How to fight red light camera tickets
WHAT IF YOU WEREN’T DRIVING?
WHAT IF YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG?
This advice ONLY applies to Washington State.
For information on other states, check out this page.
YOU COULD SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS OF TIME PROVING THAT YOUR TICKET WAS A SCAM.
The court system is stacked against victims of red-light/speed-camera tickets. They are hoping you will just give up and pay the ticket. Don’t.
THERE ARE EASY WAYS TO BEAT THE RED-LIGHT/SPEED CAMERA TICKET SCAM, WITHOUT GOING TO COURT.
We have sample affidavits / red light camera declaration of non-responsibility forms, that you can send to the court (see below). When you’re sent a camera ticket they will usually send you their own version of a declaration of non-responsibility. But they ask you to name the driver, which is NOT required by law.
Lynnwood‘s, Renton‘s and Bellevue‘s websites have one, but they ask you to name the person who was driving (not required by law). But most cities don’t offer you any information about how to get out of the ticket, besides info on how to go to court. You don’t need to go to court! You should NOT have to go to court if you send in an affidavit/declaration.
1. Download an affidavit/declaration for the city you recieved a ticket in:
- Federal Way
- Lake Forest Park
- Moses Lake
- BLANK – Fill out your own info
2. Mail your affidavit/declaration to the actual city municipal court. Be careful not to send it to an out of state address that might be printed on the “ticket”. The correct address is printed on the sample affidavits above.
3. It could take a week or two but the court will probably send you a letter to tell you that they have received your documents.
4. We can’t say for sure how long it will take for the court to respond, but it typically takes about 1-2 months. You should receive a letter stating that it has been dismissed.
Facts to know about this “ticket”:
- It will NOT go on your driving record, paid or not. It is treated like a parking ticket.
- It will not effect your car insurance rates. It may effect your credit rating if unpaid though.
- It may have official city letterhead, but it was sent by the out-of-state company that owns and makes money from the cameras.
- The law says that the registered owner of the vehicle is presumed guilty UNLESS “the registered owner states, under oath, in a written statement to the court or in testimony before the court that the vehicle involved was, at the time, stolen or in the care, custody, or control of some person other than the registered owner”