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Major LA Court Consolidation Plan Due to Budget Shortfall

Tuesday, Apr 16th, 2013

Major LA Court Consolidation Plan Due to Budget Shortfall - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

To address a significant budget shortfall for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year, the Los Angeles Superior Court will be reorganizing its operations by implementing a Court Consolidation Plan. Changes will be implemented in phases commencing in March 2013, and continuing through June 30, 2013. If you have a traffic matter pending with the court you may be affected as your case may be transferred to a different court then it is currently at. If you have a court appearance date pending and your court date is after March 2013 you need to check and see if your case has been transferred to a different location than where you were originally told to appear. For more information regarding the Court Consolidation Plan see http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/consolidation/ui/  - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets 

To beat your California Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, and Other Traffic tickets, call TicketKick.com.  If you don’t win, we don’t win.  It’s as simple as that. Go to www.TicketKick.com or call us at 800-580-1902.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

California Traffic Violator Penalties Not Harsh Compared to China

Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

California Traffic Violator Penalties Not Harsh Compared to China Traffic Rules Said to be Harshest Ever - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

Most traffic tickets are designated as one-point violations that will add one point to your driving record and fall off after three years. China’s newly enacted “harshest ever” traffic laws have sparked debate among Chinese drivers who now face double the amount of penalty points compared to last year for ignoring a traffic light. Equally harsh is China’s newly enacted traffic violation which requires drivers to stop for a yellow light even if the light has not turned red yet. Compare to California which assigns only one negligent operator point for a red light violation. Additionally California has no requirement to stop for a yellow light; rather the purpose of the yellow light is only to warn that a red light is approaching. - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets 

To beat your California Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, and Other Traffic tickets, call TicketKick.com.  If you don’t win, we don’t win.  It’s as simple as that. Go to www.TicketKick.com or call us at 800-580-1902.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Many Bills Passed But None to Raise California Traffic Ticket Fines

Tuesday, Jan 15th, 2013

Many Bills Passed But None to Raise California Traffic Ticket Fines - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

California Legislature passed some 800 bills, most of which went into effect the first of the year. Among those bills were some new traffic laws. Most notable were the traffic laws relating to the allowance for voice activated texting and paperless proof of automobile insurance, new guidelines for red light camera operators, and relaxed restrictions on which types of drivers can attend traffic school (relief for commercial drivers).

No sign of any laws to increase traffic fines this year. A welcome change from 2011 when the state added $4 to the cost of already high traffic ticket fines. Residents of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino County should however be on the lookout for additional registration fees, as new state law authorizes these counties to increase registration fees by $1 or $2 in order to fund vehicle theft programs. - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets 

To beat your California Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, and Other Traffic tickets, call TicketKick.com.  If you don’t win, we don’t win.  It’s as simple as that. Go to www.TicketKick.com or call us at 800-580-1902.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

New Red Light Camera Bill Introduced

Monday, Mar 26th, 2012
Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, has sponsored a new bill that has been introduced in February. Assembly Bill 2128 would reduce the base fine of "rolling right turns" on red lights at red light camera intersections in California. This bill also includes a provision that adds one second to the state-established minimum time for yellow lights at all intersections with red light cameras. According to the assemblyman's website, increased yellow light times have been proven to decrease accident rates without increasing the number of tickets issued to motorists. Last year, Cook sponsored AB 1008, a red light camera bill that would have prohibited local governments from installing new red light camera systems, and would have required existing red light camera systems to undergo a thorough investigation to determine whether the red light camera resulted in a reduction in the number of traffic accidents. This bill failed in the Assembly Local Government Committee. AB 2128 is currently awaiting consideration in the Assembly Transportation Committee. It is scheduled to get a hearing on April 9. The base fine on a red light camera ticket for a rolling right hand turn is $100, although the full fine with court fees and other costs usually ends up being about $500 in most cities in California. Cook's bill would reduce the base fine for this violation from $100 to $35.
Posted in Government, Red Light

