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Consumer Advocates Question the Motivation of Red-Light Cameras, Reports Edmunds.com

Monday, Feb 13th, 2012

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As time goes on, more intersections are guarded by cameras that record drivers passing through red lights. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today reports that some proponents of these cameras may be more concerned with generating revenue than taking the most efficient route to protect public safety.

According to U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), almost 700 U.S. cities and towns have installed red-light cameras. In some cities, illegal right turns -- mainly rolling stops -- account for more than 90 percent of tickets issued by red-light cameras. In one New Jersey town, the police department issued 2,500 tickets at one intersection in the first two months after a camera was put in place. Statistics like this are fueling critic claims that the cameras are unjustly capturing motorists engaged in relatively safe driving practices.

"There is little disagreement that red-light cameras are effective in reducing crashes," says Edmunds.com Features Editor Carroll Lachnit. "The question is whether cash-strapped cities are rushing to install these cameras just so they can rake in the revenues from tickets, even at intersections where there are cheaper and more sensible solutions."

Some researchers maintain that one of the most effective ways to curb red-light running and to improve intersection safety is to extend yellow lights so drivers have an extra second or half-second to react before a light turns red. Other alternatives include making red lights bigger or brighter, clearing intersections of tree branches that could obstruct signals, improved signage and driver-awareness campaigns.

More information on this "Red-Light Camera Backlash" can be found on Edmunds.com at http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/red-light-camera-backlash.html .

Whether or not an intersection is equipped with a camera, Edmunds.com advises drivers to always obey traffic laws and stop at all red lights. But there are additional steps that drivers can take to fight a ticket or avoid getting one in the first place:

1) Find the red-light cameras in your area. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) maintains an interactive database of states with red-light and speed cameras. The database shares whether cameras are statewide or in specific communities, what photographs they take (driver, tag, etc.) and what penalties are in play if you're caught.

2) Avoid rolling stops on right turns. In some cities, illegal right turns -- mainly rolling stops -- account for more than 90 percent of tickets issued by red-light cameras.

3) Track red-light cameras as you drive. Trapster is a crowd-sourced smartphone app that relies on drivers to report red-light cameras they see on the road. The app emits an audible warning for drivers as they approach a marked intersection.

4) Fight the ticket. Legal gray areas in some states have spawned companies that sell red-light camera defense kits. California drivers, for example, can contact a company called TicketKick with details of their red-light camera ticket and get a customized written defense they can mail into the court, as well as sample forms and other documents.

More details on these tips can also be found on Edmunds.com at http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/how-to-deal-with-red-light-cameras.html .

About Edmunds.com, Inc. ( http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/index.html )

Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information Web site. Its revered mobile site, Android App and five-star iPhone app makes car pricing and other research tools available for car shoppers at dealerships and on the go. Its automotive enthusiast Web site, InsideLine.com, is the most-read car publication of its kind. Its highly regarded mobile site and iPhone app features the wireless Web's most comprehensive gallery of automotive photos and videos. Edmunds.com Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit. Follow Edmunds.com on Twitter@edmunds and fan Edmunds.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/edmunds .

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TicketKick's New Year Resolution: Celebrate Their Employees

