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Progressive Court Websites Save You Time From Calling or Going to Court

Progressive Court Websites Save You Time From Calling or Going to Court - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

With all the budget cuts California courts are still understaffed and the remaining staff is overworked. This translates to long waits to speak with a clerk either in person or over the phone (if you are lucky). This can be especially frustrating when you just need a simple question answered or a status update regarding a traffic ticket you received.

Thankfully many court website are advanced enough to provide detailed information about your traffic ticket. Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County provide detailed case information as part of their online services. If you need to know if the court received a document or payment you mailed you can check online instead of going in or calling. If you are waiting to hear back as to whether a ticket you contested has been dismissed you can also find these details online. 

The Sacramento County Superior Court website goes so far as to scan and upload copies of all documents related to your ticket for you. If you lose a copy of your ticket you can print a copy from the website or if you want to review the judge’s decision on your case you can go to the website and view it there. Doesn’t get much more convenient than that. - 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Jan 14th, 2014

Ticketing Vehicles Parked at Broken Meters Now Outlawed

Ticketing Vehicles Parked at Broken Meters Now Outlawed - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

Section 22508.5 of the Vehicle Code was amended to prevent the practice of ticketing vehicles parked at broken meters. This new law took effect January 1, 2014.

AB 61, Gatto. Parking: parking meters:

Existing law authorizes a local authority to adopt an ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting the parking of a vehicle at an inoperable parking meter or inoperable parking payment center, as defined. Existing law authorizes parking at an inoperable parking meter for up to the posted time limit if no ordinance or resolution has been adopted to prohibit it.

This bill would prohibit a local authority from enacting an ordinance or resolution prohibiting or restricting the parking of a vehicle in a parking space that is regulated by an inoperable parking meter or inoperable parking payment center until January 1, 2017. - 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Jan 07th, 2014

Can Getting a Ticket Be Like Winning the Lottery

Can Getting a Ticket Be Like Winning the Lottery - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

You may feel like a big loser when you get a traffic ticket, but what if instead of a traffic ticket leading to an empty wallet, there was the possibility you could end up a big winner. Well this may not be the case in California but police officers in Florida gave drivers ticketed a chance to win big this holiday season.

Traffic officers in Melbourne, Fla., found a new way to spread some Christmas cheer – doling out scratch-off lottery game tickets instead of speeding tickets to motorists on Christmas Day, according to ABCNews.“In the spirit of the season here, most people expect to get a traffic ticket when they get stopped. In this case, they were surprised to get a scratch-off ticket instead,” Sgt. Sheridan Shelley of the Melbourne Police Department told ABC News. Melbourne police gave out at least 30 scratch-off tickets to traffic violators on Christmas Day, along with a warning to drive safely. “This was an idea that was generated by the officers who were working yesterday,” Shelley said.  It is not clear whether any of the distributed lottery games turned out to be winners, but this was strictly a one-time deal from the Melbourne Police Department. - 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Dec 31st, 2013

What You Should Know About Your Driver Record

What You Should Know About Your Driver Record - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

In California, as a condition of employment, your employer can require you to sign an “authorization for release of driver record information”. This allows your employer to review your history for traffic violation convictions, accidents, and more. Your employer may also enroll you in the “Employer Pull Notice” program. If enrolled, your employer will receive a copy of your driver record yearly and anytime your record is updated with traffic violation convictions, failure to appears, accidents, etc. 

For this reason it is important to keep points from being added to your driver record! Points are “demerits” that show up on your California driving record after you are found guilty of your traffic ticket or after you after you pay your fine, and points can stay on your record for 3 to 7 years. If the court lets you go to traffic school and you turn in your proof of completion of traffic school to the court before the deadline, the ticket should not affect your record. If traffic school is not an option and your employer requires you to have clean record, you may have no choice but to contest your ticket in order to try and have it dismissed or reduced so that it does not affect you.  - 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Dec 24th, 2013

How Can You Spot an Unmarked Patrol Vehicle at Night

How Can You Spot an Unmarked Patrol Vehicle at Night- this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

While there are certain traits you can look for during the day to spot a police vehicle it’s difficult to do at night. How can you tell if a police officer is driving up behind you? Know your headlights!

Most of us can spot the headlights of a Crown Victoria in our rearview mirror but with Ford having stopped production of this car in 2011, police agencies have been adding variety to their fleets. It is especially difficult at night to spot a patrol vehicle (marked or unmarked) so get familiar with headlight pattern/position of other common police vehicle makes and models like the: Chevy Caprice, Dodge Charger, Ford Police Inceptor (car and SUV), and also the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles since the CHP signed a contract in May to receive hundreds of these bikes.- 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Dec 17th, 2013

Decline in Police Enforcement of Speed by Aircraft

Decline in Police Enforcement of Speed by Aircraft - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

The intimidating signs "Speed Enforced by Aircraft” are still posted (mostly on rural highways), but the threats behind the signs are coming up empty with state budgets cuts.  

