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Drivers With a Commercial License Could be Permitted to Attend Traffic School

Drivers With a Commercial License Could be Permitted to Attend Traffic School - this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

Assembly Bill No. 1888 could pave the way to allow drivers with a commercial license to attend traffic school. Under current law, the court is not authorized to permit a commercial driver to attend traffic school for a traffic ticket.

The bill would not apply to commercial drivers ticketed in a commercial vehicle (think big rig or 18-wheeler) however it would help out commercial drivers who were ticketed in their own personal vehicle or while driving any non – commercial vehicle.

Under the proposed bill, after completing traffic school, the conviction would not be given a violation point count for purposes of determining whether a driver is presumed to be a negligent operator, however the court would not be able to order that the record of conviction be kept confidential (meaning the conviction would be disclosed to insurers).- 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.

Nov 06th, 2012

Back to the Future, Our Phones Are Back On To Support You Best

Back to the Future, Our Phones Are Back On To Support You Best- this blog was written by TicketKick.com, Your Go-To Resource for Beating Traffic Tickets.  

Ok so we tried.  We thought that technology must be better than people, right?  Well we were wrong.  Nothing beats a real, live person answering phones and providing the outstanding customer service that you are used to receiving.

Technology for technologies sake is not always the right choice.   So we’ve listened to you and have brought back our phones and customer service people too.   Call us, well answer at 800-580-1902.   Just dial that phone and see what happens.  That’s right just call us at 800-580-1902. Oh did I mentioned the phone number, it’s 800-580-1902.

We aim to provide you the best service we can and we know now what works and doesn’t work.   We can help you contest and dismiss all those pesky California traffic tickets from speeding tickets, red light photo tickets, cell phone tickets and more.   All you need to do is call 800-580-8038.

Oh yea and by the way if you don’t want to call you can still go online at www.ticketKick.com and enter all your information yourself and get the process started today. 

So go ahead, give us a call. We’re going to do things the old fashion way and pick up the phone.  Were here, give it a try - 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 General
Oct 30th, 2012

TicketKick Has Undergone Some Changes!

If you've been a loyal TicketKick customer for some time (ahem, you might want to think about slowing down, but don't worry, we're here for you!), you might have noticed some changes within our company. For one, we wanted to keep our prices low, continue to offer our money back guarantee, and be able to help as many people as possible contest their traffic tickets, so we've restructured our model to be exclusively online based. We still provide the same great customer service and impressive paperwork that leaves our customers thinking, "boy, if I were a judge, I'd definitely dismiss this case!" but now, we're exclusively online! We found that most of our customers preferred to sign up for our service on our website anyways. If you're reading this, and this is your first time visiting TicketKick, then you can just disregard this message and trust that you're in good hands, but if you've used us before, and you're wondering about our changes, you can rest assured that you're still going to get the same great customer service by email, most likely a quicker turnaround time on your paperwork because we've become more efficient now with our online service, and the same great defenses. When you're ready to get started, you can sign up here: www.ticketkick.com/getstarted or, if you have any questions or concerns, shoot us an email to questions@ticketkick.com. Just wanted to update everyone. Cheers!
Posted in General
May 30th, 2012

LAPD Won't Be Responding to Red Light Camera Cases in Court

In July of last year (2011), the city of Los Angeles announced that it was ending it's red light camera program, because it was losing money due to so many red light camera tickets going un-paid. This year, the contract between the city of LA and American Traffic Systems ended, so the LA Police Department will no longer have access to the photographic and videographic evidence in red light camera cases, so they've announced that they won't be showing up to any court cases that might get scheduled for previous court cases. With no officer present in these court cases, these red light camera cases disputed in court will undoubtedly be dismissed. The LA Superior court warns that any tickets that go unpaid or ignored will remain in their system and referred to collection agency. Unresolved tickets could show up in background checks and could present issues if the driver were to ever get another ticket. TicketKick says the best bet is for drivers to follow their local court's instructions on handling ticket matters, and to take care of any unresolved ticket cases. Note: This applies to red light camera tickets in the city of LA only. All other cities in the county of Los Angeles that operate a red light camera program are subject to their own court rules and regulations and are not affected by the city of LA's decision to end it's program.
Posted in Red Light
Apr 03rd, 2012

Elk Grove Gets New Red Light Camera

Red light camera systems are on the rise in Elk Grove, California. Police say the system is designed to curb accidents and increase safety. The city of Elk Grove has added a new red light camera to their existing red light camera program- at the intersection of Elk Grove Florin Road and Bond Road, East of Highway 99. The camera is scheduled to begin working today (March 28, 2012), but by law, must only issue warning notices for the first 30 days of operation. Beginning April 27th, drivers who fail to stop completely at that intersection will receive a red light camera ticket in the mail with a fine of nearly $500.
Posted in Red Light
Mar 28th, 2012

New Red Light Camera Bill Introduced

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
Mar 26th, 2012

Is There Ever a Right Time To Speed?