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

TicketKick®, a California based legal document service helping drivers beat traffic tickets, rolls out their Employee Appreciation Initiative, aimed at fostering a fun work atmosphere, honoring their employees' hard work, and creating a positive and meaningful experience within the company.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 30, 2011 TicketKick, California's fastest growing legal document assistant helping drivers contest speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, and other common traffic infractions, has recently launched an Employee Appreciation Initiative, to supplement their customer service initiatives already underway. Their plans include providing health benefits, personal growth classes, personal allowances to decorate each employee's office, family and friends' discount of TicketKick's services, snacks and beverages available for free in the office, and fun employee outings and bonuses when company goals are met throughout the year. "It's a joy to work at TicketKick, I get to help people who desperately need help with their ticket all day long in a great, low pressure working environment," said Lewis Guess, one of TicketKick's Customer Service Representatives. To kick off their initiatives, the company recently treated their employees to a steakhouse dinner in downtown San Diego and two Disneyland tickets as a gift to each employee. TicketKick's founder and President, Greg Muender gave a speech, thanking each employee individually for their hard work and dedication to the company and announced his upcoming plans with the Employee Appreciation Initiative. Muender, recently inspired by the book, "Peak" by Chip Conley, said "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs can be applied to employees very easily. As the leader of the company, it's my job to ensure that our employees have all levels of their "needs pyramid" met. We've got to lay the proper foundation with wages and benefits. Then, we've got to create a sense of community, somewhere people actually want to do work. Finally, we need to empower our employees to allow them to feel that their work is meaningful and impactful. We are really excited to roll out our new initiative, not only because we can show our appreciation to our amazing existing team, but we can attract new talent to come work at a great place." TicketKick is confident that by investing in their employees, their bottom line will benefit. They look forward to continuing to add great employees to their team and to continue to grow as a company. Their goal is to help 12,200 people fight traffic violations in 2012. About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to complete legal documents in a ministerial manner at the specific direction of the customer with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. About 70% of TicketKick's customers receive a dismissal of their ticket. TicketKick offers an industry exclusive money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty after using their services. TicketKick Customer Service Representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902. For press inquiries, TicketKick's Vice President can be reached at (619) 569-1001. ###
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TicketKick® Celebrates Grand Opening of Two Authorized Service Centers in Southern California

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

TicketKick® helps drivers fight traffic tickets in California, and recently celebrated the grand opening of their first two TicketKick Authorized Service Centers in West Covina and Baldwin park, expanding their service from exclusively phone and online to in-store locations for people who want professional help in contesting red light camera tickets, speeding tickets, and other common traffic tickets.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 27, 2011 Within just a few years, TicketKick has become the fastest growing legal document service, helping over 500 drivers per month fight traffic tickets through the mail. Until recently, their customers could either sign up for the service online, or over the phone. This month, TicketKick celebrated the grand opening of their first two in-store locations, complimenting their online and phone service. At TicketKick Authorized Service Centers?, customers can speak with a bilingual TicketKick Authorized Agent to learn more about how TicketKick can help them obtain a ticket dismissal, or, they can sign up for the service right in store. The TicketKick Authorized Service Centers? are conveniently located inside Papa Cash stores in West Covina at 1001 E Amar Road #104 West Covina, CA 91792 and in Baldwin Park at 14135 Francisquito Ave. Baldwin Park, CA 91706. TicketKick plans to offer their service at more convenient in-store locations in the future. "Everyone gets traffic tickets, so our market is very diverse. We find that many people in the Hispanic community prefer to do business face-to-face, and we're happy to cater to their needs and preferences," says Greg Muender, Founder and President of TicketKick. "At each location, we provide bilingual reps and documents in both English and Spanish, making it convenient for those who prefer either language to take care of their traffic ticket." TicketKick helps drivers contest their ticket through a trial by written declaration, or, trial by mail. About 70% of TicketKick's customers get their tickets completely dismissed, and, since TicketKick offers a money back guarantee, those who don't win their case get their money back. "Traffic ticket fines in California are as high as ever, and people simply can't afford to have one on their record. We help people facing hundreds of dollars in fines get their tickets dismissed without ever having to go to court. We know the economy is tough out there, so we've built our service to offer the money back guarantee, that way people have nothing to lose in trying. It's a win-win," Greg said. TicketKick's service can help drivers with speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, stop sign tickets, cell phone tickets, and most other common traffic infractions. About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to complete legal documents in a ministerial manner at the specific direction of the customer with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. About a 70% of TicketKick's customers receive a dismissal of their ticket. TicketKick offers an industry exclusive money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty after using their services. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. # # #
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TicketKick® Announces Two Authorized Service CenterSM Locations in Southern California

