If you live in a larger city, odds are you’ve heard of these cameras that take a picture of you when you’re speeding. If you haven’t heard of them, rest assured it looks like they’re here to stay and you’ll be seeing them installed in your city shortly.
You can see these cameras set up different points on the road. They may be at intersections or on the side of a bridge. Basically they can be anywhere that the local law enforcement thinks they are necessary. They work by using radar to tell how fast your car is going. If you are over the speed limit, the camera takes a picture as you pass by. Lots of times, if you’re not really paying attention, you’ll pass one of these cameras and never know it was there and took your picture.
Once you’re picture is taken it is reviewed usually by a human reviewer. They try and determine the license plate number to the vehicle. Once the license plate number is found and the owner of the vehicle is located; they send out a citation for the speeding offense. If you’re issued a citation for speeding from one of these cameras there is not a lot you can do about it.
You can go to court and talk with humans about why the incident occurred or maybe even to proclaim your innocence. Since the camera took a picture of you while you were driving you’re pretty much stuck with it. There are a few things you can do to try and prove that you are wrongfully accused. First examine the picture of the incident. If its not clear then maybe you could argue that the reviewer made a mistake. Maybe the person in the picture is not you which happens a lot but maybe hard to prove and you’ll need the image from the camera to help you in your case.
It’s always best to practice safe and defensive driving whenever you’re on the road. Doing so will help you avoid traps like the radar camera talked about in this article. This is especially true when you visit other towns and don’t know where any of the cameras are located. You may just come back home to a mailbox full of citations.