How to Dispute Pasadena Traffic Tickets in Minutes
If you're interested in contesting a Pasadena Traffic Ticket, this article has your name on it. According to an op-ed published by the LA Times, a 19-year-old college student living in Sacramento received two traffic tickets totaling $1,185. The first ticket was for failure to provide registration (she explained her registration was at home) and cost $285; the second ticket was for failing to provide proof of insurance (also left at home) and cost a whopping $900!
Being a full-time student and helping her family run their business, she ended up missing her court date. As a result, the court penalized her an additional $600 in "civil assessments."
When the story was finished, she wound up paying $1,800 for two traffic tickets that could have been converted to "fix-it" status. After all, the issue wasn't that she didn't have registration or vehicle insurance — she merely left it at home.
The LA Times points out in this article how big cities like Los Angeles and Pasadena use traffic tickets as more of a way to generate income rather than for public safety. And the story of that 19-year-old college student exemplifies its point beautifully. If she had known about DoNotPay's Traffic Ticket product, things would have likely turned out a lot differently.
Understanding How Various Traffic Laws Affect You
States, counties, and cities in the U.S. have long since been mostly responsible for developing, enacting, and enforcing traffic regulations. For example, highway patrols enforce state-level traffic laws on state-owned roads and highways. However, their jurisdictional law enforcement powers typically cover any street, road, freeway, highway, or thoroughfare within a state. This applies to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), which often assists local and county agencies throughout California.
Likewise, local and county law enforcement can and will enforce their own traffic laws on any street, road, freeway, highway, or thoroughfare within their immediate jurisdiction. The primary difference is that local and county law enforcement can't cross their jurisdictional boundaries into another city or county. With all that said, drivers in Pasadena California are subject to its driving laws, as well as to Los Angeles County traffic laws. This means one should be knowledgeable of traffic laws pertaining to California, the county, and Pasadena. As the old saying goes, "Ignorance of the law is not a defense."
Federal Traffic Laws Issued By the NHTSA
The federal government also has its own set of motor vehicle regulations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implements broader laws from Congress by issuing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). For example, the NHTSA enacted a three-stage graduated driver licensing (GDL) system. It's intended to limit high-risk driving situations for new drivers, especially teens.
Only the NHTSA has the authority to make some like this mandatory in all 50 states including the District of Columbia. And the states are required to comply.
Types of Traffic Tickets in Pasadena and L.A. County
The most common traffic infractions that occur in Pasadena are as follows:
- Failing to stop at crosswalks
- Failing to stop at a stop sign
- Failing to stop for a school bus while the "Stop" sign is displayed and/or the red lights are still flashing
- Driving illegally in the High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane (also known as the "carpool lane")
- Failing to stop at a red light
- Texting or talking on a cellular phone whilst driving a motor vehicle
- Committing an infraction that triggers a traffic camera (illegal right turn on red, driving through a stale yellow traffic light as it turns red, illegally driving in bus lanes, or blocking crosswalks and intersections)
- Exceeding the posted speed limit
- Failure to wear a seat belt
- Defective equipment (broken taillight(s), burnt out license plate light(s), cracked windshield, etc.)
- Violating California's window tint law
- Parking in a restricted zone, area, or handicap parking space
- Abandoned vehicles on private property
- Failure to renew tags
- Driving with a suspended license
- Improper display of license plates
- Improper trailer weight distribution
- Failure to register/insure a motor vehicle
- Passing on a solid line
- Lane splitting (typically by motorcyclists)
How to Pay Your Pasadena Traffic Ticket Yourself
According to the City of Pasadena website, you can contest and/or appeal a traffic ticket by the following:
1. Pay Online
- Have your credit card and parking ticket number in hand.
- It may take between one and two hours before your Pasadena Traffic Ticket is processed and proof of payment is made available online.
2. Pay by Phone
- Call the Parking Citation Section at 800-989-2058.
- Have your credit card, parking ticket, and vehicle license plate information available when placing your call.
3. Pay in Person
- Go to the Parking Citation Section located at City of Pasadena Parking Citation Section, 100 N. Garfield Ave, Room N106 Pasadena, CA 91101.
- Cash, checks, money orders, American Express, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and most ATM bank cards are accepted.
- Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:15 pm. The office is closed on weekends and holidays.
4. Pay by Mail
- If paying by mail, one must pay by check, money order, or credit card.
- Cash payments by mail will not be accepted and returned to the sender.
- If paying by check, make it payable to "The City of Pasadena."
- The Parking Citation Section doesn't accept checks or money orders from banks out of the U.S. or two-party checks.
- Send payments to The City of Pasadena, C/O CITATION PROCESSING CENTER, PO BOX 10479, Newport Beach, CA 92658-0479.
Summary of payment options:
|Online||Pasadena Department of Transportation|
|In-Person||Parking Citation Section
City of Pasadena Parking Citation Section
100 N. Garfield Ave, Room N106 Pasadena, CA 91101
|The City of Pasadena
C/O CITATION PROCESSING CENTER
PO BOX 10479, Newport Beach, CA 92658-0479
How to Contest Your Pasadena Traffic Ticket
As stated by the City of Pasadena: "The process for contesting a citation is established via Division 17, Chapter 1, Article 3 of the California Vehicle Code. The City does not have the ability to create any process outside of State Law." Pasadena offers you the following options if you want to contest your traffic ticket:
1. Via Online
- Visit Pasadena's Transportation Citation website.
2. By Phone
- Call 626-744-7665
- Determinations will not be made during this phone call
- Provide the review staff with your information and statement
- The review staff will get back to you with a decision
3. By Mail
- Download an appeal form
- Fill it out accordingly
- Mail it to 100 N. Garfield Ave, Rm N106, Pasadena, CA 91101
Contest Tickets In Pasadena, California In Less Than 120 Seconds
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Here's how to get started:
- Log-in to DoNotPay and go to the Ticket Disputes category. Select the correct product based on your traffic ticket.
- Upload a photo of your citation.
- Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.
- Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf!
- That's it! You'll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.
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