Governor Vetos SB 29

Friday, Nov 11th, 2011
We thought we'd put out an update on whatever happened to Senate Bill 29, a bill that would have put new restrictions on cities operating red light camera systems. Most notably, SB 29 would protect the rights of Californians cited by traffic enforcement cameras (red light cameras) and would require that cities using red light cameras establish policies and procedures to better ensure that citations are properly and appropriately issued, and that motorists can effectively challenge incorrectly administered tickets. For more history on SB29, check out this blog post. SB29 worked it's way through the senate for nearly a year until it was finally vetoed. On October 7 of this year, Our Governor put out this veto message: "To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 29 without my signature. This bill standardizes rules for local governments to follow when installing and maintaining red light cameras. This is something that can and should be overseen by local elected officials. Sincerely, Edmund G. Brown Jr." What does this mean for you as a driver? Apparently, it means that your city may still be able to operate red light cameras on a basis of revenue generation if they so need to, which many people accuse is the underlying reason for red light camera systems. Interestingly, opponents of SB 29 argued that hundreds of millions of dollars would be lost in government ticketing revenue if SB29 was signed, since it would prohibit the government in considering revenue generation when proposing to install a new red light camera system, beyond recovering its actual costs of operating the system. These things are supposed to be used to reduce the number of accidents at specific intersections, but the studies on this are controversial. How do you feel about red light camera systems? Voice your concerns on our Facebook page or you can leave a comment on this blog post. Be sure to give a big shout out to our team at TicketKick for continuing to help educate the public of what their rights are options are with red light camera tickets. Until more laws are put in place to actually help protect driver's rights regarding red light camera systems, we'll keep on helping hundreds of drivers fight them every month.  
Posted in Government, News, Red Light

Knowing What is On Your Driving Record is More Important Than You Think

Friday, Sep 16th, 2011
Everyone has heard about their driving record, but not everyone understands the exact significance of it, and just why it matters to them to know what is reflected on this record. See, there are several things shown through the driving record, from how well one adheres to the rules set forth for them to how well one is able to follow directions, guides, signals, signs, and so forth, and even into the responsibility of the driver. There is also a great need to protect your driver's license, which can only be done if you are really aware of what your driver's record holds. In some cases, a suspension may have been placed on your license, and you may not be aware due to forgetting a simple court date or traffic citation cost. At the same time, you may have a ticket looming that is affecting your driving record, which you should be aware of if you want it removed from the record appropriately. There is also the case of DMV points, which greatly affect your ability to obtain an inexpensive auto insurance policy, as well as obtain employment in the driving field, with many jobs offering driver positions, from delivery to transportation and others. Why Does This All Matter to You? So, while you wonder why all this information matters to you - and just why you should also view what is shown through your driver's record, you should think about the different things that your record represents. Seeing your record for yourself can help you to make corrections that are needed, as errors can occur and look very poorly against you. If you aren't checking your report, you could be suffering the consequence of infractions and discrepancies that don't even belong to you. You could have license points or violations reflecting on your report that you never even encountered and belong to someone else. You should also be able to see what is working against you as you seek a new auto insurance policy or employment, so you can do something about it. In many states, your tickets will remain until they are taken care of through payment, court appearance, or both. While DMV points typically stick around for the long-haul, many states also allow you to attend driver's training or awareness courses in order to remove some, if not all, of the points, depending on how many you hold. Without knowing what is on your driving record, you could really be hurting yourself, with points, infractions, discrepancies, and reflections that may not be yours, may be able to be resolved easily, and could be harming your opportunities and potential. If you are adamant about seeing your report and doing something about it, you are more apt to get ahold of these opportunities, and ensure that you are reflected as a good and skilled driver. Jeffrey Kellner

Florida Citizens Push Back Against Red Light Tickets & Cameras

Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2011
A Florida lawyer is helping citizen fight red light tickets that are issued by cameras because he says they are unconstitutional. Daytona Beach attorney Aaron Delgado told the Daytona Beach News Journal that he has gotten a number of requests from people to help fight the red light tickets, which can cost up to $300 each. "I [helped them fight the tickets] for free because I thought the cameras were unconstitutional and I wanted to challenge the system," he told the news provider. Red light cameras have become a major issue in the Sunshine State in recent weeks as communities across Florida installed the cameras to catch alleged traffic violators. However, some, like Delgado, have been pushing back against the cameras, contending that they do not work correctly and they raise a number of constitutional concerns. Delgado says that he has gotten at least a dozen tickets rescinded, typically by calling the cameras' accuracy into question. Still opponents of the cameras likely have an uphill battle as a Broward County Judge Steven P. DeLuca recently ruled that the cameras were constitutional.