As reported by AolAutos.com, California has cut way back on using its aircraft resources for speeding tickets. The California Highway Patrol still has 15 planes used to catch speeders, but spokeswoman Fran Clader said that since the department's annual air operations budget has dropped from about $12 million to $8 million, aircraft became more focused on supporting searches and pursuits. Even with drastically reduced aerial patrols, the signs remain posted and serve as a deterrent. When drivers see the signs warning of aerial, or radar, monitoring, it reflexively causes them to check their speed and adjust downward to avoid getting a ticket. - 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.

Dec 10th, 2013

Traffic Ticket Basics

Traffic Ticket Basics- this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

What happens when the police stop you? The police officer will ask for your driver's license, your car's registration, your proof of insurance, and may ask you to step outside of your vehicle. If your traffic stop results in ticket, it will most likely be a ticket for an infraction (speeding, stop sign, cell phone use, etc). When you get a traffic ticket, you must act before the due date on your "Notice to Appear" (the paper handed to you by the officer that you signed) runs out. If you do not take action in time, your license can be suspended and the court can charge you with a misdemeanor and issue a warrant for your arrest. When you get an infraction traffic ticket, you can:

  1. Plead guilty and pay the traffic fine. When the court receives your fee, your case will be closed and the downside is it will show up as a conviction on your DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) record. You will get points on your driving record and your car insurance may ask you to pay more for insurance. Points can stay on your record for 3 to 7 years.
  2. Plead guilty and pay to go to traffic school (as long as you are eligible to go to traffic school). The court can tell you what you need to do to be able to go to traffic school. If the court lets you go to traffic school, your ticket will not be dismissed but it will be considered a “confidential conviction” which should prevent your insurance company from increasing your rates.
  3. Provide proof of correction if you got a traffic ticket for a "Correctable Violation," which is something you can fix, like broken equipment or not carrying your car insurance information with you. The court will dismiss a correctable violation after you show proof of correction and pay a small fee.  
  4. Ask for a trial if you believe you are not guilty. You can ask for: A court trial by a judicial officer or a trial by mail (also called a "trial by written declaration").

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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Dec 03rd, 2013

Who Runs Red Lights And Why?

Who Runs Red Lights And Why? - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

A red light violation occurs when a motorist deliberately enters an intersection after the signal light has turned red. Motorists who are already in an intersection when the signal changes to red (while waiting to turn for example) aren't red light running.

All types of people run red lights. The most common reason (47 percent) is just impatience. Red light runners are most likely to be younger, less likely to use seat belts, more likely to have poor driving records, and have a tendency to drive older, smaller vehicles. They are also three times as likely to have multiple speeding convictions (source lomalinda-ca.gov).

Currently the cost of a red light ticket in California can range from about $200 to $500. The least costly red light tickets are those issued to pedestrians while the most costly are those issued to drivers who were going straight through an intersection or turning against an arrow.  - 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Nov 19th, 2013

Most Common Reason for Contact with the Police is Being a Driver in a Traffic Stop

Statistics Show then Most Common Reason for Contact with the Police is Being a Driver in a Traffic Stop- this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) findings based on a Police-Public Contact Survey (survey that interviews U.S. residents about their contacts with police during the previous 12 months), showed the most common reason for contact with the police is being a driver in a traffic stop.

Being pulled over for the first time can be a stressful time and because it is most likely your first contact with a police officer it is helpful to know some unwritten rules about interacting with an officer during a traffic stop, to avoid having an already stressful event become any worse:

DO:

  1. turn off your engine and place your hands on the wheel where the officer can see them;
  2. remain in your vehicle;
  3. follow the officer’s lead and wait for instructions before speaking or reaching for anything.

DON’T:

  1. become argumentative;
  2. fumble around looking for your registration and insurance instead keep them all in an envelope in your glove compartment;
  3. tell the officer you plan to contest his or her decision to write you a ticket. - 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Nov 12th, 2013

Can a Driver Ever Cross a Double Yellow Line Without Being Ticketed

Can a Driver Ever Cross a Double Yellow Line Without Being Ticketed - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

Section 21460 of the California Vehicle Code makes it an infraction to drive to the left of a double yellow line. If a police officer observes you crossing over a double yellow line illegally and tickets you, the penalties include a fine and a point added to your DMV record if convicted.

To avoid being ticketed you should only cross a double yellow line if doing so falls under one of the several exceptions provided under the law. You can generally cross double yellow lines when: (1) making a lawful u-turn (watch out for business districts where u-turns are generally not allowed), (2) passing a vehicle if one of the double yellow lines is broken and the broken line is closest to you, (3) turning left at an intersection, (4) making a left turn into a driveway, (5) making a left turn out of a driveway, (6) making a left turn into a private road, (7) making a left turn out of a private road, (8) entering a two way left turn lane (double parallel lines on either side of the lane with the inner lines broken and the outer line solid). - 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.

Posted in Traffic Tickets
Nov 05th, 2013