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

TicketKick®, California's fastest growing legal service helping drivers with traffic ticket defense, announces their grand opening of two Authorized Service CentersSM in West Covina and Baldwin Park, with plans to expand into about a dozen other locations in the upcoming months. The Authorized Service Centers will provide a walk-in service to help drivers beat traffic tickets for a low cost. Bilingual representatives will be available at each location to provide legal assistance to the diverse community.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 Drivers with traffic tickets in Southern California will now be able to receive professional legal assistance at two of TicketKick's Authorized Service CentersSM located inside Papa CashSM Check Cashing stores starting in December 2011. TicketKick is the fasting growing ticket dismissal service in California, helping drivers contest tickets through a trial by written declaration (trial by mail). They help drivers with basic traffic infractions such as speeding tickets, red light camera tickets, and other common violations. TicketKick and Papa Cash plan to host a grand opening celebration on Thursday December 8, 2011 at their West Covina location. Until recently, TicketKick's service was only available to customers by phone, online, or by a walk-in appointment in TicketKick's corporate office in San Diego, but will now be available on a walk-in basis in two Papa Cash stores located in West Covina and Baldwin Park starting in December. TicketKick has created an affiliate model with Papa Cash, and will provide trained TicketKick Authorized AgentsSM in the Papa Cash stores. TicketKick and Papa Cash have plans to roll out the service in about a dozen other locations in the upcoming months. Customers who sign up for the TicketKick service at the Papa Cash locations will have full access to TicketKick's corporate customer service team. Papa Cash was established in 2003 to provide retail financial services to a wide array of customers. They offer services and products including check cashing, personal loans, money orders, stamps, phone cards, buss passes, bill pay, and gold buying. The owners of Papa Cash reached out to TicketKick after seeing TicketKick featured in a Yahoo! article in September, and presented an interest of offering the TicketKick service to the customers in their stores. "We're excited to be able to offer a ticket fighting service in the Papa Cash stores. Just about everyone gets traffic tickets, and it'll be convenient for Papa Cash's regular customers to now be able to get professional help with their ticket in store," said Aaron Padilla, Papa Cash's Consumer Credit Director. TicketKick's mission to help drivers easily fight traffic violations while providing friendly and helpful customer service aligns seamlessly with Papa Cash's mission of offering first-class financial products and services, at a fair price, in a clean and professional setting, with courteous and respectful service. Greg Muender, TicketKick's President and Founder said, "Papa Cash really focuses on treating their customers well, just as we do. When you walk into any of their stores, their reps are always so friendly and helpful, and we're confident that the TicketKick service is going to fit right into the service model they've created." About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick works with traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to complete legal documents in a ministerial manner at the specific direction of the customer with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. About a 70% of TicketKick's customers receive a dismissal of their ticket. TicketKick offers an industry exclusive money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty after using their services. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. ###
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TicketKick® Changes Mission Statement to Better Reflect Customer Service Initiative

