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Possibility of getting a red light camera fine?

By Ringer - 16 October 2010 35

Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone could give me advice on my worries that I might be getting a red light camera fine.

I was driving across the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Barry Drive. When the traffic light turned amber, I was too close to the intersection and was unable to pull up safely in time. So, I accelerated to cross the intersection. I saw the red light camera flashed, just before I got to the other end.

It could be two reasons:
– The traffic light turned red before I crossed the intersection; or
– My speed was over limit

It was an uneasy judgment when the traffic light changed so soon. I tried to avoid a panic stop which may cause the car behind running into my back. I wasn’t sure whether I’ve go over the speed limit cause it was heavily raining and I was a bit panic.

I am worried that I may be getting a ticket next week.

Does anyone know how much does the fine usually cost for running a red light camera? Will it cause any demerit points?

Thanks very much.

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Possibility of getting a red light camera fine?
imarty 8:37 am 17 Oct 10

I hope you get pinged for both running a red light and speeding.
If you’re driving too fast to pull up at an amber light then you’re driving over the speed limit, and in the rain??? Hope you lose your licence.

molongloid 12:27 am 17 Oct 10

#3 is the go. First photo checks the state of the intersection the moment the light goes red. If you went through on amber due to stopping distance safety, and you weren’t speeding then you’ll be fine.

Postalgeek 11:49 pm 16 Oct 10

I think there’s a red-light support group that meets fortnightly on Thursday evening in one of the brothels in Fyshwick.

vandam 8:55 pm 16 Oct 10

Firstly:

Everyone is suppose to stop at a amber light (Unless it is unsafe to do so).

Secondly:

You only go through a red light if the light is red before you cross the white stop line.

Thirdly:

If people drove with a little more caution (prepared for the unlikely. ie emergency vehicle, another car running a red light, drunk pedestrians, cyclists etc) and approached intersections safely and were well aware of their surroundings, there would be no need to speed up or panic.

Special G 8:38 pm 16 Oct 10

Why wait – just go to the RTA and pay $271 and ask to have the 3 points deducted.

JC 6:45 pm 16 Oct 10

bd84 said :

The cameras take a picture automatically at every red light no matter whether someone runs it.

If you did the crime, you pay the fine.

Not all, some have two induction sensors just past the stop line. To be done you need to break both after the light has gone red.

The ‘worry’ for the OP won’t be weather they get a red light ticket but a speed ticket, as all the ACT red light cameras double as speed cameras to discourage people from speeding up to get through.

akpv 5:44 pm 16 Oct 10

Red light fine is north of $200 and 3 demerit points.

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Ian 5:23 pm 16 Oct 10

I think you’d be ok with it on the red light front as long as you entered the intersection while it was still amber. I’ve had a couple of times where I thought it might have been a bit touch and go about getting a fine and so far haven’t (touch wood) – and in the sort of circumstances you mentioned, wet weather and not wanting to stop hard with a car right up my arse.

As for the speeding, well that depends how much you accelerated.

sepi 4:56 pm 16 Oct 10

I doubt you will get one. That has happened to me a couple of times and no ticket came.
In theory if the light turns red while you are in the intersection then you are in the wrong.
But if you enter the intersection as the light just turns orange that shouldn’t happen.

Deref 4:53 pm 16 Oct 10

What georgesgenitals said. It can be easy to misjudge lights if you’re not paying attention or going a little to quickly, but don’t worry about the driver behind you – it’s his/her responsibility to make sure that s/he leaves enough space to stop if you hit the anchors.

bd84 4:52 pm 16 Oct 10

The cameras take a picture automatically at every red light no matter whether someone runs it.

If you did the crime, you pay the fine.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 4:38 pm 16 Oct 10

Most (all?) of the red light cameras take a photo as soon as the light turns red for comparison with photos taken later on if the camera believes it has detected an infringement. If it only flashed once, you’re probably safe.

Running a red light attracts three demerit points according to http://www.rego.act.gov.au/infringements/infringedemerit.htm although I don’t know how large the fine is.

troll-sniffer 4:30 pm 16 Oct 10

Running a red light camera and speeding in the rain is not going to be cheap. $390 for the red light, $190 for low range speed, tripled in wet and windy conditions, plus the Friday surcharge, looks like it’ll be not far short of $1800, plus all twelve points off your licence, and next time you’re up for rego your third party premium will also triple. Next time slow down in the wet and anticipate.

However there may be mitigating circumstances, scroll down:

Just pullin’ yer leg.

georgesgenitals 3:30 pm 16 Oct 10

If you get a ticket, pay it and move on.

A TIN is hardly the end of the world.

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