How do you know I was driving the vehicle when it was speeding?
Speed Camera sign
We do not. The law requires for the violation notice to be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. The monitoring system does not capture an image of the driver of the vehicle.
I have heard there is no way to fight these tickets. Is this true?
No. When you receive the violation notice, there are instructions for how to pay the citation or request a court date in the District Court. If you request a court date, a police officer will be present to show the evidence on which the citation was based.
What happens to my license and insurance if I pay the ticket or I am found guilty in court?
Speeding violations captured by speed monitoring systems are civil violations. There is no impact on your license status, no points assessed, and no insurance impact.
What is the maximum fine?
The maximum fine is $40.00, and this is stated on the violation notice. However if you do choose to stand trial in the District court and either plead guilty or are found guilty, the court may impose an additional court cost of $22.50.
Why do we need speed monitoring systems?
Speeding is a serious problem everywhere. It seems we are all in a hurry. Serious injuries and deaths have occurred as a result of speeding. The safety of children in school zones, and our citizens in general, are goals on which all can agree.
Isn’t this just a mechanism to generate more money?
This is not a revenue driven program. While violators will be fined and revenue will be generated, the program is for safety. Safe kids, safe streets, and a safe motoring public are our goals.
There is one easy way to defeat speed cameras…don’t speed.
The program will be evaluated continuously and adjustments made as necessary and/or appropriate. Success will actually be measured in a reduction in violations, reductions in average speeds, and consequently a reduction in revenue!
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