Saturday, Jan 14th, 2012

California's fastest growing traffic ticket dismissal service, TicketKick, changes their mission statement in an attempt to better illustrate their goals in providing the most effective legal defenses for traffic tickets and top-notch customer service for their customers.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2011 TicketKick is the fastest growing legal service assisting in traffic ticket defense, and is out to change the reputation of the legal industry for the better. The team at TicketKick prides themselves on providing the best of both effective legal arguments and helpful customer service, making the process of fighting a traffic ticket easy and convenient for about 500 customers per month. TicketKick's founder and president, Greg Muender, said that on their journey of becoming a successful legal service, he's learned what really matters, and it's reflected in their new mission statement: "Our mission at TicketKick® is to develop the most comprehensive and compelling legal arguments possible for each case, to provide the friendliest and most helpful customer service team available, and to leave each customer satisfied with our service, regardless of the outcome of their case." Muender discussed how early on in business development, they actually considered outsourcing their customer service team, and how grateful they are that they decided against it, since they feel that the customer service team is just as integral of a part of the company as the attorneys and defense writers, and should stay in house. "Our customer service reps are hired because they are the friendliest, most helpful, professional, and quickest learning candidates there are. The number one quality we look for when hiring is a friendly and helpful attitude. It's so rewarding that our team cares as much about helping our customers as we as managers do," said TicketKick's Vice President, Sara Schoonover. "Ultimately, everything we do in this company is for the betterment of the customer. I've never worked for a company before that would literally go against their own terms and conditions to appease the customer at times. In the end, doing whatever it takes to leave the customer satisfied definitely results in long-term fans, referrals, and ultimately, growth and success. You simply can't take shortcuts in customer service, or you will fail miserably, and I've seen it happen to so many companies." About TicketKick® TicketKick is a registered and bonded legal document assistant in California, providing self help services in assisting drivers to beat traffic tickets, using a similar service model to companies such as LegalZoom and E*Trade. TicketKick's defense team consists of seasoned traffic attorneys and law school graduates who work together to formulate comprehensive legal arguments with the goal of helping the customer obtain a ticket dismissal. They maintain about a 70% dismissal rate and offer a money back guarantee for customers who may be found guilty. TicketKick representatives can be reached at (800) 580-1902, at http://www.ticketkick.com, or at questions(at)ticketkick(dot)com. # # #
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TicketKick® Hires Former Traffic Ticket Prosecuting Attorney to Help Fight Tickets

Thursday, Oct 27th, 2011

California legal company, TicketKick, has recently brought on staff Robert Romero, a former traffic prosecuting attorney to help amp up TicketKick's legal defenses. TicketKick expects to help even more drivers fight and beat traffic tickets in California.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2011 TicketKick®, California's largest resource for self-help traffic ticket defense, assists over 500 California drivers each month with traffic tickets. TicketKick's team has consisted of paralegals, law school graduates, and out-of-house traffic attorney assistance. This month, they welcomed Robert Romero, former traffic ticket prosecuting attorney in Sacramento to join their team on-staff to assist in developing compelling legal arguments for their customers. TicketKick's specialty lies in assisting with the trial by written declaration, a legal process that the California court system offers to ticketed drivers to contest their ticket through the mail. TicketKick's customers bring them their speeding, red light camera, stop sign, cell phone, and other common traffic infractions to obtain a customized, comprehensive legal defense written by law school graduates and attorneys in the TicketKick office. TicketKick has branded their Sign and Send™ process, making fighting traffic tickets easy and effective for their customers with no court appearance required. They will refund their fee if their customer's ticket is not dismissed. Greg Muender, TicketKick's founder and president says, "TicketKick has always had great relationships with traffic attorneys outside our office, and to bring in a prominent traffic attorney on staff as an employee is a big step for our company."Although TicketKick will remain a legal document assistant, Muender is confident that bringing in Mr. Romero's experience with traffic tickets and his knowledge of the inner workings of the court system will contribute to the overall success for their customers' cases. They hope to continue to improve their 70% dismissal rate and look into expanding into other legal services in the near future. About TicketKick® 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, maintaining about a 70% success rate, and offers a refund of their famous Flat Fee™ 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. ###
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TicketKick® Offers Free Tips on Avoiding Red Light Camera Scams

Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2011

California legal company, TicketKick, warns of red light camera telephone scams- when drivers are coerced into giving up credit card or personal information over the phone for an alleged red light camera ticket. TicketKick helps drivers become more aware of the difference between real red light camera tickets and red light camera scams, what to avoid, and how drivers can safeguard themselves.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2011
In addition to fighting the high fines associated with red light camera tickets, California drivers must beware of another type of red light camera worry. It's one of the newest types of identity theft scams and it comes as a phone call from a government official impersonator, demanding payment for an alleged red light camera ticket said to have never been paid. TicketKick, California's leading resource for traffic ticket defense, specializing in red light camera tickets, aims to help inform and protect drivers from these types of scams by publishing blog articles and social media alerts and offers free consultations over the phone. As more and more cities in California utilize red light camera systems, it can be confusing for people to know what are legitimate tickets that they must respond to, and what could be considered a scam. The red light scammer may ask for the driver's personal information such as their name, driver's license number, address, social security number or credit card number. They may threaten to suspend the person's license unless they pay the caller immediately for the alleged ticket fines over the telephone or by providing a credit card number through email. Drivers should be clearly aware of the differences of the ways scammers use fake red light camera tickets to trick people, and how the court system really works. California law sets specific rules and guidelines for the cities to follow when issuing red light camera tickets. Real red light camera tickets must be issued by a qualified police officer and mailed to the address on the vehicle's registration. It would have the driver's information, courthouse information, a due date, and a fine amount due. It would also have a signature by the officer who issued the ticket, and a certificate of mailing. Neither the courts nor the police department contact drivers via phone or email about a traffic ticket or court case. They must correspond by mail to have a paper trail and follow the state guidelines. TicketKick's founder and president, Greg Muender, shares a few tips on how to avoid getting scammed, and what people can do if they think they may have fallen for it: "If you get a phone call or email from an alleged police officer or other government official about a red light camera ticket, immediately dismiss its authenticity. Do not give any personal information to the caller such as your name, address, driver's license number, or credit card number. If you are concerned about a possible red light camera ticket you may have never received, contact the courthouse directly, or check the status of your driving record with the DMV. If you think you may have fallen for the scam, contact the police, your credit card company, and the credit reporting bureaus." Another type of red light camera scam may actually come directly from the police department. "Snitch tickets" are notices issued by the police in an attempt to get the recipient to give up information who was driving the vehicle in the red light camera photos so that they can issue a real ticket and file it with the courthouse. Snitch tickets are not real tickets and do not result in any consequences if ignored. Drivers can detect such a fake ticket by examining the following that may or may not be listed on the notice: Does it have courthouse information? Does it say something like, "Do not contact the court about this notice?" Does it have a due date or a fine amount due? Real red light camera tickets generally have all of this information, snitch tickets do not. Drivers who ignore real red light camera tickets that are filed with the courthouse can expect severe penalties. TicketKick urges all to fight their red light camera tickets, regardless of whether they think they are guilty or not. "Real red light camera tickets are serious matters, but fortunately, they are some of the easiest for us to beat," Mr. Muender added. About TicketKick 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, maintaining about a 70% success rate, and 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. ###

TicketKick® Sales Triple Thanks to HARO

Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2011

TicketKick, a legal service helping drivers beat traffic tickets, attributes a triple in sales to an article mention on Yahoo Finance and CNN Money, thanks to Help A Reporter Out (HARO), a free PR and social media service.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 30, 2011
California legal company, TicketKick, specializing in helping drivers beat traffic tickets, was recently featured in an article on CNN Money and Yahoo Finance, driving web traffic to TicketKick's website up 3,000%, and tripling sales. The article by Andrea Williams, "From Unemployment to Startup," featured the success story of TicketKick's founder and president, Greg Muender, and how receiving three traffic tickets in college inspired him to launch the successful ticket-fighting legal service and help thousands of drivers save money on ticket fines and insurance rates. According to the article published on CNN and Yahoo, "The company boasts a 70% success rate and is on track to break $1,000,000 in sales in 2011." TicketKick attributes the recent spike in sales to the article being published thanks to Help a Reporter Out (HARO), a free service which links journalists and other media representatives to experts in specific industries. The PR team at TicketKick had only been a HARO subscriber for a few months before being featured by the journalist who wrote the article that launched their company exponentially. Muender says HARO has forever changed the way his business will consider marketing strategies from here out. "A friend of mine mentioned HARO one day over lunch, so I checked it out. It was free, so I signed up immediately, and right away I saw the potential benefits after getting emails every day with lists of journalist's queries. We've responded to several topics and have been quoted in a few online articles here or there because of it, but we hit the jackpot when we were featured on CNN Money and Yahoo Finance. We've literally been unable to keep up with the amount of leads we're getting from it." HARO, founded by serial entrepreneur, Peter Shankman, and recently acquired by Vocus, has become TicketKick's favorite marketing tool. "This is marketing for 2011 and beyond," Muender proclaims. "Some studies say that over 16 million traffic tickets are given out in California every year, and the only reason we're not helping each of those people fight their ticket is simply because they don't know we exist yet. It's all about getting the word out. We are totally shocked and amazed what one article on the internet can do for your company, and it's all thanks to HARO." About TicketKick 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, maintaining about a 70% success rate, and 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. ###

