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Photo enforcement of traffic laws could catch you off-guard

There are plenty of things that you can’t do behind the wheel without being at risk of violating a law. One of those things is completing a rolling stop.

Rolling stops are pretty common around the U.S. They happen when a driver pulls up to a stop sign and slows down, but they don’t fully stop. Failing to stop at a stop sign can lead to a traffic violation and ticket.

Another situation where you may be used to slowing down without stopping is when you approach a red light with the intention to turn right. In Virginia, you are allowed to make a right turn on red in most areas, unless there is a sign prohibiting you from doing so. However, you must come to a full stop. If you don’t, then the automated enforcement systems, like those in Virginia Beach, could be in place to capture the violation. Photo-enforced intersections can catch you off-guard and lead to a ticket turning up in your mailbox unexpectedly.

If you do plan to turn on red, remember that pedestrians still have the right-of-way when they are lawfully crossing in an adjacent crosswalk. If you turn without stopping, there is a risk that you could collide with a pedestrian, leading to a serious collision.

What happens if you receive a photo-enforced traffic violation ticket?

If you get a ticket because of photo enforcement, there’s a chance you won’t agree with it. You might think that the camera captured your photograph too soon and that you did stop completely just after that point, for example. Photo-monitoring systems are allowed by law, so if you have any questions about the ticket or the program itself, you may want to speak with your attorney or the state’s PHOTOSafe program office to learn more.

An officer ticketed me for running a stop sign. Should I fight the ticket?

Even if you did violate the law, it’s usually a good idea to talk to your attorney about defending yourself. While some minor incidents aren’t likely to have a major impact on your life, it’s still a good idea to defend yourself and to work to reduce the financial penalties that you may face.

While a single ticket might not cause you many issues, repeat offenses can add up and lead to higher insurance premiums, fees and fines. In some cases, you could even lose your right to drive.

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