Bloomberg Supports Red Light Camera Use In NYC

Saturday, Aug 27th, 2011
In a recent press conference, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that he would like to see red light cameras used on every corner of the city. According to New York Channel 1, the ones already being used in the city brought in $50 million in revenue last year, improving from $35 million in 2009. Many people support the idea saying that it will be beneficial to the safety of the city's pedestrians. "The motorist in me, not a fan. The pedestrian in me, it definitely helps me out," said a New York City driver, to the news source. Meanwhile, many other cities across the country have been taking efforts to get rid of red light cameras because of all the controversy that seems to come with them. Los Angeles has recently announced that it will be shutting down use of all of its red light cameras after the city's police comission unanimously voted to get rid of them, according to ABC News. The city claimed to issue tickets for $500 but only had approximately a $150 return per ticket issued, according to the news source.

TicketKick® Says New Traffic School Restrictions Give Drivers Even More Reason To Fight Ticket

Thursday, Aug 25th, 2011

A new law in California puts new restrictions on drivers who receive a traffic ticket and wish to attend traffic school to keep their driving record clean. California legal company, TicketKick® helps drivers keep their driving record clean by assisting in contesting traffic tickets for a Flat Fee and a money back guarantee. Drivers who's tickets are dismissed do not receive a point on their record which eliminates the need to attend traffic school.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2011 Existing law in California previously allowed the court to allow anyone with a traffic violation to attend traffic school to clear their driving record, up to the discretion of the judge. Beginning July 1, 2011, a new law went into affect which severely limits the judge's ability to grant traffic school to many drivers. TicketKick®, California's leading resource for traffic ticket defense finds that many people in California in the past have chosen to plead guilty, pay their ticket and attend traffic school to keep their records clean, that is until they realized that they could hire a low cost legal service like TicketKick® to help them fight their ticket. California AB 2499, now in effect, places several restrictions on drivers who wish to attend traffic school, giving even more reason for drivers to contest their traffic ticket. Up until recently, when drivers with a traffic ticket attended a court approved online or classroom traffic school, the conviction was dismissed from their driving record and did not appear as a 'point' against them. Under this new law, attending traffic school for the purpose of maintaining a clean driving record will "result in a designation of the driver's conviction as confidential, rather than having the complaint dismissed" according to an AB 2499 bill analysis. This means that the driver's ticket could still be seen by insurance companies or the DMV, viewable as a private violation. This law will also prohibit drivers who receive more than one violation within an 18 month period to attend traffic school more than once within that period. In the past, many people would get away with attending traffic school for more than one ticket within 18 months because either the judge would allow it, or there would simply be a miscommunication between the courthouses. This new law will put a stop to this, as the courthouses will more communicative about the eligibility of a driver to attend traffic school. It requires the DMV to develop an online database accessible by all courts and by the traffic schools to allow oversight of student enrollments and completions, therefore keeping track of when a driver last attended traffic school. Furthermore, level two (12 hour) traffic school previously provided an opportunity for a driver to attend traffic school more than once during an 18 month period, when granted by the judge. This new law also puts an end to this option. Regardless of the county or courthouse, no driver will be allowed to attend traffic school more than once within 18 months for the purpose of keeping a point off of their driving record. The number of tickets issued in California each year is estimated by several sources to be in the multi-millions. According to the AB 2499 Analysis, "the TVS (traffic violator school) option assists the operation of the courts by significantly reducing the sheer volume of potential court cases." "Simply put, the courts don't want to deal with millions of trials," says Greg Muender, President and Founder of TicketKick®. "A lot of people don't realize that they have the option to contest their ticket through the mail through a trial by written declaration, because the courts don't generally volunteer that option to people. But it is a very convenient legal procedure in California and we take advantage of it to the benefit of the drivers. Fighting a ticket through a trial by written declaration is an excellent place to start considering most cases are dismissed with our defenses, but even if it's not, you can still resort to your option of requesting traffic school thereafter." If a driver chooses to attend traffic school, they must pay their full ticket fine, pay the court's traffic school fee, and then pay the traffic school. The fee that the court imposes on a driver to attend traffic school may be increased to cover the fees incurred by a court assistance program (CAP) for monitoring and traffic administration services provided to the court. A representative of IVES Auto Insurance said that a driver's rates could be increased as much as 20% if they have two tickets within three years on their record, or for having a suspension due to any unpaid tickets. Mr. Muender of TicketKick® drives the point home: "Many people receive more than one traffic ticket within 18 months, it's very common, especially with California's ticketing increases. Our point is: Why use up your traffic school option when you can fight it first? Every ticket has potential to be dismissed, and our defense experts aggressively write defenses for most violations based on every aspect of the law. If you are found guilty, then you can resort to traffic school." TicketKick® is a registered Legal Document Assistant in California, providing self help services in traffic ticket defense, with a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick® works with attorneys in California in developing their defenses, which utilize many different arguments and tactics. TicketKick's goal is to help people get their traffic tickets dismissed, and although not every customer will win their case, TicketKick® offers a refund and a free consultation for guilty verdicts. TicketKick® representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. ###