TicketKick® Featured in the News on Fighting Red Light Camera Tickets

Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2011

A local San Diego news station features California legal company, TicketKick, and discusses how to beat red light camera tickets in California. A San Diego County resident shares her story of success using TicketKick, saving her hundreds of dollars in ticket fines.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2011 In the midst of all the controversy on red light camera tickets in California, TicketKick®, a California legal company, was featured on San Diego Channel 6 news this month, discussing TicketKick's ticket-fighting service, and how to fight a red light ticket. TicketKick's Founder and President, Greg Muender, tells his story on how the company started, and how they've come to help over ten thousand drivers each year. "In 2006, I got three tickets in three weeks, and not that I am promoting driving recklessly of any nature, it was just an unfortunate series of events." Muender discusses how the trial by written declaration helped him get two out of three of his tickets dismissed in 2006, and how he has built TicketKick, a California legal document assistant, with the help of attorneys and other experts in traffic law. TicketKick now helps hundreds of people every month fight speeding tickets, red light tickets, cell phone tickets, and most other common traffic tickets in California, for a low fee and a money back guarantee. TicketKick's specialty lives in helping people fight red light camera tickets, a ticket that would cost drivers about $500 in fines, plus a point on their record. Utilizing the trial by written declaration, which allows drivers to contest their ticket through the mail in California, TicketKick helps people get their ticket dismissed. Customers end up saving money from the high fines associated with these red light camera tickets, keeping their driving records clean, saving potentially thousands of dollars in insurance premiums, and saving people the hundreds of hours it takes to research tactical defenses. A local San Diego County resident shares her story of success with San Diego 6 news, beating her own red light camera ticket with the help of TicketKick: "I was traveling southbound on Sycamore, about to make a right. So I couldn't believe it. Almost $500 for a slow down and turn, you know, turn on a red." She utilized the help of TicketKick to help her fight it, and her ticket was dismissed, saving her hundreds of dollars in fines, a trip to the courthouse, and a clean driving record. According to the California Vehicle Code, turning right on a red without coming to a complete stop before the limit line is the same violation as if the driver were to just blow straight through the light, costing drivers about $500 on average just in fines. TicketKick's strategy is based around many legal and technical issues with the cameras. "Believe it or not, most cities in California are not in full compliance with all the aspects of the law regarding red-light camera systems." added Muender. The San Diego 6 reporter comments that over 16 million traffic tickets are issued each year in California. "In a down economy, ticket fines go up, and more and more people get tickets," says TicketKick's Vice President, Sara Schoonover. "People simply cannot afford to have a ticket in California, plus an increase in their insurance premiums, or take the time to go to court, or take traffic school, so we say, "fight it!". Most people also cannot afford to hire an expensive attorney to represent them. Our service is simply a no-brainer for someone who gets a traffic ticket, since it's low cost, effective, and we offer a money back guarantee so there's nothing to lose," Schoonover adds. "And just to make things easier for everyone, we've made it a top priority to provide the best customer service possible and employ the friendliness and most knowledgeable team members to help our customers." About TicketKick® 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, maintaining about a 70% success rate, and 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. ###

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. ###