Here at TicketKick, we've heard every story in the book as to why our customers were going the speed they were. Ironically, about 25% of the time, there are no excuses needed! That's because about 25% of our customers with speeding tickets come from certain speed limit zones that allow for drivers to potentially drive at a speed above the posted speed limit sign, as long as it was a speed that was safe and reasonable for conditions. As a disclaimer, we do not endorse unsafe driving, and we encourage all drivers to obey the posted speed limit signs. We're just pointing out that the law does allow room to consider other factors in certain situations. Weather, traffic, the type of vehicle driven, and various road hazards can all make up for certain conditions on the road. On the other hand, you may get pulled over even if you're driving under the posted speed limit, but driving at a speed that's unsafe for the conditions at the time, say, if it's wildly storming and the roads are very wet and slippery. Most of the time the posted speed limit sign should be a good indicator of the speed limit you should be traveling, but weather and road conditions should always be considered as well. As part of our Safe Driving Campaign, "Saving Lives, Saving Fines", we want to remind everyone to remember to drive safely at all times, to obey all traffic laws, to consider weather, traffic, and road conditions, and to be courteous to other drivers on the road. Happy traveling!

Red Light Camera Flash Went Off

Should you prepare for a ticket to arrive?

Don't worry yourself too much if you saw the flash go off. There are many reasons why red light camera flashes go off:
  1. The camera is in test mode
  2. Another vehicle set it off
  3. Your vehicle set it off but no violation occurred or it couldn't clearly capture a photo of your face or license plate
Red light cameras are designed to capture photographs of drivers and vehicles who run red lights at left hand turn signals, at straight signals, or at right hand turns. There are sensors embedded in the ground that create an electromagnetic field. The sensors send signals to the cameras if they detect your vehicle approaching the intersection at a certain speed and predict that you're going to run the light. That's why the flashes will go off if you approach a red light camera intersection rapidly and slam on your breaks. If it did take your pictures, keep in mind that a police officer will review the photos to determine if a violation was committed. Some have said that about half of the pictures taken by red light cameras are thrown out because of unclear photos or lack of evidence. If the police officer determines that a violation was committed, they are supposed to issue the ticket within 15 days and will mail it to the address on the vehicle's registration. Check out our red light camera page if you get a red light camera ticket in the mail.
Posted in Red Light
Mar 19th, 2012

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

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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Feb 13th, 2012

Do Drivers of Red Cars Get More Speeding Tickets?

How many people do you think forgo purchasing that cherry-red car of their dreams... in order to avoid getting speeding tickets? It's a common idea that drivers in red cars attract the attention of cops over more neutral colored cars around them... even if they're going the same speed as everyone else! There's no conclusive data that shows whether or not this is true... or simply a myth. We've helped people who received traffic tickets in just about every color and type of car, so we don't have much conclusive data on the matter, either.

"Drivers of Red Cars Do Get More Tickets"

Walter Meyer, former Comedy traffic school instructor, and creator of Road Smartz (a game that teaches safe driving), once got access to the AAA's library in Los Angeles where he found a host of information on car color and accident/ticket statistics. "According to the chart," he said, "drivers of red cars do get more tickets and in more accidents per capita than any other color." But he thinks the figures more accurately represent the type of people who buy them and the way they drive their cars. "Camaros, Mustangs and Porsches come in fire-engine red. They don't make Buicks and Cadillacs in bright red because the senior drivers who buy those cars don't want red. A red Porsche looks fast even it's parked; a beige Buick could be doing 120 and look parked. People who buy red cars want to drive fast, so it makes sense they will get more tickets and get in more accidents," he added. Great point, Walt!

From a Former Motorcycle Officer's Perspective

Officer Steve Davis from the Edgewater Police Department said, "I can tell you as a former traffic motorcycle officer, no," (referring to if drivers in red cars get more tickets). "I remember hearing that even back in the 80's when I was a traffic motorcycle officer for Denver Police. I have written thousands of traffic tickets and cannot ever remember focusing on one because the car was red. I think that would be shared with most traffic officers these days as well, especially since sports cars come in LOUD colors of all types." If you're thinking about NOT getting that red car you've been dreaming of, maybe Officer Davis' insight will help. We think, as drivers, our focus should be on being a safer driver rather than focusing on evading potential tickets or on not standing out.

Driving a slow, silver car won't necessarily help either

Confession time. I work for TicketKick, and yes, I once received a speeding ticket (56 in a 50 zone)... get this... in my SILVER SMART CAR, which is probably one of the slowest cars on the road! Yeah, I guess it's noticeable because it's different, but it certainly wasn't red or bright. I actually saw the officer as I passed him, and my perception was that he was NOT focused on my car at all, rather, on what his lidar device was telling him. Sarah Lee Marks of www.mycarlady.com thinks that it has more to do with the individual. "As an auto dealer and personal car concierge, I have noted that rarely is the car color the point of first contention, but more often the driver of a red car has chosen the color because it suits their personality," she said. ...and I'd have to agree with that. If you're getting a lot of tickets, it may not be the car color you have to change. It may be your need for speed. So if that's the case, go on a roller coaster, go skydiving (please consult your doctor first!), but slow down on the road. Your need for speed has no comparison to the need we all have to keep eachother safe. Our President and Founder, Greg Muender, loves to drive fast (I mean LOVES!). But he keeps his need for speed in a controlled setting- he actually took up race car driving on a race track! He knows that even if you're a great driver, you can't control the other unforeseen elements of the road- potholes, gusts of wind, other cars getting in front of you, or your own lack of control. These types of things are considered when speed limits are set. So get on a real racetrack if you have engine fuel in your veins like he does. You may also want to consider a radar detector. I don't believe in using them to figure out what areas are "safe" to speed in without getting tickets, rather, to use it as a reminder to watch your speed. I have one, and it really helps me do just that. Now go get that bright red T-Bird you've been aching for.