Los Angeles Superior Court and Other Cities Warn of Consequences for Ignoring Red-Light Camera Tickets

Thursday, Aug 25th, 2011

Unpaid red light camera tickets in Los Angeles do face consequences, according to the LA Superior Court Website. California Legal Company, TicketKick®, encourages drivers with a red-light camera ticket: "Don't just pay off your ticket, but fight it!"

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2011 In the midst of recent heat about red light camera tickets in Los Angeles, California's legal company, TicketKick®, has recently received dozens of phone calls from people confused as to whether they should do something about their red-light camera ticket or if they can simply ignore it. Recent articles and news pieces have made claims that paying red-light camera fines in LA are "voluntary" and that "if you don't pay it, nothing happens." The representatives at TicketKick see the reality of the situation, having been contacted by several people who ignored their red-light camera ticket in LA, and faced financial consequences from collection agencies. TicketKick predicts that they will be hearing from many other people in the same situation in the upcoming months who were mislead by the media, and believed they could simply ignore their red light tickets with no penalties. They hope to warn people before it's too late. "The media has taken what is going on in LA out of context," says TicketKick's president, Greg Muender. "They're telling the public that they can ignore their red-light camera tickets and that nothing will happen to them. Sure, the judges in LA aren't knocking on your door and demanding that you pay up, but they do send unpaid tickets to collections. Unpaid tickets are subject to civil assessment (late) fees which normally are about $300 a pop, on top of the $500 ticket fine. Then you would be dealing with an unpaid ticket in the court's record, and if you were ever to get pulled over again, you'd be in big trouble. One insurance company told us that they automatically raise rates up to 20% if they see an unpaid ticket on your record. Whether or not these consequences actually happen to you in Los Angeles or if you slide through the cracks of enforcement, it's certainly not worth the risk, and you certainly wouldn't want it to haunt you later down the road. We say, don't just pay it, but fight it. We have excellent success with red-light camera tickets in Los Angeles, and all over California." When someone logs onto the LA Superior Court's website at lasuperiorcourt.org, a notice appears on the homepage that warns: "The City of Los Angeles has decided to end its red light camera program on July 31, 2011. The City's action does not stop the processing of outstanding red-light citations. It does not eliminate penalties associated with red-light citations. It does not constitute grounds for a refund of any money paid on such a citation. Anyone issued a red-light citation must resolve it within the specified time limits or face certain penalties as prescribed by law." According to the LA Times, the LA Police Commission voted unanimously to end the red-light camera program in July, putting the city in the center of a widespread debate over the purpose of the program and the effectiveness of the cameras in preventing accidents. Skeptics of red-light cameras argue that the cities' priority in operating the systems is based on revenue generation, not on preventing accidents, and Los Angeles is one city that actually lost money since so many tickets were going unpaid, therefore, they cancelled the program. What many people don't realize is that the city of Los Angeles, not the county of Los Angeles, has ended their red-light camera systems, and that surrounding cities are still utilizing the cameras and issuing tickets. For example, Beverly Hills has considered expanding their red-light cameras to more intersections, and other surrounding cities in LA County are still profiting from regularly issuing thousands of tickets. TicketKick's team writes defenses from every aspect of the law including technicalities of the camera systems. One of their arguments, based on published case precedence out of People vs. Khaled, points out that the red-light camera photos must be admitted into evidence by a qualified officer specifically trained in red-light cameras. Often times, the city will chose a random officer to respond with testimony, and TicketKick argues that a random officer who simply views the photos and video and submits a statement to the judge is not the right person to be testifying on the legality and technicality of the cameras, and therefore the case should be dismissed. About 70% of TicketKick's cases are dismissed. TicketKick is a registered Legal Document Assistant in California, providing self help services to beat traffic tickets, with a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with attorneys in California in developing their defenses, which utilize many different arguments and tactics. TicketKick's goal is to help people get their traffic tickets dismissed, and although not every customer will win their case, TicketKick offers a refund and a free consultation for guilty verdicts. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. # # #