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Old 11-21-2012, 12:50 PM
 
Location: FAIRFAX, VA
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I have a court hearing for a traffic ticket in NoVa. It's a fail to obey traffic signal Code:46.2-833. I went through the light during yellow signal, but i think it turned red half way through exiting the cross road. I need advice, need a good defense, i'm a little scared because i really don't want any points. What should i say, what's a good defense or arguement?
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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The only thing you can say is you believe the light to have been yellow when you entered the intersection. That's about all you can do. I heard that saying where you're from, red means go doesn't work too well.

Don't be nervous, it's just traffic court. If they uphold the ticket there's not a whole lot you can do.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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You sneezed and when you looked back up you saw the light was yellow but felt you were too close to the intersection to stop safely.

You felt the car behind you was too close to safely make a quick stop.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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How about just telling the truth? Imagine that. Something that doesn't happen often in court.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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I have a court hearing for a traffic ticket in NoVa. It's a fail to obey traffic signal Code:46.2-833. I went through the light during yellow signal, but i think it turned red half way through exiting the cross road. I need advice, need a good defense, i'm a little scared because i really don't want any points. What should i say, what's a good defense or arguement?
Not much to be scared about. It sounds as though this is your first ticket. If so, you probably have 5 safe points, so if you lose four for this offense you'll still be on the "safe" side. You can check your points balance on the DMV website.

BTW, if you think the light turned red there isn't any point in going to court. Especially if you plan to state that. Just pay the ticket and be done with it.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:18 AM
 
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I have a court hearing for a traffic ticket in NoVa. It's a fail to obey traffic signal Code:46.2-833. I went through the light during yellow signal, but i think it turned red half way through exiting the cross road. I need advice, need a good defense, i'm a little scared because i really don't want any points. What should i say, what's a good defense or arguement?
Just pay the ticket. It's not that many points, and you can get them back with a driver improvement course. If you go to court you'll probably just have to pay more money. You are not supposed to go through yellow lights that are about to turn red, and that's that. There really is no defense.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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You sneezed and when you looked back up you saw the light was yellow but felt you were too close to the intersection to stop safely.

You felt the car behind you was too close to safely make a quick stop.
Everyone uses that sneezing excuse.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Just say you were texting and didn't look up in time to see the light.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:06 AM
 
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I will say this, I've never been to traffic court because I've just paid the tickets beforehand. I try the truth thing with the officer during the actual stop, which I've learned never works.

My last one was a few years ago; the light turned yellow right when I was at a distance where I just couldn't make a firm decision to stop or shoot through, going back and forth in my brain about 8 times in 1/2 a second. Finally I decided screw it, hit the gas, and of course there was an officer sitting right there.

That's what I told him, just couldn't make a decision and made it a little late. He accepted my explanation and handed me my ticket. Dammit!
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I will say this, I've never been to traffic court because I've just paid the tickets beforehand. I try the truth thing with the officer during the actual stop, which I've learned never works.

My last one was a few years ago; the light turned yellow right when I was at a distance where I just couldn't make a firm decision to stop or shoot through, going back and forth in my brain about 8 times in 1/2 a second. Finally I decided screw it, hit the gas, and of course there was an officer sitting right there.

That's what I told him, just couldn't make a decision and made it a little late. He accepted my explanation and handed me my ticket. Dammit!

I would argue that telling the truth helps more than it hurts. I knew when someone was being honest with me and when someone was trying a line on me. I gave more breaks when they were leveling with me. Now if you happen to run into a traffic or motor officer the chances of a break are certainly slimmer.
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