A New Jersey Traffic Ticket Lawyer Explains Penalties for Running a Red Light

This scenario might be familiar to many drivers, possibly including yourself: incorrectly assessing the timing of a yellow traffic light. You might believe there's enough time to cross the intersection or doubt your ability to halt safely and promptly, leading you to proceed. However, the light turns red before you complete the crossing. Subsequently, you face one of two consequences: either a patrol officer who witnessed the incident pulls you over, or you receive a ticket via mail due to a red light camera capture. As a New Jersey traffic ticket lawyer, I have assisted clients caught running a red light and can explain your rights and options if you face penalties.

What Are the Penalties for Running a Red Light?

If you run the red light, will there be a photo of you doing it? This has become a standard question, especially with the use of red-light cameras at dozens of intersections across New Jersey.

Like most moving violations, running a red light carries a fine of $50 to $200, up to 15 days in jail (seldom imposed absent an accident or other aggravating circumstances), and two points. The fine can be doubled if the violation occurred in a construction zone or a "Safe Corridor."

Can the Penalties Be Lowered?

To get a lower penalty for running a red light, New Jersey licensed drivers have an option of pleading to the "no-point ticket" for Unsafe Operation. If you are from out of state, this might not be the best strategy, as many other states assign points to any moving violation.

What You Can Do

If you have received a ticket for running a red light in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, or Cumberland County, New Jersey, want to hire a lawyer to represent you, and are ready to take action, then call my office right away at 856-432-1673 or contact me through this site to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your options.

If you are from out of state and cannot appear in court, we can discuss my appearing in court on your behalf. Want to know more about NJ traffic laws? Download my free book, A Guide to Driving Legally in NJ and Surviving Traffic Court If You Don't.

Steven J. Richardson
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Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.