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Red light camera ticket - plea of guilty

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Dec 11, 2003
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Red light camera ticket - plea of guilty

Hi, I recently received a red light camera ticket in mail. Reading some of the posts here, I decide not to fight it. However I wonder the penalty can be reduced if I decide to go to the office in person and enter a plea of guilty.

Anyone can share their experiences? Thanks in advance.

My location is Markham.
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Deal Addict
Aug 11, 2006
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So that they know who the driver is and have it go on your record?! No way. I'll gladly pay the fine and call it a day.
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Jul 4, 2005
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I went in and got it reduced to the min in Ottawa. $3xx -> $200. Paid the fine. Bit the bullet. More careful about reds now.
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Apr 24, 2011
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Go in and plead guilty with an explanation and hope that they reduce it (they don't have to, but they usually do). Doesn't affect insurance or go on your driving record. Took me about 20 minutes including waiting time and got it reduced by $100 or something
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Feb 25, 2004
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I got one earlier this month.

said I entered the intersection when the light was red for .8 seconds and took 1 second to clear the intersection.

essentially I decided to proceed with caution into the intersection when the light was yellow. There is no way I could have stopped without entering the intersection. although I guess the argument will be that I could have stopped on a yellow. I just find the timing a little too rediculous.

nothing but a cash grab
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What is the opposite of pleading guilty?
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jackrabbit000 wrote: No such thing, you're always guilty. lol
Sounds like the judge/authority lessens fees/terms because we feign being apologetic? :)
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alanbrenton wrote: What is the opposite of pleading guilty?
Pleading not guilty, and attempting to fight the charge somehow in court.

C
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CNeufeld wrote: Pleading not guilty, and attempting to fight the charge somehow in court.

C
That's right. Probably doesn't make sense to fight a red camera ticket as it's automated and maybe calibrated once in a while.
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Jun 12, 2015
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Just select the option to talk to prosecutor. They will send you a notice with a date to come meet them. Show up that day and they will reduce the fine to a minimum of $200 I believe it is.

But depending on the judge on how nice they are consider each case separately on its own merit and will reduce the fine even further. The victim surcharge fee is on top of the fine and is non negotiable.

If you dont have time or day to spare just pay the fine and call it a day. Either way it I don't think goes on your driving record as they have no record of who was driving the car regardless of whether you go in or pay online.

Disclaimer: This is not a legal advice and is for information purposes only. Consult your own lawyer.

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