your own, particularly if you fail to provide the right information.

Fighting a traffic light ticket on your own can be time-consuming and, ultimately, expensive.

DoNotPay Can Help You Fight Your Traffic Light Ticket

DoNotPay has, as VentureBeat notes, already helped a large number of people fight unnecessary traffic tickets. Are you struggling to deal with a traffic ticket on your own, especially if you know it was issued unfairly? DoNotPay can help you get that traffic light ticket dismissed.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Log-in to DoNotPay and go to the Ticket Disputes category. Select the correct product based on your traffic ticket.


  2. Upload a photo of your citation.


  3. Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.


  4. Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf! 
  5. That's it! You'll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.


It's really that simple! Look out for your traffic ticket issuer's response to discover whether you won.

Why Use DoNotPay to Fight a Traffic Light Ticket?

Getting a traffic light ticket, especially one issued unfairly or in error, can be incredibly frustrating. Even if you win your case, which can help you avoid points on your license, you may find yourself dealing with significant lost time at work and other expenses, including the cost of traveling to traffic court.

DoNotPay can help make fighting a traffic light ticket easier and more efficient. Instead of worrying about your traffic ticket and the fine that may go along with it, you can rely on DoNotPay to handle the rest.

It doesn't matter if your traffic citation was issued in Los Angeles, CA,  NYC, Las Vegas, California, or anywhere else in the country. DoNotPay can help you fight the citation, often decreasing your costs and leaving you feeling much more confident about the outcome. It's:

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Trustworthy

In short, DoNotPay is the easier, simpler way to fight a traffic light ticket.

Let DoNotPay Help Fight Your Traffic Light Ticket Now

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