You can face criminal charges for running a red light throughout the state of California. Sometimes, law enforcement officers will stop you if they believe you ran a red light. Some cities in California also utilize red light cameras to take pictures of drivers who cross intersections inappropriately.
You may be aware that the city of Santa Clarita removed its red light cameras in the year 2015. However, nearby cities like Los Angeles and Ventura still use red light cameras. This means you can get a ticket from a red light camera if you travel away from Santa Clarita, CA.
Fortunately, the team at the Simmrin Law Group can help you take on red light camera tickets. Contact our red light camera lawyers in Santa Clarita today by calling (310) 997-4688.
Blue Light Cameras in Santa Clarita, CA
As we mentioned, the city of Santa Clarita does not use red light cameras anymore. However, you may have noticed cameras at some intersections throughout the city. These cameras are called blue light cameras and they are operational.
Blue light cameras do not function like red light cameras. For example, a blue light camera will not take a picture of your license plate and issue a ticket. Instead, blue light cameras are used by law enforcement officers who are across the street from the red light.
The camera allows officers to see when a traffic signal turns red. This allows them to identify drivers who ignore the traffic signal and run a red light. Blue light cameras can, therefore, result in an immediate ticket for running a red light. Santa Clarita has blue light cameras at intersections between:
- Bouquet Canyon Road and Newhall Ranch Road
- McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard
- McBean Parkway and Magic Mountain Parkway
- McBean Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road
- Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road
- Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road
- Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road
Results of Running a Red Light in Santa Clarita
You may be issued a ticket if you are accused of running a red light in Santa Clarita. Often, running a red light will be considered an infraction in California. Infractions are violations of traffic laws that do not lead to jail or prison time, though you can face:
- Increases to your insurance rate
- Points on your license
Note that these penalties may also apply to tickets mailed from out-of-city red light cameras. While Santa Clarita does not use red light cameras, the cameras in use by other cities in California are considered constitutional. This means that you must treat a red light camera ticket seriously or you can face additional penalties from the court and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Start working to resolve a red light camera ticket today with a criminal defense lawyer in Santa Clarita. Take charge of your future by calling (310) 997-4688.
Criminal Charges Associated with Running a Red Light
In many cases, you will be charged with an infraction for running a red light in Santa Clarita. However, this is not always the case. You may face harsher criminal charges in some situations. You could even be accused of reckless driving.
Reckless driving is a criminal act prosecuted under California Vehicle Code Section 23103. According to VC 23103, you can be charged with reckless driving if you operate a vehicle without reasonable concern for the safety and welfare of others.
Running a red light on its own is generally not enough to lead to reckless driving charges. However, if you are accused of other dangerous acts, such as exceeding the speed limit, swerving across lanes, or driving on the sidewalk, you could be charged with reckless driving.
Reckless driving convictions can result in high fines and months of time in jail. Contact a traffic violations lawyer in Santa Clarita if you are accused of reckless driving.
Defenses for Running a Red Light in Santa Clarita
The team at the Simmrin Law Group can help if you are accused of running a red light. We can even assist you if you get a ticket from a red light camera in the mail. We may be able to demonstrate that the red light camera was malfunctioning and took a picture though you were not disobeying a traffic signal.
Our team can also work to show that you were forced to run a red light due to emergency circumstances. Let us work to get your charges reduced or even dismissed right now.
Speak to a Santa Clarita Red Light Camera Lawyer Now
Start building a defense to accusations that you ran a red light right now. You can get answers to your legal questions from the Simmrin Law Group. Contacting us for help is easy. Just fill out our online contact form or call (310) 997-4688.
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