In many cities across the state, the official city websites posting info regarding red-light camera tickets often dishonestly claim that registered owners who receive red light camera tickets must identify the pictured driver if it is not the owner. Such is the case in Corona, CA, whose website falsely tells motorists that "If you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the violation, you must provide the name and address of the person driving."
But that is blatantly false. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids government from compelling anyone to testify. In other words, we have the right to remain silent and it is encumbent upon the state to prosecute their own case without our help. (If anyone who doubts that petty traffic tickets are 'prosecutions', try ignoring a ticket and see where you end up: with a warrant for your arrest, increased fines, and ultimately, locked in a cage.)
On their red-light camera page, the Sacramento County website insinuates that if the registered owner is not the driver, they "must take action" by identifying the driver: "If you were not the driver you must take action. Contact the agency who issued the citation or appear in court on or before the due date..." The stern warning goes on to state "The agency will contact the court with the correct driver information."
This statement falsely insinuates that the owner who "must take action" is also legally required to identify the driver. They go on to make more threats:
"If you fail to contact the agency or do not appear on or before the date listed at the bottom of the citation, additional penalties will be added to your case and your driver's license will be suspended." Most likely, that threat is enough to scare the average witless compliant citizen into finking on their relatives. Unfortunately for the revenue pigs, all of that is a lie. No one is required to snitch on their relatives or friends who received a red-light camera ticket while driving their car.
If you were not the driver
A picture of the person driving the vehicle at the time the citation was issued appears on the citation you receive from the law enforcement agency. If you were not the driver you must take action. Contact the agency who issued the citation or appear in court on or before the due date listed at the bottom of the citation. Do not send payment to the court if you were not the driver. The agency will contact the court with the correct driver information. If you fail to contact the agency or do not appear on or before the date listed at the bottom of the citation, additional penalties will be added to your case and your driver's license will be suspended.
Luke, a LibertyFight.com reader from Sacramento, recently contacted us to tell us that he got a red-light camera ticket in the mail but it was not him driving the car. He tried to get an extension but the court clerk told him that Sacramento County Traffic court does not offer any extensions of arraignment dates. Finding this a bit odd, along with the fact that court clerks lie regularly, I did some research and found that the Sacramento website does indeed state that no extensions are given. Emphasizing the point in bold and caps, the county court makes it clear that no extensions on arraignments will be granted. This is most likely to discourage people from being able to fight their tickets.:
http://www.saccourt.ca.gov/traffic/faq.aspxSince Luke couldn't get an extension, he went down to the police department and showed them that it was clearly not him in the photo. When they asked him to identify the driver, Luke stated that he understands that he doesn't have to do that. They acknowledged that he was correct, but Luke noted that the police weren't happy about his refusal to cooperate and said that they would probably find out who the driver is and re-issue the ticklet. Luke thanked LibertyFight for the information and noted that he saved $500 bucks. Please pass this information along and see our Traffic Ticket Archive Section below.
When is my court date?
It can take at least 30 days for the court to receive the citation from the law enforcement agency. Do not wait for a notice from the court. You must close your case or appear ON OR BEFORE the court date/due date listed at the bottom of your citation.
NO CONTINUANCE OF YOUR INITIAL COURT DATE/DUE DATE WILL BE GRANTED.
Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, FreedomsPhoenix, Rense, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com
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