My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: New Jersey
I received a 'red light camera' violation, which the violation notice and my court summons states is for statute 39:4-81c. I was not the driver of the vehicle, and the driver cannot be identified from the video/photo evidence.
When I appeared in court, the prosecutor informed me that the law allows the owner of the vehicle, not just the operator, to be charged.
I looked up 39:4-81c, and there isn't even a section 'c'. From the official NJ statutes page at http://lis.njleg.state.nj.us , the listing for 39:4-81 states:
There is no subsection 'c', and the text of the law mentions only the driver of the vehicle.39:4-81 Traffic signals, observance; rule at nonoperational signals.
39:4-81. a. The driver of every vehicle, the motorman of every street car and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto, placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer.
b.When, by reason of a power failure or other malfunction, a traffic control signal at an intersection is not illuminated, the driver of a vehicle or street car shall, with respect to that intersection, observe the requirement for a stop intersection, as provided in R.S.39:4-144.
Amended 1951, c.23, s.40; 2004, c.92.
Is this correct? If so, how can I contest this ticket, based on this information?