Traffic and Red Light Cameras in Ocala, FL
Bill Allen | September 21, 2023 | Florida Law
There was a time when traffic and red light cameras did not exist anywhere. However, for decades now, cities across the country have been installing them to combat traffic violators and observe traffic in general.
Traffic and Red Light Cameras in Florida
Traffic and red light cameras are two tools used by law enforcement and transportation officials to not only enforce traffic laws but to help keep traffic safe and flowing. In Florida, traffic cameras can be found throughout the state in most jurisdictions. However, red light cameras serve a different purpose and are not as widespread as traffic cameras.
In 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation installed traffic cameras for the first time in the city’s history. They were installed at various intersections throughout the city as well as along Interstate 75. The purpose of installing them was to monitor traffic.
Red light traffic cameras, however, have not been installed in Ocala. In fact, there has been some resistance to red light cameras in Ocala, Florida, and across the country. Some argue that their use violates various provisions of the Constitution.
Traffic Camera vs. Red Light Camera
Traffic cameras and red light cameras differ in that red light cameras concentrate exclusively on red lights and take individual photos. Traffic cams, on the other hand, cover wide areas and are concerned more with flow than any particular violation. That said, traffic cams may be used for enforcement purposes.
How Red Light Cameras Work
Red light cameras in Florida take pictures of the license plates of cars that enter an intersection while the light is red. If the light is yellow when a vehicle enters the intersection, a photo will not be taken, even if all of the vehicle has not yet passed into the intersection.
For right turns on red, the camera will also take a photo if the vehicle does not come to a complete stop before turning.
What To Do if You Get a Red Light Ticket
If a vehicle receives a red light ticket, the ticket will be sent to the vehicle’s registered owner as a Notice of Violation with the option to “pay ticket online.”
Failure to pay this notice will result in a second notice with a higher fine and points being added to your license. In other words, paying the notice the first time saves you hassle and money.
Fighting the Ticket
If you believe that you were ticketed by mistake, it is possible to contest the ticket. The most effective way to challenge the validity of the ticket is to hire an experienced Ocala traffic lawyer. But keep in mind that doing so can run you much more than the ticket itself.
That said, some drivers who receive red light tickets and forget to click on “pay ticket online” cannot afford more points on their record (often for job reasons), making it worth it for them to fight the ticket.
An Attorney Can Help You Understand Your Options
If you are dealing with red light tickets or any other traffic concern, traffic ticket lawyers can help you avoid the license and financial consequences of traffic violations and offenses. Consulting with a car accident attorney can help you decide what your next step should be.
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